Full-time Bachelor of Technology 8550btech

Managing Our Geospatial Infrastructure

Note: This program is undergoing a curriculum review with the aim of changing the credential to a Bachelor of Science and making minor changes to the program's courses. These changes are planned for implementation in September 2017.

This program provides students with excellent opportunities for career enhancement and professional growth. This degree will appeal primarily to graduate Geomatics Engineering technologists who wish to pursue professional accreditation as Land Surveyors or develop their careers in other areas of Geomatics such as mapping or hydrography.

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Program Entry

Application processing

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

Entrance requirements

This program has a two-step admission process. Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES).

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Applicants currently enrolled in the last term of their degree/diploma must be on track to complete by May. To apply submit both of the following documents from your post-secondary institution:

  • Transcript of completed courses
  • Confirmation of enrolment letter verifying your current course enrolment and registration in the final term of your degree/diploma

Step 2: Department Assessment

Applicants will be reviewed when the entrance requirements are complete and those that require supplemental courses in order to fulfill the educational background for practice in the Geomatics industry will be contacted for a meeting with the program head.

Applicants with related post-secondary education may be eligible for advanced placement into the second year of BCIT's Geomatics Engineering Technology Diploma before continuing with the Bachelor of Technology in Geomatics.

Continuation requirements

  • Students must complete a minimum of six months of approved relevant work experience to graduate from this program.

Apply to program

Note: This program is undergoing a curriculum review with the aim of changing the credential to a Bachelor of Science and making minor changes to the program's courses. These changes 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.


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.

Financial assistance

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


Program delivery

This two year program includes all the Geomatics technical courses, Geomatics electives, Business Management elective courses and Liberal Education courses. Full-time students are block registered into all the required courses. Each term consists of four technical courses, at least one business management elective course and one liberal education course.

Geomatics degree courses may be taken individually for professional development purposes such as exemptions from the Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors (CBEPS) or applied towards completion of the degree. Students wanting to take individual part-time courses do not need to apply for acceptance into the Geomatics Bachelor of Technology degree program but must have completed a Geomatics Diploma and require approval from the department. Students should apply for acceptance into the full-time degree program if planning to complete more than 12.0 credits of Geomatics courses. Students may receive credit exemption for courses completed in part-time studies once accepted into full-time program.

Part-time students are responsible for registration and payment for each course. Part-time students interested in registering for individual courses from our full-time program should contact Dee Morita, Program Assistant at 604-451-7001 or email Dee_Morita@bcit.ca for details.

Program matrix

Level 5 (15 weeks) Credits
  BUSA 7250 Management Skills and Applications 3.0
  GEOM 7101 Land Information Systems 4.0
  GEOM 7132 Spatial Database Systems 1 3.0
  GEOM 7330 Cadastral Surveys and Land Registration Systems 3.0
  GEOM 7362 Geodetic Positioning 1 4.0
  LIBS 7001 Critical Reading and Writing 3.0
Level 6 (15 weeks) Credits
  ECON 1150 Economic Issues** 3.0
  GEOM 7230 Geomatics Project Planning 2.0
  GEOM 7350 Land Use Planning 3.0
  GEOM 8132 Spatial Database Systems 2* 3.0
  GEOM 8162 Geodetic Positioning 2 4.0
  LIBS 7002 Applied Ethics 3.0
Level 7 (15 weeks) Credits
  BLAW 3100 Business Law** 4.0
  GEOM 8311 Advanced Satellite Positioning Topics* 3.0
  GEOM 8353 Special Topics in Adjustments* 5.0
  GEOM 8363 Advanced Topics in Precision Survey 5.0
  GIST 8118 GIS Remote Sensing* 3.0
  LIBS 7005 Technology, Invention and Power*** 3.0
Level 8 (15 weeks) Credits
  GEOM 7307 Advanced Digital Mapping 3.0
  GEOM 8230 Geomatics Project 6.0
  GEOM 8310 Hydrographic Surveying 4.0
  GEOM 8332 Survey Law 3.0
  LIBS 7007 Technology and Society*** 3.0

* Geomatics Technical Electives (9.0 credits)
Students are required to complete a minimum of three Technical Elective courses out of four (or 9.0 out of 14.0 credits). Students are automatically block registered into all four electives with the option to drop one elective of their choice. Courses from other degree programs may be substituted with permission from the Program Head.

