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Geomatics - The Art and Science of Spatial Measurement

Note: This program is undergoing a curriculum review. Changes to the program matrix for the first and second year of the program are planned for implementation in September 2017.

The Geomatics Engineering Technology diploma program is a two year course of study leading to a Diploma in Geomatics that is Nationally Accredited. Students in this program acquire a solid background in applied math, physics, cartography, photogrammetry, plane surveying, geodetic surveying and computer applications.

Practical skills include field surveying, GPS and total station data collection and analysis together with computer assisted digital mapping using aerial photography and laser scan data. Prospective students should have a genuine interest in mathematics, computers and earth sciences and enjoy working in an office environment with occasional field trips.

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Program Entry

Application processing

Open to applications beginning November 1st (or next business day).

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Math: one of the following:
    • Principles of Mathematics 12 (60%) or
    • Pre-Calculus 12 (60%)

  • Physics 11 (50%)

Applicants who have completed Earth Science 11 and Geology 12 are eligible to apply for course credit in BCIT course SURV 2263.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Advanced Placement

You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through 1. re-admission or 2. direct entry. The following applies to all advanced placement applicants:

  • Complete applications: you must show proof of completing all requirements (proof of registration is acceptable for advanced placement applicants) to be considered.
  • Competitive entry: if the number of applications exceeds available seats, BCIT will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Acceptance based on seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.
  1. Re-admission: Have you completed part of this program at BCIT and want to apply to an advanced level?

    Applications are accepted throughout the year. You must submit the Readmit Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] with your application.

  2. Direct Entry: Are you new to this program but have completed an equivalent part of it at BCIT or elsewhere and want to apply to an advanced level?

    BCIT accepts complete applications starting:

    • November 1st for level 3 (September start)

    You must submit the Direct Entry Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] and proof of meeting the entrance requirements with your online application. View the Direct Entry sheet [PDF] for details.

Apply to program

Note: This program is undergoing a curriculum review. Changes to the program matrix for the first and second year of the program are planned for implementation in September 2017.

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

Technology entry

The Technology Entry (TE) program is a full-time, day school program which provides academic upgrading to students wishing to enrol in Computing, Engineering, Electronic, and Health Sciences programs at BCIT.

The TE program provides courses in chemistry, communication, mathematics, and physics that meet program prerequisites for selected programs at BCIT. The TE program also includes an introductory course in computer applications and a learning skills course. The program is supportive to those who require English-language training.


Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1: $605; Level 2: $342; Level 3: $155; Level 4: $50

(general estimated cost, subject to change)

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.


Program matrix

Level 1 (15 weeks) Credits
  COMM 1135 Technical Communication 1 3.0
  MATH 1511 Technical Mathematics for Geomatics 7.0
  PHYS 1151 Physics for Geomatics 1 5.0
  SURV 1161 Surveying Computations 1 3.0
  SURV 1163 Surveying CAD 1 3.0
  SURV 1164 Field Surveying 1 8.0
  SURV 1172 Computer Applications 1 2.0
Level 2 (20 weeks) Credits
  COMM 2252 Technical Communication 2 for Geomatics* 2.0
  MATH 2511 Calculus for Geomatics 9.5
  PHYS 2151 Physics for Geomatics 2 4.0
  SURV 2164 Field Surveying 2 10.5
  SURV 2261 Surveying Computations 2 4.0
  SURV 2263 Earth Sciences* 1.5
  SURV 2265 Surveying CAD 2 2.5
  SURV 2272 Computer Applications 2 2.5
  SURV 3369 Hydrographic Surveying* 2.0
*denotes half-term course
Level 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  MATH 3511 Matrix Methods for Geomatics 4.0
  SURV 3320 Photogrammetry 1 3.0
  SURV 3361 Surveying Computations 3 3.0
  SURV 3363 Mathematical Cartography 3.0
  SURV 3364 Field Survey 3 6.0
  SURV 3365 Surveying CAD 3 3.0
  SURV 3366 Geodesy 1 4.0
  SURV 3372 Computer Applications 3 2.0
  SURV 3576 Global Positioning System 3.0
Level 4 (20 weeks) Credits
  COMM 2452 Technical Communication 3 for Geomatics* 2.0
  MATH 4511 Statistics for Geomatics* 4.0
  SURV 4420 Photogrammetry 2 4.5
  SURV 4464 Field Surveying 4 9.5
  SURV 4468 Cadastral Surveying* 2.0
  SURV 4469 Planning and Land Utilization* 2.0
  SURV 4470 Technical Reports* 1.0
  SURV 4473 Surveying CAD 4* 2.0
  SURV 4476 High Definition Surveying* 2.0
  SURV 4479 Engineering Surveys 5.5
  SURV 4480 Introduction to GIS* 2.0
  SURV 4482 Remote Sensing* 1.5
  SURV 4663 Adjustment of Surveying Measurements 4.0
*denotes half-term course
Total Credits: 142.5

