Surveying (or geomatics) is the science of surveying (measuring) and mapping the face of the earth. Mapping forms the foundation of physical planning and land development. A surveyor is responsible for the collection, representation, analysis, management, retrieval and modelling of spatial data (natural and man-made features on the earth). It involves fieldwork for data capturing and computer data processing.

Topographical surveying � determines the positions of natural and man-made features on the earth, and is used for planning and land development

Engineering surveying� the surveys required to control and monitor the building of roads, bridges, tunnels and structures.

Photogrammetry � mapping from aerial photographs and compiling 3 dimensional digital terrain models of the earth.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)� spatial data acquisition, analysis and management. Cadastral surveying � marking property boundaries and relocating them.

Hydrographic surveying � mapping of the seabed and coastlines.

Purpose and Rationale of the qualification

To be able to survey, collect and present spatial data in different forms, and set out and control positions of structures on the ground of basic engineering works.