Profession surveying technician

Surveying technicians carry out technical surveying tasks. They assist surveyors, architects or engineers in surveying related technical tasks such as mapping land, creating construction drawings and operating precise measuring equipment

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Geomatics

    The scientific discipline that studies gathering, storing, and processing geographic information.

  • Surveying methods

    Have an understanding of surveying methods, remote sensing methods and equipment.

  • Survey techniques

    Techniques on how to identify a target audience, choose the right survey method and analyse the data.

  • Technical drawings

    Drawing software and the various symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles and page layouts used in technical drawings.

  • Geodesy

    The scientific discipline that combines applied mathematics and earth sciences in order to measure and represent the Earth. It studies phenomena such as gravitational fields, polar motion, and tides.

  • Mathematics

    Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. It involves the identification of patterns and formulating new conjectures based on them. Mathematicians strive to prove the truth or falsity of these conjectures. There are many fields of mathematics, some of which are widely used for practical applications.

  • Topography

    Graphic representation of the surface features of a place or region on a map indicating their relative positions and elevations.

  • Cartography

    The study of interpreting the elements depicted in maps, the measures and technical specifications. 

  • Geographic information systems

    The tools involved in geographical mapping and positioning, such as GPS (global positioning systems), GIS (geographical information systems), and RS (remote sensing).

  • Surveying

    The technique of determining the terrestrial or three-dimensional position of points and the distances and angles between them.

Skills

  • Interpret geophysical data

    Interpret data of a geophysical nature: Earth's shape, its gravitational and magnetic fields, its structure and composition, and geophysical dynamics and their surface expression in plate tectonics.

  • Compare survey computations

    Determine the accuracy of data by comparing computations with applicable standards.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Record survey measurements

    Gather and process descriptive data by using documents such as sketches, drawings and notes.

  • Use technical drawing software

    Create technical designs and technical drawings using specialised software.

  • Operate surveying instruments

    Operate and adjust measuring instruments such as theodolites and prisms, and other electronic distance-measuring tools.

  • Perform surveying calculations

    Perform calculations and gather technical data in order to determine earth curvature corrections, traverse adjustments and closures, level runs, azimuths, marker placements, etc.

  • Process collected survey data

    Analyse and interpret survey data acquired from a wide variety of sources e.g. satellite surveys, aerial photography and laser measurement systems.

  • Ensure compliance with safety legislation

    Implement safety programmes to comply with national laws and legislation. Ensure that equipment and processes are compliant with safety regulations.

  • Calibrate precision instrument

    Examine the precision instruments and assess whether the instrument meets the quality standards and production specifications. Correct and adjust the reliability by measuring output and comparing results with the data of a reference device or a set of standardised results.

  • Adjust surveying equipment

    Ensure accuracy of measurement by adjusting surveying equipment.

  • Conduct land surveys

    Conduct surveys to determine the location and features of natural and man-made structures, on surface level as well as underground and underwater. Operate electronic distance-measuring equipment and digital measuring instruments.

  • Prepare surveying report

    Write a survey report containing information on property boundaries, the height and depth of the terrain, etc..

Optional knowledge and skills

civil engineering prepare geological map sections value properties develop geological databases conduct research before survey geography collect data using gps apply digital mapping engineering processes use geographic information systems use cad software determine boundaries create gis reports engineering principles create thematic maps collect mapping data urban planning law adjust engineering designs compile gis-data geology collect geological data

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