Advanced Geomatics Engineering

By Prof. Pradeep Kumar Garg   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 1263   |  Exam registration: 186
Geomatics is one of the important tools that can help us to map and monitor the changes in the infrastructure,  resources and environment on Earth. It is a multidisciplinary technology which involves the use of cartography,  photogrammetry, Global Positioning System (GPS), remote sensing, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs),  Geographic Information System (GIS), geovisualization, spatial statistics, geostatistics, and other advanced tools &  techniques. With the advancements in very high spatial resolution satellite images, GIS, LiDAR, UAV/Drones and  other associated technologies in the recent years, applications of geospatial technology have increased in civil  engg, natural resources management, disaster management, environment, geology, soil, forestry, agriculture, water  management, urban, infrastructure development, smart city, 3D mapping, etc. The course contents will provide  insight to understand the various tools for collection of geospatial data and emerging need of geospatial  technology.

PREREQUISITES: Yes basic knowledge of Surveying is essential

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: National Remote Sensing, Centre, DRDO, Ministry of Water  Resources, Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Department,  Telecom companies, Power sectors, Road sectors etc.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jul 2023
End Date : 13 Oct 2023
Enrollment Ends : 07 Aug 2023
Exam Registration Ends : 18 Aug 2023
Exam Date : 28 Oct 2023 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

1. Introduction: Introduction of Geomatics Engineering and its various applications
2. Photogrammetry: aerial and terrestrial, types and geometry of aerial photograph, scale and flying height, relief (elevation) displacement, parallax, stereo-pair and stereovision, stereoscopes, 3D mapping, DEM, DSM & DTM, height determination, digital photogrammetry, photogrammetric mapping, applications of photogrammetry.
3. Remote Sensing: Basic/ Ideal remote sensing, interaction mechanism with atmospheric and earth surface, atmospheric windows, multi concept of remote sensing, spectral signatures, various platforms and sensors, various remote sensing data products, optical, thermal, microwave and hyperspectral images, visual data interpretation
4. GPS surveying: Principles and methods, applications, DGPS, error in observations and corrections.
5. UAV: Introduction, components, data collection, data types, data analysis software, applications in civil engineering
6. LiDAR: Basic principles, terrestrial and airborne LiDAR, data collection techniques, point cloud generation, analysis of data, 3D mapping.
7. Digital Image Processing: Digital image, introduction to digital image processing, preprocessing, enhancement, transformation, indies, image classification for mapping, accuracy assessment.
8. GIS: Introduction of geographic information system, vector and raster data, database creation, parameterization from DEM, buffering and overlay analysis, spatial analysis in GIS, applications.
9. Applications: Applications of Geomatics Engineering tools in various engineering projects.

Books and references

  1. Burrough, P.A. and McDonnell, R.A., “Principles of Geographic Information System”, Oxford  University Press. 
  2. Chandra, A.M. and Ghosh, S.K., “Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems”,  Alpha Science. 
  3. Garg, P.K. Theory and Principles of Geoinformatics, Khanna Book Publishing Co. Delhi 
  4. Garg, P K., Digital Land Surveying and Mapping, New Age International Publishers, New  Delhi 
  5. Lillesand, T.L., Kieffer, R. W. and Chipman, J., “Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation”,  John Wiley and Sons, 6th Ed. 
  6. Vosselman, George and Maas, Hans-Gerd, Airborne and Terrestrial Laser Scanning, Whittles  Publishing. 
  7. Valavanis, K and Vachtsevanos, G.J. (Eds) Handbook of UAV, Springer 
  8. Paul Fashlstrom and Thomas Gleason, Introduction to UAV Systems, John Wiley & Sons 
  9. Ghosh and Da Silva (Eds). Applications of Geomatics in Civil Engineering Springer, (ISBN:  978-981-13-7066-3).
  10. Ghilani, C.D., Elementary Surveying: An introduction to Geomatics, Prentice Hall, Pearson.  15th Ed.

Instructor bio

Prof. Pradeep Kumar Garg

IIT Roorkee
Prof. Pradeep Kumar Garg, is currently serving as Professor in Geomatics Engineering Group, Civil Engineering Department at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India. He completed B.Tech (Civil Engg.) in 1980 and M.Tech (Civil Engg) in 1982 both from the University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee). He is a recipient of Gold Medal at IIT Roorkee to stand first during M.Tech programme, Commonwealth Scholarship Award for doing Ph.D. from University of Bristol (UK), and Commonwealth Fellowship Award to carry out post-doctoral research work at University of Reading (UK). He joined the Department of Civil Engg at IIT Roorkee in 1982, and gradually advancing his career rose to the position of Head of the Civil Engg Department at IIT Roorkee in 2015, and then Vice Chancellor, Uttarakhand Technical University, Dehradun from 2015-2018. Prof. Garg has published more than 310 technical papers in national and international conferences and journals. He has undertaken 27 research projects and provided technical services to 94 consultancy projects on various aspects of Civil Engineering, generating funds for the Institute. He has authored text books on (i) Remote Sensing, (ii) Geoinformatics, (iii) Introduction to UAVs, and (iv) Digital mapping of soil, Edited three books and produced two technical films on Story of Mapping. Besides, supervising a large number of undergraduate projects, he has guided about 73 M.Tech and 28 Ph.D. Thesis. He is instrumental in prestigious MHRD funded projects on e-learning; Development of Virtual Labs, Pedagogy and courses under NPTEL. He has served as experts on various national committees, including Ministry of Environment & Forest, EAEC Committee, NBA (AICTE) and Project Evaluation Committee, DST, New Delhi. Prof. Garg has reviewed a large number of papers for national and international journals. Considering the need to train the human resource in the country, he has successfully organized 40 programmes in advanced areas of Surveying, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, GIS and GPS. He has successfully organized more than 10 conferences and workshops. He is a life member of 24 professional societies, out of which he is a Fellow member of 9 societies. For academic work, Prof. Garg has travelled widely, nationally and internationally.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 
28 October 2023 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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