Surveying and Geomatics Technologist Spotlight

A lot of us are interested in the world around us. But Surveying and Geomatics Technologists take it to another level: they get into the data. Using geographic data, or “geo-info,” they make decisions and solve problems for oil and gas companies.

What a typical day looks like:

Surveying and Geomatics Technologists split their time between the office and the field. They spend most of their time in an office researching existing data, compiling data, analyzing information and creating necessary reports. But Surveying and Geomatics Technologists also work outdoors, often in remote areas, to gather and confirm geomatic information.

The kinds of problems Surveying and Geomatics Technologists solve at work:

Typically employed in the exploration and production, oil sands, oil and gas services and pipeline sub-sectors of the oil and gas industry, Surveying and Geomatics Technologists need to walk long distances and carry moderately heavy equipment. The office may be their home, but the challenges of a well site are ultimately where they’re needed.

Skills used most on the job:

For a Surveying and Geomatics Technologist, there’s no more important skill than a keen sense of observation. They need to notice geographic details like fault lines, unstable slopes and unconsolidated soils. They also need to record man-made features like petroleum refineries and bridges, and research underground water, natural gas, and electrical lines. Once they have all that information, Surveying and Geomatics Technologists use sophisticated software to make note of all this spatial information on a detailed map, tapping their own “well” of technical knowledge.

Once a Surveying and Geomatics Technologist has used their observational skills, they need to be able to convey that information precisely. They determine the exact location, position, height and curve of every geographic item from abandoned wells to hill slopes. This precision helps engineers, land surveyors and other technologists build accurate models and reports to answer questions or solve specific problems for the company. Because while all of us may see the world around us, oil and gas companies need someone to look just a little closer.

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