It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the Department of Geomatics, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, University of Benin. Advances in Computers, Digital and Space Technologies have revolutionized Surveying and Mapping, their techniques and equipment, not only in data acquisition, but also, in data processing, presentation and management. With developments in modern digital equipment such as Electronic Total Station (ETS), Robotic Total Station (RTS), Digital Leveling Equipment, Electronic Field Books, the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), Laser Alignment Devices, Terrestrial Laser Scanner (TLS), Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Analytical Plotters and Digital Mapping equipment in combination with fast, large storage speed Computers, the Surveying and Mapping Profession has changed both in scope, applications and methods of data processing and management. As a result, the spectrum of surveying and mapping has widened dramatically. In fact, the mapping community now feels that the name surveying no longer fits this expansion and the changing role of surveying and mapping. Therefore, the terms Geomatics, Geomatics Engineering and Geoinformatics have been coined.

The integration of measurement science and information science led to the term “Geomatics”.  Geomatics is a generic term depicting the nature and management of earth –bound information within a systemic context. It is defined by International Standard Organization (ISO) as the modern scientific term referring to the integrated approach to measurement, analysis, management and display of spatial data (data that can be linked to specific locations in geographic space).  Geomatics is the art, science and technologies related to the management of geographically referenced information. It is a field of activity that integrates the acquisition, processing, analysis and management of spatial information. It comprises the science, engineering, and art involved in collecting and managing geographically-referenced information, which plays  important roles in  environmental monitoring; management of land , engineering infrastructure, marine resources, oil and gas infrastructure, and real estate transactions; deformation studies, design and construction of various facilities. The science of Geomatics is concerned with the measurement, representation, analysis, management, retrieval and display of spatial information describing both the Earth’s physical features and the built environment.

Geomatics, include, but not limited to, the traditional disciplines of Land and Engineering Surveying, Cartography, Geodesy and Geophysics, Mining Surveying, Hydrography and Hydrogeodesy, Land Information Management, Environmental monitoring and management, Digital Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, image processing as well as Spatial Information System [Geographic Information System (GIS), Land Information System(LIS) and Computer Aided Design (CAD)].

The term “Geomatics” has been accepted in most Colleges and Universities of the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom and Africa instead of the traditional use of the term Surveying or Land Surveying.

Since her inception in 2014, Geomatics department has acquired the most modern and sophisticated instruments and facilities at the same time, employing highly qualified teaching staff that are ever willing to inspire and motivate our students.

After a successful accreditation by NUC in 2015, a great number of students from diverse educational and social background have successfully gained admission as 100 level students into the department in 2015/2016 academic session. The 100 level students share common courses with Engineering Students. In fact, the Geomatics Students offered the same Courses with 100 level Civil Engineering Students in 2015/2016 academic session. We are in constant communication with our students; receive frequent feedback from them as we attend to them individually in order to enhance the student’s academic performance and welfare.

In line with the Departmental Mission Statement, we have signed international collaboration with the Siberian State University of Geosystems and Technology Novosibirsk, Russia Federation and we hope to have more collaborations with other leading international Universities such as: Michigan Technological University, USA; University of Newbrunswick, Canada; University of Applied Sciences in Karlsruhe, Germany; etc. We were admitted into Educational Institution member as a Faculty in International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) in 2015.

We look forward to welcoming greater number of students with future prospects who will benefit immensely from our robust undergraduate programme.