Ivan Detchev

Senior Instructor

Department of Geomatics Engineering

Associate Head Undergraduate

Department of Geomatics Engineering

PhD, Geomatics Engineering

University of Calgary (2016)

MSc, Geomatics Engineering

University of Calgary (2010)

BScE (First Division), Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering

University of New Brunswick (2007)

Contact information


Office: 403.220.4978


CNRL Engineering Complex : ENE 229A


Currently Dr. Detchev is assigned courses within the Department of Geomatics Engineering.

Research and teaching

Research activities

Dr. Detchev’s graduate school research experience was primarily in digital photogrammetry/optical metrology related to biomedical and civil engineering. As an instructor he will be gradually transitioning towards research in teaching and learning methods in engineering, i.e., engineering pedagogy. For example, Dr. Detchev is now a co-chair of the ISPRS WG V/5 “Promotion of the profession to young people” within TC V “Education and outreach”.

Graduate Program Affiliations: 

Advising undergraduate or master’s students or collaborating with visiting scholars could be a possibility after getting an approval from the department. However, as an instructor, Dr. Detchev currently cannot provide any funding.


Dr. Ivan Detchev received his BScE (First Division) in geomatics engineering from the University of New Brunswick in 2007, and his MSc and PhD in digital imaging system from the University of Calgary in 2010 and 2016, respectively. His MSc thesis was on the 3D reconstruction of scoliotic torsos, and prototypes of the implemented system are currently being used in the Alberta Children's Hospital (Calgary) and in the IWK Health Centre (Halifax). His PhD dissertation was in close range photogrammetry and it was related to image-based fine-scale infrastructure monitoring. Dr. Detchey also has industry experience in surveying and remote sensing. His previous employers include G. R. Williams Land Surveying Ltd. (Vancouver, BC) and Pacific Geomatics Ltd. (Surrey, BC).


Selected Publications:

Detchev, I., A. Habib, D. Lichti, and M. El-Badry (2016). “Structural 3D Monitoring Using a New Sinusoidal Fitting Adjustment.” XXIII ISPRS Congress, Prague, Czech Republic, July 12-19

Detchev, I., U. Kanjir, S. R. Reyes, H. Miyazaki, and A. F. Aktas (2016). ”Latest developments of the ISPRS Student Consortium.” XXIII ISPRS Congress, Prague, Czech Republic, July 12-19

Habib, A., I. Detchev, and E. Kwak (2014). “Stability Analysis for a Multi-Camera Photogrammetric System.” Sensors, Vol. 14, No. 8, pp. 15084-15112

Detchev, I., A. Habib, F. He, and M. El-Badry (2014). “Deformation Monitoring with Off-the-shelf Digital Cameras for Civil Engineering Fatigue Testing.” ISPRS Commission V Mid-term Symposium, Riva del Garda, Italy, June 23-25

Detchev, I., A. Habib, and M. El-Badry (2013). “Dynamic beam deformation measurements with off-the-shelf digital cameras.” Journal of Applied Geodesy, Vol. 7, No. 3, pp.147-157


Selected Awards:

  • 2015 – SSE Teaching Assistant Excellence Award
  • 2010-2014 – AITF Graduate Student Scholarship
  • 2014 – ASPRS Z/I Imaging Scholarship
  • 2011-2013 – NSERC Alexander Graham Bell (CGS-D2)