SITE IMPROVEMENTS SURVEYS
specialists in site improvements surveys (SIS) determine the relative
location of buildings, structures and natural features to land titles
records and plans. Site improvements surveys are typically required
by banks and other lending institutions as a condition of mortgage
approval. These SIS surveys may also be required by municipal authorities
as part of the building permit process.
Where Will You Work?
As a technical specialist in SIS, you would likely be self-employed
and have your own surveying company. Alternatively, you might
work for a BC Land Surveyor, an engineering company or municipality.
You will likely have a 40-hour work week and have similar working
conditions to people employed in engineering survey or land surveying
firms. You do about two-thirds of your work outside, taking survey
measurements, and about one-third inside doing the computations
and plan preparations. Travel is generally within the local community
to job sites. You should be reasonably fit.
What Will You Need?
To pursue this career, you should come from a surveying background
and have at least two years experience working for a British Columbia
Land Surveyor or an ASTTBC certified member in site improvements
You need an aptitude for mathematics, physics and earth sciences.
You must be able to think visually about geometric forms and be
able to perceive pertinent detail in objects and drawings. Good
motor coordination and finger dexterity is essential.
You should enjoy working with equipment and instruments at tasks
requiring precision, analyzing information and finding innovative
solutions to problems, taking a methodical approach, and supervising
and coordinating the work of others.
Post Secondary Possibilities
How Much Will You Earn?
Average annual salary: $70,000
How Does the Future Look?
The future of site improvements surveys is hard to predict, as
many lending institutions are moving away from mortgage survey
Site improvements surveys should be viewed as an additional surveying
qualification that identifies your total abilities in surveying.
How Can You Get Started?
In high school, be sure to take courses in English, mathematics,
physics, computers and earth science.
- Canadian Institute of Geomatics, ph: (613) 224-9851,
web site: www.cig-acsg.ca
- Check with your career facilitator or counsellor for other sources
of information applicable to education options for this technology.
- A prerequisite to becoming certified in Site Improvements Surveys
requires registration with ASTTBC in geomatics or civil technology
as an AScT, CTech or Associate member.
- Salary figures indicated in the 'How Much Will You Earn?' section
are extracted from ASTTBC's Member Compensation Survey or other
Canadian sources applicable to the specific technology discipline.
These figures are representative only; actual figures will vary
depending on academic training, practical experience, job responsibilities
and location of employment.
- The TechWORKS! web site is an important online resource and
provides links to career information that will be of interest
to students pursuing a career in technology.