Congratulations to all the Underhillions who participated in this years Sun Run 10Km. There were over 48,000 participants this year, and while it was a cold and windy start, the rain held off until after lunch (meant an extra run for the Skytrain, and home, to avoid a soaking). Underhill finished 204 out of 814 teams, and a solid middle of the pack in the Engineering Corporate Challenge results. Our best time this year was a blistering (on the feet) 40:23 turned in by Peter Muralt – Way to go Peter! Our top ten finishers were:
204. 8:50:27 Underhill Geomatics Ltd. ( 53:03)
1 40:23 Peter Muralt
2 43:15 Karen Rudolfs – unbelievable!
3 43:46 Matej Patera
4 51:08 Jessica Cormier
5 51:09 Jon Cormier
6 53:22 Jonathan Dyke
7 53:23 Emily Zimmerman
8 56:18 Tristan Dyke
9 1:03:56 Matala Dyke
10 1:13:47 Lynn Renaud – Did you and Ron switch bibs?
Probably the best year ever for us, and some of our fastest runners weren’t even there! Way to go, everyone!
Main Street in Whitehorse, Yukon has a couple new surveyors on the block. For the Underhill Geomatics Centennial celebration a snow sculpture of two surveys working hard in the woods has been expertly carved and is proving to be very popular with tourist and locals alike, all stopping to get a look and a photo of the two gentlemen working hard.
The Underhill 100 years snow sculpture
Mike the expert snow carver putting on some final touches
In this YouTube video , uploaded by Shaw TV Kamloops, Mark Mason and Ravi Chauhan, of Underhill & Underhill, explain how they designed and built the corn maze using GPS satellite positioning, and two days of cutting. The maze is part of an effort to reintroduce the historic Tranquille Farm area to the community of Kamloops.
Underhill has won what may be the last large land claim survey to be done for the settled land claims in Yukon (note: there are 3 outstanding claims yet to be settled in Yukon). The contract from PWGSC/SGB is to survey the final adjustment boundary for Category A Lands of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation Settlement Land, Parcel R-13A.
Underhill has been performing Land Claim survey in Yukon since 1995 and has performed 65 Yukon land claim projects for a value of over $14 Million.
Tim Koepke is a professional engineer and Canada and British Columbia land surveyor who became a consultant to the federal government Yukon land claim negotiating team in 1987 after 24 years’ association with the Underhill Group of companies, the last 18 of which were spent as a senior partner. His consulting activities included land and resource development projects in British Columbia, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. He has lived in Whitehorse for 42 years, during which time he has served on the boards of Yukon corporations, numerous professional associations and service organizations. He has been elected a Life Member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Yukon and the Association of BC Land Surveyors and as an Honorary Life Member of the Association of Canada Lands Surveyors for which he also serves as a Special Examiner.
A photo from Underhill’s website has been chosen by GIM International for their 2013 Buyers Guide. The photo was taken in 2009 during a survey of the Maa-nulth preffective lands near Uclulet, BC. The person in the photo is Chris El-Araj, BCLS.
Deltaport, at Roberts Bank in Delta, BC, is the largest container terminal in Canada, with a current capacity of 1.8 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent unit containers). Current road and rail constraints limit the capacity of Deltaport to meet forecast demand for additional container movements.
As part of the Container Capacity Improvement Program(CCIP), Port Metro Vancouver has worked with the Province of BC and Deltaport operator TSI Terminal Systems Inc. to develop a plan to upgrade existing infrastructure that would increase Deltaport’s container capacity by 600,000 TEUs, for a total of 2.4 million TEUs.
Underhill is tasked with surveying 17Km of road and rail corridor to support the engineering activities of WorleyParsons. Project details can be found on the Ports website: