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Mont Tremblant Summit / NSC 2020

Theme : International and indigenous perspectives for land governance

May 19 to 22, 2020
Mont Tremblant, Quebec

The NSC 2020 preliminary program is announced. Click here for details.

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Sommet Mont Tremblant / CNAG 2020
Thème : Perspectives internationales et autochtones pour une gouvernance foncière durable

Le 19 - 22 mai 2020
Mont Tremblant, Québec

Le programme préliminaire de la conférence nationale des arpenteurs-géomètres 2020 est annoncé. Cliquez ici pour les détails.

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Association News / Nouvelles des associations
Draft Revision of the Canadian Standard Association's
CSA S250 Mapping of Underground Utility Infrastructure (New Edition)
CSA Group
Review end date: December 4, 2019

This Standard specifies mapping requirements for the recording and depiction of underground utility infrastructure and related appurtenances at or below grade. This Standard does not apply to utility infrastructure that is normally above grade (e.g., overhead wires, pole-mounted transformers, antennas, and dishes).
Public Comment on Retiring the U.S. Survey Foot
NOAA's National Ocean Service Bulletin
Comments Close: 12/02/2019

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Office of Weights and Measures and NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS) have co-issued a Federal Register Notice (FRN) to retire the U.S. Survey Foot After 2022.
In the Media / Dans les médias
Surveyor stuck in mud for over an hour before rescue by Freeport and Brunswick Fire Department
Sunday's rainy conditions turned part of one Maine surveyor's afternoon into a rescue operation.
Crews from both Freeport and Brunswick Fire and Rescue responded to a surveyor stuck in the mud near Frost Gulley Brooke. This happened alonside I-295 near exit 22 in Freeport.
According to officials, the man was stuck in waist-deep mud and the rescue operation took over an hour because of the weather conditions.
Own waterfront property in Yukon? You may own less than you think
Land title ‘defect’ means some water front properties may include 30 metres of Crown land reserve
CBC News
You may own less than you think you do — 30 metres less.
The Yukon Land Planning Branch recommends waterfront property owners take a close look at their land titles. Those titles may be subject to a "defect" legally depriving them of property they thought they owned. Read more

