Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Geomatics
Sept 2017 EntryProgramme code: JS3727
Duration and Credit Requirement
128 (Land Surveying specialism);
130 (Geo-information Technology specialism);
127 (Utility Management and Surveying specialism)
Ir Dr Wallace Lai
BSc(Hons), PhD, MHKIE
- The credit requirements of this programme are indicative only. They are subject to review.
- This programme consists of three specialisms:
- Geo-Information Technology (地理資訊科技)
- Land Surveying (土地測量)
- Utility Management and Surveying (管線設施測繪與管理)
- The Faculty of Construction and Environment International Student Scholarships (FCE ISS) will be offered to eligible international students. Please click here for more details.
Aims and Characteristics
Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes
This programme is underpinned by the philosophy that our graduates should be capable of coping with rapidly changing market conditions in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and the region, and the demands of their future professions in land surveying, geo-information technology, and utility management and surveying. The Department keeps close links with professional institutions and the public sector on consultation, research and development in the land surveying industry. Academic and professional experts are constantly invited to deliver lectures and seminars to students.
The programme aims:
- To provide land surveying education to meet the requirements of Hong Kong and overseas professional bodies;
- To provide education for geo-information technology stream graduates to work competently and confidently as Geo-Information Systems (GIS) professionals in disciplines such as logistics, environmental, socio-economic, commercial and construction surveying; and
- To provide education for the utility profession, where graduates work in this new professional discipline on the formation, maintenance and management of underground facilities.
The department offers three specialisms in this undergraduate degree programme; all of which are unique in Hong Kong. They include the training of professional land surveyors, geo-information technology specialists and utility specialists.
Students gain industrial experience in the summer training programme.
The Three Specialisms
Land Surveying is the measurement and collection of data related to land features - both natural (mountains, valleys, rivers etc) and man-made (roads, buildings, etc). Based on the location and position of features, as well as their dimensions, and changes over time, land surveying can be categorised into:
Topographical surveying of all natural (mountains, valleys, rivers etc.) and man-made (roads, building etc.) features;
Cadastral surveying of privately or publicly owned land parcels or properties;
Engineering surveying related to the construction of roads and buildings; and
Hydrographical surveying of water depth and features.
In the past, land surveyors used GIS for managing and analysing surveying-related spatial data. In recent years, the number of GIS users from non-surveying fields has increased markedly in Hong Kong as a result of advances in computer technology and improvements in spatial data handling algorithms, and in particular the availability of digital map data in Hong Kong. The new users include professionals from logistics, intelligent transport systems, environmental studies and urban planning.
The latest developments in Geomatics include three-dimensional modelling and visualisation, science and applications of location based services (such as the development of advanced mobile systems for navigation and service information provision), and Internet spatial information delivery and service (such as Google maps).
Utility Management and Surveying
Utility surveying is a fast growing professional field responsible for the design, construction, maintenance and management of utility systems such as water supply systems, power supply systems, gas and fuel systems, electrical and telecommunication systems, drainage and waste water systems. The programme is designed to cater for the unique requirements of Hong Kong.
Year One and Year Two cover fundamental subjects that are common to all students.
Professional streaming takes place in Year Three. It establishes competence in land surveying, geo-information technology or utility management and surveying according to the selected stream.
Year Four builds on the concepts from Year Three in the areas of application, current research directions and project management.
Recognition and Prospects
The programme is accredited by the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES) and the Hong Kong Institution of Engineering Surveyors (HKIES).
The Geo-Information Technology is evolved from the corresponding 3-year programme which is accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE).
Graduates become professional land surveyors, geo-information technology specialists or utility specialists as they specialise in these streams.
Land Surveying Stream
Professional land surveyors in government, statutory organizations, construction companies, consulting companies, land surveyors’ firms. They may also be employed as hydrographical surveyors and construction surveyors overseas.
Geo-Information Technology Stream
Geo-IT managers/specialists in logistics management, intelligent transport systems, environmental consultancy and urban planning, in both public and private sectors.
Utility Management and Surveying
Utility surveyors in planning, construction, maintenance and management of underground facilities and utilities such as power, water, drainage, communications and energy services.
Additional Documents Required
Transcript / Certificate