Geomatics and Geospatial

For more than seven decades, we have offered leading-edge geomatics and geospatial solutions — land surveyors at WSP are the first on the ground. Whether it’s the construction of a plant site in Regina, the development of a new drilling program in Grande Prairie, mapping a pipeline route in Fort St John, we are involved in some of the biggest industrial and infrastructure projects across Canada.



We are known for our high level of client care and responsiveness, delivering technical expertise and superior results to meet specific project needs.

Our broad range of geomatics services include mapping / geographic information systems, geo-spatial data integration, bathymetric surveying, 3D laser and high-density scanning, digital terrain modeling, remote sensing, title record research, deformation / settlement monitoring, advanced geodetic systems, and photogrammetry. In addition, we provide a wide range of survey services, including pipeline, construction, topographic / pre-engineering, hydrographic, and cadastral surveys.

With staff in offices across Canada, working on projects around the world, our team of provincially and nationally licensed Land Surveyors have a high level of local knowledge as well as a clear understanding of local legislation and industry best practices.  WSP’s corporate culture embraces thought leadership through leveraging technologies in strategic ways to bring real value to our clients, and our team members are industry leaders in applying new technology and state-of-the-art solutions.

Our versatile skill set is applied to a variety of niche projects, including boundary litigation, complex high-rise surveys, and wind farms.The broad capabilities within WSP enable us to develop practical, big-picture solutions, enabling our clients to act with confidence.

Geospatial Solutions

The business of Geomatics has undergone continuous evolution to get to where it is today. The tools and technologies used are far more sophisticated digitally than what was used in the past. While many now think of Geomatics as a mature and well established profession, the reality is it is still evolving, perhaps faster now than ever before. Over the past couple of decades, the business and science of Geomatics has collided with modern digital technology and information and is one of the largest sources of “Big Data” on engineering projects. It is through the production and delivery of these large volumes of highly precise and detailed geospatial information that Geomatics produces opportunities for innovation within the broader engineering project life cycle.

Digital technology has provided Geomatics professionals with new tools that produce new types of data and streamlined delivery channels that can reach an unprecedented number of stakeholders, without the need for those stakeholders to be technical experts in spatial information or have special software and tools. Geomatics professionals, as the creators of this data, remain involved with spatial information long after data is collected in the field. The often large and technical nature of modern Spatial Data also requires a unique set of skills and understanding of the extracted data so that it is leveraged to its fullest extent. The Spatial Data experts in Geomatics have the unique skills required to assist in the processes whereby Spatial Data is transformed into information and intelligence that supports informed decision making throughout the entire project life cycle.

In mapping out the flow of Spatial Data across the engineering project life cycle we can better understand the Spatial Data Value Chain and see how innovation is enabled.

Geospatial Chart

 

Digital delivery mechanisms like GIS and web portals provide new ways for Spatial Data to be accessed, analyzed and combined with non-spatial information, producing new levels of insight and understanding. In an era where engineering projects face increasing risk mitigation pressure from a multitude of angles (cost overruns, scope creep, timelines, health, safety and the environment), the ability of Geomatics to transform Spatial Data into business intelligence is a valuable resource on all projects.

The following examples provide some insight on modern digital Geomatics technologies and tools currently available within the WSP Geomatics group. These examples demonstrate how new types of spatial data are being used to support innovation in engineering workflows within some of the different sectors that WSP serves.

Geospatial deliverables:

  • Topographic surveys Pre/during/post construction survey
  • Right of way, route design, and crossings
  • Earthworks – volumes, contours, profiles and cross sections
  • Construction quality control – facilities, risers, pads, etc.
  • Flooding, erosion, change detection
  • Geotechnical surface modelling
  • Municipal design works
  • Gas-sniffing sensing of pipelines
  • Drainage mapping
  • Asset management and GIS inventories
  • High definition imagery (still and video)
    • Infrared
    • Visual
    • Thermal
  • Inspections
  • Monitoring
  • GIS products (interactive maps, analysis, databases, etc.)
  • Geodatabase design
  • Elevation & 3D models