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December 12, 2019
Le 12 décembre 2019

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ENCON has changed its name to Victor Insurance

Professional Surveyors Canada has partnered with ENCON to provide professional liability insurance to our members for over 25 years. The ENCON brand name has been used exclusively in Canada and the U.S.  They have decided to adopt their global name of “Victor”.  

The ownership of ENCON has not changed. Read more

ENCON a changé de nom pour devenir Victor Insurance

Il y a plus de 25 ans, Géomètres professionnels du Canada (GPC) s’est associé à ENCON pour offrir une assurance responsabilité civile professionnelle à ses membres. La marque ENCON a été utilisée exclusivement au Canada et aux États-Unis. La société a décidé d’adopter le nom « Victor », une marque mondiale.  

ENCON n’a pas changé de propriétaire. Lire plus
Mont Tremblant Summit / NSC 2020

Theme : International and indigenous perspectives for land governance

May 19 to 22, 2020
Mont Tremblant, Quebec

Speakers for the NSC 2020 Delegate Program are announced. Click here for details.

Please note:
A block of guest rooms has not been set aside for NSC 2020 so please reserve your room early. If later on, you change your mind, you can cancel your reservation if 72 hours in advance. Visit "Hotel Reservations" here:

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

Le 19 - 22 mai 2020
Mont Tremblant, Québec

Les conférenciers du Programme des Délégués de CNAG 2020 sont annoncés. Cliquez ici pour les détails.

Remarque :
Un bloc de chambres n'est pas réservé pour la CNAG 2020, alors veuillez réserver tôt votre chambre. Si plus tard, vous changez d'avis, vous pouvez annuler votre réservation 72 heures à l'avance. Visitez « Réservation de chambre » ici :

Association News / Nouvelles des associations
AOLS Seminar
Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS): Implementation into a Professional Practice
Association of Ontario Land Surveyors
December 13, 2019
Holiday Inn & Suites Ottawa Kanata
Ottawa, ON

The Boundary Point
Volume 7, Issue 12, December 2019
Four Point Learning
In April 2018, an appeal of a decision which simply projected township road lines by straight line extension across accreted land, was released and published on the CanLII reporting service and database. Within hours, it disappeared from CanLII and thereafter remained unavailable on the open source reporting service.
The issues considered in Duarte v. Ontario are of interest to land surveyors and real estate lawyers alike since the Divisional Court found the decision below unreasonable and ordered the Minister’s delegate to conduct the hearing further and to consider additional evidence and submissions to properly address all of the issues. Do township road lines which can be confirmed in a hearing under the Surveys Act include their extension or projection over accreted land? Read more

