Geomatics & Urban Spatial Informatics


The School of Geomatics and Urban Spatial Informatics is one of the earliest-established schools at Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture (BUCEA), originating as the teaching and research group for surveying and mapping in 1936. In 1973, a diploma program in Surveying and Mapping Engineering was established and later in 1999 became a department. In 2006, the School was officially established. After 80 years of development, the School has become one of Beijing’s key disciplines with four undergraduate specialties, five master’s degree authorization stations, one doctoral talent training program, and one postdoctoral station, forming a complete system of undergraduate, master, doctoral and postdoctoral talents training. The School was top-ranked among all surveying and mapping disciplines across the country by the Ministry of Education in 2012 and 2017, and was approved as one of the Beijing Advanced Innovation Disciplines in 2019.

There are 55 faculty members in our School, including 14 full professors, and more than 95% of the faculty members have doctoral degrees. We have four undergraduate specialties in urban spatial information: surveying and mapping engineering, geographic information science, geospatial information engineering, and remote sensing science and technology. The School has the Key Laboratory for Urban Geomatics of the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation, the Engineering Research Center of Representative Building and Architectural Heritage Database, Beijing Key Laboratory of Fine Reconstruction and Health Monitoring of Architectural Heritage, and was selected as Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Future Urban Design in 2016.

The School has undertaken a series of major national and municipal projects, varying from the construction of the new and old Ten Famous Buildings to the precise installation surveying of the Beijing Electron Positron Collider linear accelerator, and from earth-observation & remote sensing to smart city management. It has internationally top-level experimental platforms for supporting teaching and scientific research. It has 24 laboratories equipped with Laser Surveying System, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Mobile Mapping Systems and other international leading instruments and equipment. The total value of the equipment is nearly 100 million yuan.