Geomatics is the science and study of spatially related information focusing on the collection, interpretation/analysis and presentation of the natural, built, social and economic environments.


As the underpinning information provider of the land and property life cycle, geomatics is of fundamental importance to society.

Driven by technology and maintaining its role in land law and other socioeconomic areas, leading chartered surveying firms realise the importance of geomatics, not only to the profession but to the future success of their businesses. Particularly in the day-to-day integration of geomatics with traditional forms of real estate management, land administration and construction.

There is huge demand and are major opportunities for chartered land, hydrographic and engineering surveyors. This is due to a high media profile, coupled with the changing nature of mapping and spatial data management worldwide.

This includes rapid advancements in Information Technology e.g. GIS, Global Navigation Satellite Systems, ‘joined up government’ initiatives, digital cadastres and many more.

The growth in EU and national governments’ spatial data agendas and legislation needs chartered surveyors to fill senior management and advisor roles, offering highly specialist expertise and knowledge.

The pathway guide should be used in conjunction with the core assessment documentation which is available on the RICS website and comprises of:

  • Requirements and Competencies guide
  • Candidate guide for your RICS assessment e.g. APC, Academic, Senior Professional, Specialist
  • Counsellor guide.

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