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Prepare for adventure with a career in geodesy and geomatics

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Whether they’re deep in the bush, on top of a mountain or perched on the deck of an oil rig, our graduates are making their mark all around the world. Our academics and graduate students have visited every continent in the past 40 years.

The Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering at UNB offers one of only two certified geomatics programs in the country, and we’re known as pioneers in our field.

An ever-changing career

Recent GGE graduates are working all around the world, with nearly a 100 per cent employment rate and starting salaries as high as $70,000.

Here are just a few of the things you can do with a B.Sc.E. from our department:

  • Testing a navigation system from a submarine in a fiord
  • Providing advice for a natural gas pipeline project in the Maritimes
  • Travelling the globe providing technical support for an advanced computer-based mapping system
  • Producing 3D models of historic buildings and industrial plants
  • Using advanced instrumentation to ensure construction projects are completed safely

Learn more about career opportunities.

Understanding geomatics and geodesy

What is geomatics?

Do you know what GPS is? How about Google Earth? Smartphones? 3D movies? Do you know what all of these have in common? They are all based on geomatics technologies! You may have been using geomatics without even knowing it.

Geomatics is an all-encompassing discipline which refers to a number of arts, sciences and technologies involved with the collection, processing, managing and displaying of geo-referenced information.

Geomatics involves primarily the fields of geodesy, global navigation satellite systems, surveying, geographical information systems, remote sensing, photogrammetry and hydrography, either individually or integrated with each other.

Geomatics also refers to the industry that deals with spatially referenced information. Geomatics is a $3.7 billion industry with a forecast demand for professionals varying from 14 to 35 percent growth in jobs over the next 10 years.

What is geodesy?

Geodesy is the basic science that underlies geomatics. In its most fundamental way, it deals with the measurement and representation of the geometry and gravity field of the Earth, including their variations over time. Geodesy studies geodynamical phenomena such as crustal motion, solid earth tides, and polar motion. There are a wide range of applications (e.g., monitoring sea-level variations, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis). It also applies to other celestial bodies in what is referred to as planetary geodesy.

The use of artificial satellites for positioning (such as GPS) and gravity field measurements have caused an enormous growth in the applications of geodesy.