Geomatics is an applied science and a professional discipline. As an applied science it involves an integrated approach to the measurement, analysis, management, and display of geographic and other spatial data. As a professional discipline, geomaticians have specialist skills, knowledge, and understanding in order to provide services that meet the needs of society and which contribute to social and political stability, quality of life and the management of natural heritage and resources.
Geomatics professionals may be involved in designing, conducting and managing activities relating to surveying, geography, information systems, land development and planning, law and commerce. Geomatics professionals use the latest satellite, laser, acoustic, and information technology and are continually branching into new challenging areas of specialisation, as the programme streams described below demonstrate.
The School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics offers a number of streams in the BSc (Geomatics) degree. These are intended to provide graduates with a qualification that is flexible and allow entry into a number of different careers. Moreover, specialist knowledge of spatial information science and spatial data acquisition (a feature of all streams) provides a geomatics professional operating in another area of specialization (e.g. geology or environmental science) with an advantage over competitors.
The four-year BSc (Geomatics) degree, awarded by the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, offers the following streams within the degree programme: BSc(Geomatics) in Geoinformatics, a four year Geomatics degree majoring in either Computer Science or Environmental and Geographic Science. BSc(Geomatics) in Surveying, a four year Geomatics degree majoring in Surveying.
Vicky is heading off to find out what the varied world of surveying is all about in our first story. It’s a wide ranging profession which could involve anything from determining land boundaries to creating maps, designing and planning commercial products or structures such as buildings or boats. One of the best aspects of the job is that a surveyor could find themselves either indoors or outdoors in some interesting locations. Vicky even discovers surveying played a big role in the building of the tunnels on the new motorway extension north of Auckland. “I learnt there are lots of different types of surveying and also lots of job opportunities out there,” says Vicky at the end of her experience.