Nottingham Geospatial Institute

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The Nottingham Geospatial Institute (NGI) is a member of the Infrastructure, Geomatics and Architecture Research Division of the Faculty of Engineering. Research is central to the activities of NGI in order to maintain our position at the forefront of international efforts in our field. It is also an integral part of the training and education of undergraduates and postgraduates.

NGI research activity has been recognised by the Research Assessment Exercise in 2008 as being world-leading or internationally excellent, placing Nottingham in the UK’s top five universities for engineering.

The NGI research strategy builds on the established reputations of the former IESSG and CGS, growing its international reputation as a centre of excellence in its fields of activity. New developments and growth will be balanced by concerted efforts to ensure the long-term stability of the NGI through developing a portfolio of research council, European and industrial research funding.

The Institute undertakes research on many key aspects impacting on, and integrated with, geospatial engineering and science, utilizing a diverse range of scientific disciplines including geodesy, remote sensing, engineering surveying and GIS.

NGI also operates a knowledge transfer and business engagement unit, GRACE, which focuses on assisting organizations, businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs, to take advantage of satellite navigation.

Research themes

Over the next five years the Institute’s research activities will focus on these themes:

  • Engineering surveying and remote measurement - these well established areas of research activity are focussed around improving the potential of technology and its application, including: algorithm development; creating novel methodologies; and optimising system performance, particularly with (low and high cost) integrated sensors, to solve scientific, environmental and engineering challenges.
  • Geospatial science - geospatial data, information systems, infrastructures and semantics, including open or crowd-sourced data and software.
  • Positioning and navigation technologies - supporting technologies and advanced algorithms, integration of sensors and multi-GNSS constellations with signals of opportunity, to enable ubiquitous positioning from low-cost to ultra high precision positioning and navigation solutions, and the wider exploration of bioscience, engineering and environmental applications.
  • Propagation effects on GNSS - external effects on the propagation of GNSS satellite signals to reach receivers on or near Earth, including station local environment and the atmosphere.

Cross disciplinary research

There are also a number of cross-cutting applications-focussed themes:

  • Disaster response and mitigation
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Global food security
  • Integrated transport

NGI staff have a wide range of knowledge and experience to tackle cross-disciplinary issues, integrating ideas and methods in solving research based tasks.  They also undertake a variety of national and international consultancy roles for governmental and industrial bodies.

The Institute is open to discussions regarding both consultancy and contract research for commercial and other organisations – please contact us directly for further information.



Nottingham Geospatial Institute

Nottingham Geospatial Building
The University of Nottingham
Triumph Road
Nottingham, NG7 2TU

telephone:+44 (0)115 95 13880
fax:+44(0) 115 95 13881
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