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April 9, 2020
Le 9 avril 2020

Bringing Surveying News to You
Nouvelles de PSC-GPC News
New Video / Nouveau vidéo
Title Insurance and Property Survey
Check out PSC's new video!

Découvrez notre nouvelle vidéo !

These videos are the result of the dedicated work of PSC's Communication Committee volunteers. Ces vidéos sont le résultat du travail dévoué des bénévoles du Comité des communications du GPC.
Support Professional Surveyors
Please consider supporting Professional Surveyors Canada by becoming a member today.

Your membership supports the work of communicating the importance of the key role professional surveyors have in supporting an efficient land market and effective land-use management.

While these functions underpin development and innovation for social justice, economic growth, and environmental sustainability, they are often not understood by the public or the policy makers.

Professional Surveyors Canada’s board of directors, representing all regions of Canada, volunteer their time and expertise to communicate this to both the public and the government through videos, advertisements, position papers, letters and by attending various meetings to ensure that surveyors are heard and their expertise taken into consideration.

Please follow this link to become a member: Licensed member application.

Not sure if you're a member? Please contact us.
Veuillez songer à soutenir Géomètres professionnels du Canada en devenant membre dès aujourd’hui.

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.

Le conseil d’administration de Géomètres professionnels du Canada, qui représente toutes les régions du Canada, donne de son temps et de son expertise pour communiquer 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.

Pour devenir membre, veuillez cliquer sur ce lien : Demande pour devenir membre autorisé.

Vous n’est pas sûr si vous êtes un membre ? Veuillez communiquer avec nous.
New Letter to the Prime Minister of Canada
PSC has written this letter on behalf of professional surveyors across Canada:

April 9, 2020

Office of the Right Honorable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P.
Prime Minister of Canada
Langevin Block, House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

RE: COVID-19 Wage Subsidies for the Professional Surveying Industry

Dear Prime Minister,

We appreciate the difficult decisions that need to be made to protect the public health, safety and welfare when dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and applaud your government’s initiatives to provide timely financial assistance to businesses unable to support their staff. Your 75% wage subsidy is a responsible action in this time of crisis. Unfortunately, the restriction of comparing March revenue to 2019 revenue, or to the average of January and February revenue, leaves behind much of the struggling professional surveying industry.

New Job Postings / Nouvelles offres d'emploi
Secretary/Registrar – Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors
Education and Experience: Must be a practicing Land Surveyor registered with the Association, with a minimum of 10 years’ experience.
Apply before: May 15, 2020

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.
In the Media / Dans les médias
The role of surveyors in locating and mapping underground utilities
Between the Poles
All about infrastructure
Accurately mapping underground utility and telecom network assets represents a growing opportunity for professional surveyors. In order to ensure continuing improvement in the accuracy of location information about underground utilities, some international jurisdictions are requiring that new or modified underground infrastructure be surveyed by a registered surveyor. Technical advances are making it easier for surveyors to conduct underground surveys. For construction projects owners, engineers and contractors are increasingly recognizing that surveyors who can offer a combined above- and below-ground survey are able to add significantly more value than the traditional above-ground-only survey. Read more
xyHt Subscription
Professional Surveyors Canada
Did you know that PSC Members receive a free subscription* to xyHt “North America’s Leading Geospatial Magazine”?
(Formerly Professional Surveyor Magazine).

If you are a member, contact us to receive the discount code.
Coalition Letter to President Trump on Essential Infrastructure
the American Surveyor

April 6, 2020
The President
The White House
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:
We, the undersigned trade and professional organizations representing tens of thousands of firms and individuals engaged in architecture, engineering, surveying and mapping, prime contracting, subcontracting, specialty trade contracting, supplying, construction and program management and surety bond production would like to join with the many other organizations in urging further guidance to clarify “essential Infrastructure” and “essential businesses and services.”  Read more
Submit surveying photos and see them published in POB Magazine
Surveyors find themselves in the field more than any other profession. For many surveyors, it is an essential part of what they love most about their job and they wouldn't have it any other way. Neither would we!
In celebration of land surveying and geospatial professionals around the world, we are introducing a new Point & Shoot section in the print and digital versions of the magazine to highlight the humorous and humbling (like above) experiences our profession faces everyday. Read more
PSC Zoom Meeting Tuesday April 14 4:00pm EDT
Surveying issues during COVID-19:

Professional Surveyors Canada invites you all to an online PSC meeting:

  • round-table discussion of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the professional survey industry in Canada,
  • a chance for all PSC members and Horizon subscribers to voice questions, concerns, and
  • direction on this topic to the PSC board.
Save these Zoom details to your calendar:
Pre-registration is not required.
Time: Apr 14, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 597 425 651

