A History of Precision Surveying in Eastern Ontario

AOV was founded in 1964 by George Annis and Michael O’Sullivan. Originally from Toronto, the two found themselves working more often in Ottawa on consumer’s gas projects than in Toronto. Being outdoors minded, the two found they liked the closeness of the community and the wide and differing activities Ottawa had to offer, deciding this would be a great place to live and raise their families.

As with most small companies, change was inevitable. Through dedication, hard work and perseverance, they quickly developed business relationships that would stand the test of time. Many of our original clients are still with us today. What started with two young men and a dog has become one of the largest land surveying firms in Ontario and continues to provide great service and great loyalty. Their indomitable spirit lives on in the business they started.

Our Partners

our partners
Dan Vollebekk, O.L.S.
With his 40 years of experience, Dan brings vast knowledge to the firm. He manages the Embrun office of AOV and is responsible for all surveys from Ottawa’s eastern extremity, east to the Quebec border and south to the St. Lawrence River. He has successfully worked with municipalities, federal and provincial governmental agencies, large utility companies, as well as land developers, contractors, lawyers and the general public.

Edward H. Herweyer, O.L.S.
Thirty years have given Ed a large variety of projects and experience that greatly benefits the firm and the Ottawa surveying community. He works from the Nepean office of AOV, and Andy is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the office and the surveys emanating therefrom. Ed is responsible for the adaptation and implementation of new field technologies in the surveying profession. He has successfully worked with municipal and governmental agencies, large utility companies, as well as land developers, contractors, lawyers and the general public.

V. Andrew Shelp, O.L.S.
With 23 years of experience, Andy provides the firm with knowledge of condominiums and all forms of legal surveys. During his career, Andy has managed a large variety of projects and spent three years as the manager of Bermuda Caribbean Engineering Consultants. Andy is responsible for the adaptation and implementation of new office technologies in the surveying profession. He has successfully worked with municipal and governmental agencies, large utility companies, as well as land developers, contractors, lawyers and the general public.