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Geomatics engineering is a varied and exciting technology discipline that leads to careers with a great indoor/outdoor balance. It requires a combination of design, computer, and measurement skills with field work, lab experiments, and computer modeling to solve a variety of problems that have a common attribute: spatial location.

The profession is in growing demand both in Canada and internationally with available careers in both the private and public sectors. In the private sector, geomatics engineers work in small to medium enterprises or large multinational corporations with global opportunities such as Google, Microsoft, Apple, Trimble, Shell, Encana, ESRI, NASA, Altalink and others. In the public sector, geomatics engineers are in demand in government agencies (e.g., Natural Resources Canada), colleges and universities.

The goal of the Department of Geomatics Engineering is to provide students with a high-quality education guided by innovative research and practical applications. Departmental strengths include: international recognition of degree program excellence, strong linkages with industry and government agencies, and an undergraduate internship program.

A graduate program in geomatics engineering is a multi-dimensional learning experience which requires motivation and initiative, in addition to adequate academic preparation and intellectual capability. Advanced course work is only part of the experience. Interaction with professors and fellow students, exposure to research methodologies, design procedures, and resources are other indispensable components. Most important, especially at the PhD level, is the ability to think creatively when formulating and solving problems. Download our grad studies brochure.

Graduate activities involve taking courses, presenting seminars, assisting in teaching and research, writing reports and theses, as well as participating in other departmental and campus projects.

What degree programs are offered?

Doctor of Philosophy

The PhD is a research-oriented degree for graduate students who want to pursue a career in research in academia, industry or government.

Master of Science

The MSc is a research-based degree that usually takes two years of full-time study beyond a bachelor's degree.

Master of Engineering (course based)

The MEng course-based degree is designed for working engineers who want to upgrade their knowledge or take more advanced training.

What are the program requirements?

What are the program requirements?

In addition to Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) requirements and the Schulich School of Engineering (SSE), the Department requires:

PhD Program/Course Requirements

Effective May 1, 2016:

  1. A minimum of 9 units (1.5 full-course equivalents) at a graduate level beyond the Master of Science course requirements; for students with non-Geomatics  background, at least 3 of these units must be from the Department of Geomatics Engineering. For students who transfer from a Master of Science to a doctoral program, a minimum of 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) at the graduate level beyond the Master of Science course requirements.
  2. Complete the Professional Development Seminar (ENGO 698).
  3. A literature review, a thesis proposal and an oral candidacy examination based on the graduate course work.
  4. A thesis related to advanced original engineering research.

Effective September 1, 2015:

PhD graduate students will adhere to a new candidacy procedure. These changes are a result of a new policy implemented by FGS. All students registered before Sept 1, 2015 will have the option to follow either the old or the new policy. However, FGS and the Graduate Program Director would encourage all students to follow the new policy.

Download Department of Geomatics Engineering Doctoral Candidacy Requirements

You can also find information for admission and residence requirements on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.

MSc Program/Course Requirements

Effective May 1, 2016:

  1. A minimum of 12 units (2.0 full-course equivalents) at a graduate level; for students with non-Geomatics background, at least 6 of these units must be from the Department of Geomatics Engineering.
  2. Complete the Professional Development Seminar (ENGO 698).
  3. A thesis related to original engineering research.

You can also find information for admission and residence requirements on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.

MEng (course-based) Program/Course Requirements

A minimum of 30 units (5.0 full-course equivalents), of which at least 18 units (3.0 full-course equivalents) must be graduate courses.

You can also find information for admission and residence requirements on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.

What areas of specialization are available?

