Ryerson has a long history of education in the fields of Surveying Engineering and Geomatics. In the late 1960s, the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors (AOLS) encouraged Ryerson to establish a superior program in Survey Engineering at the advanced technology level. In 1966, Ryerson responded with a four-year program which offered a Bachelor of Technology degree, and a three-year diploma program, both of which produced several hundred graduates from 1971 to 1995. During that period, Ryerson and the AOLS formed a joint committee that guided the curriculum development and helped with the establishment of the societal need for the program. As a result of this cooperative effort, well over 100 of our graduates were encouraged to complete the academic and experience requirements for registration as Ontario Land Surveyors. Many of our alumnae occupy senior positions within both governmental departments and the private sectors.
The Department of Civil Engineering at Ryerson University now offers a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) degree in Civil Engineering with a Geomatics Engineering option, which is unique in Canada for training students with combined skills in Civil and Geomatics Engineering. The program has been accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). Since 1992, the graduates of our program have been eligible to apply to the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors (AOLS) as Ontario Land Surveyors (O.L.S.) and Ontario Land Information Professionals (O.L.I.P.) and to the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) as Professional Engineers (P.Eng.). After completing three years in the regular Civil Engineering program, students may elect to enter the Geomatics Engineering option. The curriculum is unique in Ontario and Canada and provides a solid background in Civil Engineering subjects and specialization in Geomatics Engineering. Courses specific to the Geomatics Engineering option cover one year of the curriculum, and include courses related to: satellite positioning, photogrammetry, remote sensing, and geospatial information systems. All the essential component disciplines of Civil Engineering are retained, including highway design, environmental science for engineers, structural design, water resources engineering, construction and project management, geotechnical engineering, and foundation design.