Public Communication – Updated AOV Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Ontario has ordered the temporary shutdown of all non-essential services.
On Friday, April 3, 2020, the Government of Ontario released an updated list of businesses considered essential. See https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces for the full list. As a professional land surveying company, some of the work that Annis, O’Sullivan Vollebekk Ltd. (AOV) does is considered essential and falls within the following sections of the List of Essential Workplaces:
Land registration services, real estate agent services and moving services;
Construction projects and services associated with the healthcare sector, including new facilities, expansions, renovations and conversion of spaces that could be repurposed for healthcare space;
Construction projects and services required to ensure safe and reliable operations of, or to provide new capacity in, critical provincial infrastructure, including transit, transportation, energy and justice sectors beyond the day-to-day maintenance;
Residential construction projects where:
A footing permit has been granted for single-family, semi-detached and townhomes
An above-grade structural permit has been granted for condominiums, mixed-use and other buildings
The project involves renovations to residential properties, and construction work was started before April 4, 2020.
Our work allows for the construction of the buildings we live in and work in as well as transit infrastructure. In addition, it allows for monitoring the safety of our bridges, roads and waterways.
Throughout this pandemic, AOV’s primary focus has been on the safety of our team and the community. We must all do our part to contain the COVID-19 virus. AOV has implemented a number of measures to protect all stakeholders, including but not limited to:
Employees and visitors showing any signs of illness are not to be in AOV buildings or at field sites.
Employees and visitors who have been outside of Canada in the last 14 days, or have been in contact with someone who was outside the country in the last 14 days, or in contact with someone showing signs of illness are not to enter AOV offices.
Employees have been notified of proper hygiene and housekeeping practices.
Daily schedules for cleaning vans and shared equipment are practiced.
Survey teams travel to sites one person per vehicle.
Social gatherings and shared foods have been discontinued.
Office employees have the ability and option to work from home.
Employees working in the office must maintain a 6-foot distance from coworkers at all times, and limit their travel around the office during the day.
Staggered schedules have been implemented to reduce the number of people in areas at one time.
Annis O’Sullivan Vollebekk Ltd. (AOV) is a privately-owned, independent, multi-disciplined firm based in Ottawa, Ontario. Founded in 1964, with offices in the Ottawa area and Embrun, AOV is a professional land surveying firm offering clientele a wide range of services in topographic, hydrographic, cadastral, geodetic and engineering surveys. AOV also provides a full range of land development consulting services, including severances, subdivision, and condominiums.
At AOV, we believe in building strong relationships with clients, employees, partners, and community. We strive to be a leader in our field by embracing the basic principles of respect, reliability, loyalty, accountability and courtesy. The company philosophy has always been “do what we do and do it well…the rest will take care of itself."
Our roots are in Ottawa, and as such AOV is strongly committed to community engagement and doing our part to make a difference for others. We are proud to support the following programs and initiatives:
The licensed Ontario surveyors of Annis O'Sullivan Vollebekk Ltd. make use of state-of-the-art technology combined with experienced staff to provide cost-effective solutions for the economic development of all land-related activities. For your convenience, we have offices in Nepean, Embrun and Orleans. Call us for a consultation about the services we provide, including: