Summit Award Winners
THE APEGGA FRANK SPRAGINS
Lachapelle, P.Eng., PhD
Gérard Lachapelle has contributed
to the development and commercialization of satellite-based positioning
and navigation technology, and to the training of engineering students
and professionals. He has performed pioneering work related to the development
of new methods and novel applications of the Global Positioning System
(GPS), a complex constellation of 24 satellites gradually deployed during
the last 20 years.
His involvement with GPS began in 1980
with Sheltech Canada, a division of Shell Canada Resources Ltd. He was
a founding member of Calgary-based Nortech Surveys (Inc.) Canada, and
Norstar Instruments. In 1988, he joined the University of Calgary and
now serves as the head of the Department of Geomatics Engineering. He
owns his own company, G. Lachapelle Consultant Inc.
His research has resulted in the development
of procedures, algorithms and applications of GPS, effective and timely
technology transfer methods and software to organizations worldwide, and
in the training of personnel to exploit the new technology. Dr. Lachapelle
has developed concepts and methods to reliably position moving platforms
to within a few centimetres. Civilian and military applications investigated
include aircraft-to-aircraft positioning, artillery positioning and precision
He is one of the inventors of a patented
cellular telephone positioning and emergency location system that has
been transferred to, and successfully commercialized by Cell-Loc Inc.
In 1997, he was awarded the Johannes Kepler
Award from the U.S.-based Institute of Navigation. He was the first non-American
to receive this award. In 1999, he was conferred an Honorary Professorship
from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China and
elected Full Member of the Russian Academy of Navigation and Motion Control.