Department of Geodetic Engineering
The pedagogical and research work of the Department of Geodetic Engineering covers a broad spectrum of the geospatial science: from geodetic measurements and other forms of spatial data acquisition using various sensors on satellite, aeronautical and terrestrial platforms, to data processing and analysis within modern geospatial information systems, to the geospatial data exploitation in the form of location-based services and as a support for spatial decision-making, including spatial planning.
Influenced by strong societal, environmental and technological forces, the so-called geospatial domain is one of the fastest-growing sectors on a global scale. The geospatial data ecosystem is becoming increasingly complex, and the fact that over 80 % of information has a spatial component increases the importance of geospatial data, information and geospatial services.
However, the study of geodesy and related studies have a long tradition at the University of Ljubljana, as it was among the first courses offered at the University of Ljubljana, which was founded in 1919. Today, a multitude of research fields in this evolving domain is in the scope of our department. The Department of Geodetic Engineering brings together six chairs, covering the fields of modern geodesy, geoinformatics and spatial planning. The research work is organised in two research programmes: (I.) Geoinformation Infrastructure and Sustainable Spatial Development of Slovenia, and (II.) Earth Observation and Geoinformatics. Our pedagogic and research work is carried out in close collaboration with other academic institutions, research and governmental organisation and industry in Slovenia and internationally. This provides many opportunities for staff and students to participate in internships and mobility programmes.
The department offers bachelor study programme Geodesy and Geoinformatics and master study programme Geodesy and Geoinformatics, higher education professional programme Geodetic Engineering and Real Estate Management and a master study programme Spatial Planning. In addition, we offer research opportunities in the framework of the doctoral study programme Built environment. In all courses, there is a combination of theoretical content and practical exercises, including fieldwork and workshops. In most professional subjects, students also learn about hardware and software solutions that they will later use in practice. Our aim is to educate professionals who are able to master the various professional challenges they may encounter in their professional carrier.
It is clear that geospatial data, along with the entire infrastructure to acquire and use it, is becoming crucial to the functioning of our society. A lack of suitable information hinders the decision-making process and makes it impossible to follow advancements measured by accepted development policies, such as sustainable development and smart specialisation. The ever-growing need for suitable spatial information and technological development offer extraordinary opportunities for our profession. To be able to successfully rise to all these challenges, we have to devote much attention to quality and standardised solutions, and to education and lifelong learning. This is also the mission of our department.
Chairs within the Department of Geodetic Engineering:
The Summer School will be held from 18. – 22. September 2023 at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering and is aimed at students of study programmes related to spatial planning and management, sustainable mobility, and regional planning. Undergraduate (Bachelor or Master) or Single-Cycle Master Study Programme students are invited.