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The University of New Brunswick Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering is located in Fredericton, NB. Established in 1960 as a program in the Department of Civil Engineering, the department was the first in English-speaking Canada to offer university education in geomatics.

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The University of New Brunswick Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering held a ceremony on Tuesday, 20 June 2017, to unveil a new plaque marking the location of the international geodetic reference ellipsoid. The plaque is affixed to the north-east wall of Head Hall, the UNB engineering building, adjacent to the A-level parking lot. The plaque serves as a visual representation of an important mathematical surface used in positioning and navigation and welcomes visitors, students, faculty, and staff to the building. The ellipsoid is associated with the Geodetic Reference System 1980 and positions determined using GPS, for...
Posted on April 26, 2016
Ryan White, a Ph.D. student working with Prof. Richard Langley in the Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering, has won the American Association for Geodetic Surveying (AAGS) 2015 Graduate Fellowship Award. Each year, the U.S. National Society of Professional Surveyors Foundation, with the generous support of individuals, companies, and organizations, awards a number of scholarships to encourage and support college and university education in the geospatial sciences. The highly competitive $2,000 AAGS award is presented to a student enrolled in a graduate program in geodetic surveying or geodesy, preferentially with at least two...
In June 1967, the Centennial Survey Monument (the "Globe") was unveiled in Fredericton at a prominent location opposite the new (at the time) Centennial Building on King Street. The globe was located in the "Centennial Mall" which extended from King Street to Queen Street adjacent to the Playhouse. It was a large two-metre diameter half globe made of copper and bronze, and centered with a survey marker. The mall contained other monuments, including an obelisk, a totem pole, and the Bicentennial Globe, a sister to the Surveyor's Globe. The monument was part of a national project in Canada's 1967 centennial year to honour the contribution...
University of New Brunswick researcher, Yun Zhang, is no stranger to Google Maps. In 2000, he participated in a Street View project led by YC Lee that resulted in Google Street View. Now he's invented what he hopes will be the next generation of Google Maps called EarthView3D (see: http://www.earthview3d.net).  Dr. Zhang is [the] Canada Research Chair in Advanced Geomatics Image Processing in UNB's faculty of engineering. He says there are many benefits to 3D maps and he's hoping to see 3D technology become more mainstream in the coming years. “Using our EarthView3D technology, civil engineers can more-easily foresee where future...
Posted on July 2, 2015
Dr. Attila Komjathy, a principal investigator at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and adjunct professor in the Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering at the University of New Brunswick, won the Best Paper Award at the 14th Ionospheric Effects Symposium in Alexandria, Virginia, last month. Every few years, the IES brings together researchers studying the behaviour of the ionosphere with particular emphasis on the effects of space weather on military and commercial telecommunication and satellite systems including those used for satellite navigation. Of the approximately 150 papers presented during the three-day meeting, the...
During the summer and fall of 2014, a team of researchers from the Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering at UNB carried out the first three-dimensional survey of Kings Landing Historical Settlement, a living history museum just a few kilometres from Fredericton. Using state-of-the-art laser mapping equipment recently purchased by the department and a couple of GPS receivers, the team has produced highly detailed three-dimensional images of part of the settlement, together with fly-throughs of selected areas. Renée Tardif entering the selected settings into the scanner. (Photo: Yong-Won Ahn, 2014-August-1) The team, consisting of...
Organizers of a new Peruvian Congress on Geodesy and Geomatics have asked Dr. Adam Chrzanowski, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering at UNB, to become the Honorary President of the new Congress. Dr. Chrzanowski's link to Peruvian geodetic engineers dates back to 1975 when he and his research group at UNB initiated research on tectonic ground movements in the area of the catastrophic earthquake of 1970 which caused the collapse of a portion of 6 000 m Mount Huscaran in the high Andes. The resulting avalanche of rocks and ice buried two towns, killing over 40 000 people. Several UNB graduate students...
Posted on February 6, 2015
During a recent visit by Tomas Hjelmberg to the Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering at the University of New Brunswick, an agreement was reached for QPS to help sponsor the Chair in Ocean Mapping for the coming five years. Tomas Hjelmberg (left) and John Hughes Clarke (right) during the recent visit by QPS to the Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering. Photo: Danny Neville, 22 October 2014 The Chair in Ocean Mapping, held by Prof. John Hughes Clarke, works within the Ocean Mapping Group, which draws upon UNB faculty and staff with expertise in the fields of hydrography, geodesy, geographical information systems,...
On Thursday, 30 October, the Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering celebrated Emeritus Professor Adam Chrzanowski's 50 years at the University of New Brunswick. Prof. Chrzanowski arrived at UNB in 1964 as a postdoctoral fellow. He subsequently became a faculty member in the fledgling Department of Surveying Engineering and rose through the ranks to become a tenured full professor and chairman of the department, and officially retired in 1998. But that wasn't the end of his relationship with UNB. He was awarded the title of professor emeritus, established the Canadian Centre for Geodetic Engineering at UNB, and has continued his...