Bachelor of Science (Hons) Geomatics (Surveying & Mapping)   DT112

  • Undergraduate
  • Level 8
  • 4 Years
  • Full-Time
  • Bolton Street
  • School of Surveying and Construction
  • College of Engineering and Built Environment

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What is Bachelor of Science (Hons) Geomatics (Surveying & Mapping)?

DIT is a centre of excellence for educating and training Geomatics professionals. The BSc (Hons) programme provides graduates for the Geodetic Surveying profession. The four-year (eight semesters) curriculum is practically focused and includes work placement in semester five. There is high demand for graduates on the Irish and international job market. Graduates are eligible for membership of a number of professional surveying bodies and after a suitable period in industry may also become chartered professional surveyors. Geomatics involves three streams of activity - Spatial Data Provision, Spatial Information Management and Land Management. Spatial Data Provision involves the collection of data relating to the Earth (spatial data). Instruments such as GPS receivers, terrestrial and airborne cameras and scanners, electronic distance and angle measuring instruments (total stations) and much more, are used to collect precision data which is then used to create digital maps and models of our landscape for development, monitoring and planning. Such data collection may take place on or under the earth's surface, or off-shore. Spatial Information Management takes the collected data and generates optimised geographical information for a wide range of applications. This involves 3D modelling, computer visualisation, analysis in Geographic Information System (GIS) and delivery of the results and products to the client. The third activity of Geomatics is Land Management. This deals with the four main national Land Administration systems - Land Value for Taxation, Land Tenure for Occupants, Land Use for Planning, and Land Development for Construction and Conservation. A career in Geomatics requires graduates to have good intellectual ability, excellent problem solving and communication skills, and develop competencies in the practical use of a wide range of advanced surveying instrumentation, and computer software for measuring and processing spatial data. The department has well-equipped laboratories and the latest equipment to cater for all practical aspects of the programme. Fieldwork and coursework are important elements of the programme in all semesters and account for a significant proportion of module assessment. In the final semester, the student individually undertakes a major dissertation (or research project) on a Geomatics-related topic. The degree programme also includes modules in environmental management, business & project management, and legal studies, to equip the graduate with the range of skills demanded of a modern professional. The work placement module in semester five aims to improve the practical abilities developed in semesters one to four, prior to undertaking more analytical studies in semesters six to eight. The module also aims to develop an understanding of, and appreciation for, the professional standards required by industry. DIT is the only third level institution in Ireland to offer a full-time degree in Geomatics. The Department has links with several European universities under the Erasmus/Socrates programmes. This facilitates the exchange of staff and students for research and study abroad. Opportunities also exist for post-graduate studies in Ireland and abroad. Many of our graduates have successfully completed related higher degrees at other universities.

External and/or Professional Details

Professional Body Accreditation:Society of Chartered Surveyors (SCS)

Students may be required to attend classes at locations across the Institute.

Please note that the catalogue is provided as a guide to modules in DIT. Not all modules listed will necessarily be offered every year and new modules may also be added. Information subject to change. For detail on specific programmes/modules please contact the relevant School directly.