June 6, 2018
Le 6 juin 2018
Association News / Nouvelles des associations
Recording of Annual Members Meeting
Professional Surveyors Canada

Listen to PSC's Chair Wilson Phillips talk about our 2017 initiatives and the road ahead for PSC in this recording. The recording will be available until July 1st.

The Meeting Agenda and 2017 Financial Reports are available on our website in the Members' Area.
Three motions were passed at the meeting. Click here to see the results.

Enregistrement de l'assemblée annuelle des membres
Géomètres professionnels du Canada

Écoutez le président de GPC Wilson Phillips parler de nos initiatives de 2017 et les plans futurs de GPC dans cet enregistrement. L'enregistrement est disponible jusqu'au 1er juillet.

L'ordre du jour et les rapports financiers pour 2017 sont disponibles sur notre site Web.
Trois motions ont été adoptées lors de la réunion. Cliquez ici pour voir les résultats.
In the Media / Dans les médias
Homeowners’ $100K dispute over inaccurate lot measurements proves importance of land surveys
The Star
A recent court case emphasizes the importance of using a survey and getting accurate property measurements before signing an agreement in a home purchase.
Nancy Ann Pringle was the owner of a detached, two-storey house on a corner lot with irregular measurements on the northern edge of East York, in the GTA. Prior to listing the property for sale, her real estate agent asked if there was a land survey indicating the property dimensions. Read more
Around the House: Land surveys are more than just marking property corners
Daily Commercial
Old surveys, internet satellite maps and property appraiser websites are just some of the reasons why many homeowners talk themselves out of having updated surveys completed when land is purchased, fences are installed or new structures are added to existing real estate. Land doesn’t move, so what could go wrong? The short answer is — a lot can go wrong. Read more
FIG - 3rd Young Surveyors North America Meeting
National Society of Professional Surveyors - NSPS
October 17-18 will be the 3rd NSPS FIG Young Surveyors Network North American meeting. This year the network is meeting in Washington DC in conjunction with the Maryland Society of Surveyors Fall Conference and the NSPS Fall Business Meeting. Read more
Échangeur Turcot: le projet de dalle-parc se concrétisera, dit Fortin
Le ministre de Transports André Fortin a assuré que le projet de dalle-parc aux abords de l'échangeur Turcot se concrétiserait, a rapporté vendredi Radio-Canada.
Indiquant que le projet est « important » pour son gouvernement, le ministre Fortin a affirmé qu'il prendrait forme si le gouvernement libéral est ramené au pouvoir cet automne.
La passerelle, un lien piétonnier et cyclable, avait été annoncée lors de la première mouture des plans de l'échangeur Turcot. Depuis, le projet avait été rayé du projet. Son coût est évalué à 40 millions de dollars. Lire plus
International Land Surveyors Week 2018
Land Surveyors United
International Land Surveyors Week 2018 (June 17-24) is for Land Surveyors in any country on earth to celebrate the value of professional land surveyors in society.
OGC announces creation of regional Canada Forum on Geospatial Standards
Directions Magazine
Members of the Canadian geomatics community have chartered the ‘Canada Forum on Geospatial Standards’ as a venue for collaboration on geospatial standardisation activities
31 May 2018: The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) announces that the geomatics community in Canada recently chartered a ‘Canada Forum on Geospatial Standards’ to support regional coordination and communication regarding geospatial standardisation activities. Read more
Les ingénieurs de Montréal relancent leurs moyens de pression
Encore amers de leur dernière convention collective, les ingénieurs de la Ville de Montréal, qui avaient paralysé la moitié des chantiers de la métropole en 2016, relancent leurs moyens de pression. Leur syndicat réclame un règlement rapide dans le renouvellement de leurs conditions de travail, faute de quoi il promet un « automne difficile ».
Les membres du Syndicat professionnel des scientifiques à pratique exclusive de Montréal ont voté à l'unanimité hier soir pour donner le mandat à leurs dirigeants d'entreprendre des moyens de pression, a appris La Presse. Ceux-ci veulent forcer rapidement l'administration montréalaise à s'asseoir à la table de négociations, une seule rencontre ayant eu lieu depuis que leur convention est arrivée à échéance, le 31 décembre dernier. « Ça ne bouge pas, ça piétine », déplore André Émond, président du syndicat. Lire plus
How surveyors track high water marks throughout Maryland after flooding — and what that data is used for
The Baltimore Sun
