Spatial information underpins the digital transformation of society and economy, and contributes significantly to any nation’s gross domestic product. Geomatics studies the production, management, analysis and communication of spatial information. It takes streams of data, links this data to location and time, and answers the fundamental societal questions of ‘where’ and ‘when’ in public administration and safety, disaster management, navigation, space and infrastructure management, and many other application areas.

Research areas

Labs, groups and centres

Research groups

  • Measurement science and 3D modelling (surveying, photogrammetry, remote sensing, lidar, positioning and navigation)
  • Spatial Data Infrastructure and Land Administration (Cadastre, Building Information Modelling)
  • Spatial information science (GIS, spatial cognition, spatial data analytics)

Research centres

In addition, we contribute to many centres around the campus, such as AURIN and the ICA-OSGeo laboratory at University of Melbourne. Geomatics is deeply embedded in the research strategies of the University and the Melbourne School of Engineering, where it contributes for example to Data and Society, Advanced Transport, and Future Infrastructure.

The importance of spatial information for many disciplines is reflected in Spatial@Melbourne, a platform coordinated by Geomatics.

Our collaborators

The Geomatics team has ties with many local and international organisations, including:

  • Leading universities world-wide (eg: University of California, University of Zurich, Delft University, University of Hannover, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur)
  • Local, state and federal government, and other public institutions in Australia
  • United Nations and World Bank
  • Australian and international spatial industry
  • Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
  • International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS)