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 both the Field Surveying Option and the Digital Mapping Option learn how to make measurements of the earth. The data collected is used in a very wide range of industries ranging from Oil and Gas to the Movies, from Forensics to Forestry. Digital Mapping explores the art and science of collecting information remotely. Students develop practical skills in measuring from aerial and terrestrial photographs, satellite imagery, laser scans, GPS and LiDAR. Prospective students should have a genuine interest in mathematics, computers and earth sciences.
There are two second year options within the Geomatics Engineering Technology program: the Field Surveying option and the Digital Mapping option. Options are selected after completion of the first year.
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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.
Dave Rutherford, DiplT, BCLS, ASCT, CLS
Geomatics Program Head
Bob Harrower, BA, DiplT
John Arthur, BSc, SurvDip, MSc, MRICS
Donna Conroy, DiplT
Mark Hird-Rutter, DiplT, CP
Ian Lloyd, BSc, BCLS, CLS, PEng
Dave Martens, DiplT, BCLS
John Ogundare, PhD
Peter Rontu, DiplT
Eric Saczuk, PhD
Chris Thornton, BSc, MRICS
Coordinator - Digital Media
Alan Weston, MBA, MSc, PGeo
Coordinator - Part Time Studies
Joan Yau, PhD
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