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.
- Creates digital databases to compile geographical information in numerical and formats;
- Conducts detailed surveys on projects such as streets, highways and railways;
- Performs calculations and field layouts for horizontal, vertical and spiral curves;
- Compiles data from various sources such as aerial photography, survey plans, property records, zoning regulations to generate maps using digital mapping techniques;
- Produces thematic maps;
- Designs and produces cartographic products based on user requirements;
- Assists in developing methods and procedures for conducting field surveys;
- Gathers spatial data and property information on buildings and other structures such as dams, bridges, and tunnels;
- Links spatial data to various tabular data for land administration objectives;
- Prepares geospatial data sets;
- Translates geospatial data into a data model;
- Integrates geospatial data sets into existing geodatabases;
- Maintains quality control of databases;
- Provides GIS technical support in the development of geographic data applications;
- Performs file conversions to transfer data between applications;
- Undertakes data entry, digitizing and data manipulation procedures for GIS presentations.
Two-year college program in cartography, photogrammetry, aerial survey, remote sensing, geographic information systems or geomatics.