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Geomatics - The Art and Science of Spatial Measurement

Fall 2020 Delivery Mode: BLENDED

  • This program will be delivered for the fall semester as a combination of online and on-campus learning.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
  • We are putting measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see BCIT COVID-19 Return to Operations for details on the mandatory 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.

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

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Application processing

Open to applications beginning October 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.

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Apply to program

To submit your application:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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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 enroll 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.


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 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.

Advanced Placement


You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through either re-admission or direct entry. Please note that applications are considered based on:
  • Complete applications: you must show proof that you have completed (or are registered in) all requirements to be considered.
  • Competitive entry: if the number of applicants exceeds available seats, BCIT will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.


If you have previously completed part of this program at BCIT and wish to re-enter the program at an advanced level, you can apply for re-admission.

Submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment Form [PDF] with your application.

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

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Direct entry

If you have a diploma or degree, you may be eligible to apply for direct entry to level 3.

BCIT accepts complete applications starting October 1st (or next business day) for direct entry to level 3 (September start).

Use the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment Form [PDF] to submit proof of the following with your online application:

  • English: Two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Post-secondary education: one of the following:
    • Diploma, associate degree, or bachelor's degree from a recognized institution in:
      • Geography
      • Geology
      • Mathematics
      • Engineering
      • Science
    • A minimum of two years post-secondary education (60.0 credits with a minimum of 30.0 credits at the 200-level) which includes completion of the following university-transferable courses with a minimum of 60% in each course:
      • 100-level English course
      • 100-level math course (or approved BCIT course)
      • 100-level physics course (or approved BCIT course)
  • If you are unsure if your educational background meets the entrance requirement, please contact the Program Head at 604-456-8164.

The following courses are recommended for completion prior to admission, but are mandatory for graduation from the program. If you have achieved a diploma, associate degree, or bachelor's degree from a recognized Canadian or U.S. institution, these courses may be waived:

Full-time Course Name Part-time Equivalent
COMM 1135 Technical Communication 1 COMM 1103 or
COMM 1106 (prerequisite: COMM 0015)
COMM 2252 Technical Communication 2 COMM 2202 or COMM 2002

Conditional Acceptance

Acceptance will be conditional, pending the completion of three Pre-Entry Surveying Courses (or equivalents):

These bridging courses run once per year over July and August for seven weeks full time. You may register for these courses on or after March 1st only if you have been conditionally accepted. Approximate tuition for the Pre-Entry Surveying Courses is $3,110.00.

Ready to submit your application? Apply now.

Direct entry FAQ

When should I apply?
It is recommended that you apply when you have met all of the entrance requirements. If you are currently registered in a course(s), please indicate this on the self-assessment form.

Am I eligible for admission if my education is from a Canadian College outside of BC?
Yes, education from all recognized Canadian post-secondary institutions will be considered.

Am I eligible for admission if my education is from outside of North America?
Yes, applicants with foreign credentials will be considered for direct entry to level 3. Applicants who completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Australia, or New Zealand will require a basic evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) if the credential was completed. If no credential was awarded, a comprehensive evaluation is required. Comprehensive reports must include course-by-course evaluations and GPA calculations. Credential evaluation reports from other Canadian services may be considered.

When will I get my timetable?
Print your timetable one day prior to class start by logging into and going to Student Self-Service. You must be registered in your courses in order to access this feature.

When can I buy my books?
It is recommended that you wait until the first week of classes before buying textbooks. Your instructors will tell you which books to buy.

How much credit can I apply for?
The maximum transfer credit granted will be 50% of the total credit hours required to earn the certification. Therefore, students must complete at least 50% of the course work through BCIT. If you have been accepted with completion of a diploma, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree, you have already reached 50% and are not entitled to further transfer credit.

To register for a Part-time Studies course, visit Register for Part-time Courses or contact Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Still have questions? Review the Admissions FAQ or contact Program Advising.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Full-Time Studies Tuition & Fees page for 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.


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.


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.

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 2017-2019 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2016-2018 graduates and for Degree 2015-2017 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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Related Links

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Part-time Studies

Fall 2020 Delivery Mode: ONLINE

  • This program will be delivered online for the fall semester.
  • 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 generally run in the evenings, Saturdays, as week-long seminars or online and 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 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

Current list of continuing education courses indicates the availability of the courses. 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


Grant Shelest, MBA, BTech, AScT
Program Head

Donna Conroy, BTech
Chief Instructor

James Cowan, DiplT
Marketing & Media

Darryl Dube, DiplT, BA

Sean Galway, BSc, MSc

Christopher Griffith, BSc

John Ogundare, PhD

Mohammad Rajabi, PhD, EIT

Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS

Eric Saczuk, PhD

Ken Schuurman, BSc, BCLS, PEng

Rob Scott, BSc, ALS, PEng

Chris Thornton, BSc, MRICS

Alan Weston, MBA, MSc, PGeo
Coordinator - Part Time Studies


Dee Morita, BA
Program Assistant

Ciprian Pirvu, PEng
Survey Stores Manager

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

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  |  604-434-1610

Dee Morita, Program Assistant

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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


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


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

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