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.
- Analyzes source data and prepares mosaic prints, contour maps, profile sheets and related cartographic products;
- Prepares original maps and charts from aerial photographs and survey data;
- Applies mathematical and photogrammetric techniques to identify scale, and to orient geodetic points, elevations and other topographic features;
- Delineates aerial photographic details such as control points, hydrography, topography, and cultural features using precision stereoplotting equipment;
- Analyzes survey data, source maps and photos, as well as, computer or automatic mapping products to determine location and name of features;
- Develops design concepts for maps;
- Determines map production specifications such as projection, scale, size and colours;
- Establishes guidelines for source materials to be used for mapping project including existing maps, automated mapping equipment, photographic survey data, and place names;
- Studies legal documents to establish local and national boundaries of properties and terrains;
- Travels over photographed areas to identify, record and verify all features shown on an aerial photograph;
- Revises existing charts and maps to correct observed errors.
Three-year college program in cartography, photogrammetry, aerial survey, remote sensing, geographic information systems or geomatics.