The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
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Articles | Volume XL-6
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-6, 25–29, 2014
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-6, 25–29, 2014

  23 Apr 2014

23 Apr 2014

Experiences in manpower planning for geomatics

D. Fairbairn D. Fairbairn
  • School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University, Newcastle NE1 7RU, UK

Keywords: Cartographic education, manpower planning, employment in geomatics

Abstract. This paper addresses the issue of manpower planning in meeting the needs of national and international economies for trained geomatics professionals. Estimated statistics for the numbers of such personnel, and experience in assessing recruitment into the profession reveal considerable skills gaps, particularly in the mature economies of the developed world.

In general, centralised manpower planning has little official role in western economies. However, informal surveys of shortfalls in supply of qualified graduates in many fields, including geomatics, are undertaken by professional organisations, educational establishments and consultancies. This paper examines examples of such manpower surveys and considers whether more effective manpower planning would ensure a more efficient geomatics industry in a nation, and what the nature of such an exercise should be.