Spatial Scientist

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The spatial sciences cover a wide range of skill sets, such as cartography, surveying, spatial information systems and remote sensing. A spatial scientist creates maps and computer images to show natural and man-made features of the landscape. Spatial scientists use information from satellite images, aerial photos and hand-held GPS systems to create these maps with geographic information systems software. Spatial scientist plan, direct and conduct survey work to determine and delineate boundaries, marine floors and underground works, prepare and revise maps, charts and other geographic products, and analyse, present and maintain geographical information about locations in space and time.

Spatial sciences are the cutting edge of technology and can be used in business, science; marketing and law as such spatial scientist may find work in a range of industries needing geographical information. Spatial scientists have lots of opportunities to develop further in their career. There are opportunities to change projects and learn new skills depending on your interests.

Tasks Include:

  • determining the position of points of interest on the earth's surface including marine floors, and preparing the final product data in digital form;
  • supervising the preparation of plans, maps, charts and drawings to give pictorial representations and managing spatial information systems;
  • undertaking research and development of surveying and photogrammetric measurement systems, cadastral systems and land information systems;
  • planning and designing land subdivision projects and negotiating details with local governments and other authorities;
  • advising Architects, Engineering Professionals, environmental and other scientists or other relevant professionals on the technical requirements of surveying, mapping and spatial information systems;
  • compiling and evaluating data, interpreting codes of practice, and writing reports concerning survey measurement, land use and tenure;
  • preparing site plans and survey reports required for conveyancing and land ownership matters;
  • evaluating, compiling and maintaining spatial information using a range of digital and graphical source materials, including aerial photographs, satellite imagery, survey documents, existing maps and records, historical data, reports and statistics;
  • analysing and interpreting data to design maps, graphs, plans, drawings and three-dimensional models using geographic information and related systems;
  • developing and trialling new applications for use in geographic information systems;
  • supervising and coordinating the work of Surveying or Spatial Science Technicians in the production and reproduction of geographic products;