DT112 Have you ever wondered about the technology behind GPS navigation in cars? or how flood warning and disaster management systems work? or how tunnels can be excavated from two different places and still meet precisely in the middle?
If so, then consider a career in Geomatics. Geomatics involves the measurement and analysis of spatial data about our planet and plays a key role in the physical planning and management of our national territory.
DIT is the only third level institution in Ireland to offer a fulltime degree in Geomatics and is the centre of excellence in this fi eld. There is high demand for graduates on the Irish and international job market. Geomatics involves three fi elds of activity ‚Äì 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 airborne and spaceborne cameras and scanners, electronic distance and angle measuring instruments (total stations) and much more, are used to collect precision data which is then processed 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‚Äôs 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 ownership of property, Land Use for Planning and Land Development for Construction and Conservation.
Graduates must have high intellectual ability, good problem solving and communication skills and high spatial awareness. Competence in the practical use of a wide range of advanced surveying instrumentation and software for measuring and processing spatial data is also essential.