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Canadian Hydrographic Conference

The 37th Canadian Hydrographic Conference will be held in Niagara Falls, Ontario from May 15 to 17. The theme of the event, organized by the Canadian Hydrographic Association with the Canadian Hydrographic Service, is 'The Arctic: Old Challenges, New Approaches.'

The conference will focus on the latest advances in hydrography, marine cartography and electronic navigation, highlighting applications useful in the harsh Arctic marine environment. This conference will give attendees a first look at recent scientific and technological innovations in the hydrographic field through a program comprising presentations, training workshops, poster sessions and demonstrations aboard hydrographic vessels.

Workshops and Maid of the Mist Day Trip
On May 14, free training workshops will be offered. Esri (Redlands, California), HYPACK Inc. (Middletown, Connecticut) and iXBlue (Marly-le-Roi, France) will be offering full-day workshops. Half-day workshops will be offered by CARIS (Fredericton, Canada), Chesapeake Technology Inc. (Mountain View, California), Triton Imaging Inc. (Capitola, California) and Fugro Pelagos Inc. (San Diego, California). Registration for these workshops, which have limited space, is available on the conference website.

On the same day, participants can also join a tour of the Niagara River, featuring a jet boat ride into the river's Whirlpool Rapids, followed by a visit to the bottom of the falls on the Maid of the Mist.

Technical Program
The conference's 11 technical sessions will deal with Arctic issues, such as the increased ice-free shipping season, new and emerging technologies, vertical reference frame and datum issues, marine spatial data infrastructure and management, nautical cartography and the politics that go along with those issues.

A show featuring displays from roughly 50 commercial exhibitors and international institutions will also be held throughout the conference. This will give attendees and interested members of the general public the opportunity to learn about the latest technologies used in the field of hydrography.

Social Activities
In addition to the opening and closing ceremonies, conference organizers have put together a social program.

On May 14, the Icebreaker Reception will be held at Fallsview Casino. The next day will feature the Exhibitors' Evening, an event that will be hosted in the exhibits area at the conference center, where attendees will have the opportunity to converse, catch up and network.

The semiformal conference dinner, to be held on May 16 at Elements on the Falls, has a view overlooking the Canadian Horseshoe Falls and the American Falls, which will be lit up in a light show.

The conference center has an on-site concierge who can arrange independent or guided tours of attractions in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada, and many of the local wineries.

Registration and Social Media
For registration, visit www.chc2012.ca. Follow the conference on Twitter at @CHC2012 or 'like' the Facebook page at CHC2012.

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