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With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

There are a number of courses that cater to different backgrounds. The most important thing is to do your research. Go to open days, talk to the colleges and generally just find out what exactly you would be getting in to.

Don't just take for granted you know what a certain course or career is all about. Think about what you like to do, and not just necessarily in school, if you find yourself being curious about how things work or how thing are made, it's a good indication that you could like something like engineering.

One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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Land Surveyors to join Geomatics Professional Group

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Land Surveyors to join Geomatics Professional Group

Friday, October 30, 2015 

Land Surveyors to join Geomatics Professional Group

The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) formally signed an Agreement on the 29th July 2015 that would see the transition of membership from the Irish Institution of Surveyors (IIS) to SCSI/RICS.

The IIS member organisation, consisting of land surveying professionals, will enter the SCSI under the Geomatics Surveying Professional Group.

The Professional Group will potentially increase by over 260 members. SCSI President Andrew Nugent said “this significant increase in numbers will in no doubt play a pivotal role in promoting the Geomatics Surveying discipline to both policy makers and to school leavers considering the profession as a career.”

The IIS was founded in 1989 and was a professional body for land surveyors in Ireland practicing in the service sectors of measurement science, spatial data management, and land management. At an EGM in 2014, IIS members voted to accept an offer of membership to transition to the SCSI/ RICS. This paved the way to be accepted into the Geomatics Surveying Professional Group of SCSI.

Ben King, Chair of the Geomatics Professional Group and long standing member of both the SCSI and IIS said “I was always of the view that to increase the influence of Geomatics within industry and Government, as well as client confidence, we have to remove any perception of fragmentation within the profession.

This historic event builds on the unique knowledge and expertise that both institutions represent different sectors of surveying. It will be a considerable boost to the Geomatics Surveying Professional Group and will in no doubt help to increase the profile of our profession among the other 11 surveying disciplines under the SCSI umbrella and in the wider industry of spatial data users.”

Geomatics Surveyors use the latest state of-the-art survey equipment, employ satellites and aerial imagery and work with advanced survey and geographic information software (GIS) systems to provide solutions, expertise and knowledge that address the needs of individuals, contractors, state agencies, government departments and multinational organisations.

Video: Geomatics Surveying ~ SCSI

Services that are provided for include, topographical surveys, setting out surveys, 3D laser scanning, internal dimensional measurements of buildings, utility surveys, legal boundary surveys, aerial LiDAR surveys, building information modelling, flood mapping/modelling and structural movement monitoring to name a few. This is an exciting time for the Geomatics Surveying profession.

The continuous advancement of technology in the property, land and construction industries and the appetite of governments and the private sector for real-time and accurate spatial information allows the Geomatics Surveyor to capitalise on highlighting the benefits of the services and advice Geomatics Surveyors offer.

Modern surveying equipment and innovative methods of spatial data capture is changing the image of Geomatics surveying from the ‘mucky boot’ surveyor to a provider of authoritative spatial data. With green shoots emerging in most built environment industries, the SCSI look forward to hopefully seeing a rise in students considering this exciting profession as a future career.

The Society, as a professional body advocating high standards, is very active in terms of producing useful research papers and reports. The success of this results in engagement with government ministers and officials seeking expert advice and suggestions to main issues of concern in our industry.

The Geomatics Surveying Professional Group can play an integral part gathering and disseminating spatial data in ways that can supplement and integrate with existing information for the purpose of informed decision making.

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