Jumping Ship

Precise point positioning (PPP) has evolved significantly in the last decade. The long convergence times of PPP solutions were drastically reduced thanks to ambiguity resolution capabilities and precise slant ionospheric delay corrections. New satellite systems have emerged and new frequencies are being utilized. Low-cost GNSS positioning also matured considerably and high-precision positioning with a smartphone is now possible. These innovations are triggering a revolution in satellite-based positioning and I decided that the time has come to jump ship and leave my position at NRCan.


I had the exceptional opportunity to spend the last 7.5 years with the Canadian Geodetic Survey of NRCan, working alongside very knowledgeable and experienced individuals. I have also learned a great deal from the source code of the iconic CSRS-PPP software supporting NRCan’s online PPP service. I have been fortunate to be trusted in modernizing this software to include new functionalities such as ambiguity resolution and fast convergence using slant ionospheric delay corrections. Perhaps my deepest regret is that I will not witness firsthand the inauguration of this latest version, but I trust the people who are taking over this project.


I am very excited about the prospects of bringing GNSS to the masses. High-precision GNSS is not only for land surveyors and geodesists anymore, but is targeting a much wider audience. We are approaching the age of autonomous vehicles and I want to be a part of this breakthrough. For this reason, I will be joining the young and ambitious team of Swift Navigation to bring this concept to life. I am convinced that it will be an invaluable learning experience for me and I believe in the capabilities of the Piksi Multi receiver to support emerging applications.


This change of organization will obviously impact my blogging activities. While I intend to maintain this blog, updates will not be as frequent and may be more limited in content. Still, the best way to stay in the loop is to register to the mailing list if you have not already done so!

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Comments: 5
  • #1

    thalia (Saturday, 18 November 2017 13:23)

    oh wow! these are big news!
    ALL THE BEST to your new career!!

  • #2

    Baocheng (Sunday, 19 November 2017 04:02)

    It is really a big surprise. All my best wishes to your new position. Let us keep in touch. Look forward to seeing you in China next July (when IGS workshop 2018 will be held)

  • #3

    Stavros Melachroinos (Monday, 20 November 2017 16:25)

    Congrats on your new venture Simon. Despite that will miss your valuable blog postings, I'd like to wish you all the best and success.
    Best regards

  • #4

    Simon Banville (Monday, 20 November 2017 20:59)

    Thanks for the kind words everyone!

  • #5

    Garrett Seepersad (Thursday, 23 November 2017 13:14)

    You will be working for the competition ;) ...Let the best convergence win.