Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment

School of Surveying and Geospatial Sciences

Department of Geodetic Science and Navigation

Geodetic science is the study of the figure and size of the earth and the application of this knowledge thereof. Navigation on the other hand is concerned with the guiding of a moving land-craft, water-craft, aircraft, or spacecraft to a specified destination. The knowledge from geodetic science is applied in positioning, mapping, and navigation. The advent of space technologies like the Global Positioning System (GPS), has considerably made the application of geodetic science accessible to most people. Notably, through the GPS, positioning and navigation have become relatively common through the use of simple equipment such as the mobile telephone and onboard navigation equipment for various types of craft. The Department of Geodetic Science and Navigation has extended studies in this discipline, in response to various industry needs and recent technological developments. Through our commitment, geodetic science has become accessible to people through its results, particularly in positioning and navigation. Geoinformation is concerned with the collection, presentation, and analysis of geospatial data. This data is useful in the analysis of spatial phenomena. Geoinformation is presented and analysed through the use of Geospatial Information Systems (GIS). GIS itself relies on mapping technology as the basis for any GIS analysis is a reliable map. One of the applications of earth observation technologies is in mapping. Thus this Department covers among its areas of interest, remote sensing, photogrammetry, cartography, and GIS.