Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Remembering the 2013 June flood; response, recovery and the road ahead - Field Surveying Services

When you think about your average day at work, it probably doesn’t involve wading into a raging river. Yet, as the rivers rose during the 2013 June flood, The City’s surveyors found themselves on the banks of the rivers in the name of collecting real-time information.

From June 20 to July 4, City surveyors donned their life vests, safety harnesses and surveying equipment to access the Elbow and Bow river banks and get accurate real-time water elevations. This information assisted the Water Operations Centre in their emergency management so that decisions could be made quickly and accurately.

Approximately 30 City staff measured water levels 24 hours per day during the peak periods by surveying the changing water levels along the Elbow and Bow Rivers. Additionally, they provided survey support for the quick reconstruction of a portion of the south LRT line, various roads and river banks following the flood.

On a regular day at work, you'll find the surveying staff on higher ground using the latest technology and expertise to perform high precision measurement surveys for land and infrastructure development projects.

The City’s surveying team is responsible for developing and maintaining The City’s High Precision Network (HPN), which is the primary survey control network necessary for development, surveying and mapping in Calgary. The Field Surveying Services Division provides professional surveying advice to City business units on legal boundary issues, positioning technology and surveying methodologies. They are often the first people on-site at a City project and the last to leave.

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