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June 11, 2020
Le 11 juin 2020

Bringing Surveying News to You
Nouvelles de PSC-GPC News
Recording of Annual Members' Meeting 2020

Listen to Michael Thompson, Chair, talk about what’s been happening with Professional Surveyors Canada and your surveying profession across Canada, Darren Patkau, Treasurer & CFO on finances, and Dave Gurnsey, Chair of the PLIC on professional liability insurance matters.

Contact us for the recording.
Enregistrement de l'assemblée annuelle des membres 2020

Écoutez le président de GPC Michael Thompson, Darren Patkau, Trésorier, et Dave Gurnsey, Président de Comité d’assurance responsabilité civile professionnelle.

Communiquez avec nous pour l'enregistrement.
PSC has written this letter regarding Ligado, PPP and RTN, on behalf of professional surveyors across Canada:

May 27, 2020

Ms. Christyne Tremblay
Deputy Minister, Natural Resources Canada
580 Booth St., 21st Floor, Room B5-1
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0E4

Dear Deputy Minister Tremblay,

Professional Surveyors Canada (PSC) is the not-for-profit association representing the interests of the public and Professional Surveyors across Canada. We have 1300 professional members in an industry that employs approximately 40,000 people across Canada, and as such constitute the foremost experts on land tenure, surveying, and cadastral mapping in Canada. Our mission includes the protection of the public interest as it relates to land tenure.

On April 22, the American Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved an application from Ligado to operate 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) services in a spectral band immediately adjacent to GPS bandwidth. This is of serious and critical concern to the survey industry, as interference and noise from this service will degrade or disrupt the ability to use GPS for numerous applications. The financial and societal implications to industry are immense. The Canadian and American survey industries have been advocating against Ligado (formerly Lightsquared) being granted this spectrum position since 2011.

PSC is also eager to discuss the importance and overarching benefit of Natural Resources Canada’s Precise Point Positioning (PPP) service and Real Time Network (RTN) compliance monitoring. PPP has become an essential tool for professional surveyors and many other industries, not only in Canada but worldwide. The PPP program showcases Canada’s position as a global technology leader in geodetic survey initiatives

How correction services enhance remote surveying
GeoSpatial World
Western Australia (WA) is the resource center of Australia. It contributes some 58 percent of Australia’s Mineral and Energy Exports, according to the Department of Mines and Petroleum. With 92 percent of its 2.6 million inhabitants living in the southwest corner, the rest of WA is a variation of the “Wild West”––sparsely populated towns with poor infrastructure, rugged terrain and a landscape of reds, greens, coppers and browns that stretch into the horizon. In other words, when someone pictures the Australian outback, they’re picturing WA. That same rustic beauty and isolation can make surveying a challenge.
Advances in precise point positioning (PPP) technology, however, have helped to resolve these obstacles and enable surveyors to optimize their real-time productivity without compromising accuracy. Read more
New Job Postings / Nouvelles offres d'emploi

Senior Surveyor – Nunavut Region (Iqaluit)
Location: Iqaluit (Nunavut)
Job type: Permanent
Qualifications: CLS with license OR a provincial license
Salary Range: $94,762 to $115,057 (*plus isolated post allowances)
Closing date: 15 June 2020 – 23:59, Pacific Time

Arpenteur(euse) principal(e) – Région du Nunavut (Iqaluit)
Location : Iqaluit (Nunavut)
Type d’emploi : Permanent
Qualifications : ATC ou licence provinciale
Échelle salariale : 94,76294 762 $ à 115 057 $ (*en plus de la prime de poste isolé)
Date limite : 15 juin 2020 – 23 h 59, heure du pacifique

Junior Geodetic Engineers (Anticipatory)
Location: Ottawa, ON
Job type: Permanent, temporary
Qualifications: Candidates with Geomatics Engineering undergraduate degrees are being sought for these positions, although candidates with graduate degrees are also welcome to apply.
Salary range: $55,804 to $79,055
Closing date: 30 June 2020 – 23:59, Pacific Time

Ingénieurs en géodésie subalterne (Anticipatoire)
Location : Ottawa (ON)
Type d’emploi : Permanent, temporaire
Échelle salariale : 55 804 $ à 79 055 $
Date limite : 30 juin 2020 – 23 h 59, heure du pacifique

Complimentary Job Postings / Affichage gratuit d'offres d'emploi
The National Job Bank has been designed specifically for members of the Professional Surveyors Canada community. Complimentary posting of information to the National Job Bank is a benefit of membership.

