University of Nottingham

Nottingham Geospatial Institute


Nottingham Geospatial Institute

The Nottingham Geospatial Institute (NGI) is a multi-disciplinary research and teaching institute with expertise in satellite navigation and positioning systems, photogrammetry, remote sensing, sensor integration, geoinformatics and data modelling, geospatial intelligence, location based services, semantics, reasoning and cognition. The Nottingham Geospatial Institute (NGI) is a member of the Infrastructure, Geomatics and Architecture Research Division of the Faculty of Engineering.

Head of the NGI: Professor Terry Moore



Photogrammetric digital camera calibration frame
This target frame enables the geometric characteristics of a camera to be determined, to allow any images captured by the camera to be used for photogrammetric purposes.
Punnet SAR interferometric processing suite
This software has been developed by SAR (synthetic aperture radar) processing experts at the Institute, and is for the derivation of land deformation and other parameters, from a stack of satellite SAR data.
Dynamic captive test platform for navigation systems
This unique purpose built test facility comprises a fixed dual-rail trackway carrying an integrated positioning vehicle, capable of speeds of up to 7kph. The track is in a figure of eight, and 120m in length.
Rover test vehicle for navigation systems
This is a dedicated integrated positioning vehicle, capable of centimetre level positioning solutions in a variety of environments, with the facility to provide truth trajectories for testing other navigation sensors.

For more detailed information of the facilities available at the NGI please click here

Calibration pillar ensemble
This six-pillar test bench allows for the design and implementation of a range of comparative equipment evaluation scenarios, and the absolute calibration of all types and classes of precision location systems.
GNSS testing and simulation
The Spirent GSS8000 multi-GNSS simulator has been designed for use in the most demanding applications, and is capable of simulating ultra-high dynamics with industry leading accuracy.
Systems for surveying, mapping, monitoring and scanning
The Institute operates a wide range of current hardware and software packages, for example the Leica TS30 total station, with an angular accuracy of 0.25mm at 100m, GNSS receivers and laser scanners.
Wireless positioning
The NGI operate two portable wireless networks, Ultra Wide-band and Locata Technology.  Both can be stand-alone or integrated with other systems, to create a seamless indoor-outdoor positioning capability.
Open Source Geospatial Lab
This was established in 2010, following an MoU with The Open Source Geospatial Foundation, which aims to foster collaborative opportunities in open source GIS, for academia, industry and government.




You can browse through the key research equipment based at the University of Nottingham using the kit catalogue system (password required - UoN staff only)


The above information is available on the Nottingham Geospatial Institute website


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