Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

CPD Courses in Geomatics

CPD Courses in Geomatics


Geomatics is the discipline of gathering, storing, processing, and delivering of geographic information, or spatially referred information.

This broad term applies both to science and technology, and integrates the more specific disciplines and technologies of geodesy, surveying, mapping, positioning, navigation, cartography, remote sensing, photogrammetry and geographic information systems.

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is an essential tool for many of today's engineers and planners. Institutions and companies in all sectors are recognising the wealth of information and intelligence that GIS can provide, for everything from marketing and logistics to environmental impact assessments and urban planning.

The Global Positioning System is now universally used as a precise survey tool, but many requirements push GPS to its limits in terms of accuracy and precision. Least Squares sits behind much of the analysis software used by surveyors/engineers and interpreting software output requires an understanding of Least Squares.

The professional development courses offered by the Geomatics group provide practical experience along with technical and theoretical understanding of the issues involved in GPS and GIS.

Courses in Geomatics can be delivered at a client's premises. Please contact the Professional Development Unit for details.


Geographical Information Systems (GIS) can make huge efficiency savings for organisations; consequentially the demands on the skills of a GIS team are often high.

Without appropriate resources, projects can be delayed and users don't receive the help that they need to complete GIS tasks, ultimately costing money. Newcastle University is able to provide GIS resources to complement and support your organisation without the expense of a full time employee. Newcastle University is able to offer three types of service:

  1. In-house training
    • If you need to train a group of twelve employees or more it may be possible to deliver the GIS courses at your organisation. Contact us to explore the feasibility of this option.
  2. Training Follow up
    • Once you have completed GIS training, you are ready to get started with your new skills. However, initial problems specific to your organisation may still occur. Our team can help you to put it all in perspective and get you on the right track with a training follow-up session, on either a one-to-one or group basis.
  3. GIS Review
    • Our team can take an objective view of your GIS systems, services and data to help you to develop a strategy to maximise the productivity and efficiency of GIS services within your organisation.
  4. Tool up on demand
    • If you need additional technical resource to complete a specific task or project, Newcastle University can provide highly skilled and qualified staff in a wide range of GIS work areas with the flexibility and capacity to work within the budgetary environments often associated with public sector organisations.

Please email ceg.cpd@ncl.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)191 222 6080 to discuss your requirements.