• Aricibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico, in 1999 Underhill provided GPS consulting services on Puerto Rico's CRIM mapping program, for Entec Corp

    1990-1999

    Aricibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico, in 1999 Underhill provided GPS consulting services on Puerto Rico's CRIM mapping program, for Entec Corp

  • Black Tusk from Helicopter on the Squamish to Whistler, BC,  GPS photo control survey for BC Hydro, 1992

    1990-1999

    Black Tusk from Helicopter on the Squamish to Whistler, BC, GPS photo control survey for BC Hydro, 1992

  • Underhill provided GPS consulting expertise to IGS Corp. on it's cadastral reform project, for the World Bank, in Bursa, Turkey, 1997

    1990-1999

    Underhill provided GPS consulting expertise to IGS Corp. on it's cadastral reform project, for the World Bank, in Bursa, Turkey, 1997

  • C. Cryderman and T. Connolly waiting for the Helicopter to refuel at DeSalis Bay, Banks Island, NT, during the Inuvialuit Boundary survey, 1991

    1990-1999

    C. Cryderman and T. Connolly waiting for the Helicopter to refuel at DeSalis Bay, Banks Island, NT, during the Inuvialuit Boundary survey, 1991

  • C. Cryderman setting up a GPS basestation atop an old stone bridge near Amurrio, Spain,  Underhill was providing GPS equipment and processing to MWH Geo-Surveys on their gravity survey for the Basque Oil Company, 1996

    1990-1999

    C. Cryderman setting up a GPS basestation atop an old stone bridge near Amurrio, Spain, Underhill was providing GPS equipment and processing to MWH Geo-Surveys on their gravity survey for the Basque Oil Company, 1996

  • C. Cryderman standing next to an old triangulation tower on Bennett Lake, during the kinematic GPS survey of the  White Pass & Yukon Railway from Skagway, AK, to Whitehores, Ed Hannosek of WPYR in foreground, AK,BC,YT, 1996

    1990-1999

    C. Cryderman standing next to an old triangulation tower on Bennett Lake, during the kinematic GPS survey of the White Pass & Yukon Railway from Skagway, AK, to Whitehores, Ed Hannosek of WPYR in foreground, AK,BC,YT, 1996

  • Pilot for Nunasi Helicopters at Underhill's Camp near  Hadley Bay, north of Cambridge Bay, NU, on the Nunavut Land Claim survey, 1996

    1990-1999

    Pilot for Nunasi Helicopters at Underhill's Camp near Hadley Bay, north of Cambridge Bay, NU, on the Nunavut Land Claim survey, 1996

  • Bruce Underhill surveying a right-of-way boundary post on the White Pass & Yukon Route kinematic GPS survey

    1990-1999

    Bruce Underhill surveying a right-of-way boundary post on the White Pass & Yukon Route kinematic GPS survey

  • Bruce Underhill in Bennett, BC, on the kinematic GPS survey of the White Pass & Yukon Railway, from Skagway Alaska, to Whtehorse, YT

    1990-1999

    Bruce Underhill in Bennett, BC, on the kinematic GPS survey of the White Pass & Yukon Railway, from Skagway Alaska, to Whtehorse, YT

  • C. Kalluk, Nunasi Pilot, and C. Cryderman at the Franklin Memorial, on Beechy Island, NU, during Nunavut Land Claim surveys on Devon Island, 1998

    1990-1999

    C. Kalluk, Nunasi Pilot, and C. Cryderman at the Franklin Memorial, on Beechy Island, NU, during Nunavut Land Claim surveys on Devon Island, 1998

  •  K. Lanigan, S. Dixon, and Jim(pilot) near Summit Lake, on CYFN Land Claim Survey

    1990-1999

    K. Lanigan, S. Dixon, and Jim(pilot) near Summit Lake, on CYFN Land Claim Survey

  • G.C. Friesen doing RTK GPS of natural boundaries on Nunavut Land Claim survey

    1990-1999

    G.C. Friesen doing RTK GPS of natural boundaries on Nunavut Land Claim survey

  • Underhill provided GPS equipment and processing expertise on MWH Geo-Surveys Gravity survey for ESSO, in T'Chad, 1995

    1990-1999

    Underhill provided GPS equipment and processing expertise on MWH Geo-Surveys Gravity survey for ESSO, in T'Chad, 1995

  • I. Royan setting up alignment laser for tunnel control, on the Wahleach Penstock revitalization project for BC Hydro, 1990

    1990-1999

    I. Royan setting up alignment laser for tunnel control, on the Wahleach Penstock revitalization project for BC Hydro, 1990

  • The crew of the Cambridge Bay Nunavut Land Claim survey in 1996.  From left: J.L. Salesse, M. Kearney, C. Cryderman, S. Brown, daytime helicopter pilot, and  assistant

    1990-1999

    The crew of the Cambridge Bay Nunavut Land Claim survey in 1996. From left: J.L. Salesse, M. Kearney, C. Cryderman, S. Brown, daytime helicopter pilot, and assistant

  • J.L. Salesse doing field CAD work on Nunavut Land Claim in Cambridge Bay, NU, 1996

