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Ms. Carol Lockhart

Ms. Lockhart has been working in the survey industry since graduation from the University of Glasgow with a B.Sc (Hons) in Topographic Science (Geomatics) in 1996. She has more than 15 years of experience in hydrographic data processing and analysis, using hydrographic and topographic lidar, as well as multibeam sonars.

Ms. Lockhart started her career working in the field on vessels, performing various acoustic surveys using equipment such as multibeam, sidescan sonars and sub-bottom profilers for industries as diverse as oil & gas, telecommunications, local ports and harbors, and local, federal and international governments. She progressed from field-work to managing a data center with up to 20 people working on multiple projects.

In 2001 Ms. Lockhart became involved with bathymetric lidar and has been extensively involved since 2003. She is one of only a handful of people in the world that have worked with LADS, SHOALS and HawkEye II lidar data. In the past three years she has been running her own company, successfully providing hydrographic services using both multibeam and lidar technology.

Ms. Lockhart first served as Lead Hydrographer for a NOAA contract in Alaska in 1999, and has provided QA/QC and troubleshooting support on NOAA hydrographic surveying contract projects every year since. She has been involved in every aspect of hydrographic projects, from business development, bidding, planning, acquisition and processing to product delivery and client liaison.

In addition, Ms. Lockhart has a great deal of experience merging hydrographic and topographic datasets onto a single vertical datum (tidal, orthometric or ellipsoid) to provide a seamless dataset that can then be used for coastal modeling, shoreline development or nautical charting.
In doing so she has gained a great deal of knowledge and understanding of water levels, using both traditional tides and newer GPS methods.

Ms. Lockhart is member of the Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA) and serves on the THSOA Scholarship Review Board. She is a recent (2011) recipient of the Lt. Cmdr. Peter Johnson Best Practices Award presented by the Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise (JALBTCX).

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