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Geospatial Engineering

Geospatial engineering is an important part of civil engineering construction projects. Before construction work starts, precise mapping and planning is a critical part of the project process.

Responsibilities – Geospatial engineers can be responsible for:
  • Computer-based measuring to map the best position
  • Producing up to date plans
  • Setting out a site so that structures are built to scale in the right place
  • Monitoring the construction process
  • Providing control points so the future movement of structures, such as dams or bridges, can be monitored

Specialisms – You may specialise in any of the following areas:
  • Land/Engineering surveying (preparing maps and plans to ensure that construction takes place to the dimensions and tolerances required)
  • Hydrographic surveying (measuring and mapping all parts of the earth’s surface that are covered by water)
  • Photogrammetry and remote sensing (producing an area plan from photographic images and using electromagnetic energy to obtain information about objects without touching them)
  • Geographic Information Systems – GIS (collecting and presenting geographical information)
  • Geospatial Information Management
  • Utilities and Subsurface Mapping (the measurement, definition and portrayal of the characteristics of buried services)