What is Geomatics?
Geomatics is an applied science and a professional discipline. As an applied science it involves an integrated approach to the measurement, analysis, management, and display of geographic and other spatial data. As a professional discipline, geomaticians have specialist skills, knowledge, and understanding in order to provide services that meet the needs of society and which contribute to social and political stability, quality of life and the management of natural heritage and resources. Geomatics professionals may be involved in designing, conducting and managing activities relating to surveying, geography, information systems, land development and planning, law and commerce. Geomatics professionals use the latest satellite, laser, acoustic, and information technology and are continually branching into new challenging areas of specialisation, as the programme streams described below demonstrate.
The School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics offers a number of streams in the BSc (Geomatics) degree. These are intended to provide graduates with a qualification that is flexible and allow entry into a number of different careers. Moreover, specialist knowledge of spatial information science and spatial data acquisition (a feature of all streams) provides a geomatics professional operating in another area of specialization (e.g. geology or environmental science) with an advantage over competitors.
The four-year BSc (Geomatics) degree, awarded by the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, offers the following streams within the degree programme:
BSc(Geomatics) in Geoinformatics, a four year Geomatics degree majoring in either Computer Science or Environmental and Geographic Science.
BSc(Geomatics) in Surveying, a four year Geomatics degree majoring in Surveying.
Students wishing to specialise further may register for a Masters (or a Doctoral degree if a Masters degree has been attained) and join the large team of enthusiastic and multi-national postgraduate students. Entrance Merit Scholarships are available from the University of Cape Town for new postgraduate students. The closing date for applications is the 31st November. This handbook is targeted at undergraduate students, and prospective postgraduate students should refer to the Geomatics web page for more details of postgraduate options.