Hello from Edmonton Canada
Like others that have been in the game for some time, I never even thought about surveying as a career. I started off in an Architectural program at the local collage. The survey class just seemed to resonate with me so I switched and came out on the Dean's List. I carried onto a 3rd year in Northern Ontario, which had a large emphasis on mining.
Guess where I ended up after graduation.......1km underground looking for gold!
From that point on has been a journey of 25 years that has taken me through Ontario, British Columbia and now Alberta. I have been involved in Legal, Industrial/Commercial Construction, Underground/Open Pit Mining, Project Management and now, I was given the great opportunity to start up a geomatics division for a company highly into R&D and tech with subsurface and UAV work.
I have seen so many changes over the years, from laying out or completing underground topo with a Wild T1A or T2 and a steel chain (for all those younger ones....that is a steel tape measure). The first time I used a GPS I thought I broke it as I lost fix and couldn't figure out where the satellites went. Well the Gulf war started up and the US Government flipped the switch to off....lol.
I look forward to meeting new contacts and talking about the advancement in technology in the survey industry.
Around 2017 I set up a site for Insitu Soil Stabilization of Tailings pond in Kirkland Lake Gold mine (Ontario, CA). The survey work above ground was in Meters, while the survey work below ground in the mine was in Feet.
In 2012 I had a project in Whitefish Lake (Alberta, CA). Flew to Alberta, then drove to Lac La Biche to find the hotel. That is very vast territory up there. I love the area.
Welcome to the group. Please try to add as much as you take. A variety of expertise is available here and we are always in need of even more input. Thanks for speaking up.
Waving back at you from deep Down Under