|Surveyors began by looking
at the stars. Between the huge clear northern sky and the vast open
lands to the west lies the history of surveying in Alberta.
We take our many boundaries - national, provincial, natural and urban
parks, private residential property, airports, roads, oil well sites,
irrigation ditches, to name but a few, almost for granted.
The skills of the surveyor are everywhere we look. It is the notes,
sketches, and calculations of surveyors which gives us the maps and
plans to order our world. Modern surveying and mapping in Alberta has a
short, but astonishingly full, history.
Surveyors were among those who saw it as it had been for millennia and
they were often the forerunners of change and development.