ABOUT ME

My name is Troy Zimmer, President and owner of PrairieLight Mapping & Survey Limited in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. PrairieLight offers a range of shallow geophysical, GIS analysis and mapping, and unmanned (RPAS) aerial imagery services to clients in industry, academia, and government, across Saskatchewan and throughout all of western Canada.  I hold a B.Sc. (with Distinction) in combined Geography and Biology from the University of Regina as well as an Honours Diploma in Biological Sciences (Renewable Resource Management) from NAIT (Edmonton), and have been working with GIS and related field technologies (such as GNSS) since the late-1990s.   

For over 20 years I was the senior GIS and remote sensing specialist with J.D. Mollard and Associates (2010) Limited, a private consulting company that specialized in air photo interpretation and satellite imagery analysis for engineering, geological and geotechnical projects both within Canada and around the world. I set up and helped manage JDMA's GIS and digital mapping department as well as provided geographic and biological expertise to engineering and geotechnical projects.  I also carried out reconnaissance and field assessment studies for the firm, both on foot and from a range of watercraft, ATV, and helicopters, including the use of electromagnetic (EM) ground conductivity meters and high-frequency ground-penetrating radar (GPR) for everything from aggregate quality assessments to contamination mapping, buried storage tank detections, and mapping of subsurface heritage features such as unmarked graves or buried foundations.  

My background in both biology and physical geography has given me a holistic perspective on the complex inter-relationships that exist between the physical landscape and the environmental, social, and archaeological features within it.  Admittedly, I'm also a huge local history nerd ... I'm the guy who just *has* to stop at every roadside plaque and monument, and spends way too much of his free time pouring over old maps, collecting old photos, and writing about numismatic items (coins, tokens, and medals) or other relics from Saskatchewan communities (some of which have long since disappeared from our modern-day maps).  For this reason, much of my research and professional development over the past several years has focused on using cutting-edge technology, including GPR, drone-mounted multispectral sensors, and computer modeling, to explore, map, analyze and protect Saskatchewan's historic sites, cultural stories and geohistorical information. 

Legacy of Wind and Water
Legacy of Wind and Water

Examining a small sandstone outcrop in a pasture near Vulcan, Alberta, May 2005. This is just one of the many fascinating landscape features I've been lucky enough to explore during fieldwork -- in this case, conducting EM31 ground conductivity surveys to assess aggregate prospects previously identified from aerial photography.

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Ready to Run
Ready to Run

Surveying peat thickness layers in frozen wetlands, northern Ontario, March 2019. A special sled made of high-density polymer plastic had to be built to keep the 100MHz antennae array from sinking into the deep snow, as well as protect the equipment from any rocks, branches or other buried hazards that may lay along the survey lines.

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Just a Scoop
Just a Scoop

Taking a sample of coarse aggregate in an old gravel pit near the Little Smokey River, northern Alberta, September 2004. Ground reconnaissance and field sampling is required to 'prove up' aggregate prospects that have been identified from stereo air photo interpretation.

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Legacy of Wind and Water
Legacy of Wind and Water

Examining a small sandstone outcrop in a pasture near Vulcan, Alberta, May 2005. This is just one of the many fascinating landscape features I've been lucky enough to explore during fieldwork -- in this case, conducting EM31 ground conductivity surveys to assess aggregate prospects previously identified from aerial photography.

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