Geomatics Engineering

Department of Geodesy & Geomatics Engineering

General Office: Head Hall, Room E-54
Mailing Address: Department of Geodesy & Geomatics Engineering,
University of New Brunswick,
P.O. Box 4400, Fredericton, N.B.,
Canada, E3B 5A3 
Phone: (506) 453-4698
Fax: (506)453-4953
Email: gge@unb.ca 
Website: http://www.unb.ca/fredericton/engineering/depts/gge/index.html

Faculty

  • Church, Ian BScE, MScE, PhD (UNB), Assistant Professor - 2016
  • Coleman, David, BScE, MScE(UNB), PhD (Tas), PEng, Prof - 1993
  • Dare, Peter, BSc (East London), MASc (Erindale College), PhD (East London), PEng, Prof - 2000
  • Kingdon, Robert, BScE, PhD (UNB), Instructor - 2014
  • Langley, Richard B., BSc (Wat), PhD (York) - Prof - 1981
  • Santos, Marcelo, BSc, (Rio de Janeiro), MSc (National Observatory), PhD (UNB), PEng, Prof - 2000
  • Stefanakis, Emmanual, DiplEng (NTU Athens), MScE (UNB), PhD (NTU Athens), Associate Prof - 2011
  • Wachowicz, Monica, BSc (Federal University of Parana), MSc (Twente), PhD (Edinburgh), Adjunct Prof - 2012
  • Zhang, Yun, BSc (Wuhan), MSc (East China), PhD (Free University Berlin), PEng, Prof - 2000

Emeritus Professors

  • Chrzanowski, Adam, Dipl.Eng., MSc, PhD (Krakow), Dr.h.C (Olsztyn), Dr.h.c. (Krakow), PEng, Prof (1996), Professor Emeritus - 1998
  • McLaughlin, John D., BScE, MScE (UNB), PhD (Wis.), PEng, Prof Emeritus and President Emeritus - 1972
  • Nicholas, Susan, BSc (Acad), MEng, PhD (UNB), PEng, Prof (1992), Prof Emerita - 2014
  • Vanick, Petr, Geodetic Eng., PhD (Prague), PEng, Prof (1971) - Prof Emeritus - 2001
  • Wells David, BScE (Mt. All), MASc (BrCol), PhD (UNB), PEng, Prof (1980), Prof Emeritus - 1999

Adjunct Professors

  • Al-Tahir, Raid, BSc (Bagdhad), MSc (OSU), PhD (OSU), Adjunct Prof - 2012
  • Kim, Donghyun, BS, MS, PhD (Seoul National), Adjunct Prof - 2002
  • Komjathy, Attila, Dipl. Eng. (Miskolc), PhD (UNB), Adjunct Prof - 2012
  • Szostak-Chrzanowski, Anna, MSc (Warsaw), MEng (UNB), PhD (Krakow), PEng - Adjunct Prof - 2000

General Information

The Geomatics Engineering program is offered by the Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering. Interesting and challenging professional careers in land or cadastral surveying, engineering surveying, mapping, photogrammetry and geodesy are open to graduates. They can find positions with federal, provincial and municipal government agencies, with the oil, gas and mining industries and with numerous private organizations, such as photogrammetric mapping firms, geological and geophysical exploration companies and consulting engineers, or they can be self employed as professional engineers or registered land surveyors.

A variant of the concept of cooperative education has been adopted in the Geomatics Engineering Program. Cooperative education is based upon the principle that a sound academic program combined with relevant technical experience can provide the most effective professional development during the undergraduate years. With this in mind, undergraduate geomatics students are required to obtain at least six months relevant practical experience and to prepare a technical report, normally based on this experience, prior to graduation. Many geomatics organizations have agreed to participate in this program. The Department will make available to the students a list of organizations that provide the opportunity for appropriate experience. Students will then be responsible for selecting and negotiating suitable placement.

Curriculum

With a minimum of 160 credit hours (ch) in the program, students are required to complete:

a. a core of basic engineering subjects;
b. a minimum of 11 ch of approved technical electives, with at least two GGE 5000 level courses.

