Robert Van De Poll

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Honorary Lecturer


Robert heads up all Global Law of the Sea activities for Fugro Group (Netherlands), one of the world's largest commercial Surveying & Engineering Corporations, offering services for land, sea and air. He serves as Geology Director at the Dundee Ocean and Lake Frontiers Institute and Neutrals (DOLFIN).

Robert received his B.Sc.(Earth Sciences) in 1991, and M.Sc.Eng (Geodesy & Geomatics) in 2002. He has more than 10 years' practical experience working as a field geologist and more than 15 years at CARIS, where he designed, created and developed the CARIS LOTS (Law of the Sea) software for the United Nations.

Today, it is the "World's Standard GIS software" for all Global Law of the Sea applications (EEZ & ECS) used by the United Nations , all Law of the Sea (LOS) tribunals and more than 75 Governments around the world for all their LOS applications.

In 2006, Robert joined Fugro Group Worldwide (FNV) reporting directly to the Director of Survey Division, positioned under Fugro's Headquarters in Leidschendam, The Netherlands. Based in Canada, Robert heads up all operations as International Manager Law of the Sea, targeting 162 countries around the world. He has developed and continues to manage the unique Fugro Global Law of the Sea database (the most comprehensive compilation of relevant Global digital Law of the Sea data of its kind), used for all Fugro Law of the Sea projects.

To date, Robert has worked on more than 1000 Law of the Sea Projects in 130 of the 162 Coastal (+Lake) States (Countries) (including one of seven land-locked African Lake Countries), all with relevance to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. These projects would include all aspects of the Law of the Sea, including Management of the Territorial Sea Baselines, Legal Limits, Maritime Boundaries, and the Extended Continental Shelf. This work includes directly advising and assisting Governments (Foreign Affairs), National Oil Corporations (NOC's) and International Oil Corporations (IOC's). Robert has been involved in 75% of the 100 ECS submissions (to date) for the Extended Continental Shelf (ECS) Projects submitted under the UNCLOS, and has personally worked with and/or trained many of the members of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS).