Rev. John Ayer , Head of Department
The Department of Geomatic Engineering is one of the six Departments in the College of Engineering with a Mission of being a Centre of excellence for Teaching, Research and Community Service in all aspects of Geo-information acquisition, archiving and dissemination.
Geomatic Engineering integrates the acquisition, processing, analysis, display and management of spatial information. It includes the disciplines of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Land and Engineering Surveying, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Cartography, Geodesy, Hydrography, Cadastral Surveying and Land Information Management.
The Department of Geomatic Engineering has the following research grouping.
Geodesy and Hydrography Research Group
The research group helps to determine the size and shape of the earth as well as location of portion on it using points positioning techniques such as the satellites. It also includes quantifying that gravity fields and its effect on the earth’s rotation and for coordinate definitions, distortions from rotational and other effects.
Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Research Group
Geomatic Engineers in this group focus on the technology of obtaining reliable information about physical objects and the environment through processes of recording, measuring and interpreting photographic images and pattern or electromagnetic radiant energy and other phenomena.
Land Surveying and Management Research Group
The group research focus is on the basic concept of plane survey measurement and computational methods that includes an introduction to the use of different equipment for engineering and construction surveys such as setting out and consulting such projects for horizontality and verticality, road profiles, curves, culverts and transference of controls.
Cartography Research Group
Cartography is the science of communicating geographic and statistical information geographically, aesthetically and accurately so as to meet the need of a particular user. The group uses data from field measurements as well as data from images and other sources to prepare maps, charts and drawings for visualization.
GIS and IT Research Group
The group hinges on computer system and software packages including programming and algorithmic development necessary for solving geomatic problems. Also includes integration of spatial analysis, surveying, automated mapping and data base management.
The following are some completed research projects by the Department
The following area constitutes the important practical field projects undertaken by the Department.