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

The BCIT Geomatics Diploma program is a 2 year, full-time day school program. The program is taught by instructors with strong industry and research experience. Upon completion of the 1st and 2nd academic years, you are awarded a Diploma in Geomatics.

Academic Years 1 and 2

  • Academic Year 1 consists of levels 1, 2a and 2b. Academic Year 2 consists of levels 3, 4a and 4b.
  • Each academic year has 2 terms. Levels 1 and 3 are 15 weeks long, from September to December. Levels 2 and 4 are 20 weeks long, from January to May, with 1 week Spring Break in mid-March. Hence, levels 2 and 4 are divided into terms 2a, 2b and 4a, 4b, respectively, with each term being 10 weeks in duration. Some courses are offered only in either term a or b while others span both terms.
  • Each term has 8 to 10 courses. A standard course will have a one hour lecture and two hours of lab each week, with the exception of 'Field Surveying' courses where students will have 5-6 hours of lab each week.
  • Lectures and labs are offered Monday to Friday, from 8:30 to 17:30, except on Wednesdays when classes end at 14:30.
  • Direct entry into Academic Year 2 is possible if a potential student can demonstrate sufficient knowledge and background in Geomatics. Students can apply via Advanced Placement as Direct Entry students.

You will learn about the importance of Geomatics to society and its relationship with disciplines such as land surveying, engineering, architecture, construction, oceanography, and space exploration.

You will learn about legal land surveying, hydrography (charting and offshore positioning), construction surveying, photogrammetry (measurement using aerial or terrestrial photographs), remote sensing (satellite images), geodetic surveying and geographic information systems.

Equipment that you will be using to measure, store, manage, retrieve and present the geographic-based information will include the following:

  • Total stations
  • Levels
  • Gyro theodolites
  • Satellite positioning systems
  • Soft-copy stereo plotters
  • Laser scanners
  • Data collectors
  • Basic tools such as compass and maps

You will also learn about the shape of the earth and its gravity field and how this affects the collection, analysis and application of geospatial data. There is a strong emphasis on quality control and safety in the program.

Program length

Two years, full-time

The program runs from September to May each year.


The Geomatics Engineering Technology diploma program is accredited by the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC) as a technologist program. Full-time students may apply for student membership in ASTTBC. Graduates are eligible for graduate technologist membership and may apply for registration as an applied science technologist after completing a minimum of two years of relevant experience.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Continue your education

Degree Completion

Following completion of the two-year diploma program, students can apply to continue for a further two years towards BCIT's Bachelor of Technology in Geomatics.

Graduates of the diploma program are granted course credits at the University of Calgary (Geomatics Engineering department), University of New Brunswick, and Oregon Institute of Technology, and also towards examinations set by the Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors (CBEPS) leading to registration as a professional land surveyor. The diploma program is recognized by the Washington Land Surveyors as two years credit toward professional certification.

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

Surveying firms, consulting engineers, the oil and gas industry, government mapping, highway, planning and engineering departments, and utility companies provide some of the job opportunities for Geomatics Engineering graduates. Employment may be found throughout Canada and around the world.

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

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Part-time Studies

Our part-time studies courses generally run in the evenings, Saturdays or as week long seminars and are intended for students that are in need of upgrading their knowledge or require job-related academic qualifications, but are not working towards a Diploma or Degree in Geomatics. These courses may also provide students further credits to obtain certification as Applied Science Technicians with ASTTBC. The Geomatics department also offers seminars on select topics.

