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Monday, March 26, 2018
07 h 00 - 18 h 00Registration Open
18 h 00 - 20 h 30Welcome Reception - Sticky Wicket Pub at the Strathcona

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
06 h 45 - 07 h 45Breakfast (provided)
06 h 45 - 18 h 30Exhibits Open
07 h 45 - 08 h 15Conference Opening Remarks and Welcome
08 h 15 - 09 h 00Opening Keynote: Icefields to Ocean
Eric Peterson, Founder & President, Tula Foundation / Hakai Institute
At the Hakai Institute ( we study British Columbia’s coastal margin, and in particular the complex 300-kilometer stretch between our two ecological observatories that are located respectively on Quadra Island at the north end of the Salish Sea, and on Calvert Island halfway to Alaska. This stretch of coastline is critically important; for example it is the route taken by Fraser River salmon as they transit to and from the Gulf of Alaska. Fjords extend inland from this waterway to the mountain glaciers deep in the Coast Range. Topography and hydrology are critical determinants of ecosystem function, which is particularly sensitive quantity and temperature of flow through the watersheds and into the ocean. Climate change—in particular the rapid retreat of the coastal glaciers—is already causing profound changes to this landscape, and these changes will likely accelerate over the coming decades. As part of our research into these changing dynamics, we use geospatial tools and analysis, including satellite imagery, airborne LiDAR, UAVs (drones) and multi-beam SONAR.
09 h 00 - 09 h 30Coffee Break & Exhibits Open
09 h 30 - 12 h 00ACLS AGM
12 h 00 - 13 h 00Lunch (provided) & Vessel Tours
13 h 00 - 14 h 30ACLS AGM
14 h 30 - 15 h 00Coffee Break & Exhibits Open
15 h 00 - 16 h 30ACLS AGM
17 h 00 - 19 h 00Sponsor and Attended Poster Reception: SPONSORED BY KONGBERG

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
07 h 00 - 08 h 30Breakfast (provided)
07 h 00 - 15 h 00Exhibits Open
08 h 30 - 10 h 00Joint Session: Professional Development and Education
08 h 30 - 08 h 50Update on UNCLOS
Speaker: Ted McDorman, University of Victoria
08 h 50 - 09 h 10Canadian Hydrographer Certification Scheme
Jean-Claude Tétreault, Executive Director/Registrar , Association of Canada Lands Surveyors
The Canadian Hydrographer Certification program was developed by the Association of Canada Lands Surveyors (ACLS) and was officially recognized by the IHO/FIG/ICA International Board of Standards and Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors and Nautical Cartographers (IBSC) in April of 2016 and is now ready to receive applications. The Canadian program is the second internationally recognized scheme in the world. The program was designed to promote IBSC-Accredited Category A or B training in Canada, while standardizing knowledge and experience requirements for individuals possessing non-accredited hydrographic surveying training and experience.
09 h 10 - 09 h 30IHO Cat A or B Programs in Canada and Overseas
Shelley Leighton
This session will highlight programs that offer IHO Category A or B.
09 h 30 - 09 h 50The Canadian Ocean Mapping Research and Education Network (COMREN)
Nicolas Seube, CIDCO
The COMREN Network has been created on 1 November 2016, with the following partners (CIDCO, Laval University, UNB, Memorial University/Marine Institute, NSCC, Ottawa University, York Unversity, BCIT). The purpose of the COMREN is to develop research activities, achieve technology transfer to the Industry, develop and run educational programs, in liaison with government agencies , to increase Canada’s capacity in research and education in Ocean Mapping. This includes opportunities for HQP to develop their capacity in, and specialized knowledge of, ocean mapping. COMREN primary role and focus is on finding improvements in ocean mapping systems, methods, data processing and management tools to address challenges of ocean mapping for the benefit of environmental protection, economic development, and safety of navigation and in support of all other marine activities. The emphasis will be on developing national expertise to meet the challenges of Canada’s ocean mapping. COMREN provides a framework for new scientific knowledge, industrial applications for problems related to ocean mapping. COMREN will advise the hydrographic community on best practices, effective and efficient technologies and processes to share amongst its member and the broader ocean mapping community. COMREN will facilitate practical collaboration between members. The presentation will focus on the structure and aims of COMREN and will also highlight the first COMREN on-going projects.