La Banque d'emplois nationale a été conçue spécifiquement pour les membres de Géomètres professionnels du Canada. L’affichage gratuit sur la banque d’emplois nationale constitue l’un des avantages de votre adhésion.
Support Professional Surveyors / Soutenir les géomètres professionnels
Your membership supports the work of professional surveyors that is often not understood by the public or policy makers.

PSC advocates to both the public and the government through videos, measurable social media campaigns, position papers, letters, meetings with government officials, and participation with other group stakeholders.

Join here: Licensed member application. Not sure if you're a member? Please contact us.
Votre adhésion soutient le travail de communication de l’importance du rôle clé des géomètres professionnels dans le soutien d’un marché efficace et la bonne gestion de l’utilisation des terres.

Bien que ces fonctions soutiennent le développement et l’innovation en faveur de la justice sociale, de la croissance économique et de la durabilité de l’environnement, elles sont souvent peu comprises par le public ou les décideurs politiques.

GPC communique ce message au public et au gouvernement au moyen de vidéos, d’annonces publicitaires, d’exposés de position et de lettres ainsi qu’en assistant à différentes réunions pour veiller à ce que les arpenteurs-géomètres soient entendus et à ce que leur expertise soit prise en compte.

Vous n’est pas sûr si vous êtes un membre ? Veuillez communiquer avec nous.
Association News / Nouvelles des associations
Technical Staff Salary Survey Results
Association of Ontario Land Surveyors
From AOLS In Sight
"We have heard the challenges of surveyors being able to hire qualified technical staff.

Council noted that we do not have salary information available for our technical staff, and if available, it might help attract students and others to these positions. As a result, a Technical Staff Salary Study was created and sent out to all the Certificate of Authorization holders last month.

This study has now been completed and the summary of the responses has been posted to the AOLS website.

Please access it at
GeoEd Webinar: Best Practices- Field Procedures for GNSS
Association of Canada Lands Surveyors
Over the past two decades, GNSS has become part of the standard survey tool-kit, in many areas nearly completely replacing "conventional" instrumentation.
However, as land surveyors get used to treating GPS as a "total-station replacement" - another way to derive relative bearings, distances and elevations between points - the requirement that surveyors remind themselves of the underlying geodetic principles that allow GPS to be used in land surveying becomes increasingly important. Read more

Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 am EDT
Presenter: Dr. Robert Radovanovic, P.Eng., A.L.S., C.L.S.
Price: $56.50 includes ON HST

The Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia (GANS)
The Geo-Talks will consist of presentations and discussions by geospatial professionals representing a variety of specializations, and will give you the opportunity to learn more about current developments in the geomatics sector.
Free weekly event on Thursdays
Time: 2:00 - 2:30 pm ADT

All are welcome!

More info at:
The Alberta Land Surveyors' Association invites you to attend these webinars:

Trends in Professional Governance: Wild, Wacky Regulatory Ideas that Just Possibly, Perhaps, Maybe, Might Be Worth Considering Webinar
Canada is the last bastion of self-regulation. But the end of that governance model is now in sight. Changes that originated in the United Kingdom, Australia and Ireland are coming to Canada. British Columbia has already started down the path and Alberta and Ontario are talking about it a lot. Smaller boards and committees that are selected on the basis of skills, composed of at least 50% public members, are replacing the current system of elected professional-majority councils and committees. Understand why these changes are proposed and how the regulation of the profession will evolve if (or, perhaps, when) these changes occur.
Speaker: Richard Steinecke
Date: June 18, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

What does the Public Expect of Regulators and What Exactly Does Protecting the Public Mean? Webinar
The days of the public trusting regulators to license and discipline their members without serious question are long gone. Media scrutiny, government inquiry and external reviews of regulators are becoming commonplace. With those, examinations, patterns and trends are emerging as to what the public expects of regulators, particularly in the areas of transparency, oversight and risk-based regulation. At the same time the “public interest” served by regulators is expanding beyond just ensuring that practitioners are ethical and competent. Public expectation snow include enhanced communication skills, the promotion of equity, consideration of the environment and ending the “culture of silence.” Forewarned is forearmed.
Date: June 25, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Webinar: Taking the Plunge into Open Source GIS
BeSpatial / Urisa Ontaro
Public and private sector organizations are increasingly migrating to open source GIS, yet there is still reluctance by many to consider these solutions. Since the 1990s, open source software has grown to become an integral component of almost everything we do with computers, from sending an email to analyzing data on supercomputers. Read more

