Alberta Land Surveyors Support New Technology Research

December 17, 2007 – Carina Butterworth is the recipient of the Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association’s 2007 Graduate Studies Scholarship.

The focus of Mrs. Butterworth’s thesis is to determine the accuracy of using a particular type of remote sensing technology, known as DInSAR, in permafrost regions. The results of this study will determine how DInSAR in combination with a land survey will help planning and surveying of infrastructure in permafrost regions.

Carina has said that using newer technologies, such as vision measurement systems and laser scanning is of great interest to her. After creating the Optical 3D Measurements course at the University of Calgary, she developed a new interest in these technologies and how they can be used in land surveying.

“This type of research is important for the future of the land surveying profession,” announced President Bob Wallace. “We must continue to take advantage of newer technologies like remote sensing. In twenty years, the public may come to think of remote sensing like they think of GPS today. Alberta Land Surveyors need to be ready and this research will help.”

The Graduate Studies Scholarship, established in 2001, has a value of $5,000.

Combined with the other scholarships it offers, the Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association now provides $21,000 per year to worthy land survey students from coast to coast in Canada. More information, including application forms, is available on the Association’s website at

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 and is responsible for protecting the public’s interest.