• First Cell Claims plan done under the Mineral Tenure Act (BC), F.B. Underhill, 2006

    2000-2009

    First Cell Claims plan done under the Mineral Tenure Act (BC), F.B. Underhill, 2006

  • The CBC Vancouver redevelopment, 2005-2010

    2000-2009

    The CBC Vancouver redevelopment, 2005-2010

  • Old Bombardier near Russell Lake, Sask.  On MWH Geo-Surveys GPS/Gravity survey for CAMECO, 2007

    2000-2009

    Old Bombardier near Russell Lake, Sask. On MWH Geo-Surveys GPS/Gravity survey for CAMECO, 2007

  • Aerial shot of DP World Canada's Centerm Port facility, Underhill has done all of the survey work on this project

    2000-2009

    Aerial shot of DP World Canada's Centerm Port facility, Underhill has done all of the survey work on this project

  • F. Taki on GPS photo control survey for Mapcon Mapping Inc., in Modesto, California, 2006

    2000-2009

    F. Taki on GPS photo control survey for Mapcon Mapping Inc., in Modesto, California, 2006

  • During GPS Survey of mineral lease. Ruby, Cr., Atlin, BC

    2000-2009

    During GPS Survey of mineral lease. Ruby, Cr., Atlin, BC

  • Hydrographic surveying on Williston Lake for BC Hydro, near Tsay Keh Dene Village, from left: C. El Araj, boat driver, 2007

    2000-2009

    Hydrographic surveying on Williston Lake for BC Hydro, near Tsay Keh Dene Village, from left: C. El Araj, boat driver, 2007

  • T. Hill on 5.5 Km of precise control check survey of the Canada Line tunnel under False Creek, Vancouver, 2006

    2000-2009

    T. Hill on 5.5 Km of precise control check survey of the Canada Line tunnel under False Creek, Vancouver, 2006

  • Precise levelling for the control survey of the Canada Line False Creek Tunnel, T. Hill, 2006

    2000-2009

    Precise levelling for the control survey of the Canada Line False Creek Tunnel, T. Hill, 2006

  • G. Fletcher at Russell Lake, Sask., establishing GPS control for  MWH Geo-Surveys GPS/Gravity survey for CAMECO, 2007

    2000-2009

    G. Fletcher at Russell Lake, Sask., establishing GPS control for MWH Geo-Surveys GPS/Gravity survey for CAMECO, 2007

  • Assistant B. Elke on GPS control survey on a mining property for Strata Gold Corp, in Guyana, 2007

    2000-2009

    Assistant B. Elke on GPS control survey on a mining property for Strata Gold Corp, in Guyana, 2007

  • Party Chief N. Manchon on GPS control survey on a mining property for Strata Gold Corp. in Guyana, 2007

    2000-2009

    Party Chief N. Manchon on GPS control survey on a mining property for Strata Gold Corp. in Guyana, 2007

  • Cadastral boundaries overlayed on orthophotography for BC Housing, Little Mountain, Vancouver, BC

    2000-2009

    Cadastral boundaries overlayed on orthophotography for BC Housing, Little Mountain, Vancouver, BC

  • Part of the Air Space Parcel plan for the CBC Vancouver redevelopment for Concord Pacific's TV Towers, 2005-2010

    2000-2009

    Part of the Air Space Parcel plan for the CBC Vancouver redevelopment for Concord Pacific's TV Towers, 2005-2010

  • C. El Araj perfoming as built survey of the exterior of the existing CBC Building in Vancouver

    2000-2009

    C. El Araj perfoming as built survey of the exterior of the existing CBC Building in Vancouver

  • John Tom Tom GPS surveys a new road in the Yukon.

    2000-2009

    John Tom Tom GPS surveys a new road in the Yukon.

