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
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
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).