Des propriétés riveraines irrégulières au Yukon
Un arpenteur à la retraite sonne l’alarme au sujet de propriétés riveraines du Yukon dont le cadastre a été enregistré malgré leurs délimitations illégales.
Au pays, la loi prévoit que la limite d’une propriété au bord de l’eau doit-être à un minimum de 30 mètres du plus haut niveau d’eau annuel normal. Lire plus
How survey markers and satellites help scientists track Earth’s rising sea levels
The Tribune
If you hike the numerous public trails throughout California, you may have come across a survey monument, especially if you like geocaching. These metallic geodetic monuments mark key survey points — for example, mountain tops.
The survey monuments are mostly 3-inch cast metal disks affixed to the tops of pipes that have been pounded into the ground or fastened on large rocks or concrete pillars. A legend is usually stamped on their faces.  Read more
Province plans to fire Alberta real estate council to deal with dysfunction
KPMG review recommended dismissal as ‘most effective and timely’ way to handle governance problems
CBC News
The province will fire all eight remaining members of the Real Estate Council of Alberta and appoint an official administrator, actions recommended by a consultant asked to investigate "significant conflict" on the council.
"They have been focused on their own internal relationship differences and on trivial matters," Service Alberta Minister Nate Glubish said Wednesday, shortly after introducing the Real Estate Amendment Act 2019 in the Alberta legislature.  Read more
The Crown of Copyright
Stewart McKelvey Lawyers Avocats
Last month, the Supreme Court of Canada released its much-anticipated decision in Keatley Surveying Ltd. v Teranet Inc., 2019 SCC 43.
This was a certified class proceeding on behalf of all land surveyors in Ontario who registered or deposited plans of survey in the provincial land registry offices. The surveyors claimed that the Province of Ontario infringed their copyright in the plans as a result of licensing agreements between the Province and its database service provider Teranet. Read more
Boundary changes possible for Kelowna, Lake Country and OKIB
The Daily Courier
The boundary between Kelowna, Lake Country and the Okanagan Indian Band could be adjusted to support the development of new industrial lands.
A mediator will be at a meeting this Friday to move along discussions aimed at extending water and sewer lines, and improve road access, to the currently vacant properties. Read more
Birch Island citizens give nod to award of $103 million for boundary settlement
Manitoulin Expositer
WHITEFISH RIVER FIRST NATION—It has been a long road since representatives of the band first entered a claim in 2003 alleging that the boundary of their reserve as surveyed in 1851 under the terms of the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850 did not reflect the historical agreement reached between the Crown and the band, but this weekend, members of the Whitefish River First Nation voted by an overwhelming 97 percent margin to accept a federal government offer to settle a boundary claim. Read more
Grizzly bears, prairie fires and tall tales from 1878
The Jamestown Sun
G.G. Beardsley was very busy in the fall of 1878. Beardsley was a deputy land surveyor for the U.S. government and was charged with surveying the townships numbered 142 from the vicinity of the James to Sheyenne rivers.
According to his report, included in an article in The Jamestown Alert, Beardsley bagged a grizzly bear somewhere to the northeast of Spiritwood Lake.
Beardsley told the Alert’s reporter one of the survey crew initially spotted the bear. Beardsley took after the animal with a revolver and light rifle.  Read more
Autodesk and AGC to Provide Construction Industry with Custom-Fitting Safety Harnesses for Women
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls are the leading cause of private sector worker fatalities in the construction industry. Everyone who works at heights, whether it’s on a roof, scaffolding, or the edge of a tall building, should have properly fitting safety harnesses, yet not all contractors have the supply they need to better protect women in construction. To help address this, Autodesk is funding a grant program with one of the largest construction trade organizations – the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) – to supply select, in-need member contractors with fall protection harnesses sized for women who work at heights. Read more
International News / Informations internationales
PI stalemate has surveyors on the brink
Surveyors fear they may be forced into closure as the professional indemnity (PI) stand-off shows no signs of easing.
GMA Certification Group, one of Queensland’s biggest building certifiers, is considering the option after failing to secure a new PI policy to replace its previous cover that expired last Wednesday.
MD Geoffrey Mitchell says the business is presently in “caretaker mode” and is not able to do much work without indemnity protection. Read more
Tech News / Nouvelles techno
Google annonce avoir atteint la « suprématie quantique »
Avec un nouveau processeur, le géant de Mountain View a effectué un calcul bien plus rapidement que ce dont sont capables les meilleurs supercalculateurs.
Le Point Tech & Net
C'est un grand pas pour l'informatique mondiale et la recherche dans le domaine quantique. Une étude de Google, potentiellement explosive, qui avait déjà fuité le mois dernier, est officiellement parue ce mercredi dans la revue Nature. L'entreprise américaine y annonce avoir expérimenté la « suprématie quantique » avec un processeur capable de faire un calcul en trois minutes au lieu de… 10 000 ans.
Contrairement aux bits des ordinateurs classiques qui ne peuvent se trouver que dans deux états, 0 ou 1, les qubits peuvent se trouver dans plusieurs états à la fois. Lire plus

Google unveils quantum computer breakthrough; critics say wait a qubit
Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Wednesday it had achieved a breakthrough in computing research by using a quantum computer to solve in minutes a complex problem that would take today’s most powerful supercomputer thousands of years to crack.
Quantum bits, or qubits, can be set to one and zero at the same time, unlike today’s computer bits that are either ones or zeros.  Read more
Upcoming Events / Prochaines activités
National Geodetic Survey Webinars
Webinar: Putting the Best “Foot” Forward: Ending the Era of the U.S. Survey Foot
National Geodetic Survey
December 12, 2019 | 2-3 pm, Eastern Time
Webinar link
Geo-Technologies for Resource Management Conference and COGS Industry Expo
Canadian GIS and Geospatial Resources
January 21, 2020
Lawrencetown, NS

The Canadian Hydrographic Conference
Canadian Hydrographic Association
February 24 to 27, 2020
Québec City Convention Center

Abstract - Paper Submission
FIG Working Week 2020
International Federation of Surveyors
Fédération Internationale des Géomètres
May 10-14, 2020
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
The FIG Working Week 2020 is addressing the following overall theme:
Smart Surveyors for Land and Water Management

Sommet Mont Tremblant Summit / NSC CNAG 2020
Association of Canada Lands Surveyors
In partnership with
Professional Surveyors Canada

May 19 to 22, 2020
Mont Tremblant, Quebec

Association des Arpenteurs des Terres du Canada
En partenariat avec
Géomètres professionnels du Canada

Le 19 - 22 mai 2020
Mont Tremblant, Québec

GeoIgnite 2020
GoGeomatics Canada
June 22-24, 2020
Ottawa, ON

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