  • Underhill did all of the Subdivision, Air Space Parcel, Strata, construction, and lease surveys on Aquilini's multi-tower King Edward Village, photo of the S.W. side of Phase 1/2,  from Aquilini

    2000-2009

    Underhill did all of the Subdivision, Air Space Parcel, Strata, construction, and lease surveys on Aquilini's multi-tower King Edward Village, photo of the S.W. side of Phase 1/2, from Aquilini

  • Setting up the RTK base during GPS survey of mineral lease, Ruby, Cr., Atlin, BC

    2000-2009

    Setting up the RTK base during GPS survey of mineral lease, Ruby, Cr., Atlin, BC

  • Surveying the Maa-Nulth preffective lands, Uchucklesaht, Green Cove, BC, T.D. Connolly on left, 2009

    2000-2009

    Surveying the Maa-Nulth preffective lands, Uchucklesaht, Green Cove, BC, T.D. Connolly on left, 2009

  • Surveying the Maa-Nulth preffective lands, Uchucklesaht, Green Cove, BC, T.D. Connolly, 2009

    2000-2009

    Surveying the Maa-Nulth preffective lands, Uchucklesaht, Green Cove, BC, T.D. Connolly, 2009

  • Levelling for track layout at New VCC Station of of the Millenium Line, 2004

    2000-2009

    Levelling for track layout at New VCC Station of of the Millenium Line, 2004

  • The Panda Pit at Ekati Diamond Mine, NWT, Underhill completed a number of precise ramp and tunnel surveys in 2004 and 2005

    2000-2009

    The Panda Pit at Ekati Diamond Mine, NWT, Underhill completed a number of precise ramp and tunnel surveys in 2004 and 2005

  • Twin Otter on Skis. Support for MWH Geo-Surveys GPS/Gravity survey for CAMECO, Russell Lake, Sask, 2007

    2000-2009

    Twin Otter on Skis. Support for MWH Geo-Surveys GPS/Gravity survey for CAMECO, Russell Lake, Sask, 2007

  • 3D Laser Scanning, and precise traversing of 8 Km of the GVRD Seymour-Capilano twin water tunnels, C. El Araj, 2008

    2000-2009

    3D Laser Scanning, and precise traversing of 8 Km of the GVRD Seymour-Capilano twin water tunnels, C. El Araj, 2008

  • Surveying the Maa-Nulth preffective lands, Uclulet, BC, C. El Araj, 2009

    2000-2009

    Surveying the Maa-Nulth preffective lands, Uclulet, BC, C. El Araj, 2009

  • Underhill has done all surveys on DP World's Centerm Port facility in Vancouver, Major capacity upgrade was undertaken.

    2000-2009

    Underhill has done all surveys on DP World's Centerm Port facility in Vancouver, Major capacity upgrade was undertaken.

  • T. Hill doing calculations on Saltsping Island for BC Hydro submarine right of way from Tsawwassen to Salt Spring Island, 2008

    2000-2009

    T. Hill doing calculations on Saltsping Island for BC Hydro submarine right of way from Tsawwassen to Salt Spring Island, 2008

  • Fraser Surry Docks. Underhill has done a number of surveys since 2002, for Wesgroup, at this facility.

    2000-2009

    Fraser Surry Docks. Underhill has done a number of surveys since 2002, for Wesgroup, at this facility.

  • C. El Araj, and J. Dyke on 5.5 Km of precise control check survey of the Canada Line tunnel under False Creek, Vancouver, 2006

    2000-2009

    C. El Araj, and J. Dyke on 5.5 Km of precise control check survey of the Canada Line tunnel under False Creek, Vancouver, 2006

  • Construction of the 2010 Olympic Village in Vancouver, as the City of Vancouver's consulting surveyors Underhill provided services throught the project

    2000-2009

    Construction of the 2010 Olympic Village in Vancouver, as the City of Vancouver's consulting surveyors Underhill provided services throught the project

  • Precise check survey of the plumbing of the Seymour shaft, of the GVRD Seymour-Capilano twin 8 Km water tunnels, 2006

    2000-2009

    Precise check survey of the plumbing of the Seymour shaft, of the GVRD Seymour-Capilano twin 8 Km water tunnels, 2006

2000–2009

This decade was dominated by infrastructure development projects and then by build-up projects for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics:

