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 lifecycle, geomatics is of fundamental importance to society. 

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.

There is huge demand and there are major opportunities for chartered land, hydrographic and engineering surveyors. This is due to a high media profile and 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.

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Important note

You must use this guide in conjunction with the core APC documentation, which consists of:

  • APC Requirements and competencies guide
  • APC Candidate guide
  • APC Counsellor guide 

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