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  • Surveying and Geomatics Technologist
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Surveying and Geomatics Technologist

Job Overview

Traditional mapping techniques have evolved into geomatics—an ever expanding field that combines traditional data with electronic survey equipment, sensors and computer software to map natural and man-made physical features, property boundaries and more.

Have an interest in geography? Are you keen to work with the latest high-tech gadgets? Do you like exploring? If this sounds familiar, you may have the framework to be a surveying and geomatics technologist.

Surveying and geomatics technologists conduct or participate in surveying of natural and manmade structures on the earth’s surface, as well as underground and underwater, to measure distance, angles, elevations and contours in order to determine exact locations and relative positions. They undertake research using land titles, aerial photographs, satellite imagery and geospatial databases. These technologists analyze data and perform calculations to prepare drawings, plans, charts and reports.

Surveying and geomatics technologists work alone or with teams of land surveyors, engineers or other technologists. They work indoors compiling and analyzing data, and outdoors conducting surveys in all weather conditions. In the course of their work, they use a wide variety of surveying and computer equipment including electronic distance measuring instruments and Global Navigation Satellite Systems, Geographic Information Systems, digital mapping systems and 3D scanning.

Surveying and geomatics technologists may specialize in one of the following types of surveys: geodetic survey, topographic survey, legal (cadastral) survey or engineering survey.

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