Alberta Land Surveyors to Fund Multi-media Land Record Systems Research

September 12, 2006 – The Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association has announced it will fund research of up to $60,000 over two years into multi-media land record systems at the University of Calgary’s Department of Geomatics Engineering.

“This is likely to be an ongoing project engaging several graduate students over a number of years,” reported Dr. Mike Barry of the Department of Geomatics Engineering.

“Written documents and maps often do not capture much of the complexity associated with evidence relating to boundaries, land use planning proposals and many aspects of land tenure in general,” continued Dr. Barry.

Multi-media in the form of photographs, videos, and sound recordings of oral testimony from witnesses are becoming increasingly important as technology now allows land surveyors to use these media. For the Alberta Land Surveyor, multi-media data hold the added advantage in that they can be captured in the field and, with limitations, can allow informed decisions to be made by the Alberta Land Surveyor in the office without necessarily having to visit the site.

“As a member of the first graduating class at the University of Calgary’s Department of Geomatics Engineering more than 25 years ago,” announced Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association President Dirk VandenBrink, “I know the importance of graduate research into topics like this and I know that the University of Calgary’s work will be of great relevance to Alberta and the Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association.

About ALSA
The Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association, formed in 1910, is a self-governing professional association legislated under the Land Surveyors Act. The Association regulates the practice of land surveying for the protection of the public’s interest.

For more information, contact:                                                                                          
Brian Munday, Executive Director
Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association
2501, 10004 104 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta. T6L 6J1 
780-429-8805  fax: 780-429-3374