Geospatial engineering leverages new high precision geospatial data capture technologies such as laser scanners (airborne and terrestrial), robotic total stations, GPS, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones and other mapping systems, and applications in both the natural and built environments. These include:
- Mining, agriculture and infrastructure construction
- Environmental monitoring
- Urban and transport planning
- Mobile and emergency services
Diverse geospatial data are expertly combined to produce high precision 3D digital models, which can be used for many purposes, from enabling virtual construction to location-based service apps on a smartphone.
Remote sensing & Digital mapping
Geospatial engineers use data from satellites, aircraft and UAVs or drones to monitor the built and natural environment for purposes such as managing the response to bushfires, floods, earthquakes or improving the quality of services and spatial queries.
High-resolution remote sensing satellites provide optical, multi-spectral and radar imagery to map and monitor dynamic Earth phenomena such as the ground above coal seam gas extraction sites or the state of the atmosphere. Remote sensing techniques also underpin weather and ocean forecasting, and help society monitor local ground displacement, manage natural disasters and assess the impact of global climate change.
The development of devices, such as large format aerial digital cameras, laser scanners, satellite imagery and powerful data processing and visualisation software, allows for high-detail mapping of the Earth’s surface and to construct virtual 3D structures cities and communities.