Surveyors measure, analyse and report land-related information for the planning and regulation of land, sea and the environment.
Surveyors may perform the following tasks:
- measure the size and shape of an area of land using specialised surveying tools and technology
- determine the position of boundaries of public or private land
- create property titles through plans for subdivision
- compile and evaluate data gathered from field studies
- interpret codes and laws to provide professional advice about legal matters relating to boundaries and titles
- study the natural and social environment, measure land and marine resources, and use the data in planning development of property, land and buildings in urban, rural and regional areas
- work with architects, engineers and developers to plan and monitor construction projects
- produce plans, maps, files, charts and reports.
Surveyors may work in related fields such as photogrammetry, geographic information systems (GIS) or remote sensing, and as project managers. After spending some years in the field, they often progress to management roles.
A cadastral/land surveyor marks property boundaries, records the information on plans and maps, and creates property titles. They must be licensed to do this work, as the plans they make provide the basis for legal transactions of land.
An engineering surveyor surveys routes for railways, roads, pipelines, canals, sewers and tunnels, and undertakes detailed surveys of construction sites, dam sites, multistorey buildings and other engineering projects.
A geodetic surveyor uses signals from satellites such as the global positioning system (GPS), star observations, precise levelling and electronic distance measurements to locate positions accurately on the Earth's surface for global mapping, and to monitor movements of the Earth's crust.
A hydrographic surveyor maps the physical features of oceans, seas, rivers and lakes and the adjacent land.
A mine surveyor measures underground and open-cut mines in detail. Their surveys help mining organisations locate new mines safely, avoid older mines, and allow connections to be made between different underground passages. Mine surveyors also establish the boundaries of mining claims in some states and territories.
Remote Sensing Surveyor
A remote sensing surveyor uses digital data from high-resolution satellites and airborne imagery systems to monitor changes in the surface features of the Earth.
A topographic surveyor provides information for the compilation of maps of physical features of the Earth's surface (such as hills, valleys, rivers and lakes) by making field measurements and taking aerial photographs. They work on, above or below the surface of the land or sea, and often work with other professionals.
Surveyors can spend a lot of time working outdoors. They also work in offices, analysing data and preparing plans and reports.
- good at mathematics
- interested in technology
- good organisational skills and attention to detail
- able to work neatly and accurately
- good health and normal colour vision
- able to work independently or as part of a team.
- Army Officer
- Civil Engineer
- Landscape Architect
- Mining Engineer
- Survey Assistant
- Surveying Technician
- Urban and Regional Planner
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