Julian Smit

Associate Professor


Julian Smit completed his BSc (survey) degree at UCT in 1993 and continued with postgraduate studies at the same university under the supervision of Prof. Heinz Rüther. His research involved the application of digital photogrammetric mapping technologies in deep level mining. In 1997 he graduated with a PhD having submitted a thesis entitled “Three Dimensional Measurement of Textured Surfaces using Digital Photogrammetric Techniques”.

In 1998 Dr Smit left academia and took up the management of an aerial survey company, specialising in photogrammetric map production and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). During the course of 2003, together with Prof. Heinz Rüther and Dr Graeme van der Vlugt, he started a photogrammetry, remote sensing and GIS company specialising in environmental and land management (see information in that regard at Afrimapgis ).

Dr Smit joined the Division of Geomatics in January 2006 as a senior lecturer and is the current Head of Division. His research interests are in the application of GIS, Remote Sensing and Photogrammetric technologies in the area of environmental and land management.

Professional service:

  • Member of the Geographic Information Society of South Africa (GISSA).
  • Member of the Western Cape GIS Standards Generating Body.
  • Current President of the South African Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (SASPRS).
  • Member of the Management and Editorial Boards of the South African Journal of Geomatics.
  • South African representative to the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS).
  • Co-chair of ISPRS Commission VII, Working Group 4 on Methods for Land Cover Classification.
  • South African representative to the International Cartographic Association (ICA), Commission on Mapping from Remote Sensor Imagery.


Contact Details:

Phone: +27 (0)21 650 3573
Fax: +27 (0)21 650 3572