1966 The Four Responsibilities

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President Skinny Bright told the membership at the 1966 Annual General Meeting, that land surveyors have four responsibilities. They are:

1. Responsibility to serve their clients

2. Responsibility to serve the profession itself

3. Responsibility to the community or society at large

4. Responsibility to establish, maintain and preserve the boundaries of land to proper standards of accuracy.

President Bright reported that there were no complaints of one surveyor against another surveyor of a disciplinary nature. He also indicated that the Southern Alberta Land Titles Office and the Director of Surveys office were showing individual surveyors file numbers on letters emanating from their offices but was concerned that the Northern Alberta Land Titles Office was not doing the same.

President Bright then went on to explain that he felt that one of the problems that had been facing the Association was the super technical attitude that had developed among some of the members. By super technical, he referred to the practice of some surveyors showing the chain distance down to the last second. President Bright indicated that he thought this super technical attitude stemmed from assembly line methods and the use of technicians for surveying, drafting and computations without proper and adequate supervision.

In closing, President Bright told the membership that “there is always some chiseler who will spend days looking for cheap service and is usually willing to accept a cheap job. This is always done to the detriment of the survey and eventually reflects back to the Association, even though the cheap surveyor has gone to the happy field where monuments last forever.”

In other matters, the Alberta Department of Education established an advisory committee on survey education. The Committee was concerned that there was a very poor response to the new survey course that the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology had hoped to start in the fall of 1965 and a drastic reduction in the enrollment for the survey course at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. The Committee had concluded that this apparent lack of interest in survey technology could be attributed to the relatively low rates of pay for survey technicians. According to the 1966 salary questionnaire, a party chief could earn anywhere from $380 to $500 per month.

Back - 1965 - Planners and Land Surveyors Acts

Forward - 1967 - Profound Advances