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National Surveyors Week  2023 March 19-25 brought attention to the Surveying and Geomatics Sciences Program  and got a spot on the TrojanVision News  that week.

Geo Day 2023 

SLAM Technology Geo Day 2023

The  department's annual geospatial career event Geo Day 2023 was held March 15th to introduce high school and community college students to geospatial careers that are in very high demand.  Read more HERE

GIS Day 2022

GIS Day 2022 tables

Dr. Wu hosted GIS Day 2022 with the help of the City of Troy Utilities. Troy Geomatics graduate Patrick McLure and Chase Collins, Troy's UAS program director,  along with some students joined Dr. Wu on the quad to promote GIS.  The GIS faculty also hosted an online webinar with Brian Baldwin of ESRI to learn more about the future of GIS.


Geo Day 2022 Drone photoTroy University’s Geo Day 2022 was a great success hosting almost 200 high school students and their sponsors from 21 different schools across the state to learn about geospatial careers. The Geospatial Informatics Department’s annual recruiting event was halted in 2021 due to the pandemic, but they came out strong in 2022 with efforts to introduce students to the Surveying and Geomatics Sciences Program, and the Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) major offered by Troy University. The students attended workshops on "Mapping Your Future", "Drone Mapping", "Modern Mapping", and "LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) Mapping” presented by Troy faculty and staff and geospatial professionals including those from the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors (ASPLS).  

 Many of the students were interested in the use of drones which surveyors and GIS technicians use to collect geographic data.  The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) took a drone photo of the entire group who attended Geo Day 2022 and demonstrated their newest drone that takes off vertically and flips over to complete its mission.

Special thanks to our sponsor company Surveying and Mapping, LLC (SAM) who provided backpacks for the students as a memento of Geo Day 2022.

One of the high school teachers said, “I wish I were young again” so she could be involved in this exciting career field. "We were really impressed by the large turnout," said Geospatial Informatics Department Chair Dr. Xutong Niu. "These students now have the information and a "map" to get the training & education they need to enter the workforce with high paying and enjoyable careers."

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected Troy's Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS program to be a part of the UAS Collegiate Training Initiative (UAS-CTI).   Read more HERE

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The Geospatial Informatics Department had its first Geographic Information Science (GIS) graduate, Yitong Wu, May 8, 2020.  Read more Here.  

First GIS Graduate

Navigation Electronics Inc. (NEI) made a generous donation of state of the art survey equipment to the department in January 2020.  Read More Here