Craig Roberts

Senior Lecturer
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Contact details:
(+61 2) 9385 4464
(+61 2) 9385 6139

Civil Engineering Building (H20) Level 4, Room CE412 GDA94: -33° 55’ 55”, 151° 13’ 58” Kensington Campus

Senior Lecturer in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research interest

 Level 1: I use satellite and ground based instruments to measure the geometrical positions of the natural and man-made environment for lots of allied professionals.

Level 2: I use GPS, lasers and imagery to provide high precision positioning products for engineers and scientists.

Level 3: I examine new and innovative forms of positioning infrastructure and investigate new ways to map the natural and built environment and how it changes over time.

Interest in engineering

Why did you get into engineering?

I like geometry, maps and the outdoors and Surveying combines all three.

What are your research goals?

To modernise the national/ international datum and map the geophysical changes that we can now measure in 4D.

What do people not understand about you do?

People trust their modern devices to give them the correct positions all the time. Measurement science is far more complex and expectations of precision nowadays are sometimes unrealistic.

Advice for prospective Surveying and Geospatial engineers

Love maths (especially geometry – do Maths Ext 1). Love maps. Love gadgets. Be precise. Love the outdoors.

Lectures/Courses taught

Surveying and Geographic Information Systems

Electronic Surveying Instruments

Integrating Surveying techniques


Number currently in lab: 4

Student Projects:

Development geodetic ref system of dynamic transformation parameters to relate the ITRF to static regional dynamic datum.

The future of Precise Point Positioning

Integration of Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar into a National Geodetic Datum

Develop, implement and test strategies for estimating and modelling time variable deformation of the solid Earth for national geodetic applications.

Looking for students for projects related to:

Policy challenges of implementing a Next Generation Datum in Australia

Heights from CORS for Machine Guidance applications

Professional Organisations and Consulting positions

Academic member of Institution of Surveyors NSW (ISNSW)

Member of Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI)

Corresponding member IAG Special Study Group 1.181 - 'Regional Permanent Arrays'.

Member of American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Active member of FIG GNSS Developments and Modernization Commission 5, Sub Group 5.3.3

Member, FIG Working Group 2.3, “Education Management and Marketing”

Member, IAG WG1.3.2 “Deformation Models for Reference Frames”


Best Academic Paper, SatNav 2003, Melbourne, Australia, July 2003

Best Oral Presentation, SSC2009, Adelaide, Australia, Oct 2009


 Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information – Project 1.02, Next generation Australian and New Zealand Datum



PhD, The University of New South Wales, 2002


B.Surv, The University of South Australia (formerly South Australian Institute of Technology), 1988