  • RAV Rapid Transit (now Canada Line): control, construction, legal
  • P&O Ports (DP World) Centerm: construction, leases, topographic
  • Westshore Terminals: machinery alignment, precise as-built
  • Fraser Surrey Docks: topographic, soundings, leases
  • GVRD Seymour Capilano Twin Tunnels: control and scanning
  • Ashlu Creek Run of River Penstock Tunnel: control
  • Terzaghi Dam, BC Hydro: control and hydrographic
  • Pitt River Dam: control and hydrographic
  • Williston Lake: control and hydrographic
  • Wareham Dam, Mayo, Yukon Energy: sounding and laser scanning
  • King Edward Village: air space & strata
  • The Vancouver Olympic Village (now Village on False Creek): topography, consulting, construction and legal
  • Chevron Refinery, Burnaby
  • Canada Place Pier Extension
  • Champlain Mall, Vancouver
  • School District 44, topographic, construction, scanning and legal
  • Bentall Tower V, Vancouver
  • UBC TEF 3, Vancouver
  • GVRD HPN 1st-order vertical control network
  • Scotch Fir Point Estates, Powell River
  • Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver

Again, Land Claims dominated the work north of 60. The volume of contracts completed in this decade was equal to the previous decade (54). Claims worked on included:

  • CYFN
  • Tlicho
  • Nunavut
  • Sahtu
  • MARR Land Claims start up in BC.

Engineering (construction) survey work continued in Phoenix, AZ.

With higher prices and world demand for minerals on the rise, mining took off in BC and the Yukon. Major engineering survey work was undertaken in the Yukon on mine infrastructure (access roads, mine sites, etc.). Tunnel control surveys were completed at the Ekati Diamond Mine in the NWT for BHP Billton Diamonds Inc. and for Hudson's Bay Mining & Smelting Co. in Manitoba.

Underhill expanded services to provide three dimensional laser scanning. This technology allows for the collection of millions of 3D positions, in seconds, to millimetre accuracy and revolutionized topographic, architectural, structural, mechanical, and as-built surveying. Projects included:

  • Chevron Canada Oil Refinery
  • Wareham Hydro Electric Dam, Yukon
  • Tunnels: Seymour–Capilano Twin Water Tunnels, North Vancouver and Dunsmuir Tunnel, Vancouver
  • Heritage schools seismic upgrade, North Vancouver and Vancouver.

International Geomatics consulting tapered off. Two GPS–gravity surveys were conducted in Eritrea and Anchorage, Alaska; two GPS photo control projects were done in California and Wyoming; and a GPS mine control survey for Strata Gold in Guyana was performed.

Milestones

2000

W.G. Robinson, retired partner, is awarded Life Membership in the Association of Professional Engineers of BC.

2001

J.W. Sharpe (a former partner in Underhill & Underhill) is awarded Life Membership in the Corporation of Land Surveyors of BC.[10] Underhill offices move to 210A - 3430 Brighton Ave., Burnaby, BC.

2002

On May 1st, 2002 Underhill aquires the firm of Bartell & Fiedrich Land Surveying Inc. I.J. Royan moves to Kamloops to manage the operation. The business operates as Bartell, Fiedrich & Underhill for some time. The firm has its origins in McWilliam, Whyte & Goble, first established by Al McWilliam on May 1st, 1952. The Underhill aquisition occurs 50 years to the day from when Al McWilliam started the business.

R.A. Lee becomes a partner. He is in charge of managing engineering survey operations for Whitehorse, YT, and UGI in Phoenix, AZ.

2004

C.J. deHaan obtains his BCLS.[10]

2005

C.J. deHaan becomes a partner and moves to Kamloops to co-manage that office with I.J. Royan.

2006

Underhill Whitehorse is involved in preparations for the Canada Winter Games. F.B. Underhill does the first survey under the BC Mineral Tenure Act of Geographic Cell Claims.

2007

Whitehorse hosts The Canada Winter Games. This the first time that the Canada Games are hosted in one of Canada's territories. Underhill begins offering free land surveying software on its website.

2008

F.B. Underhill retires from the partnership. The user-base of Copan, Underhill's free COGO tool, reaches 1000 in over 100 countries.

2009

UGI's operations in Phoenix shut down owing to the financial crisis in the US of 2008–2010. R.A. Lee retires from the partnership. C.R. El-Araj obtains his BCLS.[10]

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