The name "ThatGeoGuy" comes from being one of the rare Geomatics engineers (in this case, that guy) who work in a field where nobody knows what geomatics is or means. My specialization in Geomatics Engineering has been largely focused on 3D image metrology, and 3D imaging systems. I excel in C++ programming and software development, but my background is entirely in camera calibration; multi-sensor integration; and photogrammetry and range cameras.
As for Geomatics, it is a portmanteau of Geospatial Informatics, which basically means taking spatial information (e.g. position, location, distance, geometry) and using it to solve problems. It's a very broad field, and comprises a wide collection of technologies and methods. Some of these are:
- 3D Image Metrology (Photogrammetry, dense depth techniques, LiDAR)
- Digital Imaging (2D Image Analysis and Computer Vision)
- Geospatial Information Systems (Think map mashups and combining regular data with location)
- Location Based Services (Smartphones, Geo-web services)
- Remote Sensing (Satellites, Medical Imaging, etc...)
- Internet-of-Things (IOT)
- Conventional Surveying (get out in the field and measure, measure, measure)
If I really wanted to sum up geomatics in the most simple
terms though, I would say that it is
measuring, modeling, and mapping
the world around us.