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Overview

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.

Program delivery mode: in person

  • This program will be delivered in person for the coming semester.
  • We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the procedures that have been implemented.

Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

Survey a career

The Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors have developed a number of videos which give an insight into the exciting career of a land surveyor – for further information on becoming a BC Land Surveyor visit www.abcls.ca.

Check out the ABCLS YouTube Channel

Testimonial

“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

Entrance Requirements

Costs & Supplies

Courses

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 two terms. Each term is fifteen weeks long. Levels 5 and 7 are from September to December for fifteen consecutive weeks. Levels 6 and 8 are from January to April with fifteen weeks of classes and a one week Spring Break in March.
  • Lectures and labs are offered Monday to Friday, from 8:30 to 17:30, except on Wednesdays when classes end at 14:30.
  • Six courses are offered each term and are a mixture of Geomatics technical courses, Business Management courses and Liberal Studies courses. A research project is a key component of the degree, planned in level 6 and completed in levels 7 and 8.

Work experience

  • In addition to the academic years, students are required to provide proof of six months of approved discipline-related work experience prior to graduation.
  • Work experience can be accumulated in the summer months between academic years or by working for one consecutive year, giving students several options to fulfill the minimum requirements.

Graduating & Jobs

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Faculty

Grant Shelest, MBA, BTech, AScT (Ret.)
Program Head
604-453-4051

Donna Conroy, BTech
Chief Instructor
604-431-4960

James Cowan, DiplT
Marketing & Media
604-432-8992

Darryl Dube, DiplT, BA
604-456-8097

Sean Galway, BSc, MSc
604-432-8283

Christopher Griffith, BSc
604-431-4943

Stanley Hung, DiplT, AScT BC
604-432-8810

Josh MacDougall
604-434-5734

Scott Netherton, BCLS, CLS
604-431-4993

John Ogundare, PhD
604-431-4944

Jordan Palk, BSc
604-432-8992

Mohammad Rajabi, PhD, EIT
604-432-8706

Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS
604-431-4950

Eric Saczuk, PhD
604-451-7197

Rob Scott, BSc, ALS, PEng
604-432-8627

Chris Thornton, BSc, MRICS
604-456-8164

Alan Weston, MBA, MSc, PGeo
Coordinator – Part Time Studies
604-454-2240

Staff

Dee Morita, BA
Program Assistant
604-451-7001

Chris Homewood
Survey Stores Coordinator
604-451-6704

Ciprian Pirvu, PEng
Survey Stores Manager
604-451-6704

Advisory committee

  • Harinder Badial (Chair) – City of Surrey
  • Warren Barnard – Watson & Barnard
  • Joe Coelho – Matson, Peck & Topliss
  • Rob Glass – City of Vancouver
  • Mark LeBlanc – Canadian Hydrographic Service
  • Jeff Liedtke – Global Raymac Surveys
  • Trevor Key – BC Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure
  • David Mostyn – Terra Remote Sensing
  • Peter Mueller – Association of BC Land Surveyors
  • Kevin Percy – Pro-Tech Surveys Ltd
  • Cristin Schlossberger – Land Title & Survey Authority of BC

Related Links

Education (Canada)

Professional Associations (Canada)

Associations and Organizations

Government Websites and Services

Publications

Other Useful Sites

Part-time Studies

Delivery Mode: ONLINE AND ON-CAMPUS

  • Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

Our part-time studies courses are intended for those who need professional development to upgrade their knowledge or require job related academic qualifications, but are not working towards a diploma or degree in Geomatics. These courses may also provide the prospect students further credits to obtain CBEPS (The Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors) exemption or certification as Applied Science Technicians with ASTTBC.

The BCIT Geomatics department offers the following courses on campus:

GEOM 2110  Pre-Entry Field Surveying (Spring term only)
GEOM 2120  Pre-entry Survey Computations (Spring term only)
GEOM 2130  Pre-Entry CAD and Geospatial Software Applications (Spring term only)
SURV 1101    Survey Instrument Operations: Levels (Winter term only)
SURV 1104    Basic Surveying with Total Stations (Winter and Fall terms)
SURV 1125    Unmanned Aircraft Systems Applications for Geomatics (Spring and Fall terms)
SURV 2205    Civil 3D: Introduction (Winter, Spring and Fall terms)
SURV 5108    Fundamentals of Surveying (Winter, Spring and Fall terms)

Please note – these course offerings are subject to change.

The list of online part-time studies courses below have been granted exemptions by CBEPS. Students may receive approval to register for these online courses with completion of 2-year Geomatics diploma, and meeting all other prerequisites. To receive approval, students must submit their official academic transcript(s) and BCIT Student ID to geomatics@bcit.ca. You can create your BCIT Student ID at https://secure.bcit.ca/sis/reg/.

GEOM 4080  Coordinate Systems and Mathematical Cartography (Fall term only)
GEOM 5120  Geodetic Positioning 1 (Fall term only)
GEOM 6120  Geodetic Positioning 2 (Winter term only)
GEOM 8195  Hydrographic Surveying (Winter term only)
GEOM 6140  Special Topics in Adjustments (Winter and Fall terms)
GEOM 7150  Advanced Topics in Precision Survey (Winter and Spring terms)

Please note – these course offerings are subject to change.

The courses that are not offered through part-time studies are available to full-time students in the full-time program only. In order to enroll in day school courses, online or on campus, you need to apply and be accepted to the program. Once you are accepted you can decide which courses you want to be enrolled in and can drop all other courses. Please note that there is no exception to this as it is a BCIT policy.

Contact:

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 (604-454-2240) is the contact person on these issues.

CBEPS

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 department offers the following online part-time studies courses which have been granted exemptions by CBEPS. Students may receive approval to register for these online courses with completion of 2-year Geomatics diploma, and meeting all other prerequisites. To receive approval, students must submit their official academic transcript(s) and BCIT Student ID to geomatics@bcit.ca. You can create your BCIT Student ID at https://secure.bcit.ca/sis/reg/.

GEOM 4080 Coordinate Systems and Mathematical Cartography (Fall term only)
GEOM 5120 Geodetic Positioning 1 (Fall term only)
GEOM 6120 Geodetic Positioning 2 (Winter term only)
GEOM 8195 Hydrographic Surveying (Winter term only)
GEOM 6140 Special Topics in Adjustments (Winter and Fall terms)
GEOM 7150 Advanced Topics in Precision Survey (Winter and Spring terms)

Please note – these course offerings are subject to change.

The courses that are not offered through part-time studies are available to full-time students in the full-time program only. In order to enroll in day school courses, online or on campus, you need to apply and be accepted to the program. Once you are accepted you can decide which courses you want to be enrolled in and can drop all other courses. Please note that there is no exception to this as it is a BCIT policy.

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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

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
Tel: 604-451-7001
Email: geomatics@bcit.ca

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