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.

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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 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 one for Hydrographic Surveying.

The Geospatial Surveying pathway is primarily aimed at those candidates who do not spend the majority of their employment offshore and/or engaged in hydrographic surveying. Although chiefly aimed at those in ‘traditional’ land and engineering survey, this pathway can also be taken by those in government agencies and those from more specialised areas of geomatics practice such as measured building surveys and utilities surveying.

For candidates specialising in environment, rural, planning and development and mineral and waste management, see the RICS Associate Land pathway.

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

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