From driverless vehicles to smartphone mapping, geomatics provides the technical basis for many of the world’s most innovative technologies. Geomatics engineers collect, analyze, manage and distribute geographical information that is critical for trade, transportation, navigation and a rapidly expanding range of personal technology from shopping to smartphone apps to driving aids.
A program of this nature for this field of study, in growing demand across the world, cannot be found anywhere else in Ontario. Our geomatics engineering program at Lassonde emphasizes practical and professional experience through field courses that will train you in instrument familiarization, geodetic surveys, land and engineering surveying, remote sensing using aerial and satellite imagery, and digital terrain modeling.
Geomatics students at Lassonde are immersed in the complexities of a broad range of specialisms including digital planning and 3D reconstruction from satellite imagery, precise positioning and navigation with GPS, measurement of impact of tidal, climate and glacial changes, and study of the motion of the Earth’s core.
There is a strong practical component in the geomatics program with field courses between the third and fourth years including instrument familiarization, highway design and construction survey, boundary survey problems, astronomic azimuth, precise engineering survey, geodetic control survey and satellite survey. These courses provide opportunities to develop professional skills such as organizational planning, scheduling, logistics and operations management. In addition, students have the option of a co-op or an industrial internship to apply the theoretical and technical competencies acquired during the first three years of study to real life challenges, and in doing so build experience that will count toward their professional designation.