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Serving the Yellowhead Region since 1978

From Real Property Report surveys to civil engineering design, we have the right survey and engineering professionals for your project. McElhanney has been delivering survey and engineering projects for clients in Western Canada for more than 110 years and opened its first Yellowhead Region location in 2016, acquiring firms that have been in the region since 1978. Since then, we’ve partnered with local land developers, natural resource clients, municipalities, and more.

We offer you:

Comprehensive survey experience:

With proven municipal, oil and gas, forestry, mining, crown disposition, and construction survey experience, our local team has the expertise you need for your project. Equipped with 15 local staff, and backed by 25+ Western Canadian branches, we have the resources to tackle your project – no matter the size. 

Powerful surface modelling:

We excel in the of use of cutting-edge technology such as drone survey systems with our advanced drone pilots and state-of-the-art GPS survey equipment and have the expertise to support construction equipment machine control systems. These tools allow our local field crews to produce and utilize more useful, accurate and complete surface models, getting your projects completed faster and with less errors. 

Data to get it right the first time:

With 10+ years of geospatial survey data for the Yellowhead region, we have more data than any other firm. These data sets allow us to find land boundaries and identify issues more easily – saving you time and money. Our QMS system, combined with these data insights, offer you lower risks and a higher chance of approval. 

Are You in Edson, Hinton, or Surrounding Area?

So are we. Contact us to discuss your next project.  

We’ve been offering survey services in the Yellowhead region for over 40 years. Contact our offices in Edson, or Hinton to discuss your next project.  


Hinton: Ben Giesbrecht, ALS, CLS, PEng, PSurv – Branch Manager. ”The staff in the Yellowhead Region can handle anything you throw at them!  We are known for our quality products and ability to solve problems in a wide variety of projects.”

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Edson: Vernon Johnson, ALS – Project Manager. “My favourite part of the Yellowhead region is the diversity.  Working on a project in the vast wilderness one day and navigating the streets of the many vibrant urban communities the next can be challenging but very rewarding at the same time. ”

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Unparalleled Experience in Your Backyard

With 110+ years of survey and engineering experience, our professionals have the experience necessary to get your job done right. Looking for planning, landscape architecture, or environmental services? We do that too! See our services page to learn more.



McElhanney’s construction services offer an adaptive and modern approach. Using only the best technology, and experienced construction surveyors, we guide the commercial and industrial construction of new roads, buildings, and structures, working closely with our clients. Click here to learn more about our construction surveys.

Land Development

Municipal and Land Development surveying is at the root of McElhanney’s key services. We provide both private and public sector clients alike with high quality cost effective survey support. Whether a townsite, mutli-family building or single-family development, McElhanney has the in-house knowledge and expertise to complete your project on time and budget. Click here to learn more about our land development surveys.

Oil & Gas

Since our expansion into Alberta and North-East British Columbia in the 1970s, we’ve been offering full cycle services from application to reclamation in the resource industry. With a quality driven approach and an ability to adapt to a variety of workloads, we’re able to successfully complete any project that comes our way. Click here to learn more about our oil & gas surveys.

Preliminary Topographic

Preliminary topographic surveys are the foundation of any land development project.  Our experienced team utilizes the right mix of technology to ensure that site issues are properly identified, important features are found and mapped, and an accurate and complete surface model is created for contour creation and drainage identification. We will tailor our services to the level of detail you need to start your project off on the right foot.

Crown Land

Many years of experience working with Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) and Alberta Energy Regulators (AER) crown land disposition requirements places us in the know when it comes to plan standards and inside knowledge to get your crown land applications approved.  With a focus on quality and finding the approach that is most cost-effective and timely, we have the expertise to work with you every step of the way


There are a multitude of methods to come up with volumes for stockpiles, excavations, construction strippings, construction materials and more.  The aim of our experienced team is to use the right technology and methods for your volumetric needs to meet the accuracies you require in the most cost-effective manner.


Our award-winning engineers embrace the trailblazing spirit of our founder, W.G. McElhanney, by challenging conventional thinking, questioning the status-quo and expressing our passion to use engineering to make the world a better place.

We recognize that our projects must serve the interests of our communities for the long term. From senior management to our most junior recruits, we are partners in solving our clients’ challenges. For over a century, as McElhanney evolved, we have added expertise in specialized fields to suit our clients’ needs. Today we offer a complete range of engineering and related services to meet almost any requirement. Click here to learn more about our engineering services.


As recognized leaders and trusted advisors for industry, private, and municipal clients, we strive to protect ecological integrity and integrate natural assets, while balancing our clients’ needs. With teams including professional agrologists, biologists, hydrogeologists, engineers, geoscientists and other certified professionals, McElhanney has the experience to successfully provide effective environmental solutions. Click here to learn more about our environmental services.

Landscape Architecture

Our landscape architects cover a diverse spectrum of projects in the public and private sectors.  We use a multidisciplinary approach to adapt a balance between built and natural environments while modifying the landscape for human use and enjoyment through design, planning, and management. Click here to learn more about our landscape architecture services.


Our planners bring a strategic approach to helping our clients realize their goals. Challenges form opportunities for us: We use this information and stakeholder engagements to offer insights on best practices and risk mitigations, creating implementable plans that move the dial toward their vision. Click here to learn more about our planning services.

Demonstrated Experience

Check out some of our recent work in your region. To view more of our projects, visit our Portfolio.

Hinton Disc Golf Parking Lot, Hinton, Alberta


Services Provided

Topographic Survey, Parking lot and access design with concept plans and profiles, Construction Management, Final As-built Survey

Benefit to the Client

After several years of efforts to get this project off the ground, the Hinton Disc Golf Association needed an experienced civil engineering team to pull together the pieces of the puzzle that would meet current standards and provide the expertise needed for the Town of Hinton to assume liability for the project. Our team rose to the challenge, completing the long-awaited project.

Pine Valley Seniors Lodge Survey Support, Hinton, Alberta


Services Provided

Topographic Survey, Legal Survey, Construction Survey, Drone/RPAS Survey

Benefit to the Client

McElhanney’s local survey presence in Hinton gives us the ability to respond to survey requests in a timely manner allowing construction progress to continue without interruption. Using cutting edge technology McElhanney field surveyors were able to tackle many site-specific challenges that accompany building construction, specifically when the existing structure is to remain active and the expansion/remove and replace is completed in phases.

Local in the Yellowhead Region

And everywhere in Western Canada.

With 25+ offices in Western Canada, our teams are ready to get to work on your next project. We’ve been offering survey, engineering, planning, environmental services, and more in the Yellowhead Region for 40+ years.

Jennifer Stange, Crown Disposition Holder

I sent these [disposition plans] to our contact with the Government and she said the surveys meet their needs perfectly, and that we obviously chose the right company because they were very well done. So kudos to you and your crew.

Kevin Laskosky, Inspector, Pembina Pipeline Corporation

I would like to acknowledge all the hard work done on this project by McElhanney.  McElhanney went above what was required of them from a survey aspect.  If there were any questions or concerns with the math or placement of any bends, their staff had answers in a timely fashion.  On top of that, their staff are hard workers and not afraid to grab a shovel and pitch in.  McElhanney was a huge part in the successful completion of this project.

Brent Shepherd, Yellowhead County

McElhanney has and continues to offer us a high level of knowledge and expertise in the professional services they deliver.  It has always been a pleasure working with Ben and we will continue to work with him and the McElhanney group as opportunities arise in the future.

Ready for more?

Learn more about McElhanney’s service offerings, locations, and career opportunities in the Yellowhead Region and beyond.