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WSP delivers surveying and mapping solutions for the entire project lifecycle with speed and certainty. Our crews are first on the ground supporting some of the largest projects in Canada. Regardless of the project size or location, we are there, from field to finish.


A tradition of excellence

May 19, 2015

Did you know that surveying is one of the oldest professions in the world dating back to the great pyramids of Ancient Egypt? Where there were structures, there were surveyors!


In addition to the construction of major monuments and buildings, surveyors in Ancient Egypt were also responsible for re-measuring and re-marking the land affected by the annual flooding of the Nile, a work that settled many disputes and quarrels. As illustrated on the walls of tombs, the role of surveyors was integral to the Egyptian society.

Surveyors in Ancient Greece and Rome were equally esteemed in their respective societies for their ability to create the straight angles and perfect lines that shaped the remarkable buildings and coliseums that still stand erect today.

Fast-forward to the 18th century United States: long before George Washington became President, he first gained reputation as an honest, fair, and dependable person through his successful surveying career. Abraham Lincoln, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were also all surveyors prior to their serving as the political head of the United States.

WSP surveyors continue to carry on this long tradition of excellence and are dedicated to adding value—through efforts large and small—to our clients’ projects. We understand that amounting to greatness requires taking small significant steps and that it all starts in the field

The crew is going over Swift Water Rescue techniques as part of their daily tailgate safety meeting before doing a topographic survey on the banks of a creek with high water. Here, they use throw-bags, PFDs (Personal Floatation Devices) and SWR helmets. Taking the time to review what they were trained and certified to do is a critical part of a safe day's work. (Credit: T. Peet, C. Piesas and J. Miller, near Terrace, BC)

'BT 9^93' This Bearing Tree indicates a survey monument set 9.93m away, in the direction of the face of the blaze. The survey plan confirms the distance, the units (metres or feet), and the bearing from the survey monument to the blaze. It's fortunate that when this tree was felled (for reasons unknown), the blaze and carving were preserved. Reference: BC Land Surveyor's General Survey Instruction Rules V3.7, Division 3: Ancillary Monumentation, 1-11 Bearing Trees.(Photo credit: M. Cooper)

A surveyor is checking back to the benchmark, on structural steel corner. (Credit: Van Esch)

Bush surveying in the spring, remote site access via ATV. Thankfully, the days are starting to get long again. (Credit: S. Riley)


Geomatics at WSP

With almost 1,000 employees and 250 crews, our Geomatics team is the largest survey provider in Canada. The team is active across the country with a strong presence in Western Canada, Quebec and the Atlantic region.