• Hydrographic Survey International Summer School

    May 14 – 22, 2020 | Université Laval



Hydrographic data are one of the central components of a marine geospatial data infrastructure. Thus, they are an essential cornerstone of researches and initiatives conducted in the maritime sector. From an economic standpoint, they are used in many fields related to navigation security (main objective), port and coastal areas management, marine pollution monitoring, shores protection against erosion, infrastructure inspection, off-shore construction, underwater cabling, maritime delimitations, and, finally, inland waters (dams, rivers, waterways). From a research standpoint, knowing precisely the bathymetry is a prerequisite when conducting ocean mapping researches, and understanding the interactions between various marine ecosystems and processes (ex. coastal oceanic models, underwater shapes and sediment deposition analysis). Although water covers 71% of earth surface, many regions are still not mapped (ex. lakes in Quebec, Arctic region). Thus, there a need to increase hydrographic surveys. This need triggers new opportunities concerning Highly Qualified Personal (HQP) recruitment and innovative surveying technologies and methods (ex. autonomous vehicles, automatic quality control of data …).

This international summer school provides participants with a unique multi disciplinary training experience, involving close interaction with high-level scientists, professional and stakeholders from the hydrographic and maritime fields in a cutting-edge technological context. Participants will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and develop their competencies through field experiments aboard a hydrographic vessel. Their participation to this international summer school will position them at the leading edge of hydrographic technological developments guaranteeing a training attuned with the job market and the research needs.

* Bilingual School (content in french and in english).


The objectives of the hydrographic survey international summer school are :

1. To carry out hydrographic field projects where project teams consist of students and professionals from different backgrounds;

2.To use modern tools, sensors and methods, and to test new hydrographic survey systems;

3. To enable interaction between R&D centres, Universities, and industries from the hydrographic and geospatial sector;

4. To allow students and professionals to attend conferences on recent research and development topics and projects;

5. To allow training students and professionals on specific topics such as port management, future trends in hydrography, etc.

Main topics

The hydrographic survey international summer will focus on the topics described below:

  • Vertical referencing, hydrodynamic modeling
  • Automatic estimation of errors and uncertainties
  • Multibeam and backscatter data processing
  • Bathymetry derived from satellite images
  • Autonomous vehicle and navigation
  • River and shallow water bathymetry


The summer school will favor a multi faceted and dynamic approach consisting of lectures, conferences, case studies and a strong experimental component supervised by experts with different backgrounds. Indeed, field experiments onboard a hydrographic vessel will be organized. Participants will take part in the mounting of some of the devices on the surveying platforms. They will be involved in the processing and analysis of the collected data. The summer school will include showcases of new technologies for geospatial data surveying in order for the participants to improve their understanding of such technologies, their strengths and limits when applied to hydrographic contexts.

Experts who have confirmed their participation:

  • Mike Brissette (R2Sonic);
  • Brian Calder (University New Hampshire);
  • Ian Church (University New Brunswick);
  • Sylvie Daniel (Université Laval);
  • Denis Hains (United States & Canada Hydrographic Commission’s” representative on the International Hydrographic Review (IHR) Board of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO));
  • Anders Knudby (University of Ottawa);
  • Mathieu Rondeau (Canadian Hydrographic Service);
  • Rock Santerre (Université Laval).

Preliminary schedule


Fees and registration

Students: 1000$CAN

Professional: 2500$CAN

Registration fees include :

  • Access to the 7 days training, provided at Université Laval by national and international experts;
  • Access to ice-breaker, coffee breaks (AM and PM), lunches the training days (week-end excluded);
  • Social activity on May 16th;
  • Transportation to the location of the field survey;
  • Access to the training and scientific material.

Registration fees do not include:

  • Transportation fee (except to the field trip);
  • Accommodation in Quebec City.

Registration will open by March 16, 2020 and close on April 24, 2020.


Participants will be able to stay in student residences at Université Laval. However, they must make their own accommodation reservations. The cost of accommodation is not included in the summer school registration fee.

Hotel accommodation provided by the Residence Service of Université Laval – The best value for money accommodation in Quebec City!

Located on the campus of Université Laval, only 15 minutes from downtown Quebec City, the Residence Service hotel accommodation offers you a stimulating environment close to the most beautiful tourist attractions. Practical, economical and safe, hotel accommodations will allow you to live an unforgettable experience and enjoy the cultural life in Quebec City and on campus.

Standard university room (shared bathroom) (May to August)

These rooms are equipped with two single beds and include all the amenities usually offered in hotels, such as bedding and towels, shampoo and soap, parking included, free wireless Internet access and free local calls.

Please note that all questions related to the University residences (i.e. utensils available in the kitchens, bedding, breakfasts, …) must be addressed directly to the persons in charge of these residences.

Details and reservation form to come.

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Additional information

Targeted candidates:

For the second edition of the summer school, the maximum number of participants has been set at 14, on a first-come, first-served basis.

We encourage undergraduate, M.Sc. and Ph.D. students as well postdocs whose academic trainings or research projects are related to the topics of the summer school to apply. More specifically, the international summer school is intended to the following participants:

  • Post secondary students whose curriculum includes one of the following field of study : hydrography, underwater mapping ; oceanography or any related field ;
  • Students attending CIDCO hydrographic survey category B course;
  • Professionals from the hydrographic and geospatial sector wanting to enhance their knowledge of the latest hydrographic methods and techniques.

Cancellation policy

The organisers reserve the right to cancel the summer school within two weeks of the registration deadline if there are insufficient participants or if circumstances beyond their control make it impossible to offer the school.

Participants should keep this possibility in mind when making travel arrangements. Therefore, any expenses other than the registration fee will not be reimbursed. Registration fees will be refunded as soon as possible.

The conditions for refund of registration fees are as follows:

  • If the participant cancels his participation to the summer school more than 6 weeks before the starting date, 75% of the registration fee will be refunded.
  • If the participant cancels his participation to the summer school between 4 and 6 weeks before the starting date, 50% of the registration fee will be refunded.
  • If the participant cancels his participation to the summer school less than 4 weeks before the starting date, his registration fee will not be refunded.

All refunds will be in Canadian dollars.

Canadian Ocean Mapping Research and Education Network

This international summer school is part of the Canadian Ocean Mapping Research and Education Network (COMREN).



If you have any question, feel free to contact:

Sylvie Daniel

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