Geomatics & Co.


Geomatics is the science of surveying and dividing the Earth - using surfaces, lines, and points. It helps us know exactly where our house is located, how far it is to China, how big the glaciers are right now, whether the dam is still in shape - and a lot more.

The word "Geomatics" was created as the combination of "Geodesy" and "Geoinformatics". More on these terms is given here ». There we also explain why you will find "geodesy" on the website wherever we write "Geomatics" here - although we mean exactly the same.

Measurement with the Tachymeter (Photo: ETH Zurich / Alessandro Della Bella)

Geomatics engineers investigate, survey and visualize the Earth along with the objects on, above and below its surface. From these data they develop maps, nautical charts, 3D visualizations and entire navigation systems.

Google Maps, OpenStreetMap and the Swiss World Atlas – all this is based on the work of geomatics engineers. Online route planners, geocaching with GPS or the navigation system in a car – also these would not exist without geomatics.

Geomatics engineers help to forecast catastrophes like floods, earthquakes or tsunamis to avoid more severe loss and damage. As leading experts in land management they collaborate with representatives from other disciplines in order to enable environmentally friendly, efficient and sustainable use of our living environment. Additionally, Geomatics engineers are also used, when it comes to preserve cultural heritage that is too large to be conservated.

Aufnahme von Grabanlagen in Ägypten (Foto: ETH Zürich / Geosensorik und Ingenieurgeodäsie)

These are just a few of many interesting tasks for which geomatics is needed. This could be a suitable area for your professional future? If so, have a look at the following pages and see how you can become a geomatics engineer, which qualifications you should have and which exciting projects are waiting for you all around the globe!