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Earth is measured by surveyors. When planning building projects, professionals in the construction sector may also use the information that they produce when making maps. Geodetic surveyors are experts at producing measurements, which are often over very wide regions of the planet's surface, using cutting-edge equipment like satellites.

Sensors and other technological tools are used by geodetic surveyors to locate specific locations on the earth and take precise measurements. They check and keep this information. They also collect data on the earth's geological properties, such as elevations and land contours. As part of their responsibilities, surveyors frequently create maps or other technical papers.


"Surveyors start as employees, and move up to partnership in a firm or to ownership of their own enterprise if they wish. Some wind up working for government, private corporations, or public enterprise."

- Mark Mason

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Who are Geodetic surveyors?

Large sections of the Earth's surface are measured by geodetic surveyors utilising satellite data, GNSS, light detection and ranging (LIDAR), or other sources. The elevations, points, lines, and contours on or near the Earth's surface are precisely measured and located by geodetic surveyors. To establish property lines and to gather information for mapping, building initiatives, and other engineering uses, they measure the separations between points.

What are the basic Qualifications Needed for Geodetic surveyors?

Necessary Education

Because they use advanced technology and math, surveyors often need a bachelor's degree. Some colleges and universities have bachelor's degree programes that are especially tailored to get students ready to get their surveyor licenses. Many states demand that applicants for surveyor license hold a bachelor's degree from an ABET-accredited institution. Sometimes, it's also appropriate to have a bachelor's degree in a closely related subject, like forestry or civil engineering. With extra training, an associate's degree might be sufficient in some circumstances.

Necessary Training

After earning a bachelor's degree, most states require 4 years of work experience and training under a professional surveyor before granting a license. Other states might permit substituting extra years of supervised training and job experience.

Which Stream will be best/suitable/relevant for Geodetic surveyors?

You should go for science stream with physics, chemistry and mathematics (aka PCM).

Which Course will be best for Geodetic surveyors?

B. Tech. in civil engineering, M. Tech. in civil engineering, B.E. in civil engineering, and other top programes are available to students who want to become land surveyors.

Eligibility: 10th grade, then diploma or certificate

What are the top universities in India to study Geodetic surveyors?

  • The Indian Institute of Technology is located in Bombay.

  • Jamia Millia Islamia is located in New Delhi.

  • Andhra University College of Engineering, Visakhapatnam;

  • SRM University Chennai's SRM Institute of Science and Technology;

  • MNNIT Allahabad's Motilal Nehru Allahabad Prayagraj

  • National Institute of Technology

  • College of Engineering in Guindy;

  • IIT Kharagpur;

  • BIT Mesra; Birla Institute of Technology;

  • NIT Surathkal; and the National Institute of Technology in Karnataka

What are the top universities in out of India/Abroad to study Geodetic surveyors?

  • The Ohio State University-Graduate School-USA

  • East Tennessee State University –US

What are the entrance Exams for Geodetic surveyors?

All India Common Entrance Test. IIT Joint Entrance Examination. Birla Institute of Technology and Science Examination. Vellore Institute of Technology Engineering Entrance.

Which skills Required to be a Geodetic surveyors?

  • Communication skills. Surveyors must provide clear instructions to team members

  • Detail oriented

  • Physical stamina

  • Problem-solving skills

  • Technical skills

  • Time-management skills

  • Visualization skills

Which type of personality is best for Geodetic surveyors?

  1. Social Responsibility

  2. Conscientiousness

  3. Openness

  4. Agreeableness

  5. Extraversion

What are the best companies offering jobs as Geodetic surveyors?

  • Texas-based UTEC Survey Group

  • San Diego County

  • Reno, Nevada-based J-U-B Engineers, Inc.

  • Greenville, South Carolina's United Infrastructure Group, Inc.

  • Phoenix, Arizona-based US Bureau of Land Management

  • 6.San Bernardino County, California.

What are the pros & cons / Advantage & disadvantage of working an Geodetic surveyors ?


1. A quick method for precisely updating maps.

2. Ease of pinpointing with high levels of precision the locations of features on maps.

3. Current maps can be swiftly updated to include new elements like road networks, educational facilities, water supply systems, etc.

4.The use of satellite pictures is frequently constrained, although GPS surveys can be conducted in regions that are susceptible to frequent cloud cover.


1. GPS needs to be extremely accurate in order to be useful (including the post-processing of GPS data).

2.Sophisticated, expensive technology as well as highly skilled personnel are needed for high-resolution GPS surveys. For geodetic surveys to be effective, they must be extremely accurate.

3.Satellite signal distortion might also limit the surveyable area (e.g. forests, dense urban areas, and tunnels, hill formations)

4.The collecting of map data takes time, especially if the survey is intended to cover a large area or if the survey objects have a high level of detail.


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