1976 - Continuing
and Unremitting Pressure
President Hill told
the membership that there is continuing and unremitting pressure on our
educational institutions to upgrade the quality of instruction in survey
science. The mood across Canada indicated a strong desire to ensure an upgrading
of entrance standards to the degree level.
Mr. Hill said that the graduate must
be highly conversant in one or more of the following: EDM devices, instant
positioning, inertial survey systems, Doppler satellite, geometric geodesy,
photogrammetry and photo control, subdivision and site planning, environmental
impact, computer hardware and software, digitizing, electronic plotting, and
Mr. Hill challenged the membership to take a more independent progressive stance
in advising clients of the most efficient, modern and economical methods of
completing a job assignment. He felt that Association members had broken through
some barriers in this regard such as wellsite surveys in remote areas, the Urban
Integrated Control and Provincial Coordinate System and the Cadastral Mapping
At the 1976 Annual General Meeting, the membership approved a new recommended
tariff of fees for legal surveys. For the professional services of an Alberta
Land Surveyor, the fee was to be no less than $40 per hour. At the same time, the federal
government’s anti-inflation guidelines had to be taken into account when
approving the new recommended tariff of fees.
The membership also considered adding a new section to the Land Surveyors Act to
allow for survey corporations and partnerships. The Association had received a
legal opinion indicating that an argument could be made that survey corporations
could not legally incorporate.
A recommendation was brought forth, and approved, by the membership that a
full-time secretary/manager be hired to look after the day-to-day affairs of the
Association and to carry out the duties of the Secretary-Treasurer and
Registrar. At this time, Ontario, British Columbia and the Canadian Institute of
Surveying each had full-time staff persons. It was expected that the
secretary/manager would carry out the duties formerly carried out by the
University of Calgary, conduct research, provide continuity of representation at
CCLS and other interprovincial meetings and oversee legislative changes.
President Hill also indicated to the membership that the
Scholarship Foundation had been registered as a charitable foundation the
previous November and that some funds had been received and members were
encouraged to make contributions if they had not already done so.
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