Geomatics Acronyms and Abbreviations

Geomatics has become a pretty common term in Canada lately and includes many different disciplines such as geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, cartography, land surveying, global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), photogrammetry, geography and other related forms of spatial mapping.

Using acronyms and abbreviations is commonly practiced in the Geomatics industry and most of the time people just assume that everybody else knows what every acronyms and abbreviation stands for. Well that is obviously not the case most of the time and over the years I have created myself a little digital cheat-sheet of geomatics acronyms and abbreviations that I use with my work in my writing.

Here is a large collection of common acronyms and abbreviations related to the Canadian Geomatics industry:

Aerial Photograph

Aerial photography is the method of taking of photographs of the ground from an elevated position. The term usually refers to images in which the camera is not supported by a ground-based structure. Cameras may be hand held or mounted, and photographs may be taken by a photographer, triggered remotely or triggered automatically. Platforms for aerial photography include fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, balloons, blimps, kites and other airborne systems. Tradionaly they are produced in photogrammetric surveys, which are often the basis for topographic maps, land-use planning, archaeology, environmental studies, surveillance, commercial advertising, and other such projects.

This is a sample of scanned 1:10000 scale color Aerial Photograph. This photo was one of seven photos that I used to generate a seamless color mosaic of of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Scanned Aerial Photograph of Halifax, Nova Scotia