  • Positioning, Navigation and Wireless Location
  • Geodesy, Remote Sensing and Earth Observation
  • Digital Imaging Systems (offered jointly with Biomedical Engineering)
  • GIScience and Land Tenure
  • Energy and Environmental Systems (Interdisciplinary)
  • Environmental Engineering (Interdisciplinary)

Research areas

Digital Imaging Systems

In the context of geomatics engineering, research into digital imaging systems focuses on the reconstruction and interpretation of the world around us from data captured with imaging sensors. The sensors may be hand-held, vehicle-, space- or air-borne and may be passive digital cameras, active 3D cameras or LiDAR systems, gaming sensors or medical imaging modalities. The resulting three-dimensional models allow us to better understand the natural environment, built-up areas and human body.

Areas of study:

  • Photogrammetric reconstruction techniques from space-borne, airborne and terrestrial imagery
  • Terrestrial, mobile and airborne LiDAR system calibration, registration, object recognition and integration with photogrammetric data
  • Integration of photogrammetric and LiDAR data for visualization and monitoring of 3D environments
  • Vision measurement systems for structural, biomedical and human-computer interaction applications
  • Object reconstruction from active sensors such as time-of-flight range cameras and gaming sensors
  • Simulation of synthetic aperture radar
  • Systems and analysis of SAR image data
  • Integrated analysis of multi-source geospatial data
  • Quality assurance and quality control of data acquisition systems and mapping procedures
  • Classification and change detection from remote sensing data
  • Sensor modeling and information retrieval from biomedical imaging modalities (e.g., MRI, X-Ray, optical imaging systems)
  • Trajectory/probe data analysis

Faculty members: Naser El-Sheimy, Derek LichtiRuisheng WangMozhdeh Shahbazi

Geodesy, Remote Sensing and Earth Observation

Remote sensing is the science of acquiring information about the earth's surface without actually being in contact with it. This is done by sensing and recording reflected or emitted energy from sensors mounted on aircraft or satellites. This data can be processed and analyzed to give pictures of the Earth that can be used to manage and monitor our natural resources and the environment.

Areas of study:

  • Monitoring and studying of the Earth System
  • Technologies and methodologies of Earth Observation Systems
  • Long-term global observations of the land surface, solid Earth, oceans, atmosphere, and biosphere
  • Global change, including hazard, disaster, sea-level and environmental monitoring
  • Space geodesy and geodynamics
  • Realization of reference frames and study of the Earth's shape, size, gravity field, rotation and orientation
  • Applications of dedicated gravity satellite missions; Vertical datums and spatial and temporal geoid modeling
  • Arctic change and sea ice dynamics; Satellite radar and laser altimetry, including ice missions
  • Other satellite remote sensing applications and systems

Faculty members: Michael Collins, Jeong Woo KimMichael SiderisQuazi Hassan 

GIScience and Land Tenure

A geographic information system (GIS) is a set of software tools that brings together the power of databases with digital mapping technologies. A GIS can be used to support decision-making through the analysis and integration of spatial data and it can be applied to a wide range of fields as diverse as municipal and environmental applications to the entertainment industry. Specific examples include the analysis of water and electrical utility lines on city properties or the analysis of land use in an agricultural region.

Areas of study:

  • Techniques for the collection, storage, management, analysis, and visualization of positional and attribute data describing a portion of the earth's surface
  • Development of advanced geospatial database management techniques for resource evaluation, environmental modelling, surveying, mapping, and automatic vehicle navigation activities
  • Data and information warehousing, spatial databases and data mining, advanced 3D data structures, Internet GIS and geo-sensor networks, temporal GIS
  • Advanced spatial statistics; development of dynamic spatial models for environmental resource management
  • Land tenure studies: land tenure reform, analysis and modelling of cross-cultural tenure systems, use of traditional ecological knowledge for aboriginal land claims; survey law, cadastral surveying issues, international boundaries, women's rights in land, implications of legal pluralism for land tenure and land administration, public participation and its role in resolving land conflicts
  • Modelling the semantics and system behaviour of land information systems

Faculty members: Michael BarrySteve LiangXin Wang

Positioning, Navigation and Wireless Location

The ability to locate oneself on the earth and in its vicinity and navigate over its surface is knowledge that has fascinated humankind for millennia. Positioning, location and wireless navigation are core themes of geomatics engineering that cover airborne positioning and navigation, precise static and kinematic land positioning for vehicle and other applications, positioning on and under the oceans (hydrography), industrial metrology and the mathematical tools to calculate and analyze positioning systems and their measurements. Many of these techniques are based on the use of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) such as the Global Positioning System (GPS).

