Geomatics Engineering

Geomatics engineers manage global geospatial resources and infrastructure. They design, develop, and operate systems for collecting, analyzing, and utilizing geospatial information about the land, infrastructure, the oceans, natural resources, and the environment.

In Civil Engineering's Geomatics Engineering emphasis area, you will have the opportunity to study property boundary determination, digital mapping, geodesy, geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), land information management, photogrammetry, and remote sensing. The Geomatics faculty are dedicated to effective teaching and cutting-edge research.

There are two ways to pursue a master level graduate study in Geomatics Engineering. For those interested in a specialized, focused curriculum of Geomatics Engineering, application can be made through the School of Civil Engineering at For those with an interdisciplinary background, the application can be made through the Purdue Engineering Professional Education program at


February 20, 2023

Purdue Geomatics represented at ISPLS 2023

Assistant Professor Jinha Jung, along with a group of geomatics graduate students, represented Purdue Geomatics at the 71st annual conference of the Indiana Society of Professional Land Surveyors, held January 18-20 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
November 15, 2022

Hunsoo Song places first in GIS Cup

PhD Student Hunsoo Song won 1st place in the GIS Cup of the 30th ACM SIGSPATIAL. This year's GIS Cup awards the person who developed the most accurate algorithm for 3D building mapping using airborne LiDAR data.
July 27, 2022

Ismail Olaniyi places second in IGARSS Three Minute Thesis competition

CE grad student Ismail Olaniyi finished second overall in the Three Minute Thesis competition hosted by the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) as part of the IGARSS 2022 symposium. His thesis speech, "Developing a UAS Data Hub for the Wheat-Coordinated Agricultural Project," encapsulated his entire body of research with the aid of one presentation slide.
June 21, 2022

Jinha Jung receives Excellence in GIS Award

Jinha Jung, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, has been selected by the Indiana Geographic Information Council (IGIC) to receive the Education and Non-Profit 2022 Excellence in GIS Award for the Indiana Statewide LiDAR Data Portal Project.
April 22, 2022

Geomatics Engineering Seminars

Dr. Lexie Yang from Oak Ridge National Lab will present the next geomatics seminar, "Scaling Geospatial Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities and Challenges," on Thursday, April 28, 2022, at 2:00pm via Zoom.
January 16, 2022

Research team awarded grant for sharing data from unoccupied aerial systems

The research team of Jinha Jung, Purdue University and Zhou Zhang, University of Wisconsin-Madison have been awarded a grant from the U.S. National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative (AG2PI) to advance research in sharing data using public cloud services from unoccupied aerial systems.
December 15, 2021

Jinha Jung collaborates on research project to combat citrus greening

Jinha Jung, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, is collaborating in a multistate, interdisciplinary research team working to advance new, environmentally friendly and commercially viable control strategies for citrus greening. The four-year project is part of an $11 million suite of grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
August 2, 2021

Melba Crawford receives IEEE GRSS David Landgrebe Award

Melba Crawford, Nancy Uridil and Francis Bossu Professor in Civil Engineering, has received the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing David Landgrebe Award, presented biennially for outstanding contributions in the field of remote sensing image analysis.
April 22, 2020

Mobile Mapping: Digitizing the world

If you’ve ever seen a Google Street View car rolling down your block, you know what a mobile mapping system is. At Purdue, we’re using algorithms and artificial intelligence/deep learning to fuse this data to create a detailed digital picture of the planet.
December 12, 2019

Jie Shan receives ASPRS Fairchild Photogrammetric Award

Professor Jie Shan has been selected by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) to receive the Fairchild Photogrammetric Award – presented by ASPRS through the ASPRS Foundation, with the support of Lockheed Martin. The purpose of the Award is to stimulate the development of the art of aerial photogrammetry in the United States.
November 20, 2019

Drones, lasers to help unravel the mysteries of a Mediterranean island

This past summer, a group from Purdue's Lyles School of Civil Engineering joined researchers on Dana Island – located off the southern coast of Turkey – to use drones and LiDAR, light detection and ranging, mapping systems to better understand the island's history.
June 28, 2019

Jie Shan receives best paper award at 2019 EarthVision Workshop

Jie Shan, Professor of Civil Engineering, along with Purdue researchers Bo Xu and Zhixin Li, have received the best paper award at the 2019 Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) Workshop EarthVision for their work entitled, "Urban Semantic 3D Reconstruction from Multiview Satellite imagery." Several other co-authors from Kitware, Inc., Columbia University, and Rutgers University contributed to the paper.
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