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Using expertise and technology to capture, analyze, and show the geospatial attributes of natural and built elements in the places we live...

On, above, and below the earth’s surface – we provide surveying and mapping to define land boundaries, earth’s physical features, and the built environment. Armed with tools like GPS, GIS, 3D laser scanners, and aerial photogrammetry, we deliver innovative solutions for remote and challenging environments or complex urban settings. Our projects are as broad as the places we work including residential, industrial, highway, rail, aviation, utility and power, environmental, oil and gas, federal, and institutional. Geomatics is the science of collection, analysis, display, and management of spatial information. The art is interpreting this information for legal matters of land definition or to support mapping, design, or construction activities. Addressing unique logistical and technical aspects of each project, our experts offer services that include boundary and cadastral surveys, topographic mapping, construction staking, residential builder layout, ALTA/ACSM surveys, 3D laser scanning, geodetic and control surveys, route surveys, as-built surveys, aerial photogrammetric mapping, water rights surveys, hydrographic/bathometric mapping, and subsurface utility engineering.

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  • 65
    US Licensed Land Surveyors
  • 17
    Canadian Land Surveyors

Geomatics takes flight

Stantec’s Kevin Grover goes over the advantages of surveying with flying robots.

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<p>Geomatics got a drone two years ago when we decided to jump into a different tool for the surveying and mapping environment</p> <p>There’s a lot of safety risks inherent to manned aircraft collection. It’s very expensive. So unmanned aircraft is a natural progression</p> <p>We bought a fixed-wing system, decided to go with a fixed-wing like a traditional airplane. It’s three feet wide, only weighs about three pounds, so it’s very small and compact. It’s typically used for small data capture</p> <p>There’s a lot of advantages to using a drone to do survey capture or mapping capture.</p> <p>The biggest one is the fact that you can actually get up in the sky and do capture from the air, as opposed to doing it from the ground.</p> <p>It can get very fast data capture. We can cover much larger areas than we can with a traditional ground survey in the same amount of time.</p> <p>It’s got automated flight control, so you launch it in the air and it will actually fly a mission, it will take pictures at set intervals. You can integrate different sensors into it. We currently have an RGB camera, but you can integrate different sensors such as near-infrared, thermal, and allows for different types of data capture.</p> <p>So we can cover some large ground area just by using inexpensive sensors and a very lightweight capture system.</p> <p>The biggest purpose so far has been for mapping purposes and 3D topography. We do a lot of laser scanning and other conventional surveying, so we’ve integrated that into a lot of the workflow that we currently have, and we can derive terrain models and very nice high-resolution colour imagery using the drone.</p> <p>We’re looking at other ways of using drones within other disciplines at Stantec. We’ve set up a couple of groups within Stantec to look at applying technology to the environmental service field, mining, oil and gas. Everybody has data collection needs, so with unmanned aircraft, it allows us to capture data more cost-effective for our clients, and for a variety of applications.</p>

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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