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


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.
November 2, 2007

Professor Jie Shan receives NASA grant

His team will be working on Mars topographic mapping using orbital imagery and laser ranging, and the calibration of the instruments aboard.
April 4, 2007

Professors receive Talbert Abrams Grand Award

Associate Professor Jie Shan, Associate Professor James S. Bethel, Professor Edward M. Mikhail, Chiumng-Shiuan Fu, Bin Li, and Jeffrey Kretsch received Talbert Abrams Grand Award for their journal paper, entitled "Principles and Evaluation of Autostereoscopic Photogrammetric Measurement."
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