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Hydrographer for a day
aboard CCGS F.C.G. Smith
Geneviève Parent and her father, Bernard Parent, with Captain Chantal Chagnon.

Geneviève Parent and her father, Bernard Parent, with Captain Chantal Chagnon.


The weather was glorious and the St. Lawrence smooth as glass on the day that Geneviève Parent and her father, from Montréal’s south shore, took part in a hydrographic mission aboard CCGS F.C.G. Smith, leaving from Trois-Rivières.

Geneviève is one of the winners of the mapping contest organized by the Canadian Institute of Geomatics and the Fondation du Cégep Limoilou. Fisheries and Oceans Canada collaborated in this contest for the first time this year by awarding a Jury’s Choice award. As one of the winners, Geneviève became a hydrographer for a day.

Our visitors conducted a safety visit and then were able to observe the manoeuvres used to deploy booms bristling with transducers on each side of the vessel. Geneviève and her father listened attentively to the hydrographers’ explanations as they presented the technologies and equipment used to precisely measure the bed of the shipping channel and detect any obstruction or shoal. The work done aboard gave them an opportunity to see the results of the data measured and the degree of detail that can be obtained.

The visitors were also able to see the delicate manoeuvres executed by Captain Chantal Chagnon to deploy a buoy by positioning it between the two hulls of the catamaran to sound the edges of the channel.

The mission allowed our young hydrographer and her father, who enjoyed the experience just as much, to learn more about the hydrographic aspect of geomatics as well as about how important this work is to ensure the safety of the maritime shipping and pleasure boaters that navigate the waters of the St. Lawrence.

"Wanted: young cartographers" …reward offered!
Infoceans – June-July 2011

Robert Dorais
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