Technical occupations in geomatics include aerial survey, remote sensing, geographic information systems, cartographic and photogrammetric technologists and technicians, who gather, analyze, interpret and use geospatial information for applications in natural resources, geology, environmental research and land use planning. Geomatics technologists and technicians are employed by all levels of government, utilities, mapping, computer software, forestry, architectural, engineering and consulting firms and other related establishments.
- Plans map contents by formatting and compiling required data from aerial photography, surveys, reports and other sources;
- Determines map layout including specifications such as scale, projection, colour, and size;
- Manages production of maps to ensure design specifications are maintained;
- Revises existing maps and charts with corrections and adjustments;
- Generates maps and charts using digital mapping techniques including computer assisted design and drafting software;
- Analyzes data from ground surveys, aerial photography, and satellite images in preparation for the creation of topographic maps and aerial photographic mosaics;
- Identifies geodetic points, elevations and other topographic features to incorporated into planned maps and charts;
- Delineates aerial photographic details such as control points hydrography, topography using precision stereoplotting equipment;
- Creates three-dimensional optical models of terrain using stereoscopic plotting and computer graphics equipment;
- Studies legal records to establish boundaries of local or national properties;
- Maintains the quality and comprehensiveness of geographical information systems (GIS) databases.
Two-year college program in cartography, photogrammetry, aerial survey, remote sensing, geographic information systems or geomatics.