• C.D. Underhill, President, Corporation of Land Surveyors of BC, 1957

    1950-1959

    C.D. Underhill, President, Corporation of Land Surveyors of BC, 1957

  • Corporation of BC Land Surveyors - 1953 Executive.  Back row: Andrew Hunter, Ciril Jones, Hesketh Roberts; Front row: G.S. Andrews, A.J. Butterfield, W.R. Young, H.S. Beckton, F.C. Underhill

    1950-1959

    Corporation of BC Land Surveyors - 1953 Executive. Back row: Andrew Hunter, Ciril Jones, Hesketh Roberts; Front row: G.S. Andrews, A.J. Butterfield, W.R. Young, H.S. Beckton, F.C. Underhill

  • Corporation of BC Land Surveyors - 1950 Executive.  Back row: W.R. Young, F.C. Underhill, Duncan Cran; Front row: H.S. Beckton, G.K. Burnett, Cyril Jones, J.W. Hermon, F.O. Morris

    1950-1959

    Corporation of BC Land Surveyors - 1950 Executive. Back row: W.R. Young, F.C. Underhill, Duncan Cran; Front row: H.S. Beckton, G.K. Burnett, Cyril Jones, J.W. Hermon, F.O. Morris

  • Corporation of BC Land Surveyors - 1952 Executive.  Back row: W.R. Young, A.J. Butterfield, Hesketh Roberts; Front row: G.S. Andrews, Duncan Cran, F.C. Underhill, H.S. Becton, G.K. Burnett

    1950-1959

    Corporation of BC Land Surveyors - 1952 Executive. Back row: W.R. Young, A.J. Butterfield, Hesketh Roberts; Front row: G.S. Andrews, Duncan Cran, F.C. Underhill, H.S. Becton, G.K. Burnett

  • F.C. Underhill, President, Corporation of Land Surveyors of BC, 1952

    1950-1959

    F.C. Underhill, President, Corporation of Land Surveyors of BC, 1952

  • The Williams Building at 413 Granville St., Vancouver. Underhill office from 1922 to 1956.  View Looking down Hastings St. City of Vancouver Archives, Bu P646.2

    1950-1959

    The Williams Building at 413 Granville St., Vancouver. Underhill office from 1922 to 1956. View Looking down Hastings St. City of Vancouver Archives, Bu P646.2

  • The Williams Building at 413 Granville St., Vancouver. Underhill office from 1922 to 1956.  View Looking down Granville St. City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 1399-389

    1950-1959

    The Williams Building at 413 Granville St., Vancouver. Underhill office from 1922 to 1956. View Looking down Granville St. City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 1399-389

1950–1959

Numerous electrical power development projects were undertaken for the B.C. Electric Co. (now BC Hydro). These included

  • The Wahleach Power Development: survey of the 3½ mile tunnel, damsite, penstock control and legal surveys.
  • The Cheakamus Power Development: triangulation control for a seven mile tunnel, Bridge River (2) Power development—a four mile tunnel.
  • The Clowhom Power Development.[23]

From 1955 to 1959, the firm completed over 500 electrical utility related projects for BC Engineering Co. and BC Electric Co. These included major rights-of-way, easements, topographic mapping, tunnels, penstocks and dams throughout British Columbia. Other clients of note in the 50s include

  • School District 44 (North Vancouver)
  • School District 39 (Vancouver)
  • Imperial Oil Ltd.
  • CMHC - Vancouver Fraserview Subdivision
  • Standard Oil Co. of BC, Shell Oil of Canada
  • Burrard Inlet Tunnel & Bridge Co. Ltd. (2nd Narrows Bridge), Dominion Construction Co. Ltd.
  • BC Packers Ltd.
  • Canadian Pacific Railway
  • CN Rail[23]

Milestones

1950

Charles David (C.D.) Underhill, P.Eng., BCLS, obtains his commission as a BCLS and becomes a partner. C.D. is the son of Clare Underhill.[10]

1952

For the second time, Clare Underhill is elected as president of the Corporation of Land Surveyors of BC.[25] A.T.(Art) Holmes, P.Eng., BCLS, joins the partnership after national service and after obtaining a degree in Engineering Physics from UBC.[25]

1953

W.G. (Bill) Robinson, P.Eng., CLS, BCLS, obtains his commission as a BCLS.[10] K.K. Wong (articled to Clare Underhill) obtains his commission as a BCLS, becoming the first Land Surveyor in BC of Chinese-Canadian decent.[26]

1954

W.G. (Bill) Robinson, P.Eng., CLS, BCLS, becomes a partner in the firm.[23]

1955

K.K. (Ken) Wong, BCLS, sends a letter of introduction to his old master, Clare Underhill, introducing a very earnest young man who is J.W.(Jim) Sharpe. Jim enters articles with Bill Robinson.[23]

1957

C.D. Underhill is elected as president of the Corporation of Land Surveyors of BC.[10] Survey and mapping of the Harbour Headline of the North Fraser Port Authority (now Port Metro Vancouver) is completed.

1958

T.L. (Terry) Jones obtains his commission as a BCLS.[10]

1959

J.M. (Jack) Parnell and Jim Sharpe obtain their commissions as BCLS's.[10]

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