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A Geomatics Engineering Curriculum For Enhancing The Professional Capacity Of The Graduate Surveyor At The University Of Lagos, Nigeria

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition


Louisville, Kentucky

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June 20, 2010

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June 20, 2010

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June 23, 2010



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Engineering Education in Africa and the Middle East

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15.33.1 - 15.33.14



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James Olaleye University of Lagos, Nigeria

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Emmanuel Abiodun University of Lagos, Nigeria

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Joseph Olusina University of Lagos, Nigeria

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Francis Derby Pennsylvania State University-Lehman

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A Geomatics Engineering Curriculum for Enhancing the Professional Capacity of the Graduate Surveyor at the University of Lagos, Nigeria


Advances in land surveying technology and instrumentation now make it possible for less qualified surveyors to produce maps and determine positions with relative ease. The professional surveyor, whose career has been the production of maps at varying scales and accuracies, now faces real challenges in keeping abreast with the technological advances. Surveyors in Nigeria are burdened by: ≠ new and changing user demand for products in varying formats, ≠ inadequate knowledge to explore or venture into new and emerging areas of opportunities, ≠ diminishing career opportunities.

Although new and emerging technological innovations are creating new opportunities for surveyors many feel unprepared to explore or to venture into these new technologies.

To reverse the trend, a committee from the Department of Surveying & Geoinformatics at the University of Lagos in Nigeria, was set up to analyze the problem and recommend remedial actions. The committee identified, among other things, that the structure of the surveying program be redesigned into a North American brand of surveying engineering, and to revise existing surveying curriculum so as to include courses in emerging technologies. It was the belief of the committee that these changes would enhance the capabilities of the Geomatics engineer, not only to carry out engineering and cadastral surveys, but to adapt and expand his activities into the newer areas of geospatial information systems engineering.

This paper presents a discussion of current institutional and administrative challenges confronting the professional surveyor and the philosophy underlying the development of the revised curriculum. Whereas the university was in agreement with the recommendations, there were institutional challenges such as acceptance by the Licensing Board regarding curriculum content and licensure requirements. The paper concludes with the view that the Geomatics Engineering program will enhance the capabilities of the new graduate and reinstate the surveyor as a respectable and indispensable professional.


Land surveying, as presently perceived and practiced, appears to be one of the most vulnerable in this digital technology era. Other than human and material resources needed to conduct surveys, the procedures are the same, irrespective of the scope of the project. The computer has become the best tool for performing routine computationally intensive aspects of the surveyor’s activities. Given the unabated advances in technological revolution, applications of the computer and digital technology in surveying are inevitable. Already, computerized instrumentation has facilitated surveying operations to the extent that non-surveyors, more than ever before, are now

Olaleye, J., & Abiodun, E., & Olusina, J., & Derby, F. (2010, June), A Geomatics Engineering Curriculum For Enhancing The Professional Capacity Of The Graduate Surveyor At The University Of Lagos, Nigeria Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--16311

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