Geomatics surveyors or land surveyors measure, map, assess, and collect and interpret information about specific pieces of land. They often work on land due to be redeveloped (built on) or on which the built infrastructure (such as railways) is due to be repaired – but not always. Archaeologists might employ land surveyors to find out more about possible sites of archaeological interest, for example.
Typical responsibilities of the job include:
- undertaking land/topographic/hydrographic/measured building surveys, using a variety of specialist equipment and technology, such as robotics and 3D scanners
- analysing data using plans, maps, charts and software such as AutoCAD and GIS (geographic information systems) programs
- preparing survey drawings
- presenting data to clients and writing reports
- advising about technical matters and whether construction plans are viable
The job combines working in an office with working outdoors on sites. You’ll need to travel to sites and sometimes work away from home for stretches of time. Depending on the piece of land and how it’s being used (eg if it has a busy, operational rail line on it), you may need to work shifts or out of hours.