“What I love about surveying is that one day I’m in our Ade-

laide office with a client, and the next day I’m in the Outback, 

jumping into a helicopter with my Trimble R10 to survey a 

new pipeline route. It’s all about the adventure.” - Joe D’Aloia 

survey manager at Fyfe Earth Partners of Cooper Basin 
in South Australia, Joe D’Aloia is passionate about his 
profession and the unique experiences it brings him. 

The sparsely settled but untamed Australian Outback where he 
spends much of his time is challenging—even treacherous—but 
never dull. From broken-down vehicles stranding him in the 
Outback to camels bouncing off his jeep’s roo bars, surveying is 
an adventurous life he wouldn’t trade. 

D’Aloia is also passionate about sharing his love of surveying with 
others. Whether he is training teams in new surveying technol-
ogy or mentoring on the job site, supporting and teaching others 
is at the heart of Joe’s career satisfaction. 

“This is an awesome country to work in as a surveyor because it 
gives you so many opportunities,” says D’Aloia. “With hard work 
I’ve been able to do what I enjoy and then travel outside Australia 
to talk about it.”

Starting Out Down Under
Following his interests in building construction and optics, 
D’Aloia graduated with a Bachelor of Surveying from the Univer-
sity of South Australia in 1989. In 1993 he joined a small surveying 
group, Fyfe Earth Partners, which two years later won the contract 
for a large oil and gas project in the Cooper Basin. Since then, Fyfe 
Earth Partners has expanded Australia-wide, but D’Aloia’s primary 
responsibilities remain focused on the Cooper Basin area, where 
he has been a Chief Surveyor for the last thirteen years. D’Aloia’s 
survey teams support pipeline construction with route planning 
and review and D’Aloia travels from Adelaide to the Cooper Basin 
at least once a month. He travels to other sites throughout Aus-
tralia about once every three months. 

D’Aloia meets with clients and management, and manages each 
day’s survey activities. He also oversees his staff’s safety and well-
being, which he sees as critical. Given the remoteness of Fyfe’s 
pipeline projects, survey crews usually travel to the job sites for 
two weeks at a time. Conditions onsite can be rugged, and the 
time away from home can take its toll. “For safety’s sake I need to 
make sure each surveyor’s mind is on the job,” says D’Aloia. 


“It’s All About the Adventure”