Annual Report

The Department of Geospatial and Space Technology changed its name from Department of Surveying in 2004.  Several name changes have occurred since the Department was started in early 1960’s. The new name was necessitated by the emergence of modern technology and tools, especially satellite positioning techniques and computer applications including geographical information systems (GIS).

Geospatial Engineering is a professional discipline concerned with the measurement, analysis and graphic representation of dimensional geo-spatial relationships, as well as with design, construction, maintenance, and the use of geospatial databases. It has its roots in surveying and mapping and encompasses the specialized areas of geodesy, surveying, topometry, hydrography, geoinformatics and navigation.

The Department continues to offer the 5-year curriculum leading to award of the degree, B.Sc. in Geospatial Engineering. The 4th batch of students under this program graduated in September 2012.  They were 29 students of whom 5 were female students.  The Department is also offering a masters degree program – M.Sc.(GIS) and in the year under review, 7 students graduated.  The degree program – M.Sc.(Geospatial Engineering) soon to be mounted.  There were a total of 5 Ph.D. registered candidates in the year under review.

Two are expected to graduate this  year.

SUMMARY OF COURSES

Year

Semester

Course

Hours

CW

Exam

Units

 

 

 

 

%

%

(Weight)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year I

Semester 1

FGE 101: Introduction to Engineering

60

40

60

1.25

 

 

FGE 171: Pure Mathematics A

48

30

70

1

 

 

FGE 173: Applied Mathematics A

48

30

70

1

 

 

FGE 175: Physics A

48

30

70

1

 

 

FGE 177: Informatics A

48

30

70

1

 

 

FGE 181: Philosophy

45

20

80

1

 

 

FGE 183: Communication Skills

45

20

80

1

 

 

Total

342

 

 

7.25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semester 2

FGE 102: Introduction to Geospatial Engineering

60

40

60

1.25

 

 

FGE 162: Earth Science

48

30

70

1

 

 

FGE 172: Pure Mathematics B

48

30

70

1

 

 

FGE 174: Applied Mathematics B

48

30

70

1

 

 

FGE 176: Physics B

48

30

70

1

 

 

FGE 178: Informatics B

48

30

70

1

 

 

FGE 182: Elements of Economics

45

20

80

1

 

 

Total

345

 

 

7.25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

687

 

 

14.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

687

 

 

14.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year II

Semester 1

FGE 231: Geospatial Measurement Techniques

60

40

60

1.25

 

 

FGE 241: Cartographics

60

40

60

1.25

 

 

FGE 261: Electrical Technology

48

40

60

1

 

 

FGE 271: Engineering Mathematics IA

48

30

70

1

 

 

FGE 273: Geophysics

48

30

70

1

 

 

FGE 275: Geometry

48

30

70

1

 

 

FGE 277: Computer Programming

48

60

40

1

 

 

Total

360

 

 

7.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semester 2

FGE 232: Topometry

60

40

60

1.25

 

 

FGE 242: Cartography

60

40

60

1.25

 

 

FGE 262: Digital Electronics and Microprocessors

48

40

60

1

 

 

FGE 264: Communications and Signal Processing

48

30

70

1

 

 

FGE 272: Engineering Mathematics IB

48

30

70

1

 

 

FGE 276: Geospatial Statistics

48

30

70

1

 

 

FGE 278: Computer Graphics

48

60

40

1

 

 

Total

360

 

 

7.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

720

 

 

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semester 3

FGE 299: Practical Project (8 weeks)

288

100

0

3

 

 

Total

288

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

1008

 

 

18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year III

Semester 1

FGE 311: Introduction to Geodesy

60

40

60

1.25

 

 

FGE 341: Photogrammetry IA

60

40

60

1.25

 

 

FGE 345: Remote Sensing Systems

60

40

60

1.25

 

 

FGE 347: Geoinformation Systems A

60

40

60

1.25

 

 

FGE 349: Geospatial Surface Modelling

48

40

60

1

 

 

FGE 371: Engineering Mathematics IIA

48

30

70

1

 

 

FGE 373: Numerical Methods

48

30

70

1

 

 

Total

384

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semester 2

FGE 302: Adjustment Theory

48

40

60

1

 

 

FGE 322: Geospatial Positioning Techniques

60

40

60

1.25

 

 

FGE 342: Photogrammetry IB

60

40

60

1.25

 

 

FGE 344: Digital Cartography

60

40

60

1.25

 

 

FGE 346: Digital Image Processing

48

40

60

1

 

 

