With a career in surveying, you will apply geospatial principles to provide essential information for land development and major infrastructure projects.
What is surveying?
Surveying focuses on measurements that describe the Earth. It applies principles of geometry, physics, engineering and law to describe both the natural and man-made features of the Earth. Surveying allows us to define and measure boundaries, to calculate distances and to track movement.
What do surveyors actually do?
Surveyors use specialist equipment to perform a variety of measurement surveys, big and small. They measure distances and angles using lasers, scan buildings to millimetre precision and use satellite positioning technology to accurately determine locations across the continent and around the world.
Surveyors can tell you where your property ends and your neighbour’s begins, including the features on the land as they are and as they can be constructed.
What are the different specialisations in surveying?
Surveying has a number of fields including:
- Cadastral: defining boundaries and legal rights when land is subdivided, bought or sold.
- Engineering: providing surveys essential to design and construction of dams, roads, multi-storey buildings, bridges and other structures.
- Geodesy: measuring and understanding the Earth’s geometric shape, orientation in space and gravity field.
- Hydrographic: mapping the sea floor, shipping channels, waterways, ports, shore lines and other marine features.
- Mining: monitoring and measuring mines, tunnels and other underground and surface works.
Where do surveyors work?
Surveyors work in a range of areas including
- land development,
- corporate consultancy, and
- government agencies.
They also get great money and travel the world.
What’s more – Australia can’t get enough of them – we don’t have enough young surveyors to meet future demand.
To be a surveyor what type of person do I need to be?
A career in surveying may be for you, if you:
- like maths, (especially algebra, calculus, geometry, and trigonometry)
- think spatially,
- work accurately and precisely, and
- enjoy working outdoors.