Areas of study:

  • Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) including the Global Positioning System (GPS), emerging systems, and integration with ground-based systems and augmentations
  • Study and analysis of GNSS RF interference and multipath propagation effects
  • Development of GNSS software receivers and GNSS signal processing development
  • Algorithm development applied to static and kinematic positioning and guidance systems, including kinematic carrier phase differential GNSS, precise point positioning, and high precision static surveying and structural monitoring
  • Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) and inertial sensor analysis and fusion with GNSS, including loosely to ultra-tightly coupling using low to high performance sensors
  • Use of GNSS and inertial sensors in structural monitoring
  • GNSS/INS for direct geo-referencing of terrestrial and aerial mobile mapping systems
  • GNSS atmospheric monitoring and space weather applications
  • Wireless location using GNSS pseudolites, ultra-wideband ranging, self-contained sensors, and other signals of opportunity
  • Related vehicular and pedestrian navigation

Faculty members: Naser El-SheimyYang GaoGérard LachapelleKyle O'KeefeMark Petovello, Susan Skone

What are the admission requirements?

The requirements outlined below are for North American students. International students can view entrance requirements online

PhD — In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for admission to the PhD degree, the Department of Geomatics Engineering requires that a student has obtained a minimum GPA of 3.50 in preceding programs. 

MSc — In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for admission to the MSc degree, the department requires that a student has obtained a minimum GPA of 3.0 in a baccalaureate degree.

MEng (course based) — In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for admission to the MEng degree, the department requires all MEng applicants to have an academic background in geomatics engineering and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in a baccalaureate degree. There are no MEng course-based admissions for the spring semester.

Language requirements

Please check the online Graduate Studies Calendar for the most up to date and official Language requirements.

How do I apply?

Application deadlines

Deadlines for students with Canadian or U.S. transcripts and International students:

Admission date

International admissions

(Departmental deadlines)

Canadian and permanent resident admissions

(Departmental deadlines)

September

May 1

August 1

January

September 1

December 1

May

January 1

April 1

July

March 1

June 1

Application procedure

The first step in applying to graduate programs in geomatics engineering is to contact a professor in the department, to find out if he/she would be interested and able to supervise you.

If you are applying to a thesis-based program, we strongly suggest that you contact a professor who works in an area of research that is close to your own academic background and interests. Email them a copy of your recent CV and provide a brief description of your experience and interest in doing a graduate program. Also indicate whether you need funding and when you want to begin your program.

For students wanting to take a course-based program, it is also important to find a supervisor who will guide you in the selection of courses in your program.

Please view the list of faculty members and their research interests on the faculty webpage.

Apply online

References

Two references on University of Calgary forms plus separate reference letter, from referees prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications. Your referees will be asked to supply a reference for you via an online upload. You will need to know your referee's email addresses when you apply for admission.

Upon submission of your application, your referees will be sent an email containing the reference request and the appropriate link to the required documents. Reference requirements are individual to each graduate program and the requirements are specified in the link contained in the email. The email will also contain a link where referees are able to upload the required document(s). You will be able to see the status of your referees in your student centre and both you and your referee will receive a confirmation email when the referee request has been completed.

Download reference forms.

As of May 1, 2016

Upon submission of your application, your referees will be sent an email containing the reference form link. Referees are to complete and submit the online form. You will be able to see the status of your referees in your student centre and both you and your referee will receive a confirmation email when the referee request has been completed.