Date: June 23, 2020
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Cliff Patterson, Senior GIS Consultant, Public Sector Digest

Non-Member Registration: $30.00
In the Media / Dans les médias
BC Court Of Appeal Affirms The Western Boundary Of Treaty 8 Is The Arctic-Pacific Divide
Indigenous Bulletin
On May 19, 2020, in a split decision, the Court of Appeal affirmed the lower court decision regarding the location of the western boundary of Treaty 8, finding it is the height of land along the Arctic-Pacific Divide, and not the more easterly boundary of the height of the Rocky Mountains asserted by British Columbia and a number of non-Treaty 8 First Nations ( West Moberly First Nations v. British Columbia, 2020 BCCA 138). Read more
Expect More Interruptions To Surveyor Work
A symptom of our country’s pocked pandemic response, frequent pauses to state-level operations are poised to be our new “normal.”
In a desperate attempt to feel “back to normal,” a Michigan construction worker recently crossed state lines into Ohio for a service still not yet available under lockdown in the Great Lakes State.
“It feels amazing,” Nawal Hamade told the Detroit News, after driving roughly 10 miles from Temperance, Michigan, to Toledo, Ohio, to get a pedicure. “Staying at home was getting depressing,” she said. Imagine that. Read more
University of North Georgia Adds Geomatics Graduate Certificate
The geomatics certificate program will feature six graduate courses.
The University of North Georgia's Lewis F. Rogers Institute for Environmental & Spatial Analysis (IESA) has added a new graduate certificate in geomatics for its fall 2020 semester. Read more
Nisga'a knowledge helps scientists create first detailed map of Tseax volcano
Volcano erupted 250 years ago, killing an estimated 2,000 people
A team of B.C. researchers has been able to create the first detailed map of the Tseax Volcano thanks to a combination of scientific data and Indigenous knowledge.
The volcano, located on Nisga'a territory on B.C.'s northwest coast, erupted 250 years ago, making it the second youngest volcanic eruption in Canada. The eruption is believed to have destroyed three villages and to have killed up to 2,000 people. Read more
International News / Informations internationales
Fugro Detours for Ifremer’s Mayotte Underwater Volcano Survey
the American Surveyor
A Fugro vessel heading from the Netherlands to South Africa has made a 10-day detour to support Ifremer, the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea, in monitoring a giant active underwater volcano off the east coast of Africa. Ifremer is performing important research on this unique volcano but the latest mission was thrown into jeopardy by the Covid-19 pandemic and associated travel restrictions. When Fugro heard, they diverted the specialist hydrographic survey vessel Fugro Gauss to Mayotte in the Mozambique Channel to support Ifremer’s vital hydrographic survey. Read more

Mayotte : naissance d'un inquiétant volcan sous-marin dans la plus importante éruption sous-marine jamais enreg
La succession d'épisodes sismiques à l'Est de Mayotte dans l'océan Indien, s'explique par la naissance d'un volcan sous-marin qui croît très rapidement. Cette éruption volcanique exceptionnelle et de très grande ampleur est suivie par les scientifiques afin d'éclairer les décideurs sur les dispositions à prendre pour protéger les populations environnantes. Lire plus
Surveyors take giant steps to recalculate height of Qomolangma
China Daily
On May 27, a strong, cold wind swept across the summit of Qomolangma, known in the West as Mount Everest. The air temperature was -30 C. Eight mountaineers reached the summit at 11 am and began conducting a survey that attracted the attention of a large part of the Chinese population-precisely determining the height of the world's highest mountain. Read more
Global Watersheds and Waterways Captured in Vibrant Colorized Maps
GIS analyst and Hungarian cartographer Robert Szucs has shared an impressive collection of maps that bring together all the drainage basins of the world in vibrant colors. Titled Grasshopper Geography, the maps showcase the rivers and watercourses of the world, featuring the basins of selected regions, countries and continents.  Read more
Tech News / Nouvelles techno
Archaeologists Employ LiDAR to Uncover the Secrets of Long-Lost Empires
LiDAR technology in archeology has developed distinctly from LiDAR in ADAS. The most recent find? An ancient Mayan ceremonial site.
All About Circuits
Last week, archeologists discovered 3,000-year-old Mayan ceremonial ground, including a 13-foot-high pyramid—the largest and oldest construction in the region. The key to the researcher's discovery? LiDAR.  Read more
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