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Department Sponsors Geospatial Scavenger Hunt

The Geospatial Informatics Department participated for the first time in Troy University Welcome Week activities.  The department sponsored a Geospatial Scavenger Hunt with the help of companies that donated gift cards to be awarded as prizes.  These companies were very generous with their donations toward the event. 

Barrett- Simpson Logo

Schoel Logo

PLS Logo

SurvTech Logo

The students used a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) app to enter data about their fellow students.  The person with the most entries won. There were a variety of student majors that participated in the event that enabled the Geospatial Informatics Department and the idea of GIS data to be introduced to the campus body. Congratulations to all the winners! 

First Place - Marty Lasseter

                 First Place - Marty Lasseter 

Second Place - Julian Coleman

                  Second Place - Julian Coleman


Matt Smith - Third Place

3rd Place - Matt Smith

Fourth Place - Doty

4th Place - William Doty 

Mason McCulloch - Fourth Place

4th Place - Mason McCulloch 


Point of Beginning (POB) magazine recently featured the Surveying and Geomatics Sciences Program at Troy University.  As the only ABET accredited program in the state of Alabama , the Geomatics program prepares students to pursue a professional surveyors license.  The GIS degree path with a geomatics minor offered by the Geospatial Informatics Department is also an option to pursue licensing and is available on campus and online. Read more Here 

Geomatics Students on Quad

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

UAS-CTI logo

Department faculty along with students from the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors (ASPLS) chapter were able to talk with prospective students on the Quad March 20th during part of Trojan Day activities on the Troy campus.  Despite slightly windy conditions, they were able to introduce students to Troy's programs in geospatial sciences and all the high-tech equipment in these career fields.  The next Trojan Day is scheduled for Fall Semester 2021 in the same location in front of the Math and Science Complex.Trojan Day 2021

Trojan Day Faculty 2021

The Geospatial Informatics Department has been hosting weekly visits by potential employers the past several semesters, but like everyone else, the department had to modify these visits for the safety of all involved during Fall Semester 2020.   Three companies, Schoel Engineering, SurvTech Solutions and Dewberry Engineering, were able to visit with students virtually via Teams. Campus students were encouraged to join in a couple of socially distanced classrooms in the department while online students were able to participate in these meetings for the first time ever.  Campus attendees at a couple of the visits received a meal thanks to the Troy student chapter of the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors (ASPLS).   First ever virtual visit with company

Meetings continued almost every week during Spring Semester 2021 with companies like HRC Engineers, Surveyors & Landscape Architects.

Students from the Troy chapter of the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors (ASPLS) helped out with Trojan Day 2020, October 17th.  The Geospatial Informatics Department had tables on the Quad where interested students could find out about Surveying and Geomatics and GIS and the ASPLS members were there to answer questions and demonstrate the use of survey equipment. ASPLS Student Chapter Members help with Trojan Day

GIS Day 2020 was celebrated on November 18th by Geospatial students and faculty with an information tent on the Quad in the morning and an afternoon GIS Webinar hosted by Dr. Connor Wu  to which all of Troy University worldwide was invited. The sessions during presented by GIS professionals were  A Day of a GIS Engineer, 5 Forces, 5 Trends, and 5 Skills Critical to GIS and Remote Sensing in the 2020s, and Future Trends in GIS. Student help with GIS Day on the Quad

Congratulations to the following students:

Alexander Brown – Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors (ASPLS) Scholarship

Halee Covington - Elbert A. Botts Endowed Scholarship

Addison Mims - Elbert A. Botts Endowed Scholarship

Tim Sandheinrich - ASPLS scholarship & Elbert A. Botts Endowed Scholarship

Joseph Shell - Elbert A. Botts Endowed Scholarship

Luke Strickland – Earl Dudley Geomatics Scholarship 

Scott Dowdy - The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA) Scholarship   

Cameron Morris - The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA) Scholarship

THSOA Scholarship Winners

THSOA scholarship recipients Scott Dowdy and Cameron Morris with two of the department's drones.

Read More about Scott and Cameron HERE 

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

First GIS Graduate

The first Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) course was taught on the Troy Campus in Spring 2020 and one of the students received her remote pilot license.  Read more HERE.

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

The Geospatial Informatics Department launched a new GIS major on campus and online.  Read More Here.