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Geographic Science / Eolaíocht Gheografach

DT112

What is... Geographic Science?

It is Geography brought to life! Another name for Geographic Science is Geomatics.

Locational (spatial) information must be collected, processed and managed to produce maps, construction drawings and models. The professional responsible for this is a Geomatics Surveyor.  We model, analyse and manage information from many sources. This provides us with lots of exciting career opportunities at home and abroad. We use interesting cutting-edge technologies including satellites, drones, laser scanners, aerial cameras and advanced surveying and computing to collect and manage our data.

What are my... Career Opportunities?

Go to the following link to view an animation on the careers available to a Geographic Science graduate - a geomatics professional: http://www.dit.ie/surveyingconstructionmanagement/

Graduates from the programme are highly sought after at home and abroad by private companies and government agencies. The BSc (Hons) degree is also accredited by the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES) which are internationally recognised. Graduates can become professional members and chartered surveyors.

What other options do I have after completion?

Geographic Science provides a solid basis for many technical and applied areas of research and as a graduate of Geographic Science, you are eligible to apply to any university for a wide range of Masters and other research level programmes.  

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

Geographic Science involves three fields of activity - Spatial Data Provision (measuring the land), Geographic Information Science and Land Management.

Spatial Data Provision involves the collection of data relating to the Earth (spatial data). Instruments such as GPS receivers, terrestrial airborne (including drones) and spaceborne cameras and scanners, electronic distance and angle measuring instruments (total stations) and much more, are used to collect precise data which is then processed to create digital maps and 3D models of our landscape for development, monitoring and planning. We collect and apply these data on construction sites, on the land, offshore and underground to meet the needs of a range of users.

Geographic Information Science (GIS) lets us visualise, question, analyse and interpret data to understand relationships, patterns and trends that enable better decisions about location to be made. This involves 3D modelling, computer visualisation, spatial analysis in GIS and delivery of the results and products (including location based services) to the client.

The third activity of Geographic Science is Land Management. This deals with the four main   Land Administration systems - Land Value for Taxation, Land Tenure for Ownership of Property, Land Use for Planning, and Land Development for Construction and Conservation.

Module Listing 

Year One

  • Geodetic Surveying
  • Geo-Spatial Awareness
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Information Technology
  • Land Management
  • Professional Development

Year Two

  • Mathematical Methods
  • Information Technology
  • Geodetic Surveying
  • Land Management
  • Geographic
  • Information Science
  • Remote Sensing – Mapping from the air

Year Three

  • Mathematical Methods
  • Information Technology
  • Geodetic Surveying
  • Land Management
  • Remote Sensing – Mapping from the air
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Professional Development
  • Work Placement - a great opportunity to gain work experience in industry for a semester

Year Four

  • Professional Development
  • Geodetic Surveying
  • Land Management
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Remote Sensing – Mapping from the air
  • Spatial Information Applications
  • Dissertation (individual research project)

 

Are there study abroad options?

The Department has links with several European universities under the Erasmus/Socrates programmes. This facilitates the exchange of staff and students for study and research abroad.

Further Information

School of Surveying and Construction Management

Tel.: 01 402 3676

E-mail:  surveying@dit.ie

What our Students say!

  • I chose Geographic Science as I wanted more choices than just working in an office. The lecturers are all enthusiastic and that enthusiasm is passed onto the graduates. I work in the Lidar department of Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi). It’s an incredible place to work, and it makes great use of the skills I developed in college. The work is very diverse from quarry and flood mapping to forestry and road alignment projects.

  • I’m working in the GIS Department in the National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government. My principal duty is map creation. I chose to study Geographic Science for a number of reasons. There is a great balance between office and field work. The nature of the work allows you to be creative and artistic, as well as technical and precise. There is a large variety of specialised career paths available along with the possibility to travel and work in many parts of the world.