Geomatics is the science and technology of gathering, analyzing, organizing, and distributing data relating to the earth’s surface, spatial information, products and services. Careers in geomatics are challenging, diverse, interesting, and there are many areas of specialization. To name a few, these careers can include various opportunities within Cadastral Land Surveying, hydrographic mapping, the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and land surveying instrumentation design and application, mapping and navigation.

For many land surveyors, one of the fascinating aspects of geomatics is the option of working indoors or outdoors, in urban or rural settings, on land, sea and in the air, domestically, internationally, or combinations of all these options. Land surveying, for example, is largely dependent on data collected in the field, utilizing GNSS receivers (GPS Receivers), total stations and levelling equipment for field measurements. In the air and on the water, advanced cameras, imaging sensors and scanners linked to GNSS receivers, some with inertial guidance systems are common workplace tools. In the office, powerful computers with calculation, drafting, and Geographic Information System (GIS) software, connected to scanners and plotters, are typically used.


The Association of Canada Lands Surveyors presented a webinar on the CLS profession for University of Calgary Geomatics students.  This webinar talks about the benefits of becoming a CLS, the path to becoming a CLS and Q & A from students.

Presenters: Rob Pinkerton, Past President of the ACLS, Marie Robidoux, Registrar, Ryan Baete, Surveyor General Branch of NRCan and Jean-Claude Tétreault, Executive Director