    1990-1999

    J.L. Salesse doing field CAD work on Nunavut Land Claim in Cambridge Bay, NU, 1996

  • Assistant J. Pudluk on Nunavut Land Claim boundary survey, Devon Island, NU, 1998

    1990-1999

    Assistant J. Pudluk on Nunavut Land Claim boundary survey, Devon Island, NU, 1998

  • J.W. Sharp (former partner in Underhill & Underhill), President, Corporation of Land Surveyors of BC, 1992

    1990-1999

    J.W. Sharp (former partner in Underhill & Underhill), President, Corporation of Land Surveyors of BC, 1992

  • K. Lanigan on CYFN Land Claim survey, YT, ca. 1990's

    1990-1999

    K. Lanigan on CYFN Land Claim survey, YT, ca. 1990's

  • K. MacNabb of MWH Geo-Surveys on their gravity survey south of Bilbao, Spain, 1996, underhill provided GPS equipment, processing, and least squares adjustment expertise.

    1990-1999

    K. MacNabb of MWH Geo-Surveys on their gravity survey south of Bilbao, Spain, 1996, underhill provided GPS equipment, processing, and least squares adjustment expertise.

  • Crew on Nunavut Land Claim survey north of Gjoa Haven, NU, 1998

    1990-1999

    Crew on Nunavut Land Claim survey north of Gjoa Haven, NU, 1998

  • Post on the Sahtu boundary. Tulita, 1999

    1990-1999

    Post on the Sahtu boundary. Tulita, 1999

  • Assistants C. Kalluk, and M. Manik on Nunavut Land Claim survey, Devon Island, NU, 1998

    1990-1999

    Assistants C. Kalluk, and M. Manik on Nunavut Land Claim survey, Devon Island, NU, 1998

  • Assistant M. Manik on Nunavut Land Claim survey, Ellesmere Island, NU, 1998

    1990-1999

    Assistant M. Manik on Nunavut Land Claim survey, Ellesmere Island, NU, 1998

  • Assistant setting photo target at Sahtu boundary corner, Tulita, NWT, 1999

    1990-1999

    Assistant setting photo target at Sahtu boundary corner, Tulita, NWT, 1999

  • C. deHaan GPS consulting on the CRIM digital mapping project for Entec Corp. , in Puerto Rico, 1999

    1990-1999

    C. deHaan GPS consulting on the CRIM digital mapping project for Entec Corp. , in Puerto Rico, 1999

  • C. Kalluk, and C. Cryderman on Nunavult Land Claim survey, Devon Island, NU, 1998

    1990-1999

    C. Kalluk, and C. Cryderman on Nunavult Land Claim survey, Devon Island, NU, 1998

  • Nunasi Helicopters A-Star AS350B on Nunavut Land Claim survey.  Ellismere Island, NU, 1998

    1990-1999

    Nunasi Helicopters A-Star AS350B on Nunavut Land Claim survey. Ellismere Island, NU, 1998

  • Assistant S. Inutiq on Nunavut Land Claim survey near Arctic Bay, NU, 1997

    1990-1999

    Assistant S. Inutiq on Nunavut Land Claim survey near Arctic Bay, NU, 1997

  • S. Brown processing GPS data in Cambridge Bay, NU on the Nunavut Land Claim survey, 1996

    1990-1999

    S. Brown processing GPS data in Cambridge Bay, NU on the Nunavut Land Claim survey, 1996

  • MWH-GeoSurveys GPS/Gravity survey near Chiang Mai, Thailand, 1996, Underhill provided GPS receivers, processing, and adjustment expertise

    1990-1999

    MWH-GeoSurveys GPS/Gravity survey near Chiang Mai, Thailand, 1996, Underhill provided GPS receivers, processing, and adjustment expertise

  • From 1993 to 1995 Underhill was responsible for all construction surveys for Rojers Arena, for Dominion Fairmile Construction, D. Parkin, and J. Whale ran the crews

    1990-1999

    From 1993 to 1995 Underhill was responsible for all construction surveys for Rojers Arena, for Dominion Fairmile Construction, D. Parkin, and J. Whale ran the crews

  • C. Friesen took this photo during the GPS control survey for IGS Corp. on their mapping contract with Novacorp International Inc.  for a gas pipline route through the Andes Maipo Pass, near Santiago, Chile, this was Underhill's first overseas project since 1970

    1990-1999

    C. Friesen took this photo during the GPS control survey for IGS Corp. on their mapping contract with Novacorp International Inc. for a gas pipline route through the Andes Maipo Pass, near Santiago, Chile, this was Underhill's first overseas project since 1970

  • I. Royan during a CYFN Land Claim Survey, YT

    1990-1999

    I. Royan during a CYFN Land Claim Survey, YT

  • From 1993 to 1995 Underhill was responsible for all construction surveys for Rogers Arena, for Dominion Fairmile Construction, D. Parkin, and J. Whale ran the crews

    1990-1999

    From 1993 to 1995 Underhill was responsible for all construction surveys for Rogers Arena, for Dominion Fairmile Construction, D. Parkin, and J. Whale ran the crews

  • Survey crew at Bell/Porcupine camp east of Old Crow. CYFN, 1996

    1990-1999

    Survey crew at Bell/Porcupine camp east of Old Crow. CYFN, 1996

  • IBM GFIS workstations in UGSL Vernon office

    1990-1999

    IBM GFIS workstations in UGSL Vernon office

  • IBM DASD (Direct Access Storage Device) controller and tape drives in the computer room of UGSL Vernon, BC

    1990-1999

    IBM DASD (Direct Access Storage Device) controller and tape drives in the computer room of UGSL Vernon, BC

  • Part of North Fraser Harbour Commission GIS, set up by Underhill, now part of Port Metro Vancouver.