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Réunion Zoom de GPC - Jeudi 14 avril à 16 h, HAE
Objet – Questions entourant la COVID-19 :

Géomètres professionnels du Canada vous invite tous à une réunion en ligne de GPC pour :

•   une table ronde sur les répercussions de la pandémie de la COVID-19 sur l’industrie de l’arpentage au Canada,
•   une chance pour tous les membres de GPC et les abonnés d’Horizon de faire part de leurs questions, de leurs inquiétudes, et
•   de leurs orientations sur ce sujet au conseil d’administration de GPC.
PodBean Podcast - Geoholics Anonymous
Welcome to the first meeting of Geoholics Anonymous! This is a bi-weekly “roundtable” style discussion touching on the current issues affecting the Land Surveying & Mapping professions. This panel was made up of Kent Groh, LS (Host of The Geoholics), Justin Farrow (Land Surveyors United), Gavin Schrock (Editor of xyHt), Michael Thompson, LS (Chair of Professional Surveyors Canada), Ryan Swingley, LS (Past President of the Indiana Society of Professional Surveyors), Denver Winchester, LS (President of the FIG/Young Surveyors Group) and James Combs, LS (VP of the FIG/National Young Surveyors Group).

The topic of this weeks GA meeting was COVID-19 and how it is and might affect land surveying moving forward.
Learn about the actions PSC has taken.

Professional Surveyors Canada (PSC) is carefully and regularly monitoring the COVID-19 situation.

The PSC office is open virtually to its Members and the public, and staff and directors can be contacted by the usual means.

In most provinces, but not all, the surveying profession is an essential service. PSC has sent a letter to the Prime Minister of Canada and to several minister’s offices to “….urge that any order limiting business activities be mindful of the unique characteristics of the engineering, surveying, and geospatial profession and that these activities not be closed or limited.” PSC directors have also sent letters to their respective provincial ministries.

Stay safe and healthy,

Professional Surveyors Canada
Apprenez quelles sont les mesures prises par GPC.

Géomètres professionnels du Canada (GPC) surveille attentivement et régulièrement la situation entourant la COVID-19.

Le Bureau de GPC est ouvert virtuellement aux membres et au public, et le personnel et les membres du conseil d’administration peuvent être joints par les moyens habituels.

Dans la plupart des provinces, mais non dans toutes, la profession d’arpenteur est un service essentiel. GPC a envoyé une lettre au Premier ministre du Canada et à plusieurs bureaux de ministre pour demander instamment à ce que toute ordonnance limitant des activités opérationnelles tienne compte des caractéristiques particulières des services d’ingénierie, d’arpenteur et de données géospatiales et à ce que ces activités ne soient pas arrêtées ou limitées. Les membres du conseil d’administration de GPC ont également envoyé des lettres à leurs ministères provinciaux respectifs.

Restez en sécurité et en bonne santé,

Géomètres professionnels du Canada
How Surveyors can help Newcomers & Refugees
How Can You Help Newcomers & Refugees in the COVID-19 Emergency?
Centre for Newcomers
We at the Centre for Newcomers are committed to helping newcomers to Calgary get through the COVID-19 emergency and you too can be a part of this.
There are many things you can do. Here are some examples:
2. Donate your useable laptops and tablets
Many clients do not have access to devices to continue their online English language classes or even connect with the rest of the world virtually. Please call 403.569.3325 or connect through social media or for gift cards and electronics donations.
Tech News / Nouvelles techno
How Close Are We—Really—to Building a Quantum Computer?
Scientific American
The race is on to build the world’s first meaningful quantum computer—one that can deliver the technology’s long-promised ability to help scientists do things like develop miraculous new materials, encrypt data with near-perfect security and accurately predict how Earth’s climate will change. Such a machine is likely more than a decade away, but IBM, Microsoft, Google, Intel and other tech heavyweights breathlessly tout each tiny, incremental step along the way. Most of these milestones involve packing ever more quantum bits, or qubits—the basic unit of information in a quantum computer—onto a processor chip. But the path to quantum computing involves far more than wrangling subatomic particles. Read more
Working from home makes you vulnerable to hackers. Here's how to stay safe
Now's the time for good tech hygiene, too.
Working at home can leave you open to hackers, even in normal times, and these aren't normal times. With millions of people in the US under orders to stay home to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, many more people are now working in their personal space, sometimes on their personal computers or phones. That makes a much wider target for hackers, cybersecurity experts say.
At home, it's less likely you're protected by the corporate software that can scan every link you click and file you download for signs of danger. Read more
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