About Evan McNeil

Evan’s background is in Geomatics Technology and Business Management, which means he is a capable leader of people and tech in the most complex environments. With almost three decades of experience from his military service, through field surveying, CAD/GIS, and corporate leadership, Evan brings a unique blend of knowing How we do it and Why we do it.

Real Property Reports with Hot Tubs

By |2020-07-02T06:18:07-06:00July 16th, 2020|Land Surveyor|

Do Real Property Reports show Hot Tubs? Yes. A hot tub holds more than 0.60m (2 feet) of water and thus are classified as a pool by Alberta’s Building Code. If you think through the process of a homeowner purchasing and installing a hot tub, it becomes quickly apparent why municipalities and potential home buyers [...]

How to Spot an Encroachment – Retaining Walls

By |2020-06-08T12:58:29-06:00June 8th, 2020|Land Surveyor|

How to Spot an Encroachment Because encroachment agreements take time Do you see the white retaining wall? The retaining wall extends out toward the street and stops 0.65m from the back of the city sidewalk. Most people understand that the sidewalk and some portion of the front yard is actually city-owned property. In this [...]

Spot the Bylaw Infraction – Deck Heights

By |2020-06-08T12:12:37-06:00February 11th, 2020|Land Surveyor|

Spot the Bylaw Infraction You asked questions about deck heights on Real Property Reports. What do you see? Can you see the issue with this uncovered deck? Decks are a common feature in Calgary, and we receive many questions about them. The maximum height of the deck without a basement walkout is [...]

Spot the Bylaw Infraction – Corner Lot URW

By |2020-04-02T14:34:11-06:00October 10th, 2019|Land Surveyor|

How to Spot a Bylaw Infraction because a brand new house can’t have any issues, right? Can you see it? A Real Property Report will show what would otherwise be invisible. Modern subdivisions often have a 3.5m Utility Right of Way along the front. In the property pictured here, the right of [...]

Spot the Bylaw Infraction – Overland Drainage

By |2020-01-15T11:48:41-07:00September 24th, 2019|Land Surveyor|

How to Spot a Bylaw Infraction Okay, this is an easy one. Placing a shed directly over a drainage swale might seem like a good use of space. However, building anything over that Right of Way contravenes the conditions placed on this piece of land. If there is a swale present, you should [...]