Credit hours for courses are listed in the course descriptions portion of the calendar.

A minimum grade of C is required for all courses to be used as credit toward the degree.

Students who have previous post-secondary educational efforts are advised to write to the Chair of the Department for information on credits that may be awarded.

Students who wish to academically prepare to become professional land surveyors, but not professional engineers, should follow the Cadastral Surveying Option outlined below.

The program has been designed to be completed in 6 terms, with reasonable course loads. Students may proceed at a slower rate but all requirements must be completed within 8 consecutive years. Detailed program information is available from the Department.

Courses

Descriptions of courses offered by the various Departments are given in the "Fredericton Courses" Section of this Calendar.

Core Courses (all required):

CE 3963 Engineering Economy
CS 1003 Programming and Problem Solving for Engineers
CS 3113 Introduction to Numerical Methods
ECON 1073 Economics for Engineers
ENGG 1001 Engineering Practice Lecture Series
ENGG 1003 Engineering Technical Communication
ENGG 1015 Introduction to Engineering Design and Problem Solving
ENGG 1082 Mechanics For Engineers
ENGG 4013 Law and Ethics for Engineers
GGE 1001 Introduction to Geodesy and Geomatics
GGE 2012 Advanced Surveying
GGE 2013 Advanced Surveying Practicum
GGE 2501 Land Administration I
GGE 3022 Survey Design and Analysis
GGE 3023 Surveying Design Practicum
GGE 3042 Introduction to Global Navigation Satellite Systems
GGE 3111 Introduction to Adjustment Calculus
GGE 3122 Advanced Adjustment Calculus
GGE 3202 Geodesy I
GGE 3342 Remote Sensing
GGE 3353 Ocean Mapping
GGE 3423 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GGE 4211 Geodesy II
GGE 4313 Airborne Mapping Systems
GGE 4423 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
GGE 4512 Land Administration II
GGE 4700 Design Project and Report
MATH 1003 Introduction to Calculus I
MATH 1013 Introduction to Calculus II
MATH 1503 Introduction to Linear Algebra
MATH 2513 Multivariable Calculus for Engineers
MATH 3543 Differential Geometry for Geomatics Engineers
PHYS 1081 Foundations of Physics for Engineers
PHYS 1062 Introductory Physics II
PHYS 1092 Experiments in Introductory Physics II
STAT 2593 Probability and Statistics for Engineers
TME 3313 Managing Engineering & Information Technology Projects

Technical Electives

GGE 5011 Oceanography, Tides, & Water Levels
GGE 5012 Marine Geology & Geophysics
GGE 5022 Precision Surveying
GGE 5042 Kinematic Positioning
GGE 5131 Special Studies in Adjustments
GGE 5222 Gravity Field in Geomatics
GGE 5242 Global Navigation Satellite Systems for Geodesy
GGE 5322 Digital Image Processing
GGE 5341 Advanced Technologies in Remote Sensing
GGE 5401 Geospatial Development
GGE 5402 Geographic Databases
GGE 5403 Web Mapping Geospatial Web Services
GGE 5405 Introduction to Big Data & Data Science
GGE 5415 Real-Time Mobility Data Analytics
GGE 5521 Survey Law
GGE 5833 Land Use Planning for Geomatics
GGE 5701 Special Studies in Geomatics I
GGE 5702 Special Studies in Geomatics II
GGE 5703 Special Studies in Geomatics III

Other technical electives may be taken in Engineering, Science, Computer Science, or Forestry, subject to Departmental approval. Students are cautioned that not all technical electives may be offered every year.

In addition to the above list, a minimum of 6 ch of complementary studies electives is also required. These require approval by the Department.

Cadastral Surveying Option within Geomatics Engineering

Students who complete a Bachelor of Geomatics at UNB with the two specified technical electives (GGE 5521 and GGE 5833), as well as either GGE 4022 or GGE 5022, will have the following notation placed on their UNB transcripts: “COMPLETED CADASTRAL SURVEYING OPTION”. This option has been accredited by the Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors.

