Overview: Those who become geomatics plan technicians are typically individuals with a natural aptitude and interest in computers and computer-aided design (CAD). They also tend to have a methodical approach to finding solutions for technical problems. Geomatics plan technicians are responsible for using specialized computer software (such as AutoCAD Land Desktop) to produce legal and engineering survey drawings, GIS themes, maps, digital terrain models, cross sections and horizontal alignments from manual and digital field notes. They work closely with geographic information systems project managers in order to support fulfillment of internal and external survey data management and mapping systems and services. Some duties include: Generate legal and engineering survey products using computer aided design techniques and geographic information systems (GIS) tools. Use GIS to assist in data management, manipulation and analysis. Based on data analysis, prepare business theme layers and thematic maps. Troubleshoot data issues and locate the source of errors in order to correct. Ensure client satisfaction with regards to external projects. Gather, manage, translate and maintain complex survey and geographic digital data sets. Follow and implement pre-defined data models and GIS data structures.
Geographers at work: Geographic Information Scientists
Skills: Geographic Information Systems, Computer Aided Design, Quantitative Methods, Data Management
Written by Christopher Hinojosa