In the Media / Dans les médias
St. Catharines hospital demolition reveals hidden tunnels, underground swimming pool
The Standard
There isn't much left now. A thin column of floors and part of the building's brick exterior, framed by piles of rubble, are all that remain of the old St. Catharines hospital on Queenston Street.
It won't be long until a wrecking crew topples what remains.
What cannot be seen at street level are a series of chambers, tunnels and basements — architectural leftovers from the hospital's past — that reside underground. Read more
The art of the Roman surveyors emerges from newly discovered pavements in Pompeii
The technical skills of the Roman agrimensores - the technicians in charge of the centuriations (division of the lands) and of other surveys such as planning towns and aqueducts - are simply legendary.
These technicians were called Gromatics due to their chief working instrument, called Groma. It was based on a cross made of four perpendicular arms each bringing cords with identical weights, acting as plumb-lines. The surveyor could align with extreme precision two opposite, very thin plumb-lines with reference poles held at various distances by assistants or fixed in the terrain, in the same manner as palines (red and white posts) are used in modern theodolite surveying. Read more, Read more at arsTECHNICA
Yukon geologists raid the archives to aid ongoing search for gold
CBC News
Sydney Van Loon of the Yukon Geological Survey studies an old map from the Klondike region, held at Libraries and Archives Canada in Ottawa. She's leading a project to digitize hundreds of old maps to make them available online. (Yukon Geological Survey) Read more
Drone's-eye view captures changing coastlines and capelin habitat
WWF program aims to track minute changes in beaches and coves in Newfoundland
CBC News
Brandon Tilley uses joysticks on a control panel to gingerly manoeuvre a drone up into the sky above Lance Cove, Conception Bay.
It's cold and the wind is verging on bitter as Tilley peers into the screen of a tablet, looking at what the drone is photographing 40 metres up.
"What I'm doing here in this first stage now is I'm flying around and getting some general photos of the area before I start my actual systematic survey." Read more
Squamish Nation votes to approve massive apartment development in Vancouver
The Globe and Mail
The Squamish Nation got overwhelming approval from its more than 800 voting members to move forward with a massive rental-apartment development on Vancouver’s central-city waterfront – a project the nation is saying is a first of this magnitude for any Indigenous group in the world.
They say the 11-tower, 6,000-unit Senakw project on Kits Point will provide a model for other developments on reserve lands the nation holds throughout North Vancouver, as the Squamish aim for as much economic return as they can possibly get from their land. Read more
Local agencies makes plans for increased flooding risk associated with climate change
With the record-breaking flooding Ontario saw last spring likely to become more common, local agencies are working to reduce the impact and help residents prepare for emergencies. Read more
Mentoring in the Age of Automation
As old-timers retire and fewer young people enter surveying, we are at a turning point where mentoring is crucial to the future of the profession, but we will need to adapt to mentor well.
Land surveying is an ever-evolving profession. New technology, new coordinate systems, and new datums all make it difficult to keep up with the latest trends and the newest developments. Even for someone like me who grew up in the age of technology, at times it is difficult to wrap my head around. Read more
Alice gears up to bore an REM tunnel from the Technoparc to the airport
Montreal Gazette
Alice is the name given to the Réseau express métropolitain‘s giant tunnel boring machine (TBM), which will bore a 3.5-kilometre underground passage from the Technoparc to the REM station beneath Montreal-Trudeau International Airport. Read more
First person: My real estate cyber fraud nightmare before Christmas
Portland Business Journal
For most people, buying a new home is an exciting and unforgettable milestone. For a growing number of unsuspecting homebuyers, however, it has turned into a nightmare.
Last year, more than 11,000 people in the U.S. were victims of real estate wire fraud. Read more
UNH sails into the next generation of ocean mapping with NOAA grant
Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have been awarded a three-year grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in partnership with Saildrone, Inc. of Alameda, CA, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) to develop data quality tools for a new unmanned wind-powered sailboat-like vehicle capable of long-duration missions to collect vital ocean mapping information.  Read more
Take a tour around Iceland
Coast Reporter
Robert Allen will describe a driving tour around Iceland at the Sunshine Coast Natural History Society meeting on Dec. 6 at Sunshine Coast Arts Centre.
Allen is a life member as a British Columbia land surveyor and a retired Canada lands surveyor and a past president of both professional land surveying associations. He has lived in Sechelt since 1972, is a 46-year member and past president of the Sunshine Coast Lions Club, and a 34-year member and treasurer of Sunshine Coast Ground Search and Rescue. Read more
Kerr: Remembering one little ship at Pearl Harbor
She was once a rum runner’s yacht or so the old timers told arriving new sailors. The new arrivals aboard the USS Sumner (AGS-5) didn’t know whether to believe it or not. She had a sleek design with a long prow and didn’t fit the image of a conventional Navy vessel. The reality, however, was that she was built in 1915 as a submarine tender and switched identities in 1940 to become a hydrographic survey vessel.
The Sumner, throughout it all, caused as much damage to the attacking enemy aircraft as she could and claimed the downing of at least three aircraft. Given that U.S. forces only downed 29 Japanese aircraft that day, it was an impressive performance for a hydrographic survey ship. Read more
NIAGARA DISCOVERIES: Holland Land Co.'s West Transit Line
Niagara Gazette
Not long ago, a man called looking for information on his family who had lived in Niagara County in the early to mid-19th century. He remembered some of his ancestors talking about a long north-south road that ran from outside Buffalo all the way to Lockport but he could not recall the name of the road. When told it was Transit Road, he then remembered but asked how the road got its name. It’s a question that has come up over the years, along with other inquiries concerning the very early history of the surveying and mapping of this area. Read more
International News / Informations internationales
Building projects halted as surveyors face rocketing insurance costs due to cladding crisis
ABC News
Ryan O'Flynn is a man with a pool he isn't allowed to fill with water, because his building surveyor can't sign off on the project.
Mr O'Flynn, a Melbourne plumber, is just one of many people who had construction projects underway when building surveyors ran into insurance problems earlier this year.
Surveyors are having difficulty renewing their professional indemnity insurance because of the building industry's flammable cladding crisis. Read more
Tech News / Nouvelles techno
It's time to put an end to robocalls for good. Get started now
You can't magic away unwanted spam calls that plague your iPhone and Android phone, but there are some free and easy things you can do to dramatically reduce the number of robocalls you receive.
How many times a day do you answer your phone and hear a recording telling you your car's warranty is about to expire or congratulating you on winning a free trip to the Bahamas?
If you find yourself receiving a lot of spam text messages, you can forward the message to the number 7726 (spells SPAM). It won't block the number from texting you right away, but it will allow your carrier to look into where it came from and put an end to it. Read more
Upcoming Events / Prochaines activités
National Geodetic Survey Webinars
Webinar: Organizational Alphabet Soup: IGOs, NGOs & OGAs
National Geodetic Survey
January 16, 2020 | 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

August 24-29, 2020
University of Calgary
Calgary, AB

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