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.
- Drafts and reviews a wide variety of surveys including boundary suveys, topographic surveys, design surveys, and construction surveys;
- Produces calculations and field layouts of horizontal, vertical, and spiral curves when conducting detailed surveys on projects such as highways, urban streets and railways;
- Conducts underground, open pit, and tunnel surveys;
- Undertakes hydrographic surveys of shorelines and subsurface contours;
- Surveys townships and new sections of land to establish legal boundaries;
- Conveys to land surveyors, field surveyors, and management staff potential quality control issues;
- Reviews in-coming data for accuracy, reliability and completeness;
- Generates maps and related graphics using digital mapping techniques;
- Formats digital mapping files for publication on external or internal company websites;
- Operates digitized stereoscopic plotting and computer graphics equipment to provide three-dimensional optical models of a terrain;
- Prepares images, graphic and alphanumeric reports, maps and charts from airborne or satellite data;
- Makes recommendations to management on data sources, formats and integration;
- Researches land titles, legal survey plans, aerial photography, satellite images, and geographic databases when planning a new survey.
Three-year college program in cartography, photogrammetry, aerial survey, remote sensing, geographic information systems or geomatics.