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Canadian Hydrographic Conference 2010

The 36th Canadian Hydrographic Conference will be held in Quebec City, Canada, from June 21 to 23. The event is being organized by the Canadian Hydrographic Association with the participation of Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Canadian Hydrographic Service. The conference will deal with the latest developments in hydrography, marine cartography and electronic navigation.

The event gives attendees the opportunity to take stock of scientific and technological developments in the hydrography field through a comprehensive program composed of presentations, training workshops, a poster session and demonstrations aboard hydrographic vessels, the organizers said. To add to the conference experience, there will also be an entertaining social program for participants and the people accompanying them, they continued.

The conference will be held at the Quebec City Convention Centre and will bring together about 400 members of the international hydrographic community.

Technical Program
The technical sessions will deal with the delimitation of the international border (U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea); electronic navigation; chart production; the acquisition, processing and distribution of hydrographic data; and ecosystemic hydrography. At the end of each technical session, there will be a plenary session so participants can discuss the topics covered and further absorb the information. There will also be a simultaneous translation service to ensure that all attendees will be able to comprehend the presentations during the technical sessions, conference organizers said.

Training Workshops
On Sunday, June 20 and Tuesday, June 22, there will be free full and half-day training workshops.

ESRI (Redlands, California) will kick off the series on Sunday by offering a full-day workshop on using geographical information systems to advance marine hydrographic objectives.

Half-day workshops will be offered on Tuesday. CARIS (Fredericton, Canada) will present a workshop on managing bathymetric data with relational database management system technology. At the same time, the informal discussion group on data-quality assurance in hydrography will be holding the Ninth Annual International Uncertainty Management Workshop. HYPACK Inc. (Middletown, Connecti-cut) will also be offering a workshop titled 'Best of HYPACK® 2010.' Finally, Chesapeake Technology Inc. (Mountain View, California) will be offering a workshop titled 'SonarWiz 5: Next-Generation Seafloor Mapping Software.'

There will also be demonstrations aboard the hydrographic vessels moored at the Port of Quebec and a visit to the Marine Simulation and Resource Centre located near the port.

World Hydrography Day
June 21, the official opening day of the conference, will coincide with World Hydrography Day, established by the United Nations and the International Hydrographic Organization. In recognition of this day and to raise public awareness about the importance of hydrography, the conference will be open to the public free of charge during the day, and visitors will be able to board a hydrographic launch, conference organizers said.

To close the day, participants can enjoy a banquet cruise on board the Louis-Jolliet, a reputed floating restaurant on the majestic St. Lawrence River, the organizers continued.

Social Activities
In addition to the opening and closing ceremonies, the organizing committee has put together a social program that will set an amusing and captivating tone for the conference, according to the organizers.

Sunday evening's Icebreaker Cocktail features a free tour of the Naval Museum of Quebec. It will also mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Navy. Throughout the evening, there will be a series of activities at the Quebec Naval Reserve's Officers' Mess, located near the Port of Quebec.

The conference will also feature a spouses' program, where the spouses of conference attendees can take a guided tour of Quebec City on Monday to visit the tourist attractions in the area and visit the Wendake Hotel-Museum on Tuesday.

Tuesday will end with the exhibitors' evening, where everyone can get together in a relaxed atmosphere to discuss and learn more about the information presented during the conference, the organizers said. The evening event, featuring a performance, will take place at the conference venue.

Wednesday, June 23, the final day of the conference, coincides with the activities organized to celebrate Quebec's national holiday, the F'te Nationale du Québec—one of the liveliest events of the year in Quebec City, the organizers said.

A show featuring displays by some 50 commercial exhibitors and international institutions will also be held throughout the conference. This will give conference attendees and the public the opportunity to learn about the latest technologies used in the field of hydrography, according to the organizers.

Further Information The Canadian Hydrographic Association, in collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Canadian Hydrographic Service, encourages anyone with an interest in hydrography to attend the Canadian Hydrographic Conference 2010, the organizers said.

For more information about the conference, please visit the event Web site at www.chc2010.ca.

Exhibitors List
The following list of exhibitors was updated as of press time:

  • Applanix
  • ATLAS Maridan ApS
  • C & C Technologies Inc.
  • Canadian Coast Guard
  • Canadian Hydrographic Association
  • Canadian Hydrographic Service
  • Chesapeake Technology Inc.
  • Coden Hydrographic Survey Boat
  • EdgeTech
  • ESRI
  • Fugro
  • Gemini Positioning System
  • Hoskin Scientific Ltd.
  • HYPACK Inc.
  • IIC Technologies Inc.
  • IVS 3D, Atlis, SevenCs
  • IXSEA Inc.
  • Knudsen Engineering Ltd.
  • Kongsberg
  • Laval University
  • Leica Geosystems Ltd.
  • McQuest Marine Sciences Ltd.
  • MosaicHydro Ltd.
  • NOAA
  • ODIM Brooke Ocean
  • Quality Positioning Services Inc.
  • Reformar Inc./Seaforth Geosurvey Inc.
  • R2Sonic LLC
  • ROMOR Ocean Solutions
  • The Hydrographic Society of America

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