Georeferencing Standards & Specifications

The B.C. Government provides standards, specifications and guidelines for the provincial geodetic reference system.

GPS Positioning

Specifications for resource surveys using GPS technology:

Specifications for precise surveys using Real Time Kinematic GPS technology:

GPS Validation

GPS validation networks, also known as basenets, are used to validate measuring devices:

Calibration Baselines

Electronic Distance Measurement (EDM) calibration baselines are used to validate measuring devices:

Control Surveys

Specifications and guidelines for geodetic control surveys:


The list of validated GNSS reference stations in B.C. is provided by Natural Resources Canada.


GeoBC maintains the provincial coordinate system for surveying and mapping applications.

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