Geomatics Lab Research

The Civil Engineering Geomatics research group integrates multi-disciplinary subjects including geomatics engineering, computer science, geotechnical engineering, and geology to analyze hazards in civil engineering, focusing on applications of terrestrial laser scanning and geographic information systems (GIS) to earthquake, liquefaction, and coastal hazards. At present, we are engaged in a wide variety of research projects in the US and abroad. In addition to using and developing geomatics tools for hazard analysis, we also perform fundamental sensor evaluations as well as algorithm development.  Recent projects we have been involved with include:

  • National guidelines for the use of Mobile LIDAR in transportation applications, NCHRP 15-44
  • Synthesis of Geospatial Technology usage in transportation agencies, NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 43-09
  • Pavement smoothness evaluations using inertial profilers, inclinometer-based profilers, and 3D scanning,
  • Earthquake reconnaissance (following the Samoan, Chilean, and Japanese earthquakes and tsunamis),
  • Evaluation of seismically-induced landslide hazards on lifeline routes in Oregon,
  • Landslide analysis for the US 20 highway realignment,
  • In-situ change detection using 3D laser scanning
  • Proactive risk-based slope stability assessment the Pacific Northwest,
  • Seacliff erosion on the Oregon Coast,
  • Movement of the Johnson Creek Landslide.

Geomatics Lab Faculty Researchers