Course schedules

Course listings

Specialization

Course numbers

Geodesy, Remote Sensing and Earth Observation

615, 629, 635, 637, 681

Positioning, Navigation and Wireless Location

620, 623, 625, 629, 633, 638

Digital Imaging Systems

623, 629, 639, 642

GIScience and Land Tenure

617, 645, 658, 675, 693, 694

Note:

MEng (course-based) Graduate Students Only 601
MSC/PhD Graduate Students Only (required course) 698

         

                 

For more information

Graduate Program Administrator 
Phone: (403) 220-4979
Fax: (403) 284-1980
Email: geo.grad@ucalgary.ca

Interim Associate Head, Graduate Studies
Michael G. Sideris
Phone: (403) 220-4985
Email: sideris@ucalgary.ca

Visiting students please contact 
geo.grad@ucalgary.ca

What degree programs are offered?

Doctor of Philosophy

The PhD is a research-oriented degree for graduate students who want to pursue a career in research in academia, industry or government.

Master of Science

The MSc is a research-based degree that usually takes two years of full-time study beyond a bachelor's degree.

Master of Engineering (course based)

The MEng course-based degree is designed for working engineers who want to upgrade their knowledge or take more advanced training.

What are the program requirements?

What are the program requirements?

In addition to Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) requirements and the Schulich School of Engineering (SSE), the Department requires:

PhD Program/Course Requirements

Effective May 1, 2016:

  1. A minimum of 9 units (1.5 full-course equivalents) at a graduate level beyond the Master of Science course requirements; for students with non-Geomatics  background, at least 3 of these units must be from the Department of Geomatics Engineering. For students who transfer from a Master of Science to a doctoral program, a minimum of 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) at the graduate level beyond the Master of Science course requirements.
  2. Complete the Professional Development Seminar (ENGO 698).
  3. A literature review, a thesis proposal and an oral candidacy examination based on the graduate course work.
  4. A thesis related to advanced original engineering research.

Effective September 1, 2015:

PhD graduate students will adhere to a new candidacy procedure. These changes are a result of a new policy implemented by FGS. All students registered before Sept 1, 2015 will have the option to follow either the old or the new policy. However, FGS and the Graduate Program Director would encourage all students to follow the new policy.

Download Department of Geomatics Engineering Doctoral Candidacy Requirements

You can also find information for admission and residence requirements on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.

MSc Program/Course Requirements

Effective May 1, 2016:

  1. A minimum of 12 units (2.0 full-course equivalents) at a graduate level; for students with non-Geomatics background, at least 6 of these units must be from the Department of Geomatics Engineering.
  2. Complete the Professional Development Seminar (ENGO 698).
  3. A thesis related to original engineering research.

You can also find information for admission and residence requirements on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.

MEng (course-based) Program/Course Requirements

A minimum of 30 units (5.0 full-course equivalents), of which at least 18 units (3.0 full-course equivalents) must be graduate courses.

You can also find information for admission and residence requirements on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.

What areas of specialization are available?
  • Positioning, Navigation and Wireless Location
  • Geodesy, Remote Sensing and Earth Observation
  • Digital Imaging Systems (offered jointly with Biomedical Engineering)
  • GIScience and Land Tenure
  • Energy and Environmental Systems (Interdisciplinary)
  • Environmental Engineering (Interdisciplinary)
Research areas

Digital Imaging Systems

In the context of geomatics engineering, research into digital imaging systems focuses on the reconstruction and interpretation of the world around us from data captured with imaging sensors. The sensors may be hand-held, vehicle-, space- or air-borne and may be passive digital cameras, active 3D cameras or LiDAR systems, gaming sensors or medical imaging modalities. The resulting three-dimensional models allow us to better understand the natural environment, built-up areas and human body.