FGE 348: Geoinformation Systems B

60

40

60

1.25

 

 

FGE 372: Engineering Mathematics IIB

48

30

70

1

 

 

Total

384

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

768

 

 

16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semester 3

FGE 399: Practical Project (8 weeks)

288

100

0

3

 

 

Total

288

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

1056

 

 

19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year IV

Semester 1

FGE 421: Geospatial Reference Systems

60

40

60

1.25

 

 

FGE 431: Engineering Surveying A

60

40

60

1.25

 

 

FGE 441: Photogrammetry IIA

60

40

60

1.25

 

 

FGE 447: Remote Sensing Applications

60

40

60

1.25

 

 

FGE 433: Hydrographic Mapping

48

40

60

1

 

 

FGE 461: Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering

48

40

60

1

 

 

FGE 463: Water and Environmental Engineering

48

40

60

1

 

 

Total

384

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semester 2

FGE 432: Engineering Surveying B

60

40

60

1.25

 

 

FGE 442: Photogrammetry IIB

60

40

60

1.25

 

 

FGE 444: Digital Photogrammetry

60

40

60

1.25

 

 

FGE 452: Cadastral Surveying

60

40

60

1.25

 

 

FGE 462: Highway and Transportation Engineering

48

40

60

1

 

 

FGE 464: Structural and Deformation Engineering

48

40

60

1

 

 

FGE 466: Spatial Planning and Design

48

40

60

1

 

 

Total

384

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

768

 

 

16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semester 3

FGE 400: Geospatial Engineering Camp (2 weeks)

96

100

0

1

 

 

FGE 434: Hydrographic Mapping Project ( 1 week)

48

100

0

0.5

 

 

FGE 499: Industrial Attachment (8 weeks)

288

100

0

3

 

 

Total

432

 

 

4.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

1200

 

 

20.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year V

Semester 1

FGE 541: Land Registration Systems

60

40

60

1.25

 

 

FGE 582: Principles of Management

60

40

60

1.25

 

 

FGE 591: Project

96

100

0

2

 

 

Total

216

 

 

4.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Geodesy and Geodynamics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FGE 511: Physical Geodesy

48

40

60

1

 

 

FGE 512: Geodynamics

48

40

60

1

 

 

FGE 514: Spherical Astronomy

48

40

60

1

 

 

FGE 516: Map Projections

48

40

60

1

 

 

FGE 517: Time and Timing

48

40

60

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

Positioning and Navigation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FGE 521: Satellite Positioning Systems

48

40

60

1

 

 

FGE 523: Navigation Systems

48

40

60

1

 

 

FGE 524: Vehicle Location and Navigation

48

40

60

1

 

 

FGE 525: Telemetry and Data Communication

48

40

60

1

 

 

FGE 526: Marine Positioning and Cadastre

48

40

60

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

Topometry and Measurement Systems

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FGE 531: Medical Imaging and Topometry

48

40

60

1

 

 

FGE 532: Precision and Industrial Metrology

48

40

60

1

 

 

FGE 533: Mining and Tunnel Surveying

48

40

60

1

 

 

FGE 536: Laser Technology

48

40

60

1

 

 

FGE 537: Structural Deformation Analysis

48

40

60

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

Geoinformatics and Visualisation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FGE 542: Cartographic Animation

48

40

60

1

 

 

FGE 543: Close Range Imaging Systems

48

40

60

1

 

 

FGE 544: Web-Based Mapping

48

40

60

1

 

 

FGE 545: Spatial Data Mining

48

40

60

1

 

 

FGE 547: Digital Terrain Modelling

48

40

60

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

Land and Infrastructure Management

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FGE 551: Land Administration and Management

48

40

60

1

 

 

FGE 552: Land Information Systems

48

40

60

1

 

 

FGE 553: Land Tenure Systems

48

40

60

1

 

 

FGE 554: Facility and Infrastructure Management

48

40

60

1

 

 

FGE 561: Environmental Planning and Management

48

40

60

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

144

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

360

 

 

7.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semester 2

FGE 504: Professional Practice

48

40

60

1

 

 

FGE 544: Geospatial Data Infrastructures

60

40

60

1.25

 

 

FGE 546: Cartographic Map Design and Production

60

40

60

1.25

 

 

FGE 556: Land Law

48

30

70

1

 

 

FGE 582: Management of Engineering Systems

48

30

70

1

 

 

FGE 592: Project

96

100

0

2

 

 

Total

360

 

 

7.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

720

 

 

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semester 3

FGE 599 Technical Project (4 weeks)

