This firm was originally set up as a partnership between Paul Miller OLS and John Ward OLS in 1982 in the Village of Stirling. The partnership matured into Miller and Ward Surveying Ltd. in 1985. Mr. Ward left to pursue other interests in 1987, and the name was changed accordingly in 1989. In 1990 the company moved to a new 1600 square foot office, in order to better accommodate our growing staff. In 1998, we purchased the Bancroft practice of Peter J. Stringer OLS.
Drafting is computerized, using three workstations and Microsurvey MSCad. Our firm has made a substantial investment in GPS training, and equipment since 1991. We operate Leica GPS dual frequency receivers, with both radio and cellular connections. In addition, we host two permanent base stations (in Madoc and Campbellford) in the Leica "SmartNet GNSS" system which serves southern Ontario
We are primarily a cadastral (i.e. boundary) survey firm, but also have extensive experience in planning, engineering (and construction layout) surveys, horizontal and vertical control for photogrammetric mapping, and have also performed mining patent surveys.
We are currently involved in the ongoing rehabilitation of the Deloro mining area, as overseen by the Ministry of the Environment. Our firm has been providing survey services for the MOE at Deloro since 1985. We have recently completed two large projects for the federal government involving the Trent Severn Waterway. In 1998, we managed a large project for Ontario Hydro, which required the combined services of three survey firms in order to meet the tight time lines. This project was valued in the upper six digit range. We have also provided survey services to the County of Hastings for Route surveys, including a number of projects several kilometres long. Some of our corporate clients include Bell Canada, Exxon and Union Gas.
Our working range covers the Counties of Hastings, Lennox & Addington, Frontenac, Renfrew, Prince Edward, southern Nipissing and eastern portions of Haliburton, Peterborough and Northumberland.
Profiles of key personnel:
Paul A. Miller BSc, OLS, CLS
Graduate of the Survey Science Program at the University of Toronto. Commissioned as an Ontario Land Surveyor in 1980 (#1512), and as a Canada Lands Surveyor in 1994 (#1515). Recipient of 1976 AOLS Scholarship at University of Toronto; Experienced in title records research, conducting and overseeing field work, performing calculations, report writing, expert witness in court, and managing business affairs. Mr. Miller is also a past member of the Academic and Experience Requirement Committee (AERC) of the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors.
Kevin R D Smith BSc. Eng. OLS CLS
Graduate of the University of New Brunswick, BSc. Eng with Cadastral Surveying Option in Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering (2003). Commissioned as an OLS in 2012 (#1960) and as a CLS in 2007 (#1810). Recipient of 2002 National Science & Engineering Research Council (NSERC) research grant; the McElhanney Scholarship (2001) and the Richard Laurence Weldon Scholarship (2000). Experienced in title records research, conducting and overseeing field work, performing calculations, report writing and managing business affairs.
David S. Parks
Graduate of the Survey Technician Program at Loyalist College (1982). Experienced in title records research, conducting and overseeing field work, manual and automated drafting, performing calculations, and report writing. Mr. Parks generally manages the technical and timing aspects of any larger or complex project that our firm undertakes.
Employed in the survey industry since 1977. Experienced in conducting field work, automated drafting, calculations and field report writing.
Graduate of the Survey Technician Program at Loyalist College (2003). Experienced in title records research, conducting field work, automated drafting, performing calculations, and field report writing.
Employed in the survey industry since 2001. Experienced in office management, and business software (Simply Accounting, Word, Clarion.) Manages various Planning Applications our firm makes on behalf of clients.
Graduate of the Survey Technician Program at Loyalist College (2008). Experienced in conducting field work, automated drafting, performing calculations, and report writing.
Graduate of the Survey Technician Program at Loyalist College (2011). Experienced in conducting field work, automated drafting, performing calculations, and report writing.
Paul Miller, David Parks, Ken Whiteman, Marshall Dempsey, and Richard Wismer have all completed the required Chainsaw operation and safety course.
2010 Build Bancroft was an innovative approach to completing an inventory of the physical assets in the downtown core of the Town of Bancroft. Our firm took a lead in this project, and collected data and mapped (with legal boundaries) an area of several blocks, extending on both sides of the York River. Our digital mapping templates were used by all the other professional services (transportation engineering, geophysical studies, environmental, cultural heritage, regional traffic study, etc) for their endeavors. In a side note, our maps were used to locate submerged manholes and catch basins during the spring flood of2013.
