R.E.D. (Rob) McCuaig

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Rob McCuaig, ALS
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1976-1994
Known for ALSA President (1986)

On the occasion of his nomination for President, 1986 and updated in 2005

  • Born in Toronto, Ontario, March 1947; raised in Willowdale, Ontario
  • Completed High School - Earl Haig Secondary School, Willowdale, Ontario, 1966
  • B.A.Sc. in civil engineering (survey option), University of Toronto, 1970
  • Attended the First Annual Arctic Summer School, July 10 – 30, 1971, Inuvik, NWT (arranged and organized by the University of Alberta with the cooperation of the Government of the NWT)
  • M.A.Sc. in civil engineering (geotechnical), University of Toronto, 1972
  • Articled to W.D. Usher, 1975 to 1976; commissioned (#411) as an ALS, July 12, 1976; retired May 19, 1994
  • Certified as a Surface Mine Surveyor under the Coal Mines Safety Act, Alberta, June 13, 1977
  • Certified as a Dominion Land Surveyor, DLS (CLS), March 17, 1978


Canadian Institute of Geomatics (formerly CISM)


Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, (NAIT) Surveying Advisory Committee, Edmonton, AB

  • Member 19771979
  • Chairman 1979
  • Ad Hoc Committee on Surveying Education in Western Canada, 19761977


  • Committee Member, participating in the preparation of “A Brief: The Education of the Professional Surveyor in Western Canada”, prepared by the Canadian Institute of Surveying, Corporation of Land Surveyors of British Columbia, The Alberta Land Surveyors Association, The Saskatchewan Land Surveyors Association, The Association of Manitoba Land Surveyors and the Canadian Council of Land Surveyors for submission to the Ministries of Education for the four western provinces.
  • Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (now Ryerson University), Toronto, Ontario
  • Member of Program Assessment Committee for Survey Technology, 1979


Canada Lands Surveyors’ Professional Committee

  • Executive Member 1981-1982
  • Western Canadian Board of Examiners for Land Surveyors
  • Examiner for Level III, Item 5, “Engineering Law, Business Administration and Economics”, 1982 and 1983


  • University of Calgary Surveying Engineering Advisory Committee 19831987
  • Canadian Petroleum Association, Surveying & Mapping Committee 19831986


Served on numerous ALSA Committees and Council:


National Advisory Committee on Surveying and Mapping

  • Education Subcommittee, June 21, 1990 to April 1993
  • Geomatics Human Resource Planning Study (Phase II), an Industrial Adjustment Service Agreement between Employment and Immigration Canada, The Geomatics Industry Association of Canada and the Canadian Institute of Geomatics; Committee member, January 1992 to April 1993


Association of Ontario Land Surveyors

  • Registered member (CR#100) November 19, 1991–December 31, 2000
  • Geodesy Committee Member 19941996
  • Complaints Committee Member 1995-1998


Professional Memberships in Engineering Associations:

  • Professional Engineers of Ontario (October 19, 1972 to date)
  • Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists & Geophysicists of Alberta (August 25, 1975–January 4, 1994)
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (January 1988–March 1994)


Employed in various surveying capacities (academia, public & private sector):

  • Humber College of Applied Arts & Technology, Rexdale, Ontario (Teaching Master in the Survey Technology Program) 1972 - 1974
  • Alberta Environment, Edmonton, AB (Land Survey Section Head), 1974 - 1975
  • W.D. Usher & Associates Ltd, Edmonton, AB (surveyor and owner) 1975 - 1984
  • Stewart Weir & Company, Edmonton, AB (surveyor) 1984 - 1987
  • Ministry of Crown Land, BC, Victoria, BC (Deputy Surveyor General) 1987 - 1989
  • Digital Resource Systems, Nanaimo, BC & Waterloo, ON (VP Marketing), 1989 - 1991
  • McConnell Maughan Ltd, Oakville, ON (Manager of Geomatics), 1991 - 1992
  • City of Etobicoke, Etobicoke, ON (Manager – Survey) 1994 - 1995
  • Roadware Corporation (Manager, Sales & Marketing) 1997 - 1999
  • Applanix Corporation, Richmond Hill, ON (Business Manager, Land Systems), 2000 – to date


Geomatics projects have involved travel to:

  • Argentina, Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Norway, Pakistan, South Africa, Thailand, USA


Memorable Projects:

  • Syncrude Canada: establish the mine survey control which required occupying the top of the 200 m smoke stack, 1976
  • Deformation studies along Edmonton’s LRT
  • Positioning of offshore drill ships in Frobisher Bay using ARGO, Sylledis and Navsat Doppler systems
  • Artificial Island Survey requiring a Sea Bed Lease in McKinley Bay, NWT, CLSR Plan 68984, October 12, 1983. Only the second survey of an artificial island in the Beaufort Sea, at that time.
  • Computerized Land Information System for the Kingdom of Thailand, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Pathum Wan Khet, a CIDA sponsored project, 19841986
  • Data collection (roughness, rutting & distress) project using mobile mapping Automatic Road Analyzer (ARAN) van for data collection in Broward County, Florida for FDOT, 1999
  • DARPA Grand Challenge: supporting Carnegie Mellon University’s entry, “Sandstorm” in the unmanned robot race. The Position and Orientation System for Land Vehicles, POS LV, by Applanix, has been used as the “spatial positioning heart” required for the navigation of CMU’s autonomous race vehicle entry: 1st race was March 13, 2004, without a winner; 2nd race is October 8, 2005; winning prize is now U$2 million.


Community Relationships

  • Scouts Canada, Cub Leader 1986 - 1989, St Albert, AB & Victoria, BC
  • Member of Official Board, Robertson Wesley United Church, Edmonton, Alberta, 19801982
  • Kitchener Waterloo Track and Field (KWT&FA), Ontario (member 19901997, president 19941996)
  • Kitchener Minor Baseball, Ontario - Coach, 1994
  • Chairman of the Royal Trust SouthWest Regional Games for Athletes with Disabilities, Kitchener, Ontario, 1997
  • Recipient of the Minor Sport Volunteer Recognition Award at the 33rd Annual Minor Sports Volunteer Recognition Event, September 17, 1997, presented by the City of Waterloo, Ontario
  • Member of the Kitchener Sports Association, Ontario, 19962000
  • Elder of Calvin Presbyterian Church, Kitchener, Ontario, 1996 to date


“We blame fate for our other accidents, but claim skill for a hole-in-one.”