Robert D. Simmerling, P.Eng.

President, Kodiak Measurement Services Inc.

Robert Simmerling P.Eng. formed Kodiak Measurement Services Inc. in February 1995 to provide professional industrial metrology services to all types of industries using state-of-the-art, optical and laser alignment systems. Kodiak owns a full compliment of Leica industrial surveying equipment, which combined with Spatial Analyzer software forms a mobile, intelligent, industrial 3D measuring system. In 2006 Kodiak expanded to become one of the first companies in Western Canada to provide terrestrial scanning. Today with the advent of imaging total stations the company can combine conventional measurements and laser scanning to produce accurate geometric models of complex and difficult shapes to see how they conform to design. Some of the companies Kodiak provides precision alignment services to include: BC Hydro, Weyerhaeuser, BC Ferries, Teck, Cominco, Fording Coal, Alberta Newsprint, Victoria Shipyards, Dept. of National Defence, RCMP, Canfor, Manitoba Hydro, Kruger Products, FortisBC, Rolls Royce Energy Systems, TOLKO, Terasen Gas, Ramsay Machine Works, Klohn Crippen, Peter Kiewit Sons, GE Voith Hydro, SNC-Lavalin, Vancouver Ship Yards, Victoria Shipyards, Pacific Coast Terminals, Westshore Terminals, Neptune Terminals, IDL Projects, and Brymark. Kodiak prides itself in providing timely, accurate dimensioning services which often requires custom targeting and novel measuring techniques to yield the necessary results our customers demand. We operate under the principle that the job comes first with the theory that “fast is fine, but accuracy is everything”.

Under the initiative of Mr. Simmerling and a partner, WildCAT Precision Measurements Ltd. of Calgary, Alberta was formed in June 1987 with Mr. Simmerling acting as President and Operations Manager. This was one of the first companies to promote modern precision industrial alignment techniques and experienced immediate acceptance and success throughout Western Canada. Principal work areas were the Manufacturing Industry, Commercial and Military Aircraft, Oil & Gas, and Pulp and Paper. After 6.5 years the partnership terminated, thus in May 1994 Mr. Simmerling relocated to Nelson, BC, and started Kodiak Measurement Services Inc.

Mr. Simmerling was hired by CP Rail to coordinate and direct the survey requirements for the Rogers Pass double tracking project. The project consisted of a 14.7 km tunnel, a 1.8 km tunnel, a 350 meter vertical shaft, and 20 km of surface route. During peak construction, support staff numbering 40 people was under Mr. Simmerling’s direct supervision. Upon successful completion of the Rogers Pass project, Mr. Simmerling and a partner formed WildCAT.

Upon completion of his B.Sc. in Surveying Engineering, Mr. Simmerling joined the firm of Kenting Earth Sciences to work on the Nile River Hydrographic Project in Egypt. Responsibilities consisted of directing local surveyors to install 2nd order survey control along the Nile from the Aswan Dam to Alexandria, as well as the subsequent hydrographic data acquisition.

After graduating from the B.C.I.T. Survey Technologists program Mr. Simmerling worked with Mining Corporation, a development arm of the Noranda Group, before enrolling at UNB in Fredericton N.B. During this period he was responsible for providing precise survey control for a number of new mining projects in British Columbia, Alaska and New Brunswick.

1976 – Surveying Technology, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby, BC
1981 – Surveying Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, N.B.

Simmerling, R.D., M. Dennler, 1988. Three-dimensional Positioning for Industrial Measurements and Alignments. Proceedings of The 1988 Annual Conference of The Canadian Society of Civil Engineers. Volume 3, pg. 77-99.

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C. #21992.