2009 Boundary surveys and plans of Exterior Limits of the Alderville First Nation. This was a research intensive project, with tight timelines. Conflicting surveys of boundaries separating the First Nation lands from that of lands under Provincial jurisdiction over the past century and one half led to the need for this project. Extensive use of GPS was employed for this undertaking, allowing us to meet the project timeline. Project value $33,000
2003 Hydrographic surveys_of Hydroelectric Generating Stations (GS) along the Trent River. The thrust of this project was to map the downstream "floor" of the discharge flume below two rebuilt Ontario Power Generation GS, so that the site could be monitored for bedrock spalling and collapse. This project was undertaken with Halsall Hydrographic Services, and involved designing a methodology that would return precise returns under adverse conditions of fast water. Projects were valued at $8000 per GS
1998 Plans of Survey and Improvement Plans of the Federal Crown Lands Along the Trent Severn Waterway at the Village of Frankford (Lockstation No.6) in the Township of Sidney, County of Hastings, Province of Ontario. This was a project encompassing some 2 Kms of the Waterway through the village of Frankford. The returns were to referenced to NAD 83, with the control densification we carried out prior to the legal portion being strong 3rd order. Value of this contract, prepared for Canadian Heritage Legal Services(Department of Justice, Canada)and administered by the Legal Surveys Division (Natural Resources, Canada) was $45,000.
Our contact at Canadian Heritage noted in her reply:
"Thank you for your survey returns for the above noted project. We are very pleased
with the quality ofthe work. ... We are also very pleased with the Encroachment Report and the supporting photographs."
Our Plans and reports were used for as samples in subsequent RFPs
1998 Plans of Surveyand Improvement Plans of the Federal Crown Lands Along the Trent Severn Waterway at the Town of Campbellford-Seymour (Lockstation NO.10) in the Township of Seymour, County of Northumberland, Province of Ontario. This was a project (undertaken jointly with Keat & Verhoef Surveying Inc.) encompassing some 3 kms of the Waterway through the Town of Campbellford. The returns were referenced to NAD 83, with the control densification we carried out prior to the legal portion being strong 3rd order. Value ofthis contract, prepared for Canadian Heritage Legal Services (Department of Justice, Canada)and administered by the Legal Surveys Division (Natural Resources, Canada) was $75,000. I am pleased to note that portions of our plans prepared for this project were used as "samples" for subsequent tenders.
1996 Preparation of Reference Plan of Survey of Extension to Madoc Landfill Site. Due to possible future leachate seepage, it was necessary to include a large area of wetlands into the buffer zone for the Landfill site. The field survey employed a mixture of total station traverses and GPS measurements. The Receivers used were the new (at the time) Trimble 4600LS. The use of GPS for this project was to evaluate the low cost receivers, and the salesman's claim for canopy penetration. Project value was $6000.
1995 Preparation of Multiple Reference Plans of Survey for widening of County Road Number 2. This project involved some 3 Kms of road running through some of the most desolate, survey-fabric-poor landscape in southern Ontario. Since scant evidence of boundary information was available, Trimble GPS receivers were used to tie fragments of boundary data together. Some 30 Kms of baselines were measured, and calculated in house. Project value was $19,000.00
1994 Preparation of Multiple Reference Plans, supporting an First Application under the Land Titles Act. This project involved some 2000 acres of land in six separate parcels, immediately north of the City of Belleville. This endeavor had intense research aspects, coupled with extensive boundary retracements. The plans were all completed within time and funding deadlines. Project value was $33,000.
1994 Minesite Rehabilitation Project, Deloro Arsenic Treatment Plant. As part of the ongoing services provided to the provincial Ministry of the Environment, this project involved located and tabulated all the possible mine sites on the 200 Ha site. Total station traverses were run throughout the property, with hanging lines terminating on high, rocky outcrops. Subsequent to the traverses, Leica GPS receivers were used to bring horizontal control on to the site, and to "close out" the hanging traverses. Rapid static methods were used, and in house calculations showed that good results were achieved. Project value was $35,000.
1992 Skootamatta Lake Survey. This January project utilized GPS for boundary retracement purposes in heavily wooded areas. Due to the available technology and satellite constellation, long (1 hour +) observation times were required. The satellite window ran from 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM. The GPS points were established in stumps in flooded beaver ponds, to ensure sufficient open sky. Some 30 Kms of lines were measured, and the results calculated by GeoSurv. Ltd. Project value was $7500.
1990 Quality Assurance on Flood Plain Mapping, Milhaven Creek. This undertaking involved "Proofing" mapping produced under the federal Flood Reduction Program. Horizontal and vertical control was researched from various sources, and mapping manuscripts were randomly checked for accuracy, following a prescribed methodology. Project value was $3000.
Prior to these projects, our firm undertook various mapping and control projects throughout eastern Ontario: Joyceville Penitentiary, Milhaven Penitentiary, Mountain Grove Flood Reduction Program, Ontario Base Mapping for the Villages of Tweed and Madoc.