Review our current list of continuing education courses and seminars at BCIT or contact,

  • Dee Morita, Program Assistant at 604-451-7001
  • Alan Weston, Part-time Studies Coordinator at 604-454-2240.
Industry Training

BCIT Geomatics Engineering Part-time Studies is available to consult with your company to develop specific courses to meet your needs in a variety of Geomatics and Land Information related topics. We also offer employee assessment in the Geomatics field. Alan Weston would be your contact person on these issues.


The Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors (CBEPS) establishes, assesses and certifies the academic qualifications of individuals who apply to become land surveyors and/or geomatics professionals in Canada.

Exemptions to writing some or all CBEPS examinations are granted to candidates who have graduated from an accredited University degree program or from a Technical Institute diploma program that has been granted equivalencies. A list of universities and technical institutes with relevant exemptions is available on the CBEPS website.

The BCIT Geomatics and GIS departments offer the following online part-time studies courses which have been granted exemptions by CBEPS:

GEOM 7362 - Geodetic Positioning 1
GEOM 8162 - Geodetic Positioning 2
GEOM 8310 - Hydrographic Surveying
GEOM 8353 - Special Topics in Adjustments
GEOM 8363 - Advanced Topics in Precision Survey
GIST 8118 - GIS Remote Sensing

For further information regarding these courses contact Dee Morita Geomatics/GIS Program Assistant at 604-451-7001.

In addition to these are three Business Practices and Profession courses required for the C11 exemption offered through the BCIT School of Business:

BLAW 3100 - Business Law
BUSA 7250 - Management Skills & Applications
ECON 1150 - Economic Issues

Faculty, Advisors & Staff


Chris Thornton, BSc, MRICS
Program Head

Donna Conroy, BTech
Chief Instructor

James Cowan, DiplT

Darryl Dube, DiplT

Sean Galway, BSc, MSc

Dave Martens, DiplT

John Ogundare, PhD

Mohammad Rajabi, PhD

Eric Saczuk, PhD

Ken Schuurman, BSc, BCLS, PEng

Rob Scott, BSc, ALS, PEng

Grant Shelest, BTech, AScT
Coordinator - Digital Media

Alan Weston, MBA, MSc, PGeo
Coordinator - Part Time Studies


Dee Morita
Program Assistant

Advisory committee

  • Neil Bennett (Chair) - Bennett Surveys
  • Warren Barnard - Watson & Barnard    
  • Ian Chong - McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd
  • Robert Glass, City of Surrey
  • Jim Gregson - City of Vancouver
  • Ken Halcro - Canadian Hydrographic Service
  • Dave Peet - BC Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure
  • Kevin Percy - Pro-Tech Surveys Ltd
  • Mike Thomson - Land Title & Survey Authority of BC
  • Hans Troelsen - Matson, Peck & Topliss

Contact Us

Please contact Program Advising if you have questions about:
  • Application process
  • Entrance requirements
  • Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
  • Program costs
  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
program_advising@bcit.ca  |  604-434-1610

Dee Morita, Program Assistant
geomatics@bcit.ca  |  604-451-7001

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The BCIT Geomatics Diploma has not only prepared me for working in the field, but has led to continuing opportunities at UNB, earning an engineering degree in Geomatics. Without those two years at BCIT, I would not have the practical or technical skills that employers find so valuable, enabling me to find full-time work doing everything from finding survey evidence from the 1800's to construction layout for new weigh-in-motion technology. Tracey Peet, BCIT Graduate


I entered the Advanced Placement program and in just 1 year I graduated with a two year diploma in Geomatics Engineering. I had a job offer before I finished school and was able to start work immediately after graduating! BCIT gave me the skills and the knowledge to feel confident entering the surveying industry. The teachers are excellent and go to great lengths to teach a daunting amount of material in as efficient and manageable a way as possible for the students. Jonathan Gallant, BCIT Graduate


Bennett Land Surveying has employed many BCIT graduates over the years, we have found them to be well qualified and familiar with the modern technology used throughout the surveying industry. Three of the partners at Bennett are BCIT graduates and a large percentage of the practising land surveyors in BC are grads of BCIT. The Geomatics programs at BCIT are an excellent stepping stone towards an exciting future career in land surveying. Neil Bennett BCLS CLS President Bennett Land Surveying

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