September 27, 2019

Featured Face: Stephen Reid, Survey Lead, Intakes

Stephen Reid, who has been in the construction industry for nine years, hails from Newfoundland (NL). After studying civil engineering technology, his first job was inspecting municipal projects in Corner Brook, NL and then working on smaller concrete jobs in St. John’s, NL.

In the winter of 2011, Stephen got his start in surveying when he was hired to work on the Lower Mattagami River Project in Ontario. On that job for three years, he started as a drafter and surveyor, and progressed to survey foreman.

Loving the technical complexity of hydro, Stephen began to specialize in hydro work. He worked on a spillway replacement in Pointe du Bois, Manitoba and then on the Muskrat Falls dam in NL.

Muskrat Falls is his most memorable project. As complex as Site C, Stephen says “We hit milestones and set records, like pouring 40,000 m3 in one month. It took an amazing amount of work and hours. Everyone came together to do it. It was an unbelievable team effort. It was really good work. You feel proud of what you did.”

Stephen has brought his enthusiasm for hydro and teamwork to Site C, where he is the Survey Lead for the intakes. He oversees the survey operations in the field and figures out how to organize the crew to do the job. Site C is complex. “You’re not just going through the motions here. You need to be on your toes. It’s well organized and the people are great.”

Stephen finds surveying rewarding. “As a surveyor, you get to see all the different parts of a project,” he says. “You get involved with the engineering, reading drawings, and you help find the right placement for rebar and formwork. You see all the steps of the project, the whole aspect of the job from start to finish.”

“If you have a chance to get into surveying, do it,” he says. “It’s a technical job and it’s a lot of responsibility…and you get to see everything and really understand construction.”