27-Aug-2002 -- After reading about the degree confluence project in GeoWorld’s April 2002 edition, I checked out your website and was immediately interested. I am a land surveyor for an oil and gas company here in Calgary and found that I live only 10 km. from the closest confluence. To my disappointment, I discovered that the Foxs had already visited it this year, and it had been checked out in 1999 as well. But no one had been able to get to the roof! After a few phone calls and faxes, I was able to arrange with the owners to get access to the roof where the confluence is located.
Chris, the maintenance supervisor for this building and at least one other one in the area, was kind enough to make time in his busy schedule to show me into the building that morning just before lunchtime, guide me to the ladder leading to the roof, unlock the trapdoor and show me to where the confluence was thought to be located. My measurements confirmed that the "X" in the stones was within a few metres of where my Garmin Summit calculated it to be (+/- 6 metres accuracy at that time). We agreed that it was unusual for a confluence to be located on the roof of a building!
In the pictures you’ll see lots of stones which cover the roofing material. In the distance is the downtown skyline of Calgary. There are almost 1,000 oil or gas companies in this city, and it is becoming a hub for transportation as well, which explains the growth in the warehousing business, such as the one at this confluence. Calgary’s airport is the 3rd busiest in Canada with many connections to the USA, the west coast, Eastern Canada and the north.
My thanks to Beaulieu Canada for giving me the name and number of the owner’s manager, and my thanks to the owners for being so accommodating of such an unusual request!