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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.


Through the eyes of the Surveyors

January 30, 2015


Two drilling rigs at work on this pad. Traditionally, surveyors would lay out single-well leases as small as 1.0 hectare. Today, we're laying out considerably larger multi-well pads, with as many as 12 or more surface wells on location, and several bottom holes drilled horizontally from each surface. (Credit: J. Hiltz)

The shovel, pin-finder and posture of close inspection are give-aways of the task at hand: the crew is searching for survey evidence. No doubt the surveyor is brushing snow from the face of an old brass cap, or dirt from the end of an old iron post. Any found evidence will be tied in and used to calculate either a parallel boundary or an intersection, depending on the orientation of the new project. The clear skies and hoarfrost are give-aways of the location: clearly, this is Peace Country. There’s just no place else quite like it. (Credit: J. Hiltz)

On the trail to the project site. Having scouted a proposed access route for construction feasibility, the crew will start tying in existing features. The best access routes will exhibit a balance between: minimal impact to the environment, wildlife and stakeholders…maximum usage of existing disturbances…fewest possible safety hazards and overall cost. (Credit: J. Hiltz) 


Everyday Inspiration

“What makes the job of a surveyor so exciting is the opportunity to work in some of the most beautiful places in Canada, facing new challenges in diverse environments. The field crews that I’ve met and worked with in our operations are top notch, and I feel are some of the best in the business.  I see men and women out there that understand customer service and take pride in their work. I see leaders that understand the value of training and mentoring.  Crews that know how to work safely and efficiently and people that work well as a team. 

None of this takes away from the value of our office staff – I have a tremendous amount of respect for our office teams and the pride that they have in their own work – it’s just that the hard work of the field staff isn’t observed directly as often, so the photo blog is a way of raising their profile a little and shining some light on what they do from day to day.”


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 the Western Canada, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada.