Department of Surveying and Geodesy

The Department is a key educational and research center, offering a wide range of academic disciplines such as Web GIS, Geodesy, Cartography, Remote Sensing, Land Assessment, Land Management, Land Management Design, Aerospace Methods and Surveying, and much more.

The teaching staff is not only engaged in the preparation of bachelors, masters and doctoral students within the framework of educational programs such as "6B07303 - Geospatial digital Engineering" (Geodesy and cartography), "6B07310 - Land Management and Cadastre", "6B07205 Mining (Surveying)", but also successfully converts fundamental knowledge into applied developments in the field of geodesy, cartography and land management.

The department is proud to celebrate its achievements, such as an increase in the student body, achieving 1st place in the Atameken rating (Geodesy and Cartography) for the second year in a row, leadership in the NAOKO rating on Geospatial digital Engineering, and accreditation of educational programs for 5-7 years by the National Agency for Accreditation and Rating.

The department also actively develops international cooperation, participates in conferences and projects with foreign universities and scientists. The organization of scientific events, such as the International Scientific and Practical Conference "Innovative Technologies in Geospatial Digital Engineering", emphasizes the contribution of the department to the development of the field of geospatial engineering.

The goals and objectives of the department in the field of education:

  • organization of the educational process for basic and additional engineering and technical educational programs;
  • formation of professional and cultural competencies of specialists in demand in the labor market of the Republic of Kazakhstan;   
  • transformation of fundamental knowledge into applied developments in the field of geodesy, cartography and surveying and land management, cadastre;
  • the introduction of innovative educational technologies in educational activities.
  • further expansion of cooperation with Kazakhstani and foreign universities, international communities on improving the modern system of continuing professional education.

The Department associates the prospects for the development of its work with the university's strategy for 2022-2026. 

The main tasks of the department's work development are:

  • strengthening the material base and creating modern educational, scientific and production laboratories, i.e. purchasing modern devices in sufficient quantity and equipping laboratories;
  • work on providing educational and methodological literature in three languages in the learning process;
  • advanced training of the teaching staff of the department in the specialties "Geodesy and cartography", "Surveying", "Land management and cadastre" in higher educational institutions and enterprises of the near and far abroad;
  • improving the corporate culture of the teaching staff (teaching staff) and students;
  • expansion of scientific and pedagogical relations at the international level through students and faculty of the department;
  • increased funding for educational and industrial practices.

The mission and strategy of the department

The mission of the Department of Surveying and Geodesy is to contribute to the intellectual and professional development of society by training a new generation of specialists with technical education and comprehensively contribute to the development and prosperity of KazNRTU named after K. I. Satpayev.  For this purpose, the department carries out educational, research, educational, career guidance, consulting activities aimed at meeting the needs of the individual in intellectual and professional development using innovative educational technologies, automated computer systems in the field of geodesy and cartography and mining and land management and cadastre.

The strategy of the department in the field of education is determined by: the search for modern forms and methods of training highly qualified specialists; training in research methods, the development of the engineering and technical school of the department through strengthening human resources, improving the professional level and qualifications of employees; active career guidance in order to ensure the student body of educational programs in the competitive regional universities. It provides for the development of evaluation indicators and ways to achieve human resources that provide a high level of professional competencies, capable of using modern technical means and information technologies to solve analytical, research and communication tasks, the introduction of innovative technologies into the modern model of the additional educational process of training bachelors, masters and PhD doctors for the industry of Kazakhstan.


The department was organized in september 1934. Associate professor Starkov N.S. was appointed   as head of the department of geodesy. Associate professor Ryzhov P.A., who was a student of professor Sobolev P.K., was invited to manage  the department  in The Kazakh Mining and Metallurgical Institute (since 1980 Kazakh Polytechnic Institute). In 1937 the department was reorganized into the department of "Mine surveying and geodesy".

Because of the intensive development of the mining industry in Kazakhstan and the growing demand of national economy in mining engineering staff profile, since 1938 professor P.A. Ryzhov offered to prepare  mine surveyor engineer in KazMMI. The first students of the specialty 0901 - "Mine Surveying" were Shrubko S.A., Ibraev T.I., Shkurin V.N., Tikhonov A., Temirgaliev W.T., Rakhmanov M.F., Makovetskii A., Yanina E.F., A. Maslov, Bezlatny F., S.S. Khairova and etc.

During the World War 2 pedagogical work at the department has been done by well-known Russian scientists like professor Kell N.G. (higher geodesy, photogrammetry), professor A.S. Hrenov (geodesy), professor Kudryavtsev-Ostashenko N.S. (geodesy-surveying instruments) and others. They also founded the Kazakh school of mine serveyers.

In December 1943, professor P.A. Ryzhov was transferred to manage the department of "Mine surveying and geodesy" of the Moscow Mining Institute by the order of People's Commissar of Heavy Industry of the USSR, after the change the department was divided into 2 independent "Mine Surveying" and "Surveying" departments. Department of "Mine surveying" was headed by Associate Professor S.S. Kurov (1943-1949), associate professor Shrubko L.A. (1949-1960). Department of "Geodesy" managed by associate professor G.D. Luhtanen (1943-1957), associate professor Mastitsky E.P. (1957-1971), associate professor Shrubko SA (1972-1983), associate professor B.M. Zharkimbaev (1983-2004), professor J.D. Baygurin (2004-20014), associate professor O.A. Sarybaev (2014-2016).

In January 1988, the Teaching Council of KazPTI decided to unite   departments of geodesy and mine surveying into the department of "Mine surveying and geodesy" and assistant professor Zharkimbaev B.M. was elected as head of the department. The department prepared about 1,500 mining engineers-surveyors for the national economy of the country. Kryukov L.M., L.A. Paramonov became vice Ministers of nonferrous metallurgy of Kazakh SSR. Maulenkulov A., Itimgenov K.I., Kaken D.E., Daurenbekov A., Bayandarov A.I. became presidents and general directors of mining and metallurgical companies, the main mine surveying large mining enterprises Lega M.I., Ibraev T.T., Isachenko O.S., Yashkina A.P., Litvinov A.M., Dauletbaev T., Ameralin K.A., E.A. Sapak and many others also worked as main serveyers and qualified specialists. In 1939, professor P.A. Ryzhov opened the highest qualification - postgraduate school the first time in KazMMI. The first post-graduate students of the department   were Mashanov A.Z., Kayupov A.K., K.F. Yermolaev. Graduates of the department have become prominent scientists: academicians of NAS RK Erzhanov J.S. and Kayupov A.K. corresponding members of  NAS RK Mashanov A.Z. and Kanlybaeva J.M., doctors and professors Yerofeyev N.P. (Krasnoyarsk), S.P. Kudryashev (Krivoy Rog), Popov V.N. (Moscow), Okatov R.P. (Karaganda), Poklad G.G. (Novosibirsk), Nurpeisova  M.B., Kalybekov T.K., Kurmankozhaev A. (Almaty), Ipalac T.T. (Ust-Kamenogorsk), E.A. Sapak (Dzhezkazgan),  many graduates of the department are teaching at various universities in the country.

International cooperation

International cooperation plays a key role in the formation of our department as a leader in education in the field of geodesy and surveying.

In 2022, the international ERASMUS project on the topic "Master Program in Eco-Mining and Innovative Natural Resources Management" was won, where 22 partners from different countries participate, the project manager from Satbayev University is Orynbasarova E.O., and the project coordinator is Rysbekov K.B. (the grant holder is the State University "Zhytomyr Polytechnic"). This important achievement has become a key moment in our commitment to the development of scientific research, as well as provided unique opportunities for the exchange of knowledge and experience with leading educational institutions around the world.

The Erasmus project provides unique opportunities for students and faculty of the department to participate in international exchange of experience, training and research. The project also aims to strengthen cooperation between universities and institutes in various countries, creating a platform for the exchange of best practices and methodologies in the field of Mining engineering.

As part of the Erasmus project, Associate Professor Toktarov A.A. made a trip to Dumlupinar University (Kutakhya, Turkey) as part of academic mobility. The experience and knowledge gained within the framework of the Erasmus project will become an important contribution to the educational process and scientific research, contributing to the additional development of the educational institution. It also opens up new opportunities for students, enriching their professional and personal growth, and strengthens the position of the department on the world stage of scientific and educational achievements.

Project coordinators: Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor, Director of the Mining and Metallurgical Institute (GMI) Kanai Bakhytovich Rysbekov; PhD, Head of the Department Elmira Orynbasarova, play a key role in the successful implementation of the project.

Also, as part of our development strategy, we are proud to announce the conclusion of a cooperation agreement with the Czech Technical University. This important step not only opens up new perspectives for students studying "Geospatial Digital Engineering" (Geodesy), but also enriches the educational environment of our department.

Our undergraduates had a unique opportunity to complete an internship at the Czech Technical University, which significantly expanded their professional experience and allowed them to deepen their knowledge in the field of geodesy. This valuable experience not only contributed to their education, but also facilitated the exchange of advanced technologies and methods in our industry.

Active participation in the academic mobility program allows our students to go to study at educational institutions in Poland, South Korea, Hungary, and Turkey, where they not only expand their knowledge, but also actively participate in the international educational environment.

Our international initiatives not only open up new horizons for students, but also strengthen our ties with leading universities abroad, facilitating the exchange of advanced research and educational practices.

From December 11 to 13, 2023, Head of the Department of Surveying and Geodesy Elmira Orynbasarova and teacher Alpysbai Marua took part in the  “34th Geological Remote Sensing Group Annual Conference & AGM”, which was held in London.

In addition, it is important to note that the head of the department, E.O. Orynbasarova, in 2023, was sent to Bengaluru, India, to participate in a conference of young authors chaired by India within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. This step demonstrates our commitment to represent the university and the department internationally.

In order to further enrich the educational environment and exchange academic experience, the department regularly invites outstanding foreign professors to give lectures. Among our honorary lecturers were such respected scientists as Dai Huayan, Wilhelm Stelling, Evgeny Levin, Peng Suping, and Roman Schultz. These lectures not only provide unique knowledge and experience, but also contribute to enriching the academic environment at the department.

We continue to actively develop our international partnerships in an effort to enrich the educational process and prepare our students for the challenges of the modern world.

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