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Geomatics - The Art and Science of Spatial Measurement

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.

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.

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Program Entry

Application processing

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

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Advanced Placement

You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through 1. re-admission or 2. direct entry. The following applies to all advanced placement applicants:

  • Complete applications: you must show proof of completing all requirements (proof of registration is acceptable for advanced placement applicants) to be considered.
  • Competitive entry: if the number of applications exceeds available seats, BCIT will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Acceptance based on seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.
  1. Re-admission: Have you completed part of this program at BCIT and want to apply to an advanced level?

    Applications are accepted throughout the year. You must submit the Readmit Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] with your application.

  2. Direct Entry: Are you new to this program but have completed an equivalent part of it at BCIT or elsewhere and want to apply to an advanced level?

    BCIT accepts complete applications starting:

    • November 1st for level 3 (September start)

    You must submit the Direct Entry Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] and proof of meeting the entrance requirements with your online application. View the Direct Entry sheet [PDF] for details.

Apply to program

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.

Technology entry

The Technology Entry (TE) program is a full-time, day school program which provides academic upgrading to students wishing to enrol in Computing, Engineering, Electronic, and Health Sciences programs at BCIT.

The TE program provides courses in chemistry, communication, mathematics, and physics that meet program prerequisites for selected programs at BCIT. The TE program also includes an introductory course in computer applications and a learning skills course. The program is supportive to those who require English-language training.

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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.

Books and supplies

Year 1: $900; Year 2: $350

These are estimated costs, subject to change.

Financial assistance

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

Courses

Program delivery

Note: The Geomatics Engineering Technology curriculum has been revised effective September 2017. The revised program matrix is listed below. Students that began the program in September 2016, please refer to the September 2016 cohort matrix [PDF].

Program matrix

Level 1 (15 weeks) Credits
  COMM 1135 Technical Communication 1 3.0
  GEOM 1010 Field Surveying 1 8.0
  GEOM 1020 Surveying Computations 1 3.0
  GEOM 1030 Surveying CAD 1 3.0
  GEOM 1040 Computer Applications 2.0
  MATH 1511 Technical Mathematics for Geomatics 7.0
  PHYS 1151 Physics for Geomatics 1 5.0
 
Level 2 (20 weeks) Credits
  GEOM 2005 Earth and Ocean Science 4.0
  GEOM 2010 Field Surveying 2 9.5
  GEOM 2020 Surveying Computations 2 4.0
  GEOM 2030 Surveying CAD 2 4.0
  GEOM 2040 Geospatial Software Applications 4.0
  MATH 2511 Calculus for Geomatics 9.5
  PHYS 2151 Physics for Geomatics 2 4.0
 
Level 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  GEOM 3010 Field Surveying 3 6.0
  GEOM 3020 Surveying Computations 3 3.0
  GEOM 3030 Surveying CAD 3 4.0
  GEOM 3050 Introduction to Geodetic Positioning 5.0
  GEOM 3060 Engineering Surveys 4.0
  GEOM 3070 Photogrammetry 1 3.0
  MATH 3512 Matrix Methods and Statistics for Geomatics 6.0
 
Level 4 (20 weeks) Credits
  COMM 2453 Technical Communication 2 for Geomatics 4.0
  GEOM 4010 Field Survey Projects 9.5
  GEOM 4015 Remote Sensing and Laser Scanning Technologies 4.0
  GEOM 4025 Cadastral Surveys and Land Use Planning 4.0
  GEOM 4070 Photogrammetry 2 4.5
  GEOM 4080 Coordinate Systems and Mathematical Cartography 5.5
  GEOM 4090 Introduction to Adjustment Computations 4.0
 
Total Credits: 136.5

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

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.

Program length

Two years, full-time

The program runs from September to May each year.

Accreditation

The Geomatics Engineering Technology diploma program is accredited by the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC) as a technologist program. Full-time students may apply for student membership in ASTTBC. Graduates are eligible for graduate technologist membership and may apply for registration as an applied science technologist after completing a minimum of two years of relevant experience.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Continue your education

Following completion of the two-year diploma program, students can apply to continue for a further two years towards BCIT's Bachelor of Science in Geomatics.

Graduates of the diploma program are granted course credits at the University of Calgary (Geomatics Engineering department), University of New Brunswick, and Oregon Institute of Technology, and also towards examinations set by the Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors (CBEPS), leading to registration as a professional land surveyor. The diploma program is recognized by the Washington Land Surveyors as two years credit toward professional certification.

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.

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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 need 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 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.

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 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

Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS
Associate Dean
604-432-8323

Faculty

Chris Thornton, BSc, MRICS
Program Head
604-456-8164

Donna Conroy, BTech
Chief Instructor
604-431-4960

James Cowan, DiplT
604-432-8992

Darryl Dube, DiplT, BA
604-456-8097

Sean Galway, BSc, MSc
604-432-8283

Christopher Griffith, BSc
604-431-4943

Dave Martens, DiplT
604-431-4950

John Ogundare, PhD
604-431-4944

Mohammad Rajabi, PhD
604-432-8706

Eric Saczuk, PhD
604-451-7197

Ken Schuurman, BSc, BCLS, PEng
604-431-4993

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

Grant Shelest, BTech, AScT
Coordinator - Digital Media
604-453-4051

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

Staff

Dee Morita, BA
Program Assistant
604-451-7001

Advisory committee

  • Harinder Badial - City of Surrey
  • Warren Barnard - Watson & Barnard    
  • Ian Chong - McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd
  • Jim Gregson - City of Vancouver
  • Mark LeBlanc - Canadian Hydrographic Service
  • Peter Mueller - ABCLS
  • 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
604-451-7001

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Testimonial

The BCIT Geomatics Diploma has not only prepared me for working in the field, but has led to continuing opportunities at UNB, earning an engineering degree in Geomatics. Without those two years at BCIT, I would not have the practical or technical skills that employers find so valuable, enabling me to find full-time work doing everything from finding survey evidence from the 1800's to construction layout for new weigh-in-motion technology. Tracey Peet, BCIT Graduate

Testimonial

I entered the Advanced Placement program and in just 1 year I graduated with a two year diploma in Geomatics Engineering. I had a job offer before I finished school and was able to start work immediately after graduating! BCIT gave me the skills and the knowledge to feel confident entering the surveying industry. The teachers are excellent and go to great lengths to teach a daunting amount of material in as efficient and manageable a way as possible for the students. Jonathan Gallant, BCIT Graduate

Testimonial

Bennett Land Surveying has employed many BCIT graduates over the years, we have found them to be well qualified and familiar with the modern technology used throughout the surveying industry. Three of the partners at Bennett are BCIT graduates and a large percentage of the practising land surveyors in BC are grads of BCIT. The Geomatics programs at BCIT are an excellent stepping stone towards an exciting future career in land surveying. Neil Bennett BCLS CLS President Bennett Land Surveying

An Aerial Perspective

Students learn the theory and practical aspects of computer assisted mapping through the subjects of photogrammetry and cartography.

Measurements can be taken in 3 dimensions using high quality aerial and terrestrial photography.