2015 CSCE Annual Conference Regina - Building on our Growth Opportunities

2015 CSCE Annual Conference Regina - Building on our Growth Opportunities Conference

User-Updatable Municipal Benchmark Database for the City of Regina

Mr. Nathan Bruce, University of Regina (Presenter)
Dr. Kelvin T. W. Ng, University of Regina

The purpose of this project is to develop a means to provide the status of municipal benchmarks for surveying purposes in the City of Regina. Currently, benchmark data is sent out whenever significant updates or changes are made. Typically, updated books are released annually in Regina, although the descriptions usually do not account for recent developments, thus providing misleading directions to surveyors. The latest update quotes that 3.3% of the benchmarks have been destroyed during structural, civil, and roadway projects, but the unreported percentage is unknown. The database would contain the standard information found in benchmark data sets, photographs of found benchmarks, and possible reasons for absent benchmarks. Three alternatives for data collection exist: (i) a single team searches and collects the data; (ii) the team requests the status of benchmarks from public and private surveyors from past projects; (iii) or a combination of the first two approaches. Data collection would continue after the database is released, and users would be asked to flag outdated data. The database could take the form of a mobile application for real-time use, and/or a file available on the City's website. This project can reduce preliminary surveying time by up to 50% upon completion of data collection.