The Faculty of Geomatics is one of the five faculties of the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka and was established in 2004. It is the successor to the Department of Surveying Sciences, which introduced the B.Sc. (Surveying Sciences) Degree Programme in 1997. This was the first time in the history of the university system in Sri Lanka that such a degree programme was introduced by an university fulfilling a much felt need of the country. The Degree Programme is a four-year course leading to a special degree. The first batch of students admitted to the degree programme in 1997 and graduated in 2002. Presently, the faculty has a student population of about 345 with the aim of producing about 100 graduates annually and this year intake is 97 students.
The Faculty, with its predecessor, Department of Surveying Sciences, has a history of over 15 years with a total of about 529 students graduating since 2002.
The present faculty consists of two departments:
(a) Department of Surveying and Geodesy
(b) Department of Remote Sensing and GIS
The two departments jointly conduct the first five semesters of the degree programme as a Foundation Course, and within the next three semesters, offer five areas of specialization as (i) Surveying and Geodesy, (ii) Land Management, (iii) Hydrographic Surveying, (iv) Remote Sensing, and (v) GIS.
The four-year degree programme will cover principles of Surveying Sciences, Geodesy, Adjustment Theory, Cartography, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, GIS, Cadastre, Hydrographic Surveying as well as Mathematics, Physics, Computer Applications, Economics, Management, Environmental Science etc. The course has been designed with a greater emphasis for the enhancement in the proficiency in English.
The objective of the programme of studies is to make the recipient graduate a person with academic qualifications and technical expertise to practice the sciences of Earth and Space measurements. The degree programme will include an Industrial Training component to enhance the practical skills to assemble and assess land and geographic related information, to use that information for the purpose of planning and implementation for the efficient management of the land, the sea and the structures thereon.
The courses are designed not only with a view to provide qualified Professional Surveyors to the public, private sector and foreign employment but also to provide personnel to handle all land related aspects of Land Development, Land Settlement,LandReclamation,Irrigation, Hydrography, Town and Country Planning, Forestry, Environment and all phases connected to the establishment of the Cadastre. There is greater emphasis on practical work using up-to-date equipment, computers and latest software. The course will include most of the modern technologies in the field of Surveying Sciences.
There is a high demand for graduates of Surveying Sciences with job opportunities in the government sector, private sector as well as overseas. The Faculty is proud to state that the employment rate among the past graduates is almost 100%.