Areas of study:

  • Photogrammetric reconstruction techniques from space-borne, airborne and terrestrial imagery
  • Terrestrial, mobile and airborne LiDAR system calibration, registration, object recognition and integration with photogrammetric data
  • Integration of photogrammetric and LiDAR data for visualization and monitoring of 3D environments
  • Vision measurement systems for structural, biomedical and human-computer interaction applications
  • Object reconstruction from active sensors such as time-of-flight range cameras and gaming sensors
  • Simulation of synthetic aperture radar
  • Systems and analysis of SAR image data
  • Integrated analysis of multi-source geospatial data
  • Quality assurance and quality control of data acquisition systems and mapping procedures
  • Classification and change detection from remote sensing data
  • Sensor modeling and information retrieval from biomedical imaging modalities (e.g., MRI, X-Ray, optical imaging systems)
  • Trajectory/probe data analysis

Faculty members: Naser El-Sheimy, Derek LichtiRuisheng WangMozhdeh Shahbazi

Geodesy, Remote Sensing and Earth Observation

Remote sensing is the science of acquiring information about the earth's surface without actually being in contact with it. This is done by sensing and recording reflected or emitted energy from sensors mounted on aircraft or satellites. This data can be processed and analyzed to give pictures of the Earth that can be used to manage and monitor our natural resources and the environment.

Areas of study:

  • Monitoring and studying of the Earth System
  • Technologies and methodologies of Earth Observation Systems
  • Long-term global observations of the land surface, solid Earth, oceans, atmosphere, and biosphere
  • Global change, including hazard, disaster, sea-level and environmental monitoring
  • Space geodesy and geodynamics
  • Realization of reference frames and study of the Earth's shape, size, gravity field, rotation and orientation
  • Applications of dedicated gravity satellite missions; Vertical datums and spatial and temporal geoid modeling
  • Arctic change and sea ice dynamics; Satellite radar and laser altimetry, including ice missions
  • Other satellite remote sensing applications and systems

Faculty members: Michael Collins, Jeong Woo KimMichael SiderisQuazi Hassan 

GIScience and Land Tenure

A geographic information system (GIS) is a set of software tools that brings together the power of databases with digital mapping technologies. A GIS can be used to support decision-making through the analysis and integration of spatial data and it can be applied to a wide range of fields as diverse as municipal and environmental applications to the entertainment industry. Specific examples include the analysis of water and electrical utility lines on city properties or the analysis of land use in an agricultural region.

Areas of study:

  • Techniques for the collection, storage, management, analysis, and visualization of positional and attribute data describing a portion of the earth's surface
  • Development of advanced geospatial database management techniques for resource evaluation, environmental modelling, surveying, mapping, and automatic vehicle navigation activities
  • Data and information warehousing, spatial databases and data mining, advanced 3D data structures, Internet GIS and geo-sensor networks, temporal GIS
  • Advanced spatial statistics; development of dynamic spatial models for environmental resource management
  • Land tenure studies: land tenure reform, analysis and modelling of cross-cultural tenure systems, use of traditional ecological knowledge for aboriginal land claims; survey law, cadastral surveying issues, international boundaries, women's rights in land, implications of legal pluralism for land tenure and land administration, public participation and its role in resolving land conflicts
  • Modelling the semantics and system behaviour of land information systems

Faculty members: Michael BarrySteve LiangXin Wang

Positioning, Navigation and Wireless Location

The ability to locate oneself on the earth and in its vicinity and navigate over its surface is knowledge that has fascinated humankind for millennia. Positioning, location and wireless navigation are core themes of geomatics engineering that cover airborne positioning and navigation, precise static and kinematic land positioning for vehicle and other applications, positioning on and under the oceans (hydrography), industrial metrology and the mathematical tools to calculate and analyze positioning systems and their measurements. Many of these techniques are based on the use of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) such as the Global Positioning System (GPS).

