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Overview

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

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.

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 both field and office environments.

Survey a career

The YouTube video was produced at BCIT’s Burnaby Campus and offers an insight into the exciting career of a land surveyor. For further information on becoming a BC Land Surveyor visit www.abcls.ca

Entrance Requirements

Advanced Placement

Costs & Supplies

Courses

Program Details

The BCIT Geomatics Diploma program is a two year, full-time day school program. The program is taught by instructors with strong industry and research experience. Upon completion of the first and second academic years, you are awarded a Diploma in Geomatics Engineering Technology.

Academic years 1 and 2

  • Academic Year 1 consists of levels 1 and 2. Academic Year 2 consists of levels 3 and 4.
  • Each academic year has two 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 a one week Spring Break in mid-March.
  • Each term has seven 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 five to six lab hours each week and computer courses which may only have lab hours.
  • 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, earth and ocean science, 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 compasses 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.

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.

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

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:

  • 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.

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.

Contact:

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

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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