Dr Rock Santerre receiving the 2020 Geomatica Award from Richard Sanfaçon, President of the Canadian Hydrographic Association who represents here the Canadian Institute of Geomatics
Dr. Rock Santerre’s Vitae Summary (November 2020)

Prix Geomatica Award 2020

Rock Santerre has been a professor in the Department of Geomatics Sciences at Laval University from 1990 to 2017 and the Director of the Geomatics Engineering program from 2007 to 2011. He was a founding member of the Centre for Research in Geomatics (CRG) and he is now a CRG honorary member.

He taught several coursesto more than 1200 students in addition to 700 professionals who attended his continuing education GPS courses. Hehas supervised orco-supervisednearly 40graduate students coming from 10 countries.

His research activities were mainly related to high precision GPS (GNSS) positioning and navigation. Dr. Santerre is the author and co-author of about 240 publications and presentations. His papers have been cited in publications written in 17 languages. He was a member of several IAG (International Association of Geodesy) Special Study Groups for almost 20 years. Dr. Santerre also acted as one the Associate Editors for the CIG journal Geomatica from 1997 to 2009. He also holds three GPS patents.

Dr. Santerre continue to contribute to the popularization of Geomatics by the realization of exhibitions and the publication of papers on the history of Geomatics.

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  • advancing the development of hydrography, marine cartography and associated activities in Canada;
  • furthering the knowledge and professional development of its members;
  • enhancing and demonstrating the public need for hydrography;
  • assisting in the development of hydrographic sciences in developing countries.
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  • hydrographic surveying;
  • marine cartography;
  • marine geodesy;
  • offshore exploration;
  • tidal and tidal current studies.

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