10 h 00 - 10 h 30Coffee Break & Exhibits Open
10 h 30 - 12 h 00Joint Session: Hydrography and Policy Developments
10 h 30 - 11 h 00Why Did the Clipper Clip It? – The Clipper Adventurer Grounding
Speaker: Bruce Calderbank, Hydrographic Survey Consultants Intl.
Author: Bruce Calderbank, Hydrographic Survey Consultants Intl.
There seems to be a general perception that the increasingly ice-free Arctic waterways are safe for passage, when significant areas have not been adequately surveyed. However, as of 2011, less than 10% of Arctic waters had been surveyed to modern standards. On 27 August 2010, the expedition cruise ship Clipper Adventurer went aground at 13.9 knots on a rock shoal whilst travelling in a poorly charted area of Coronation Gulf, Nunavut. The presentation reviews the background and the geomatics issues related to the grounding. There were a variety of geomatics facts that do not appear to have been addressed in either the 2012 Transport Safety Board marine investigation report nor in the 2016 Federal Court case, which are covered in the presentation. = > This case is currently under appeal and the presentation will be updated to allow for that new information. The associated paper is 33 pages long at this time.
11 h 00 - 11 h 20S-121 – Maritime Limits and Boundaries and Land Administration Domain Model
Paul Egesborg, Manager, Cadastral Survey Information, Natural Resources Canada
The Maritime Limits and Boundaries standard (S-121) defines a framework to administer and exchange in a digital form the geographic extents of Maritime Limits and Boundaries as per UNCLOS along with their associated rights and restrictions. The presentation will address how S-121 leverages the capabilities of the Land Administration Domain Model standard (ISO19152) to facilitate consistent administration of the marine spaces, littoral zones and land jurisdictions.
11 h 20 - 11 h 40Canada's Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure and Marine Cadastre application
Jose M'Bala, Natural Resources Canada
The Canadian Hydrographic Service (DFO) and the Surveyor General branch (NRCan) have lately worked together in the development of a Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI) pilot project prototype, with a Marine Cadastre application. The primary focus was on three areas of interests: - The Bay of Fundy (East), - The Dickson entrance (West), and - The Beaufort Sea (North). The vision of the CHS Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI) is to design and implement a framework of geographic data, metadata, users and tools that are interactively connected in order to use spatial data in an efficient and flexible way. The intent for the Surveyor General Branch for a marine cadastre is to develop an integrated system of registries, fundamental for a systematic public recording of all recognised legal rights, restrictions, and responsibilities; and aiming at providing a legal foundation for the management of Canada’s oceans and more certainty for industry and capital investment. The MSDI and its applications, is developed to show case and validate an all-inclusive Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) solution which focuses on marine geospatial domain and activities.
11 h 40 - 12 h 00Offshore Infrastructure Surveys: Current Practices and Recommendations
Speaker: Bruce Calderbank, Hydrographic Survey Consultants Intl.
The research was carried out to support the Association of Canada Lands Surveyors (ACLS) interest in offshore infrastructure surveys (OIS) within and without the 12 nautical mile limit. In June 2017 a draft position paper was created with the realization that further research was required to ascertain the current practices with respect to OIS, in Canada and overseas to determine if and what legislative changes could be made in order to align Canada’s OIS practices with what is done elsewhere. Generally, OIS related legislation seaward of the low water mark is covered in this research. OIS in provincial navigable and non-navigable rivers and lakes is not covered in the research.
