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


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.
February 25, 2019

Jie Shan named finalist for LiDAR Leader Award

Professor Jie Shan and cohort Charles Toth, Research Professor at Ohio State University, received the 2019 LiDAR Leader Award (2nd Place) from the International LiDAR Mapping Forum. They were recognized for their edited publication, Topographic Laser Ranging and Scanning.
April 26, 2018

USGIF names Dr. Edward M. Mikhail recipient of the 2018 Lundahl-Finnie Lifetime Achievement Award

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) announced Dr. Edward M. Mikhail, professor emeritus of civil engineering at Purdue University, as the 2018 recipient of the Foundation's Arthur C. Lundahl-Thomas C. Finnie Lifetime Achievement Award. Mikhail is the 14th individual to receive this prestigious award and was recognized on stage during USGIF's GEOINT 2018 Symposium general session.
April 5, 2017

Jie Shan elected ASPRS Fellow

Jie Shan, Professor of Civil Engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). Professor Shan was presented with the award at the ASPRS annual meeting held recently in Baltimore.
July 28, 2014

Mikhail receives ASCE Surveying and Mapping Award

Professor Emeritus Edward M. Mikhail was selected by the Geomatics Division of ASCE to receive the 2014 Surveying and Mapping Award for his devotion and contributions to the fields of photogrammetry and remote sensing.
February 11, 2010

Surveying School 2010

The 2010 Surveying School, a two-day continuing education course in land surveying & geomatics engineering, will be held March 31 & April 1. More information and a registration form are available at
December 3, 2009

Monitoring Beach Erosion at Hooper Bay, Alaska

Purdue Professors Steven Johnson (CE) and Michael Smolen (Center for the Environment) recently traveled to Alaska to establish a Native run program to monitor the seasonal and annual processes involved with beach modification along Hooper Bay.
October 14, 2009

New book on Geospatial Technology co-edited by Prof. Shan

"Geospatial Technology for Earth Observation," an in-depth and broad collection of recent progress in Earth observation, serves as a valuable training source for researchers, developers & practitioners of geospatial science.
April 8, 2009

Geomatics Grad Student Wins Scholarship

Nathan Ovans recently received the Francis H. Moffitt Memorial Scholarship from the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.
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