PhilGEOS 2012

Philippine Geomatics: practice, applications and accomplishments

About PhilGEOS

PhilGEOS 2012  will be the very 1st symposium on Geomatics in the Philippines. It is being organized by the Department of Geodetic Engineering of the University of the Philippines – Diliman  as one of the major activities to commemorate its 75th year founding anniversary. To be held in November 2012, PhilGEOS is envisioned to be a major gathering of educators, researchers and the industry in the field of Geomatics from different parts of the country.

Geomatics is a field of activities which, using a systemic approach, integrates all the means used to acquire and manage the spatial data required as part of scientific, administrative, legal and technical operations involved in the process of the production and management of spatial information[1]. It includes the tools and techniques used in surveying and geodesy, photogrammetry and remote sensing, cartography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), hydrography and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), and related forms of earth mapping[2].

Although it was only recently that the term “Geomatics” began to emerge in the Philippines, history would show that it has played important roles in the production and management of spatial information in both the government and private sectors in the country in the past decades. In particular, surveying and geodesy became important tools in land surveying in the 1950s while in the 1970s and 1980s, the science and technology of remote sensing and photogrammetry were introduced as important tools in natural resource assessment and mapping. In the 1990s towards the present, the potentials of GIS and GNSS together with remote sensing were maximized not only in land administration and resource mapping, but also in studying the environment as well as understanding disasters and finding ways to mitigate it negative impacts to human lives. The integration of Geomatics in undergraduate and graduate education curriculum has also been initiated in various higher learning institutions.

Objectives and Significance of PhilGEOS

A symposium like the PhilGEOS will be a good venue to synthesize and publicize the long history of Geomatics practice and application in the Philippines and the accomplishments that goes along with it.

Geomatics continue to evolve as the technology of gathering and managing spatial information advances. The symposium will provide a platform for various sectors involved in Geomatics to gather and exchange knowledge and gain an insight into the state of the art in the current technology, techniques and solutions. But most of all, PhilGEOS is aimed to establish a powerful academic-industry connection, facilitate idea exchange and encourage research and development in the growing geospatial science and technology field in the Philippines.


[1] Geomatics as defined by the Canadian Institute of Geomatics, from Wikipedia,