The Oregon Institute of Technology Geomatics program and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have signed a formal five-year assistance agreement to work together to enhance knowledge related to the public land survey system.
Geomatics is a modern scientific term referring to the measurement, analysis and management of spatial data of the Earth's physical features and the man-made environment.
OIT students will have opportunities to join a BLM internship program which will allow them to earn college credits while working as paid BLM employees on Cadastral Survey field crews. The students will address actual field problems with the support necessary to solve them.
BLM Land Surveyors and students will also participate in coordinated discussions, workshops and classroom exercises on data collection techniques related to professional surveying.
The BLM is charged with identifying and protecting federal boundaries. Under the agreement, students will be a part of cadastral survey field crews surveying a wide variety of federal and public land boundaries including Indian reservations, national parks and forests, wildlife refuges and BLM lands. OIT’s extensive equipment related to land surveying, includes laboratories for photogrammetry and geographic information systems, which is not found at other surveying schools. Students will also use global positioning systems, computers and “total stations” to gather new information and facilitate better decisions and techniques for BLM Lands related actions.
Donald A. Buhler, chief cadastral surveyor, says, “The BLM Cadastral Survey Program has been fortunate to hire OIT graduates who qualify as Professional Land Surveyors. More than 200 of these grads have worked as Cadastral Surveyors for the BLM throughout the country.