12 h 00 - 13 h 00Lunch (provided) and Vessel Tours
13 h 00 - 14 h 30Joint Session: Geodesy and Hydrography
13 h 00 - 13 h 20Recent Developments in Precise GNSS-Based Positionning and Near-Term Opportunities
Sunil Bisnath, Associate Professor, Geomatics Engineering
While GPS is considered a mature technology to most people, a great deal of research continues in the fields of GNSS-based positioning, navigation and timing (PNT).  GNSS constellations are growing and evolving, bringing benefits from new signals and more measurements, and challenges from a host of measurements biases that must be managed.  GNSS measurement processing has advanced to provide new and improved solutions, such as Precise Point Positioning (PPP) and more recent advances of this approach.  The development of more capable low-cost hardware is being driven by commercial applications to provide greater accuracy and precision.  The result will be near-term opportunities for smaller, cheaper, autonomous solutions in hydrographic applications.
13 h 20 - 13 h 40Surveying on the Ellipsoid: A Hydrographic Perspective
Ian Church, University of New Brunswick
13 h 40 - 14 h 00Canadian Geodetic Survey: Supporting Surveying and Geoscience Needs on Land and in Canada’s Coastal Regions
Brian Donahue, Canadian Geodetic Survey, Natural Resources Canada
The Canadian Geodetic Survey (CGS) is responsible for defining, maintaining, and providing access to the Canadian Spatial Reference System (CSRS). The CSRS provides a consistent reference for mapping, navigation, boundary demarcation, crustal deformation monitoring and other georeferenced applications anywhere in Canada. CGS has developed tools and services to allow both real-time and post-processed access to the CSRS at varying precisions. This presentation will highlight some of the latest CGS developments including a modernized CSRS-PPP service for precise positioning, updated tools for height system transformations, and a real-time positioning service in support of geoscience.
14 h 00 - 14 h 20Canada's Continuous Vertical Datum (CVD)
Marlene Jeffries, Canadian Hydrographic Service
14 h 30 - 15 h 00Coffee Break & Exhibits Open
15 h 00 - 16 h 30Joint Session: Practical Hydrography
15 h 00 - 15 h 20Early Detection of Bridge Scour
Harold Elliot Orlinsky, General Manager, Hypack
Bridge scour is the removal of sand or material around bridge piles, caused by moving water. Over the past 40 years, there have been more than 1500 bridge failures in the US, with nearly 60% caused by bridge scouring, with costs in the millions of dollars. Early detection of this problem allow for remediation and the prevention of potential bridge failure. It is estimated that the costs of a bridge failure is over 5 times the cost for remediation. This paper will show how susceptible bridge pilings are to swift moving water, and a case study of using HYPACK for the monitoring of a bridge in North Carolina.
15 h 20 - 15 h 40Autonomous vehicles: The Canadian Hydrographic Service Journey…
Roger Cote, Canadian Hydrographic Service
Authors: Roger Côté, Annie Biron, Ghislain Bouillon and Éric Lebel The Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) has entered in a positive and productive era with a significant increase of resources. This is an outstanding opportunity for CHS to review its operational model, especially in the acquisition and management of source data. The use of new technologies, crowd source information and new methodologies is a trend in the international hydrographic community and, as always, the CHS is willing to play a major role in the development and implementation of these new assets. Hydrographic Organizations (HO’s) traditionally use acoustic sonar systems mounted on various platforms and manoeuvered by experienced coxswains and/or officers to collect and disseminate source data internally in order to produce nautical products. This has proven to be very efficient but it implies that hydrographers must operate systems and sometimes put themselves at risk in harsh environments. New technologies and techniques like LiDAR, autonomous vehicles and Satellite Derived Bathymetry (SDB) will enable HO’s to choose in a broader range of technologies to obtain data without putting their staffs at risk and do more with less. CHS recently bought 2 AHSV’s (Autonomous Hydrographic Surface Vehicles) and converted one survey launch to make it autonomous (named: Autonomous Hydrographic Survey Launch (AHSL)). They are equipped with complete multibeam and INS systems. CHS is planning to use them this summer and define an operational model and the limitation, and define how they will be included in CHS current operations. This paper will give you an overview of the procurement process, the trials, the processing, the results and the quality of the data obtained with those systems. You’ll discover that being first is not always an easy process, but the results worth the efforts.