Karl Winters traipses through the woods lining the banks of the Little Patuxent River in Savage, looking for subtle signs that prove the river reached a height of more than 16 feet Sunday, spilling over its banks during a storm that caused flooding throughout the region.
Treading softly in his hiking boots, Winters winds through the thickets with his eyes peeled for lines of seeds on a tree trunk, or piles of debris deposited far from the water’s edge.
“Haven’t found anything yet that’s worthy of writing home to mama about,” said Winters, a hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey. Read more
Surveyor Fell Eleven Storeys from Construction Site in Fatal Accident
VOCM Local News Now, St. John's, NL
The man who fell to his death yesterday from a high-rise construction site in downtown St. John’s was 26 years old and a resident of Conception Bay South. Read more
Falls dispute grows more curious
Akron Beacon Journal
They share a property line, but the psychological gap between them is wider than the Grand Canyon.
If you’re an avid reader of this column — and if not, off with your head! — you will remember my report on the Battle of Cuyahoga Falls, in which a resident who accuses her neighbors of building a fence on her property has spent the last few years exchanging insults, threats, curses, raised middle fingers and police reports. Read more
These dudes set a Guinness record for tallest waffle stack—and the Twitter thread is epic
The Daily Dot
The Guinness World Records book holds some of the most remarkable achievements in the world, from smallest waist to longest time holding an abdominal plank position. Now, a group of ambitious friends from Denver can add a new record to the prestigious book: the tallest stack of waffles ever assembled.
In case you’re wondering (and you obviously are): The previous record for the tallest waffle stack was 51 centimeters (about 20 inches). Spencer McCullough felt confident he could crush that record. Denver land surveyor Dustin Hoaglin visited the site of the stacking to take an official measurement, and Denver Post reporter Elizabeth Hernandez painstakingly documented the endeavor on Twitter. Read more
Le port de Montréal nourrit de grands projets
Le Devoir
Le port de Montréal caresse un vaste projet de 2,5 milliards d'ici 2020, qui permettra notamment de plus que doubler sa capacité de manutentionner des conteneurs.
En présentant son projet devant les convives de la Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain, hier, le p.-d.g. de l'administration portuaire de Montréal, Patrice Pelletier, a soutenu que 41 000 emplois directs et indirects seraient ainsi créés et maintenus, d'ici 2020, comparativement à 18 000 à l'heure actuelle, grâce aux activités du port de Montréal. Lire plus
Plat problems: Surveyor tells county about problems with subdivision’s layout
Williston Herald Media
A subdivision in Williams County might need to be re-surveyed, and it isn’t clear who will need to bear the cost of that, the Williams County Commission heard Tuesday morning.
Blake Sexton, a surveyor, told the commission that he’d been hired to lay out the property lines of a lot in the Muddy Valley subdivision, which is located off 54th Street East, when he found a problem.
“It’s apparent there’s a discrepancy between the official plat and what’s on the ground,” he said. Read more
Drone technology reduces costs, improves efficiency, for KDOT surveyors
KMBZ Insiders
For the first time, the Kansas Department of Transportation is deploying a flying drone to map out a future road project.
The fixed-wing device was used last week to collect images from a two-mile stretch of roadway along US-75, north of Holton. The pilot program will determine how drones can be used in design projects, said Ron Feldkamp, survey coordinator. Read more
International News / Informations internationales
Updated map of Sri Lanka to be released today
News 1st
Colombo (News1st) – The Survey Department says the updated map of Sri Lanka will be published today.
Surveyor General, P.M.P. Udayakantha said there are 92 main divisions in the map of Sri Lanka adding that 70 divisions including Colombo have been updated thus far. Incidentally, this is the first time the map of Sri Lanka has been updated after 18 years. Read more
European GNSS Agency opens submissions for 2018 CLGE Young Surveyors Prize
Geospatial World
France: The Council of European Geodetic Surveyors (CLGE), in partnership with the European GNSS Agency (GSA), has launched the seventh edition of its Young Surveyors Prize. The 2018 edition of the competition is open for submissions and, as in previous years, the GSA is sponsoring a special prize for ideas leveraging Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus.
For the seventh consecutive year, the Young Surveyor’s Prize is inviting students of topography, GIS, geodesy, mapping and related studies to submit unique and innovative ideas in their field of expertise. Each winner or winning team stands to win a prize of EUR 1000.

