Hydrographic (Associate only)

This 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.


Geomatics is one of the fastest expanding global markets and a truly worldwide profession. Driven by technology and maintaining its role in land law and other socio-economic areas, leading chartered surveying firms realise the importance of geomatics, not only to the profession but to the future success of their businesses. This is particularly true in the day-to-day integration of geomatics with traditional forms of real estate management, land administration and construction.

The changing nature of mapping and spatial data management worldwide includes rapid advancements in Information Technology (e.g. GIS, Global Navigation Satellite Systems, ‘joined up government’ initiatives, digital cadastres, marine planning regimes and many more).

Geomatics is a diverse and complex area of practice and to reflect this, there are two pathways: one orientated towards Land/Engineering Surveying and a specific Hydrographic Surveying pathway.

The Hydrographic Surveying pathway is designed for those who work within a hydrographic/marine surveying environment. This could be based offshore or on land (charting, post processing bathymetry for example).

This guide is to be used in conjunction with the RICS Associate Candidate Guide.

Pathways and competencies

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