Areas of study:

  • Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) including the Global Positioning System (GPS), emerging systems, and integration with ground-based systems and augmentations
  • Study and analysis of GNSS RF interference and multipath propagation effects
  • Development of GNSS software receivers and GNSS signal processing development
  • Algorithm development applied to static and kinematic positioning and guidance systems, including kinematic carrier phase differential GNSS, precise point positioning, and high precision static surveying and structural monitoring
  • Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) and inertial sensor analysis and fusion with GNSS, including loosely to ultra-tightly coupling using low to high performance sensors
  • Use of GNSS and inertial sensors in structural monitoring
  • GNSS/INS for direct geo-referencing of terrestrial and aerial mobile mapping systems
  • GNSS atmospheric monitoring and space weather applications
  • Wireless location using GNSS pseudolites, ultra-wideband ranging, self-contained sensors, and other signals of opportunity
  • Related vehicular and pedestrian navigation

Faculty members: Naser El-SheimyYang GaoGérard LachapelleKyle O'KeefeMark Petovello, Susan Skone

What are the admission requirements?

The requirements outlined below are for North American students. International students can view entrance requirements online

PhD — In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for admission to the PhD degree, the Department of Geomatics Engineering requires that a student has obtained a minimum GPA of 3.50 in preceding programs. 

MSc — In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for admission to the MSc degree, the department requires that a student has obtained a minimum GPA of 3.0 in a baccalaureate degree.

MEng (course based) — In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for admission to the MEng degree, the department requires all MEng applicants to have an academic background in geomatics engineering and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in a baccalaureate degree. There are no MEng course-based admissions for the spring semester.

Language requirements

Please check the online Graduate Studies Calendar for the most up to date and official Language requirements.

How do I apply?

Application deadlines

Deadlines for students with Canadian or U.S. transcripts and International students:

Admission date

International admissions

(Departmental deadlines)

Canadian and permanent resident admissions

(Departmental deadlines)

September

May 1

August 1

January

September 1

December 1

May

January 1

April 1

July

March 1

June 1

Application procedure

The first step in applying to graduate programs in geomatics engineering is to contact a professor in the department, to find out if he/she would be interested and able to supervise you.

If you are applying to a thesis-based program, we strongly suggest that you contact a professor who works in an area of research that is close to your own academic background and interests. Email them a copy of your recent CV and provide a brief description of your experience and interest in doing a graduate program. Also indicate whether you need funding and when you want to begin your program.

For students wanting to take a course-based program, it is also important to find a supervisor who will guide you in the selection of courses in your program.

Please view the list of faculty members and their research interests on the faculty webpage.

Apply online

References

Two references on University of Calgary forms plus separate reference letter, from referees prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications. Your referees will be asked to supply a reference for you via an online upload. You will need to know your referee's email addresses when you apply for admission.

Upon submission of your application, your referees will be sent an email containing the reference request and the appropriate link to the required documents. Reference requirements are individual to each graduate program and the requirements are specified in the link contained in the email. The email will also contain a link where referees are able to upload the required document(s). You will be able to see the status of your referees in your student centre and both you and your referee will receive a confirmation email when the referee request has been completed.

Download reference forms.

As of May 1, 2016

Upon submission of your application, your referees will be sent an email containing the reference form link. Referees are to complete and submit the online form. You will be able to see the status of your referees in your student centre and both you and your referee will receive a confirmation email when the referee request has been completed.

Course schedules
Course listings

Specialization

Course numbers

Geodesy, Remote Sensing and Earth Observation

615, 629, 635, 637, 681

Positioning, Navigation and Wireless Location

620, 623, 625, 629, 633, 638

Digital Imaging Systems

623, 629, 639, 642

GIScience and Land Tenure

617, 645, 658, 675, 693, 694

Note:

MEng (course-based) Graduate Students Only 601
MSC/PhD Graduate Students Only (required course) 698

         

                 

For more information

Graduate Program Administrator 
Phone: (403) 220-4979
Fax: (403) 284-1980
Email: geo.grad@ucalgary.ca

Interim Associate Head, Graduate Studies
Michael G. Sideris
Phone: (403) 220-4985
Email: sideris@ucalgary.ca

Visiting students please contact 
geo.grad@ucalgary.ca