Albian and Jackpine Mine Projects

We provided the surveys and plans to facilitate land disposition activities

We did this in collaboration with the mine owner, land consultants and construction management.

The upstream side of the Athabasca Oil Sands Project today consists of the Muskeg River Mine. This site is being expanded to allow for increased processing facilities and mining area. The Jackpine Mine Site is under construction to the east of the Muskeg Mine site and will ultimately significantly increase oil sands feedstock to the Shell Upgrader in the Alberta industrial heartland area.

Our role

Working closely with the owner, their land consultants and the construction management team, we provided the surveys and plans required to facilitate all land related disposition activities. This included plans suitable for filing with Alberta Sustainable Resources and Development and other government bodies.

Specific site tasks have included the staking and location of well over 2,000 core holes and overburden holes, 7 legal right of ways, 86 LOCs (License of Occupation) covering more than 160 kilometres of access road, 5 major Mineral Surface Leases covering 16,881 hectares as well as 8 extra miscellaneous plans for various lease requirements.

The team

The project team includes Alberta Land surveyors, CAD and field staff comprised of engineering and survey technicians and technologists.

The technology

The team used GPS, total stations, Leica Office, AutoCAD, StarNet adjustment software, ATVs and snow machines.


C.O.R.E. accreditation was a program requirement, resulting in the development of a detailed safety program for the company including regular scheduled safety meetings, hazard assessment, job procedures and documented statistics. There is a reporting in and out process during the day’s activities when on or near the sites.