144

100

0

3

 

 

Total

144

100

0

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

864

 

 

18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total: Sem1+Sem2

3663

 

 

76.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total: Sem3

1152

 

 

13.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total (Session-1+Session-2+Session-3)

4815

 

 

90

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total (Year1+Year2+Year3+Year4+Year5)

4815

 

 

90

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subject coding system

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

General Methodologies

 

 

 

 

 

1

Geodesy + Geodynamics

 

 

 

 

 

2

Positioning + Navigation

 

 

 

 

 

3

Topometry + Measurement Systems

 

 

 

 

 

4

Geoinformatics + Visualisation

 

 

 

 

 

5

Land + Infrastructure Management

 

 

 

 

 

6

General Engineering + The Environment

 

 

 

 

 

7

Mathematical + Natural Sciences

 

 

 

 

 

8

Humanities + Social Sciences

 

 

 

 

 

9

Projects + Practicum

 

 

 

 

                 

 

3.  STUDENT ENROLMENT

 

            A.  UNDEGRADUATE

           

Year of Study

Female

Male

Total

I

16

43

59

II

4

36

40

II

6

23

29

IV

7

30

37

V

11

22

33

Total

 

 

198

 

 

            B. POSTGRADUATE MSc. (GIS)

                                               

Year of Study

Female

Male

Total

I

7

10

17

II

4

10

14

Total

 

 

31

           

 

 

 

             

 

 

            C. PhD

Year of Study

Female

Male

Total

I-III

0

5

5

 

4.  RESEARCH INTERESTS, INTERNATIONAL LINKS & COLLABORATIONS

             A  Research Interest

Our members continued carrying out research in various fields as outlined below

Mulaku. G.C.:         Land information Management

Musyoka, S.M.:      Modernization of the Kenyan Geodetic Network

Rostom, R.S.:         Digital Photogrammetry

Musyoka, S.M.:      Modernization of the Kenyan Geodetic Network

Macoco, D.K.:        New (Emerging) Geodetic Positioning Techniques

Karanja, F.N.:         Small Satellite Programs for Earth Resource Mapping.

Wakoli, P.W:          Applications of Photogrammetry to Detection & Monitoring of

                             Structural Deformations

Kiema,J.B:             Use of GIS in Business Decision Planning Governance and

                             Partial Information Management. Use of space technology

                             in Management

Njoroge T.M.           Catographic Communication Mapping.

Mwenda, J.N.:       Cadastral Studies and Land Management; Unregistered transactions

                            on Agricultural land in Kenya.

Siriba, D.N.:           Land Information Management Systems

Nyika David:          An Investigation into modern surveying techniques in support of higher

                            quality land adjudication process.

Okumu, B.M:        Research Topic for Ph.D: An Evaluation of Georeferencing process in

                            updating of general boundary subdivision surveys of large group ranch:

                            Case study: Lemek Group Ranch –Narok County

 

B. International Links and Collaborations

The Department formalized its links with the Department of Geography at the University of Helsinki which has seen 1 PhD partial scholarship awarded to one potential member of staff.

 

5. PUBLICATIONS / CONSULTANCES

Publications

Mulaku G.C. (2012): Professionalism in GIS: The certification Debate, Paper under review by the URISA Journal (USA):

Mwathane E., Musyoka S.M. and Karanja F.N., 2012:  Minimum and Maximum Landholdings for Kisii, Transzoia and Kajiado Counties- ISK  Puiblication

Musyoka S.M. and Karanja F.N., 2012: Pilot Project to establish a pro-poor Land Information Management System (LIMS) for part of Thika Municipality-Land Development and Governance Institute (LDGI) Publication

Karanja, F.N. 2012: Aligning Space Science and Technology Curriculum in Universities with the National Agenda in Kenya, United Nations/Japan Nano-Satellite in Symposium in Nagoya, Japan from 9th to14th October , 2012.

Siriba, D. N. and Dalyot, S. (2012). Automatic geo-referencing of non-geospatially referenced provisional cadastral maps, Survey Review, vol. 44, no. 325, p. 142-152, 2012.

Siriba, D. N., Dalyot, S. and Sester, M. (2012). Geometric quality enhancement of legacy graphical cadastral datasets through thin plate splines transformation, Survey Review, vol. 44, no. 325, p. 91-101, 2012.

 

6. NUMBER OF GRADUANDS

          

Program

Female

Male

Total

MSc (Geographical Information Systems)

4

3

7

BSc. (Geospatial Engineering)

5

24

29

 

Year: 
2012:00