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Geomatics Surveyor

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At a Glance... header image

Maps the built and natural environment in order to provide accurate spatial data which facilitates planning, development and conservation.


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Video: Geomatic Surveying ~ SCSI


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Verify the accuracy of survey data including measurements and calculations conducted at survey sites.

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Search legal records, survey records, and land titles to obtain information about property boundaries in areas to be surveyed.

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Calculate heights, depths, relative positions, property lines, and other characteristics of terrain.

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Prepare and maintain sketches, maps, reports, and legal descriptions of surveys to describe, certify, and assume liability for work performed.

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Direct or conduct surveys to establish legal boundaries for properties, based on legal deeds and titles.

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Prepare or supervise preparation of all data, charts, plots, maps, records, and documents related to surveys.

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Write descriptions of property boundary surveys for use in deeds, leases, or other legal documents.

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Compute geodetic measurements and interpret survey data to determine positions, shapes, and elevations of geomorphic and topographic features.

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Determine longitudes and latitudes of important features and boundaries in survey areas using theodolites, transits, levels, and satellite-based global positioning systems (GPS).

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Record the results of surveys including the shape, contour, location, elevation, and dimensions of land or land features.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Analyzing Data or Information: Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others: Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Documenting/Recording Information: Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards: Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Law and Government: Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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Engineering and Technology: Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

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Geography: Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

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Administration and Management: Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Mathematics: Using mathematics to solve problems.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Management of Personnel Resources: Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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As a Geomatics/Land surveyor you will need to be methodical, good at maths and able to pay attention to detail. Land surveyors must analyse survey findings and be able to use a range of technological equipment including computers.

You will need knowledge of construction, economics and law, and the ability to give information to other professionals both verbally and in writing. You will need to be able to work as part of a team. You also need to be accurate in all measurements and reports.

This is a profession ideally suited to students who enjoy working with numbers. You should have a good spatial awareness and an interest in geography and information technology. Creativity is also important as mapping and 2-D modelling requires good design skills.


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Geomatics is currently one of the most in-demand technical skills in the world. 

In order to become a Chartered Surveyor, you must have an accredited qualification and then undertake the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) a structured period of on the job training and assessment.

The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) accredits courses in the Republic of Ireland for the purpose of enrolling on to the APC. Courses in Surveying are available at eight Institutes of Technology nationally. These are also recognised by the worldwide professional body, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). SCSI also recognises courses accredited by RICS, the worldwide body.

Geomatics Surveying is available at DIT (DT112)

A full list of accredited surveying courses is available here.

Last Updated: November, 2015


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Organisation: Society of Chartered Surveyors
Address: 5 Wilton Place, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 676 5500
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Organisation: Geophysical Association of Ireland
Address: Unit F4, Maynooth Business Campus, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland
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