Importance of computer in Geoinformatics

The Department was established in the late 1988 and was known as “Department of Land Surveying and Photogrammetry”. It was initially operated at the Department of Civil Engineering in School of Engineering and Engineering Technology (SEET) but was however relocated to the School of Environmental Technology (SET) as a Department in 1990. Due to technological advancement in equipment and measurement procedures, the curriculum of Surveying worldwide has changed in order to embrace the new technologies In view of this wave of technological advancements, coupled with national and professional drive for self-reliance and global relevance, the nomenclature of the department was changed to ‘Department of Surveying and Geoinformatics’ by the University in 2005. The developments in surveying and geoinformatics have created a total departure from the traditional tedious field data collection and processing to digital data collection, storage, retrieval, manipulation, integration and management, thereby repositioning the discipline in the main stream of sustainable national development and inter-disciplinary relevance across the globe.

Philosophy, Vision and Mission of the Programme

The subject of ‘Surveying and Geoinformatics’, depends largely on the dynamics of modern development in the fields of Electronics, Computers and Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Satellite Remote Sensing, Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and Digital Mapping Equipment and Technologies, etc. These developments in the Science of Surveying and Geoinformatics have posed more manpower training and research demands and challenges and needs on Surveying Training Institutions and Professionals in the various aspects of the discipline, in order to fit into the global evolutions and to ensure a sustainable national development and Inter-disciplinary relevance across the globe.

The programme is therefore focused on The discipline cover a wider spectrum of urban spatial dynamics, environmental engineering database development, mapping and natural resource exploration and exploitation consultancies, businesses and entrepreneurship through effective applications of digital/satellite geodesy, photogrammetry and remote sensing, hydrography and marine engineering, geoinformatics and geospatial information systems techniques.

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