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Trevor Pasika

Senior Associate

Edmonton, Alberta

With over 10 years of experience in the industry, Trevor has seen continual advancements in the way spatial data is collected. He believes it is important to have an understanding of how new technologies can be leveraged to provide solutions to our clients. Trevor is a senior survey technologist with a variety of skills honed on diverse projects for disciplines including industrial, transportation, community development, buildings, and environmental services. He loves that he can be on a construction site one day, in a boat on the river the next, and an industrial site the day after.   

Trevor has worked on the Boundary Dam Power Station in Saskatchewan, Anthony Henday Drive in Edmonton, and the Third Avenue Church in Saskatoon – a rewarding project that allowed him to work with a team just as passionate about the importance of historic preservation, and securing an iconic building’s future. 

Survey Scanning: Lasers to the rescue

When conventional survey technology won’t work, the solution is clear: lasers. Trevor Pasika explains why Stantec embraces laser scanning.

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<p>Trevor Pasika:</p> <p>Our geomatics group has always been at the forefront for embracing technology, so when laser scanning came out it was something we really wanted to get involved with. We bought our first laser scanner in 2007, our second one in 2009. Those have since been retired, and we’ve got four new scanners that we’re operating out of the Edmonton office.</p> <p>It sends out a laser, and it’ll do full 360 loop around it, and as well it has a mirror that reciprocates overhead. And it will be able to take a complete picture of exactly what’s existing on-site.</p> <p>This will measure up to a million points a second, and captures absolutely everything on-site that’s visible.</p> <p>There’s probably three major advantages that we see. One of them is safety to the field crews. They no longer have to go into the roadway to work on construction, working from platforms up ahead.</p> <p>The other ones would be efficiency on-site and accuracy. We can capture a complete site in a fraction of the time it would have taken previously using conventional methods, and that’s obviously a savings that passes on to our client.</p> <p>The technology has really allowed us to work on a variety of projects, from oil and gas terminal stations to writing on stone petroglyphs, even working underground on LRT stations, all the way down to a kilometer underground in potash mines. We’ve also worked on some of the major airports in Edmonton international to Toronto Pearson and even the Anchorage airport.</p> <p>It’s opened up a lot of avenues for working with different groups within Stantec.</p> <p>Essentially any place where you might need as-builts or they are missing some as-built or design drawings, then laser scanning is probably something you should be looking at utilizing.</p> <p>We’re in a pretty exciting technological time right now, with the developments that you’re seeing. Laser scanning, digital photogrammetry, 3D printing, augmented reality. Who really knows where it’s going to go from here? But it’s just pretty exciting kind of staying on top of that curve and keeping up with it.</p> <p>Maybe the next step will be 3D printing our own laser scanners.</p>

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