Field Procedures Manual (FPM)
The Office of Coast Survey, Hydrographic Surveys Division, Field Procedures Manual (FPM), is a consolidated source of current best practices and standard operating procedures for NOAA field units conducting, processing, and generating hydrographic survey field deliverables.
The goal of the FPM is to provide NOAA field units with consolidated and standardized guidelines that can be used to meet the specifications set forth in the “NOS Hydrographic Surveys Specifications and Deliverables”. The FPM covers in detail: system preparation and maintenance, including annual readiness review and periodic quality assurance of hardware and software systems; survey planning including safety considerations and project instructions; data acquisition, including sonar, horizontal and vertical control, and ancillary data; data analysis including software configuration and standard processing steps; data management, including storage and security; and final field deliverables, including digital and analog data and project reports. The FPM is a valuable resource and reference document for field hydrographers, technicians, coxswains, officers, and all others involved in hydrographic survey field work.