Geodesy and Space Aerial Cartography

Short history

The Department of Geodesy and Cartography of Belarusian State University was established on October 1, 1969. It was promoted by the extension of the cycle of topographic-cartographic disciplines, as well as the implementation of a wide range of scientific works on mapping the territory and population of the BSSR, which was not only of Republican, but also of whole USSR significance. Candidate of Geographical Sciences, Associate Professor Viktor Yakovlevich Krishchanovich was head of the department until 1980. After him the department was headed by Candidate of Geographical Sciences, Professor, Honored Worker of Public Education of the Republic of Belarus Rostislav Afanasyevich Zhmoydyak (1980-2003); Doctor of Geography, Associate Professor Yuri Maximovich Obukhovsky (2003-2013). From 2013 to the present - Candidate of Geographical Sciences, Associate Professor Alexander Petrovich Romankevich.

In different years, the following famous scientists worked at the department, including outstanding specialists of kartografo-geodetic branch such as R.A. Zhmoydyak, V.A. Ermolenko, V.Yu. Minko; associate professors: B.A. Medvedev, B.A. Fuhrman, V.F. Nesterenok, L.V. Atoyan, L.V. Sharshavitsky, V.V. Mkrtchyan, I.P. Samsonenko, etc.

The staff of department actively participated in the atlas mapping of the territory of the republic ("The Atlas of the Belarusian SSR" (1990); "Atlas of Republic of Belarus" (1998); "Geography of Belarus" (2004); "The Geographic Atlas of Belarus" (2008, 2012), “The National Atlas of Belarus (2002) and also in mapping of a series of educational wall maps for schools.

To provide the field training practices in geographical disciplines, the department staff annually carries out geodetic and cartographic work on the preparation of topographic plans of 1:5000 scale on the territory of the geographical station “Zapadnaya Berezina”.


Basic information 

Since 2013, the Department trains students in the specialty 1-31 02 03 – “Cosmo-aero-cartography” with the qualification “Geographer. Specialist in cartographic and geodesic activities”. Employees of the Department provide training for all specialties of the geographic faculty in teaching disciplines of cartographic and geodesic fields, methods of remote sensing of the Earth and modern technologies of processing of the results.

In order to strengthen the practical orientation in the training of students, specialized in “Cosmo-aero-cartography”, the branch of the Department was created in the Republican Unitary Enterprise “Belgeodesy” in 2015.

During the training of specialists, significant attention is paid to the practical component of the educational process. The basic establishments are RUE “Belgeodesy”, RUE “Belcartography”, SE "BelPSHAGI", 31st navigation and topographic center of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Belarus.

Close cooperation in the field of educational, industrial and scientific activity is organized with the enterprises “Project Institute Belgiprozem”, UE “Minskinzhproekt”, UE “Geoservice”, UE “Gosles”, etc.

During the training, students pass field practices: topographic one on the 1st course, geodetic - on the 2nd course; production training/internship - on the 3d, 4th, 5th courses (cartographic, remote monitoring and undergraduate).

The educational and laboratory base is represented by: the classroom of aerospace research methods, the equipped classroom on the Geographic Station “Zapadnaya Berezina” and the computer class on the SE “Belgeodesy”. Currently, a room of cartography and geodesic fund is creating at the faculty.

Material and technical equipment of the Department is represented by classical optical and mechanical surveying instruments, as well as modern satellite single- and dual-frequency receivers, electronic tacheometers and auxiliary equipment (laser tape measure, transmitters, binoculars). There is also a flying complex hexacopter Sovzond AirCon 3 with the main camera Sony A6000 and multispectral camera Parrot Sequoia.

Computer processing of geodetic, cartographic and aerospace data is performed in various software products, such as ArcGIS, ArcView, GIS Map Software, AutoCAD, CorelDraw, MultiSpec, Adobe Ilustrator, Erdas Imagine, ENVI.

The students of the specialty “Cosmo-aero-cartography” actively participate in scientific research within the cartographic group of the Department. In 2017, the Department’s cartographic club was declared as the best in BSU, ranked 1st.  The group for students and teachers was created in the social media "VKontakte" to discuss topical issues and research projects.

The organization of the educational process is carried out by full-time employees - 1 doctor of science and 4 candidates of science, also part-time workers - 1 doctor of science and 4 candidates of science.



address: 16 Leningradskaya st., Geography Faculty, office 210

telephone: 209-54-96; 209-55-05

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Scientific interests of department:

  • Satellite and digital methods in geodesy and topography
  • Thematic and Atlas mapping
  • Information technologies in Cartography
  • Remote sensing of the environment and modern technologies of processing of space information. 


  1. Topography with Basics of Geodesy
  2. Introduction to Spaceaerocartography
  3. General Cartography
  4. Science of Geodetic Instruments
  5. Information Technologies in Cartography
  6. Digital Terrain Model
  7. Design and Mapping
  8. Remote Sensing of the Natural Environment
  9. Maps Design and Computer Design
  10. Satellite Navigation Systems
  11. Thematic Interpretation
  12. Digital Processing of Aerospace
  13. Thematic Mapping
  14. Higher Geodesy
  15. Photogrammetry
  16. Computer Graphics
  17. Еngineering Geodesy
  18. Technology of Map Production
  19. Mathematical Cartography
  20. Atlas mapping
  21. Technical Means of the Remote Sensing
  22. The Еdition of Maps and the Basis of Printing Production
  23. Modern problems of Cartography
  24. Ecological Mapping
  25. Remote Monitoring of Geosystems
  26. Remote Spectrometry of NTC
  27. Indicative Mapping
  28. Organization and Economy of Cartographical Production
  29. Engineering Arrangement of Territory
  30. Social and Economic Cartography
  31. Cosmic Earth Research