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  1. Reference: ST0491
  2. Date updated: 08/01/2024
  3. Level: 3
  4. Route: Construction and the built environment
  5. Regulated occupation: No

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Occupation summary

Geospatial Survey Technicians collect geospatial data (data relating to geographic position on the earth’s surface) for use in the creation of maps, satellite navigation systems (Satnavs), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), construction of infrastructure including roads, buildings, bridges, offshore construction such as wind turbines and oil rigs, the identification of local, suburban or international boundaries, military, mining and a wide range of other purposes. Geospatial Technicians use a wide range of technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and electronic data capture tools and processes, such as Building Information Modelling.



K1: How to capture, process, manage, use and quality assure geospatial data and undertake relevant calculations Back to Duty

K2: The principles and responsibilities imposed by law, codes of practice and other regulations Back to Duty

K3: The principles of mapping and geographic information sciences and accuracy, scale, currency and fitness for purpose of hardcopy and/or digital maps, drawings, imagery and plans Back to Duty

K4: Take, record and document geospatial measurements to the required specification. The principles and limitations of measurement and the techniques used to gather spatial data. Be aware of the importance of co- ordinate systems, projections, transformations and datums. Back to Duty

K5: Appropriate geospatial technologies (must include Geographic Information Systems) and the application of these systems Back to Duty

K6: How and why sustainability seeks to balance economic, environmental and social objectives Back to Duty

K7: The principles of law relating to land ownership and boundaries and the appropriate permissions required to undertake geospatial survey work Back to Duty

K8: How to manage their own time and tasks, communicate and negotiate effectively and know how to plan and prepare work to meet client and budgetary requirements  Back to Duty


S1: Capture, process, manage, use and quality assure geospatial data. Perform relevant calculations Back to Duty

S2: Demonstrate the application of health and safety issues and the requirements for compliance. Plan and prepare appropriate risk assessment and method statements Back to Duty

S3: Apply knowledge of the principles of mapping and geographic information sciences in practice Back to Duty

S4: Take geospatial measurements using basic and/or advanced instrumentation, such as an Electronic Distance Measurement devices, automatic levels, lasers, scanners, and Global Positioning Systems. Present, record and document appropriate information gained from measurement to the required specification. Specify and plan surveys and the instrumentation needs Back to Duty

S5: Use appropriate methodology and technology to collect relevant digital data. (must include use of Geographic Information Systems) Back to Duty

S6: Apply knowledge to comply with relevant legislation and regulations when undertaking geospatial work Back to Duty

S7: Effectively manage time and tasks, communicate and negotiate effectively and plan and prepare appropriate methodologies and technologies. Use effective techniques for conflict avoidance  Back to Duty


B1: Provide the best possible service, with attention to detail meeting all deadlines set Back to Duty

B2: Develop trust by working in a professional and positive manner at all times and be honest and straightforward Back to Duty

B3: Treat everyone with courtesy, politeness and respect Back to Duty

B4: Be accountable for your own actions Back to Duty

B5: Seek advice and explanation and seek feedback on your own performance Back to Duty

B6: Participate willingly in learning from and observing others Back to Duty

B7: Work with other parties from collection to delivery of geospatial data ensuring the sharing of knowledge Back to Duty

T Level in design, surveying and planning for construction

Qualification type: T Level

Qualification level: 3

Awarding organisation: Pearson

Approval date: 01/04/2020

Available from: 01/09/2020

Occupational specialism: Surveying and design for construction and the built environment

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