15 h 40 - 16 h 00Port Terminal Facility Surveys with Multi-beam and Vessel Mounted Terrestiral Scanner
Ted Cain
16 h 00 - 16 h 20Supporting Cable and ROV Surveys in British Columbia and Overseas
Speaker: Kelvin Kopeck, Terra Remote Sensing Inc.
ROV’s serve an important role in marine construction relay important information that is unattainable otherwise. For marine power cable or pipe projects the ROV is generally just one tool of a larger spread of remote sensing devices. If the project is planned correctly these can be used to meet project goals in a safe, timely, and cost affective manner. This discussion will focus on how these tools are utilized to address primary cable-project concerns, objectives, and solutions to typical (and atypical) project requirements, including responding to faulted cables, route assessment and mapping, installation monitoring, post lay inspection, and drawing production.
16 h 20 - 16 h 40Survey of Natural Boundaries Using Drones
Christopher de Haan, Underhill & Underhill
Parcels of Land can be defined by both rectilinear and/or natural boundaries. Natural boundaries can be of any natural feature, but generally describe water boundaries. These boundaries can be mapped using "on the ground" survey methods (conventional ties, GNSS ties, etc.) or using remote methodology using aerial photography. The use of photography obtained by drones is becoming more widespread in topographic surveys and can be similarly used to determine natural boundaries with checks using conventional methods.
16 h 30 - 18 h 00Presidents’ Forum
18 h 30 - 21 h 30A Night at the Royal BC Museum SPONSORED BY KONGSBERG
Join us for a reception at the Royal BC Museum, First People's Gallery.

Thursday, March 29, 2018
07 h 00 - 08 h 00Breakfast (provided)
08 h 00 - 10 h 00NSC Session: SHAPING OUR LAND… SECURING OUR FUTURE - Implementation of FNLM process
08 h 00 - 08 h 20Opening Remarks
08 h 20 - 08 h 40First Nations Land Management (FNLM) Process
Leah George-Wilson, Lands Advisory Board
08 h 40 - 09 h 10The Stz’uminus First Nation Experience with FNLM
09 h 10 - 09 h 40The Squiala First Nation Experience with FNLM
09 h 40 - 10 h 00Follow-up on FNLM Process
Leah George-Wilson, Lands Advisory Board
10 h 00 - 10 h 30Coffee Break & Exhibits Open
10 h 30 - 11 h 00Court Case 1: Update on Tsilhqot’in Nation vs British Columbia
11 h 00 - 11 h 30Court Case 2: Regina vs Theodore David Douglas
11 h 30 - 12 h 00Open Forum and Discussion
12 h 00 - 13 h 00Lunch (provided) and Exhibit Hall
13 h 00 - 14 h 30ACLS COUNCIL MEETING
Barry Gough
From the vantage point of any one of the communities, settler or indigenous, that are situated by this fabled waterway, bays and estuaries we can imagine the passage of the millennia and of the centuries, particularly the last five hundred years. These are waters of legend, bounded by islands and continent, and they are seas of international rivalry now defined by international boundaries and safe shipping lanes. Beginning with Juan de Fuca in 1592 a parade of ships form -- one after another -- a bright spectacle of memory, right down to warships transiting Arctic waters. So many great ships have plowed furrows in these waters, forming in a way a microcosm of world maritime history. In late years the Salish Sea had become a new designation, embracing other names and giving a new identity to these waters, one that represents the resilient revival of First Nations and Indian nations on both sides of the border. Barry Gough will tell the larger tale, the inclusive one, that brings together and touches on the diversity of this environment, at the same time commenting on how international rivalries and present-day security problems have made a potentially unitary sea -- the Salish Sea -- a dream rather than a reality. Then again, this is just another chapter in the always incomplete book Voyages in the Waterway of Forgotten Dreams.