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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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
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:
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.
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.
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,
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
Dave Rutherford, DiplT, BCLS, AScT, CLS
Acting Associate Dean
Donna Conroy, BTech
James Cowan, DiplT
Darryl Dube, DiplT
Sean Galway, BSc, MSc
Dave Martens, DiplT
Eric Saczuk, PhD
Alan Weston, MBA, MSc, PGeo
Coordinator - Part Time Studies
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