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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.


Walk a mile in a surveyor’s shoes (in the snow)

March 10, 2015

Transforming the built environment and restoring the natural one requires working throughout the coldest of seasons, in all weather conditions. The WSP Geomatics Team tackles winter head-on while focusing on safety first and foremost. This allows them to successfully accomplish their field work regardless of Mother Nature’s state. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” (Benjamin Franklin)


It is training day for these surveyors who are new to the snow covered landscape. When it comes to ATVs and snowmobiles, WSP’s safety record is hard to beat. While a good safety record is a direct result of safe practice and diligence on the part of field crews Project Managers, it also brings to light the importance of proper training. This local CSC-certified ATV and snowmobile riding instructor (in grey jacket) has been working with our field crews for over 7 years and has issued more than 600 certifications and re-certifications. (Photo credit: J. Hiltz)

On a legal survey near Reid Lake, northwest of Prince George, BC. (Photo credit: T. Peet and A. Koehler)

When the going gets tough, the out-of-the-box thinker gets, well, a jackhammer! Counter-sinking posts in cultivated fields means getting them down at least 12”, so that they don’t destroy farming implements. This crew traded his ground axe for a jackhammer in order to get the job done quickly and effectively. (Photo credit: J. Hiltz and I. Klemetsrud)

The flare stack, flat sky and frost give away the weather conditions. These cold and windy conditions are amongst the most challenging for a field surveyor. (Photo credit: Van Esch)

An operator can avoid unnecessary disturbance by accessing exploratory fields via frozen-in-winter access roads. Therefore rather than logging a full 20 meter wide corridor, then stripping, ditching, grading and surfacing, the operator can simply plough and freeze in an existing trail or seismic line. Then, once the field is proven, a permanent road may be built. It is an experience in itself to drive these roads, particularly at dawn or dusk; radio control remains critical for safety. (Photo credit: M. Cooper)


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.