** Management Electives (6.0 credits)
The Management courses selected for this program are required components for professional examinations administered by the BCIT policy on Liberal Studies course requirements.

Students may be able to apply for credit/exemption for 6.0 credits of electives with credits completed from other institutes or BCIT Part-time Studies courses.

Total Credits: 74.0

Note In addition to the course work outlined above, students must complete a minimum of six months of approved relevant work experience to graduate from this program.

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

  • On completion of the BCIT Diploma in Geomatics Engineering Technology (Academic Years 1 and 2) or the equivalent, students can continue into Years 3 and 4.
  • Academic Year 3 consists of levels 5 and 6. Academic Year 4 consists of levels 7 and 8.
  • Each year has 2 terms. Each term is 15 weeks long. Levels 5 and 7 are from September to December in 15 consecutive weeks. Levels 6 and 8 are from January to April; 10 weeks lecture, 1 week Spring Break and another 5 weeks of lecture.
  • About 6 courses are offered in each term, 4 of which are Geomatics Technical courses, 1 is Business Management course and 1 is Liberal Education Studies. One of the courses in term 8 is the Geomatics Project. A standard course will have 1 to 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of lab each week.

Work Experience

  • In addition to the academic years, students are required to provide proof of 6 months approved work experience prior to graduation.
  • Work experience can be accumulated in the summer months between academic years, or working for 1 consecutive year, thus giving students several options with which to fulfill the minimum requirements.

Program length

Two-years, full-time

The program consists of two 15 week terms each year and runs from September through April.


Recognition of this Bachelor of Technology degree as a qualification for advanced technical and management positions is anticipated from related professional groups and industry associations. Students who complete specific courses with an average mark of 60% or better are exempted from 11 out of 13 professional examinations administered by the Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors (CBEPS). Negotiations are also ongoing with such groups as the Canadian Council of Land Surveyors (CCLS) and the Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors (ABCLS) for accreditation of the degree program.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Program structure

Geomatics Technical Component
  Geomatics Mandatory Credits 36.0
  Geomatics Minimum Elective Credits 9.0
  Geomatics Project and Planning Credits 8.0
  Management Credits 9.0
Liberal Studies Component 12.0
Total credits: 74.0

Graduating & Jobs

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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Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit it to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

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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
  • Monty Brisson - City of Surrey
  • Ian Chong - McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd
  • 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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As an industry leader McElhanney has developed a close relationship with BCIT to better prepare their Geomatics students to enter the workforce upon graduation. We have found summer students to be keen, hard workers and very engaged in the survey process. Many of these students have then returned to McElhanney as full-time employees. I couldn't be happier with the relationship we have with BCIT and the process we have in place to help build the careers of these young and talented individuals. Jack Clarke, McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd


The BCIT BTech in Geomatics gives students the best preparation possible for the challenges currently faced in land surveying Thoughtful design around the CBEPS syllabus, gives graduates exemptions from virtually all of the board exams. Highly experienced instructors and a focus on real land management issues, such as; cadastral law, land use planning, high precision surveying and spatial database design, keep BCIT graduates on the leading edge of an ever evolving profession.
Damien Nee - BCIT Graduate


For nearly a century, Underhill & Underhill has been providing land surveying services throughout British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, the Yukon and Nunavut. Many of our current and past employees, including two of our current partners, are graduates of the BCIT Geomatics Program. Personally and professionally, the Geomatics Program at BCIT provided me with excellent training and has led to an interesting and rewarding career in land surveying. Chris El-Araj BCLS - Director, Underhill Geomatics Ltd
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