Geomatics has applications in all disciplines which depend on spatial data, including forestry, environmental studies, planning, engineering, navigation, geology, and geophysics. Students majoring in Geomatics focus on Surveying, Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry, Cartography, Geographic Information Systems, Property or Cadastral Studies and Global Positioning.
Geomatics Graduate Concentration
Geomatics makes use of ground-based sensors, such as terrestrial lidar, GPS or total stations, to geo-reference ground features. These data are integrated in a GIS or digital mapping system to produce paper and digital representations of these features. Satellite and airborne sensors provide spatial data over larger areas. Increasingly, Geomatics explores the fusion of different forms of these technologies for addressing development and conservation problems. Geomatics deals with the theory, technology, and methods for collecting, analyzing, and managing spatial information. Geomatics deals with cadastral systems which define property rights and boundaries.
Degree in Forest Resources & Conservation (MS*/MFRC/PhD)
Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy concentrations in Geomatics are offered to enhance a student’s capabilities in developing technical and professional areas. The MS student is expected to provide technical leadership to surveying and mapping organizations. PhD students develop a higher level of advancements in the geomatics knowledge base. Financial aid may be available for graduate students to work as graduate assistants or to assist with an on-going research project. Students completing 12 or more credits with an SUR designation as part of an SFRC master’s degree, or 15 or more credits with an SUR designation as part of an SFRC doctoral degree, may earn the concentration in Geomatics.
Concentration at the Master’s Level
The aim of a Master’s program is to take a person who has completed a basic four-year degree into mastery of the technical aspects of geographic information systems from a historical surveying and mapping viewpoint. While a baccalaureate degree prepares for entry into a career in the working discipline, a person finishing this Masters program should demonstrate abilities at the “cutting edge” of knowledge in geographic information system theory and application. Within the GIS Masters degree program, the student may specialize in a chosen area of application while taking a core group of technical courses in remote sensing, mapping, geodetic coordinate systems, GPS, database technology and cadastral mapping. Research usually consists of developing a state-of-the-art application in any area of the student’s choice: natural sciences, earth sciences, planning, land administration, or professional surveying and mapping.
Concentration at the Doctoral Level
In a PhD program, the student not only receives a broad basic exposure and mastery of current knowledge, but demonstrates the ability to expand knowledge horizons. The PhD student in this program learns how to develop new knowledge in geographic information sciences and application. In this program, the student may specialize in one of many areas, such as image processing/remote sensing, digital mapping, geodesy, satellite positioning, database technology and land administration. Research usually involves developing innovative additions to the state of the art in the chosen area.
Faculty Advisors in Geomatics
Amr Abd-Elrahman, Grenville Barnes, Bon Dewitt, David Gibson, Hartwig (Henry) Hochmair, Ben Wilkinson, Scot Smith.