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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.


Ain’t no mountain high enough

March 26, 2015

Being a full-time surveyor often means juggling duties of a professional driver, equipment technician and data analyst, trainer and mentor, and even a chainsaw operator. We follow WSP surveyors this week in their delivery of top-quality field work:


The day starts early in the field. Pictured is an early morning convoy about to set off for the project site. (Credit: J. Hanifen)

Instruments like the Real-Time Kinematic GPS, used to stake boundaries, make a huge difference in surveying. The data— collected with greater accuracy and quality—can be transferred quickly back to the office for review and processing. (Credit: C. Blake)

Surveyors are setting a post in concrete (P.Con) in accordance with the General Survey Instruction Rules v3.7 (Jan 2015), Division 1 Monuments: (1) A type 1 post, to be known as the standard concrete post, must consist of a type 2 or type 4 post set in the centre of and flush with the top of a concrete cylinder that is not less than 75 cm high and 30 cm in diameter. Setting the survey monument in concrete stabilizes it in the ground, which is important considering its use by surveyors as a reference point. (Credit: I. Klemetsrud, D. Ormiston)

Ain’t no mountain high enough: When land travel was out of question, we opted for a helicopter ride over the Coast Mountains to reach our project destination. This picture was taken flying over a project site. If you look closely, the machine rotor is visible in the photo. Could there be a better office? (Credit: J. Ranger)


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.