    1990-1999

    Part of North Fraser Harbour Commission GIS, set up by Underhill, now part of Port Metro Vancouver.

1990–1999

Underhill dominated the First Nations Land Claims surveys north of 60. Approximately 40% of all contracts let on these surveys by Natural Resources Canada were won by Underhill. Inuvialuit surveys carried on from the 80s. Additionally, the Gwich'in, Sahtu, Nunavut, and Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN) claims surveys were started. A total of 54 major contracts were completed in the 90s in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.

The 90s also saw the company expand into GIS (utility and cadastral mapping) as well as international geomatics consulting services through IGS and UGL. International projects were undertaken in Chile, T'Chad, Spain, USA, Thailand, Turkey, Yemen, Sudan, Puerto Rico, and Barbados. These projects involved either GPS or GIS consulting.

  • Pacific Place for Concord Pacific Developments, Vancouver
  • St. Georges School, Vancouver
  • YWCA and Bentall Tower V, Vancouver
  • CP Rail – BC Transit Commuter Rail Project, Vancouver to Mission
  • Hudson's Bay Mining & Smelting: Mine Survey Audit
  • BC Packers Development, Steveston
  • Infinity on Robson, Vancouver
  • Developments on Alberni, Vancouver
  • First Proposed New Convention Centre, Vancouver
  • Champlain Mall Subdivision, Vancouver
  • Abbottsford Airport.

The biggest technological change in the 90s was the introduction of the Internet.

Milestones

1990

G.C. Friesen moves to Whitehorse to co-manage the office with F.B. Underhill. UGSL establishes a new office in Vernon, BC, and two new directors join the company, D.L. Simpson and R.C. Power. At its peak, 50 staff are involved in the Hydro mapping. The entire electrical distribution network for Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland of BC, comprising 1.5 million facilities (poles, conductors, transformers, switches, etc.) and 5,500 map sheets, is digitally mapped in two years.

1992

C.D. Underhill, retired partner, is awarded Life Membership in the Association of Professional Engineers of BC. J.W. Sharpe (former partner in Underhill & Underhill) is elected president of the Corporation of Land Surveyors of BC.[10] International Geomatics Services Corporation (IGS) is formed by British Columbia Trade Development Corp., Digital Mapping Group Ltd. (DMG Ltd.) and GPS Ltd. IGS is established to internationally market the expertise (in surveying, digital mapping and land information services) of its members, developed during the TRIM Mapping program. UGSL wins the electrical data conversion project for Florida Power & Light of Dade County (Miami), Florida. The area comprises 1,000 square miles, 459 maps, 800,000 customers and 490,000 parcels. Hurricane Andrew hits Dade, delaying field work and pushes the project into 1993. Precise monitoring surveys are completed on the Lions Gate Bridge for Buckland and Taylor.

1993

UGSL projects continue with work on the BC Hydro GFIS project and further GIS work in Golden, Revelstoke, Lillooet, and Cache Creek, BC. The first application of three dimensional laser scanning is completed while monitoring structures during the excavation for Bentall Tower IV.

1994

W.G. Robinson retires from the partnership and is awarded Life Membership in the Corporation of Land Surveyors of BC.[10] UGSL is wound down. Underhill starts the production of digital descriptive map plans for the Nunavut Land Claim Settlement.

1995

Underhill works on its first international survey assignment since the 1960s on IGS's mapping contract for Novacorp International Inc. Underhill provides part of the GPS control for mapping for a gas pipeline from Mendoza, Argentina, to Santiago, Chile. That same year, Underhill supplies GPS expertise for MWH Geo-Surveys Ltd. on a gravity survey in T'Chad, Africa, for ESSO.

1996

K.K. Wong (who articled under Clare Underhill) is awarded Life Membership in the Corporation of Land Surveyors of BC.[10]

1997

J.M. Parnell retires from the partnership. Underhill provides GPS consulting services on IGS's Cadastral Reform project in Bursa, Turkey. F.B. Underhill works on Tulsequah Chief mineral claims in Northern BC for Redfern Resources Ltd. In doing so, he retraces the surveys done by his father, F.C. Underhill, in the 1920s.

1998

J.M. Parnell is awarded Life Membership in the Corporation of Land Surveyors of BC.[10] Underhill Engineering Ltd. is renamed Underhill Geomatics Ltd. to better reflect the area of practice.

1999

Underhill Geomatics, Inc. opens in Reno, Nevada. It conducts residential and commercial engineering survey work for clients such as RBF Consulting in Phoenix, Arizona.

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