Geomatics Research

The Civil Engineering Geomatics program at Oregon State University is a leading center for research and education in geomatics applied to civil engineering and other fields. Our students also collaborate with researchers in a wide variety of disciplines. A short list of focus areas includes:

  • 3D laser scanning\LIDAR
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Geospatial Hazard Analysis
  • GPS/GNSS technology
  • Cadastral Surveys
  • Geospatial data management
  • Geomatics computation and programming

OSU has access to a large amount of state-of-the-art equipment and software for research thanks to a memorandum of understanding between OSU, Leica Geosystems, and David Evans and Associates, Inc. Students will be trained on the latest equipment available in industry practice. Leica Geosystems has provided powerful software (Leica Geo-Office and Cyclone), which are used in OSU's courses for survey and scan data processing. Maptek I-Site also provides licenses to OSU for I-Site Studio. In addition, OSU maintains licenses for a wide variety of geomatics applications for research needs. 

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Research interests of faculty in Civil Engineering Geomatics include:

LiDAR, 3D laser scanning, scientific computing and visualization, geographic information systems, seismic hazard analysis, slope stability, coastal erosion, and liquefaction hazards.

Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) positioning/navigation and GNSS remote sensing. GNSS positioning/navigation includes topics on Real Time Kinematic (RTK), Network RTK (NRTK), Precise Point Positioning (PPP), and Inertial Navigation System (INS). 

Full-waveform LiDAR, topographic-bathymetric LiDAR, hyperspectral imagery, uncertainty modeling, and UAVs for coastal applications.