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Michael Barry



(403) 220-5826

ENE 228F


John Holmlund Chair in Land Tenure and Cadastral Systems


Dr. Mike Barry hails from Cape Town, South Africa. He joined the University of Calgary's Department of Geomatics Engineering in 2002. He teaches GIS, Land Law, Land Tenure and Cadastral Systems.

Research Activities: 

GIS and Land Tenure

Dr. Barry's primary research interests include the design and evaluation of cadastral systems during social and political transformation, and managing the design and implementation issues in GIS.

Dr. Barry spent 12 years in industry as a surveyor prior to choosing a career in academia in the Department of Geomatics, University of Cape Town, in 1992. He has working experience in GIS, project management, offshore oil platform positioning, cadastral surveying, hydrographic surveying and engineering surveying. He has worked as a private surveyor and project manager in Iraq, Indonesia, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa. As a public servant he worked for the Cape Town City Council for 5 years where he was Principal Land Surveyor upon resignation.

Dr. Barry has served on a number of South African government working groups in cadastral surveying, land tenure, land registration systems and GIS. He has consulted to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). He formulated a GIS education strategy for the Southern African Development Community Environment and Land Management Systems Programme (SADC-ELMS) based on a network of institutions in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. He has also served on a number of sub-committees and working groups of the Federation Internationale des Geometres (FIG), and he has been vice president of the Council of the Institute of Professional Surveyors of the Western Cape.

BSc(Geomatics) & MBA, University of Cape Town
PhD, University of Natal, South Africa.