Diplomas in Geomatics

The Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering offers programs leading to diplomas in the areas of specialization of Cadastral Studies, Engineering and Exploration Surveying, Geodetic Surveying, Land Information Management, and Mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). These programs offer an opportunity for practicing surveyors and other technical professionals to gain a thorough understanding of the theory and principles of specific applications of new technologies and methodologies. Each program area consists of selected courses as regularly offered in the undergraduate program. A total of at least 30 credit hours of specified and elective courses is required in each program. All of the courses in these programs are degree-credit courses. Those who successfully complete a diploma program and who are subsequently admitted to a degree program may receive credit for them. Students enrolled in a diploma program will be subject to all relevant university undergraduate regulations and to the General Regulations of the Faculty of Engineering.

It is recommended that applicants to the Diploma program have successfully completed a program of technology, of at least two years, which should have included or have been supplemented with courses in calculus, computer science, and probability and statistics at a level equivalent to first year university. It is important that applicants have a working knowledge of these three subject areas and have at least three years of relevant work experience (at least one of which should be as a party chief or equivalent).

Cadastral Studies

GGE 2501 Land Administration I
GGE 3342 Imaging & Mapping I
GGE 4512 Land Administration II
GGE 5521 Survey Law
GGE 5833 Land Use Planning for Geomatics
CE 3963 Engineering Economy
TME 3313 Managing Engineering & Information Technology Projects
Electives: At least 4 credit hours

Engineering and Exploration Surveying

ESCI 4501 Applied Geophysics I
ESCI 4512 Applied Geophysics II
GGE 3022 Survey Design and Analysis
GGE 3111 Introduction to Adjustment Calculus
GGE 3122 Advanced Adjustment Calculus
GGE 5022 Precision Surveying
MATH 1503 Introduction to Linear Algebra
MATH 2513 Multivariable Calculus for Engineers

Geodetic Surveying

GGE 3022 Survey Design and Analysis
GGE 3111 Introduction to Adjustment Calculus
GGE 3122 Advanced Adjustment Calculus
GGE 3202 Geodesy I
GGE 4211 Geodesy II
GGE 5242 Global Navigation Satellite Systems for Geodesy
MATH 1503 Introduction to Linear Algebra
MATH 2513 Multivariable Calculus for Engineers

Land Information Management

GGE 3423 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GGE 2501 Land Administration I
GGE 4423 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
TME 3213 Quality Management
OR
TME 3413 Technology, Creativity and Innovation
Electives: At least 14 credit hours

Mapping and Geographic Information Systems

GGE 3423 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GGE 3111 Introduction to Adjustment Calculus
GGE 3342 Remote Sensing
GGE 4313 Airborne Mapping Systems
GGE 4423 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Electives: at least 6 credit hours

Minor in Geomatics

A Minor in Geomatics is offered to students in programs of study other than Geomatics Engineering and comprises a minimum of 24 credit hours (ch) of GGE courses. Normally a background in Calculus (e.g. MATH 1003, MATH 1013 ), Statistics (e.g. STAT 2593), Linear Algebra (e.g. MATH 1503, MATH 2513 or MATH 2213), and Computer Science (e.g. CS 1003 or CS 1073) would be a prerequisite to the Minor. GGE 1001 (5 ch) must be taken for the Minor. The remaining minimum of 19 ch may be chosen from other GGE courses with the following collections of courses as recommended areas of concentration. Other combinations of courses may be arranged with approval by the Department prior to starting the Minor.

Land Administration and Information Management: GGE 2423 or GGE 3423, GGE 2501, GGE 4512, plus at least 8 ch of approved GGE course(s).

Mapping and Geographic Information Systems: GGE 2423 or GGE 3423, GGE 3342, GGE 4423, GGE 4313.

Hydrography and Oceanography: GGE 3342, GGE 3353, GGE 5011, GGE 5012, plus at least 1 ch of approved GGE course(s).

Positioning: GGE 2012, GGE 2013, GGE 3042, GGE 3202, GGE 4211