Biography

Gordon Johnston, BSc(Hons), MRICS, FHydSoc, FRIN Gordon is based in the United Kingdom and has over 25 years of experience in the surveying industry, in particular, the offshore and hydrographic survey industry. He is a director of Venture Geomatics Limited from 2006. Before, he was the global chief surveyor with Racal Survey Limited and then the vice-president Geomatics at Thales Geosolutions Limited. Gordon is a Chartered Surveyor of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), chairing the RICS Global Geomatics Professional Board and he is head of the UK delegation to FIG (International Federation of Surveyors) as Commission 4 - Hydrography representative. He is an active member of the International Board for the Standards of Competence of Hydrographic Surveyors and Nautical Cartographers (IBSC). He has published numerous papers on offshore survey-related themes.

Articles

Five Hundred Years on and Still Exciting Times

It was 500 years ago that the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan organized a Spanish expedition to the East Indies that resulted in the first circumnavigation of the world. Sadly, he died in the Philippines (from a poisoned dart) and the voyage of discovery was completed by Juan Sebastian Elcano... (read more)