Land Surveyor (Episode 65)


Before a house or a structure can go up you need to know the legal boundaries
that define that property. It’s the job of the land surveyor
to measure all of that and much more. Let’s learn more about what
a land surveyor really does. Bryan! Brian. Nice to meet you. Always nice to meet another Brian. It is. Welcome to Can-Am Geomatics. Let me show you around. Please, yeah. I’m Bryan Bates and I work as a professional
land surveyor in Fort St. John, B.C. A land surveyor is a caretaker of boundaries
within the province of British Columbia. Professional land surveyors
assess the records and evidence and make measurements out in the field to figure out exactly where those boundaries are. So that when we give them to the client or register them in the Land Titles Office that they’re as close to perfect as they can be. All right, Bryan. So, where we off to now? Well, we’re about an hour north of Fort St. John, going up to a construction site where
they need some extra staking done. And this would be a typical job
that a land surveyor would do? Oh, definitely. You get to see all sorts of places
in British Columbia, whether it’s kind of, you know, an urban environment or way out in the wilderness,
where nobody else goes to most of the time. A typical day in the field in a really remote location might involve, ah, you know, an hour or
more of driving to get close to the site. Uh, after that we might use an ATV or a
snowmobile or even a helicopter to get all the way close to a site. After that, we’ll get on site,
figure out, uh, exactly where we are, what we can measure from to set up the survey that we’re going to do that day. Okay, let’s grab our stuff. Yeah. Brian, can you grab the shovel and the yellow case? The balance of the day might involve
taking additional measurements to locate topographic features
or maybe marking it up with flagging and lath, uh, so that machinery coming behind knows
where to clear trees or move dirt and basically making sure that by the time we leave the field at the end of the day, we’ve gathered every bit of information
we’re going to need to prepare a whole series of maps and plans and other digital deliverables for, for our clients. It’s probably not a typical nine-to-five job
for most people, especially working out in the field, you know, staying a couple hours late
to make sure that the survey that they need to have done gets done,
is pretty important. Let’s pound in a stake, right there. Right where he’s going to, there? Yeah. Well gentlemen, typically I like my stakes
medium-rare, but I’ll take that. It looks well done. [Laughter] Thank you. To be a really good land surveyor, um,
attention to detail is, is very important. You’re dealing with people’s property
and boundaries of land, so everything you do has
to be done very precisely. So, this stake on its own doesn’t mean much, but when they’re in a row, and that’s when you can actually
see the boundary line, right. Exactly. What we’re doing is just making the boundary line visible
for our client and anybody else that needs to see where it is, so we mark it up plain as day. Land surveyors leave a lot of survey
monuments in the ground that are marked with a, with a special survey number on them that’s unique to each land surveyor. So, in a way, we get to leave our mark out there, which is kind of rewarding. That’s something that’s going
to remain there in the ground, maybe for hundreds of years to come. I bumped into the geomatics industry and discovered that it was something where I could balance, uh, being able to be in the field
and to be able to be in the office. That sort of variety really appealed to me. There’s quite a bit of training that goes into it. A, a person needs to start out with
a university-level education in geomatics. Afterwards, they need to, um, register, with the Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors and begin a process called articling, which is on-the-job experience program of at least two years underneath another
professional land surveyor. When they pass all of that,
then they’re eligible to become registered as a,
as a professional land surveyor. As you’re able to progress more into project management and supervising the surveys, uh, you can definitely get a good work/life balance. It can fit a lifestyle. Go and talk to a local land surveyor. There’s, you can find them all over B.C.,
and sit down and ask them, you know, what they do in their day-to-day job, uh, what sort of uh, qualifications
they think a person needs to have. Well, thank you very much
for showing me around Jesse. No problem, Brian. Take care. Bryan, it was a pleasure. It was. Thank you, Brian.
Have a good day. You, too. Once again, I’m Brian for Career Trek, reminding you that this career could be yours. See you next time.

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