• International Fall School in Hydrographic Surveying

    From October 25 to 29, 2021 | Université Laval


The crucial role of detailed knowledge of the seabed has never been so well highlighted as recently with the proclamation by the United Nations of the Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development (2021 – 2030) or the Nippon Foundation – GEBCO Seabed 2030 project aiming at 100% of the seabed mapped worldwide by 2030. Such an intensification of hydrographic surveys brings new opportunities in terms of recruitment of Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) as well as technological and methodological solutions.

Now in its second year, this international fall school provides participants with a unique multi-disciplinary training experience, involving close interaction with high-level scientists, professional and stakeholders from the hydrospatial and maritime fields in a cutting-edge technological context. Participants will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and develop their competencies through courses, practical work, conferences and activities allowing them to live the experience of surveying on board a hydrographic vessel.

*Bilingual school (French and English) and offered in a hybrid mode (on campus at Université Laval and online).

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

Partner institutions


The objectives of the international fall school in hydrographic surveying are:

  1. To allow participants, both students and professionals, to benefit from a series of courses and conferences on themes central to hydrospatial;
  2. To allow participants, students and professionals, to learn about recent topics and approaches related to hydrospatial and its applications;
  3. To implement, during practical sessions, tools and methods for processing bathymetric data and sonar imagery;
  4. To promote the cross-fertilization of expertise between students, researchers, professionals and practitioners in the hydro and geospatial sector, and the creation of links for future collaborations.

Main topics

This fall school will address the following topics:

  • Fundamental notions and concepts related to multibeam surveys
  • Vertical referencing, hydrodynamic modeling
  • Digital bathymetric model, uncertainty estimation
  • Processing of backscatter data
  • Bathymetry derived from satellite images
  • Bathymetry in rivers and shallow waters
  • Navigation and port activities
  • Recent developments in GNSS and their application to hydrography
  • Patch test in a hydrographic and LiDAR slant
  • Topo-bathy LIDAR and hydrodynamic modelling
  • Surface and submersible hydrographic survey vehicles and their positioning methods


The school will promote a multi-faceted and dynamic approach that includes courses, lectures, expert panels, and a strong hands-on component mentored by experts from various disciplines.

Preliminary program for October 25, 26, 28 and 29: PDF available here.

Preliminary program for Workshop Navigation and port activities on October 27: PDF available here.

Experts who have confirmed their participation

Experts who confirmed they will provide a course:

  • Sylvie Daniel, Université Laval
  • Ian Church, UNB
  • Brian Calder, UNH; Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center
  • Craig Brown, Dalhousie University
  • Mathieu Rondeau, Service Hydrographique du Canada
  • Anders Knudby, University of Ottawa
  • Sunil Bisnath, York University
  • Nathan Crowell, Nova Scotia Community College
  • Olga Telecka, MI/MUN
  • Sean Galway, BCIT

Experts who confirmed their participation for conferences:

  • Denis Hains, H2I
  • Alexandre Paradis, Centre de simulation et d’expertise maritime
  • Benoit Duinat, CIMMI

Experts who confirmed their participation in the workshop:

  • Jean-Luc Bédard, Expert-Conseil
  • Pascal Rhéaume, Pilote maritime
  • Donald Roussel, Roussel Strategic Advisory Services
  • Sylvain Babineau, Marie-Ève Biron, Groupe Océan
  • Christian Larouche, Université Laval
  • Christian Comtois, Service Hydrographique du Canada
  • Benoit Nolet , Corporation de Gestion de la Voie Maritime du St-Laurent
  • Damien Pham Van Bang, institut national de la recherche scientifique
  • Julie Simard, Communauté Métropolitaine de Québec

Fees and registration

Registration fees (in CAD):

  • On-campus participation:
    • Regular fee : $1000
    • Student fee : $500
  • Online participation:
    • Regular fee : $500
    • Student fee : $250
  • Registration for the workshop day on campus:
    • Regular fee : $150
    • Student fee : $75

On-campus participation
Registration fees include:

  • Access to the 5 days training, provided at Université Laval by national and international experts; including October 27 workshop participation;
  • Access to the training and scientific material;
  • Access to hands-on;
  • Access to ice-breaker, coffee breaks (AM and PM) and lunches the training days;
  • Social activity on October 25;
  • Off-campus visits.

Registration fees do not include:

  • Transportation fee;
  • Accommodation in Quebec City.

Online participation
Registration fees include:

  • Access to the 5 days online training provided by national and international experts; including October 27 workshop participation;
  • Access to the training and scientific material.


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 fall 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 accommodation in a stimulating environment close to many tourist attractions. To meet specific needs, a number of affordable, customized packages are available. Practical, economical, and safe, our short-term accommodation offers you an unforgettable experience full of life and culture. The Convention and Conference Package offers a convenient and affordable alternative for participants who wish to stay in Quebec City. Only a few steps from the campus conference buildings, our four residences are also just five kilometers from the Quebec City Convention Center. The city bus (Metrobus 800 or 801) will get you there in only fifteen minutes!

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. The international fall school in hydrographic surveying is not involved in the management of on- and off-campus housing.

Two types of rooms are available to fall school participants:

Standard room with shared bathroom

These rooms have two single beds and feature all the amenities usually available in hotels or bed linen and towels, shampoo and soap, parking included, free wireless internet access and free local calls.

Rate: $42.25 + taxes per night in single occupancy

Superior university room (private bathroom)

These rooms are equipped with a bathroom, a Queens bed, a TV, a microwave oven, refrigerator and telephone. They usually have all the amenities offered by hotels or bed linen and towels, shampoo and soap, parking included, free wireless internet access and free local calls.

Rate: $94 + taxes per night in single occupancy

For additional information or to make a reservation, please contact Mr. Jean-Philippe Gagné, Accommodation Advisor for the Residences Department, at jean-philippe.gagne@sres.ulaval.ca or at (418) 656-2131 ext. 408806 , using event number #316285.

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Additional information

Targeted candidates:

For the second edition of the fall 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 training or research projects are related to the topics of the fall school to apply. More specifically, the international fall school is intended to the following participants:

  • Post-secondary students whose curriculum includes one of the following fields of study: hydrography, underwater mapping ; oceanography or any related field;
  • Students and professionals affiliated with a COMREN member institution;
  • Professionals from the hydro 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 fall 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 participation to the fall school is cancelled more than 6 weeks before the starting date, 75% of the registration fee will be refunded.
  • If the participation to the fall school is cancelled between 4 and 6 weeks before the starting date, 50% of the registration fee will be refunded.
  • If the participation to the fall school is cancelled less than 4 weeks before the starting date, his registration fee will not be refunded.

All refunds will be in Canadian dollars.


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If you have any question, feel free to contact:

Sylvie Daniel

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