Environmental and Geospatial Sciences: Surveying

Surveying banner image only

What is surveying?

   What is Surveying?

Surveying is the measurement and mapping of our surrounding environment using mathematics and specialised technology. Land surveyors are involved with a diverse variety of projects from land subdivision to tunnel building and major construction. Licensed or registered surveyors are experts in the profession who interpret and navigate legal aspects of land ownership. They also give advice and provide information to guide the work of engineers, architects and developers.

There is a lot of overlap in the world of surveying, however it can be generally grouped into the following categories:

  • Land
  • Hydrographic
  • Engineering
  • Mapping
  • Environmental planning
  • GPS satellite surveying and satellite imagery
  • Geographic information systems
  • Mining

Surveyors can take on many different tasks and roles during their careers, depending on their qualifications and level of experience.

Watch the following video for a snap shot of the varied world of surveying.

 Video Length: 7:40

Surveying organisations

undefined   South Australian

Career information

   Career information

Access the links below for more industry and career information on surveying in Australia.

Surveying associations

undefined   South Australian
undefined   National

UniSA clubs

Navigate to USASA clubs page

Life at university is about more than just study. USASA, the University of South Australia Students’ Association, can help you become part of the student community. Below is a list of clubs that will help you discover the wider university experience that will see you graduate with professional and social skills so you’re ready to take on the world.

Other helpful guides

Navigate to Aviation guide
Navigate to Construction guide
Navigate to Engineering guide
Navigate to Civil Engineering page on Engineering guide
Navigate to Electrical Electronic Engineering page on Engineering guide
Navigate to Mechanical Engineering page on Engineering guide
Navigate to Systems Engineering page on Engineering guide
Navigate to Water page on Environmental guide
Navigate to Information Technology guide
Navigate to Project Management guide
Navigate to Geospatial Sciences guide
Navigate to Defence page of Engineering guide
Navigate to Surveying page of Environmental Science guide
Navigate to Software Engineering page on Information Technology guide
Navigate to Telecommunications page on Engineering guide
Navigate to Information systems page on Information technology guide
Navigate to Mathematics and General Sciences guide
Navigate to Mathematics page on Maths and General Sciences guide
Navigate to Science page of  Maths and General Sciences guide