Our Geomatics Engineering Program is being assessed towards accreditation by The Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors (CBEPS). CBEPS establishes, assesses and certifies the academic qualifications of individuals who apply to become land surveyors and/or geomatics professionals in Canada, except for Ontario and Quebec. This includes becoming of Canada Land Surveyor conducting surveying in the three Canadian territories, in the Federal parks, on Aboriginal reserves, on and under the surface of Canada’s oceans. This provides further career options to our graduates besides being eligible to become licensed Professional Engineers and licensed Ontario Land Surveyors
The evaluation process started in the Summer 2016, by collecting information and submitting a questionnaire report to CBEPS addressing six main subjects: 1) Support for Students, 2) Curriculum, 3) Faculty, 4) Facilities, 5) Graduating Students, and 6) Sustainability. The information for each of subject was gathered and assembled by Professors Costas Armenakis and Mojgan Jadidi. The endless support from the Chair of Department Regina Lee, Graduate Program Director Sunil Bisnath, Associate Dean Spiros Pagiatakis, Dean Janusz Kozinski, Vice Dean Rob Allison, Accreditation Strategist Salvatore Paneduro, Accreditation work study student Sandra Sinayuk and Elise Shaw, our Administrative Assistant, was remarkable. All documents were submitted on October 7th, 2016.
ESSE hosted the on-site visit of CBEPS visiting team on November 18-19, 2016. During the on-site visit, CBEPS members met all course directors and Geomatics Engineering students. Also, they visited the computer and equipment lab facilities, lectures halls including PSE 133, the libraries, the Bergeron building and the students’ lounge.
We expect to hear back from CBEPS in the next couple of months. The CBEPS visiting team acknowledged the ESSE hospitality and the well-organized documentation of CBEPS requirements and course binders. Last not least, this visit could not be successful without the support of all Faculty members of the Geomatics Engineering program for providing their course material and meeting with the CBEPS visitors and our administrative and technical staff.
By: Costas Armenakis and Mojgan Jadidi