There are 5 categories in total:
   Geodesy, Topography,
   Galileo, EGNOS, Copernicus,
   GIS, Mapping,
   Cadastre and Property Surveying,
   Student and youngster engagement.
Searching the depths of Zealandia's lower lake
stuff The Dominion Post
Navy personnel will be used to map the bottom of a Wellington lake in the hope of finding some historic secrets, such as an historic gold mine shaft.
The Navy's hydrographic experts will work at the Zealandia eco-sanctuary this week to digitally map the bottom of its lower lake reservoir.
It is believed there is an old gold mine shaft, which was used by early miners in the valley, at the bottom of the lake. Read more
Tech News / Nouvelles techno
Map-making on a budget
Cut-price cartography tools are making light work of map-making.
Nature International journal of science
Glaciologist Kenichi Matsuoka was leading a team across an Antarctic ice sheet in 2005 when their crucial mapping software cut out.
Matsuoka relied on a commercial geographic information system (GIS) to review data and plan excursions on the remote ice. But amid his travel preparations, Matsuoka, then at the University of Washington, Seattle, had forgotten to renew the software license. “It was a disaster,” he says.
Or nearly so. The team also had a smattering of other tools on their laptops, which they used to cobble together a solution. “We managed,” says Matsuoka, now at the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø, Norway. The team went on to develop a free, self-contained and open-source Antarctic-mapping resource called Quantarctica, which today has several hundred users, according to George Roth, who coordinates the project. Read more
La blockchain, sans bullshit: Le guide pour les débutants
20 minutes
BLOCKCHAIN MY HEART (2/5) Révolution en cours ou hype injustifiée, «20 Minutes» se penche toute la semaine cette technologie qui va bien au-delà du bitcoin... Lire plus
Le bitcoin perd l’intérêt des marchés et gagne celui des régulateurs
Le Devoir
Entre un intérêt amenuisé des particuliers et des régulateurs plus sévères avec les cryptomonnaies, le marché du bitcoin traverse une période houleuse, même si certains acteurs du secteur croient encore dans l’avenir de la première cryptomonnaie.
Après une fièvre d’achat fin 2017 et une chute spectaculaire au début de l’année, le cours du bitcoin, toujours morose, a de nouveau reculé ces dernières semaines. « La baisse des prix est une correction saine, après la folie de fin 2017 », a affirmé à l’AFP Kyle Samani, créateur en octobre dernier d’un fonds dédié aux cryptomonnaies, Multicoin Capital, qui gère 50 millions de dollars pour des investisseurs privés. Mais s’il assure que la première cryptomonnaie devrait profiter de l’intérêt global pour le secteur, son fonds ne parie pas sur une hausse des prix du bitcoin, à l’instar d’autres acteurs qui privilégient d’autres cryptomonnaies aux performances plus impressionnantes ou aux technologies plus innovantes. Lire plus
Upcoming Events / Prochaines activités

UESI Pipelines 2018 Conference
July 15-18, 2018
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
Toronto, ON

2018 MGUG Fall Conference
October 17, 2018
Club Regent Event Centre
Winnipeg, MB
Registration is now open!

FIG - 3rd Young Surveyors North America Meeting
National Society of Professional Surveyors - NSPS
October 17-18, 2018
College Park Marriott and Conference Center
East Hyattsville, MD

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