Accurate Results for Surveying Projects throughout Manitoba & Parts of Nunavut & the Northwest Territories

As a trusted land surveying firm in Manitoba, Stevens Surveys has successfully completed a wide range of projects in both urban settings and remote environments. We take pride in spending time determining your needs in order to supply you with accurate, understandable results. Please take a moment to review some of our featured projects. If you have questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us.

Assinboine Park

Assiniboine Park is the largest park in Winnipeg. Redevelopment of the zoo and the Children’s Nature & Adventure Playground area, building the Qualico Family Centre and the expansion of the duck pond demanded accurate drawings showing where all features such as trees, paths, utilities and structures were located, with geodetic elevations throughout the entire study area.

Many three-dimensional elements were critical. This was achieved using our HDS system, complemented with our robotic total station, all of which were unified and controlled by a GPS-derived network. We collected over 147 million points from 50 set-up locations for the playground and duck pond components alone. Within the zoo, data regarding tree height, drip line, trunk diameter and species were collected and added to the drawing.

University of Manitoba

At the University of Manitoba, two prominent buildings, Pembina Hall and Tache Hall, are undergoing a major expansion and conversion of use. We provided the architect with drawings showing site features needed for design purposes using a combination of GPS, robotic total station and traditional level and rod. Level circuits were run through a maze of corridors from crawlspace to rooftop, picking up several tie-in points at each level.

The floor elevations, roof lines and other vertical components were essential to ensure a compatible design with the existing structures. HDS was used to gather accurate information about the relationship of an underground tunnel and the ground above it, as well as the relationship of rooftop cupolas, parapets and building facades.

Gull Bay Harbour

Fisheries and Oceans Canada has a mandate to keep the harbours that are critical to the commercial fishing industry safe and in good repair in order to protect the health and safety of users and the environment. Using a combination of GPS and a survey-grade depth sounder, we conducted a bathymetric survey of the Gull Bay Harbour at Long Point on Lake Winnipeg.

Differential corrections to the GPS positions on the boat were acquired from a nearby land-based GPS base station set up over a survey monument with established coordinates. In shallow areas, we simply waded and directly measured the bed of the harbour with GPS. The depth information was combined with the topographic survey of surrounding land and related to permanent monuments to create a composite DTM.

Treaty Land Entitlement

We have done more treaty land entitlement survey work in Manitoba than any other survey firm. When First Nations signed treaties more than 100 years ago, certain amounts of land were to have been set aside for their use. Many First Nations did not receive their full allotment and now lands are being surveyed to fulfill the obligations. These surveys are usually large of several weeks’ duration in isolated locations demanding intense logistical considerations.

The TLE survey at Pukatawagan, for example, required a crew of 11 people in a temporary base camp for six weeks. Aerial photography was acquired, boundary lines were cut through the bush, survey monuments were installed at intervals, boundaries and shorelines were measured and finally a plan was produced to identify the land to be transferred for the use of First Nations people.

Portage La Prairie Recreation Multiplex

The Portage La Prairie Recreation Multiplex is a state-of-the-art recreational facility offering two ice rinks, an indoor water park and fitness area. A combined boundary survey and topographic site plan of the project area was first completed using GPS and conventional total station. This was relied upon by the architects to design the building. Once construction commenced, we established multiple grid lines for building control and 900 pile locations were staked out. In the pool area, complex curvilinear wall sections were laid out.

North Warning System, Nunavut

The North Warning System is a series of radar stations across the arctic region providing surveillance of northern North American airspace. The logistics to move personnel, equipment and supplies in and out of these isolated locations are complex, aggravated by unpredictable weather conditions. The threat of polar bear attacks adds another level of preparedness.

The survey of the North Warning System site on Resolution Island, opposite the south-eastern tip of Baffin Island in Nunavut, was one of 17 such sites we surveyed to effect the transfer of jurisdictional control from the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs to the Department of National Defence. At this location, 80 survey monuments were installed to define separate parcels for the radar station, beach head, airstrip and connecting roads. All work was conducted using GPS.

Canoe Club Condominium

Our involvement in the Canoe Club Condominium began with the collection of site information and preparation of a topographic site plan complete with contours, utilities and boundary location. Once the building design was completed, we established horizontal and vertical survey control for construction, set up building grid lines, staked out pile locations and laid out catch basins.

A Building Location Certificate was prepared at the foundation stage of construction and upon completion. Each of the 102 units and the associated exclusive common elements within the building were measured, unit areas were calculated and the set of 15 drawing sheets comprising the condominium plan was prepared for registration in the Land Titles Office. Work concluded with the certification that the final lot grading conformed to the design.

Survey of Territorial Boundary between Nunavut and the Northwest Territories

In 1999, the Nunavut Territory was created from part of the Northwest Territories. The western boundary of Nunavut was defined using theoretical coordinates. Starting in 2008, contracts were issued by the Federal Government to monument and survey the rectilinear boundaries.

In September, 2014, our firm was awarded the contract for the survey of 470 kilometres of these boundaries. Transportation between monuments was provided by helicopter. We encountered wildlife included black bears, grizzly bears, wolverine and moose.

Survey of Mining Claims in Nunavut

Before a mineral claim can go to lease it must first be surveyed by a Canada Land Surveyor. These surveys involve finding the original staking posts and marks and placing survey monuments.

In 2013, the survey of the KIY1, KIY2 and KIY3 claims were completed at Kiyuk Lake.


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