Our laboratory is a part of the UNSW School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. It has state-of-the-art surveying instruments and up-to-date software packages for catching up the latest technology development in surveying and geospatial engineering.

  • Morden surveying instruments including robotic total stations, digital total stations and digital levels
  • GNSS receivers, GNSS signal replicators and a CORSnet station.
  • A Leica terestrial laser scanner and a handheld laser scanner.
  • Desktop workstation computers, multi-GPU Linux computers and satellite imagery servers.
  • Remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) for aerial photogrammetry, remote sensing and lidar.
  • Close range photogrammetry devices (e.g. DSLR cameras, iSense3D scanner, Leica BLK3D).
  • GNSS and IMU data processing software e.g. Waypoint Inertial Explorer.
  • Close range photogrammetry software e.g. Australis, iWitnessPro and Photomodeler.
  • GIS, aerial photogrammetry and remote sensing software e.g. ArcGIS, ERDAS, ENVI, Px4D, Correlator3D.
  • Lidar data processing and visualisation software e.g. Quick Terrain Modeler and LAStools
  • Surveying and geospatial data processing applications e.g. Leica Infinity, Cyclone, Magnet Office, AutoDesk Civil3D, Fixit4

Teaching and Research Facilities

SAGE Lab has a range of hardware and software facilities to support teaching and research, such as satellite image analysis workstations computers, image data storage servers, GPU workstation computers for machine learning simulations, and latest desktop computers.


  • Computing workstations: HP Z440, 64GB RAM and 2TB HDD; 64-bit Windows 10
  • Computing GPU workstations, 2 x GTX2080Ti 11GB GPU, 64GB RAM and 1TB SSD, 4TB HDD; Linux OS
  • Satellite image storage and data analysis servers and workstations

Software packages

  • ERDAS IMAGINE for remote sensing, photogrammetry, and GIS
  • ESRI ArcGIS Pro for working with maps and geographic information
  • ENVI incl. SARscape (process and analyze geospatial imagery)
  • Matlab (programmable data analysis, design and visualisation)
  • Waypoint Inertial Explorer (GNSS and IMU data processing)
  • Leica Infinity (Survey, design and drafting; GNSS, TS and leveling data processes)
  • Leica Cyclone (Terrestrial laser scan data processing)
  • Topcon Magnet Office  (Survey, design and drafting; GNSS, TS and leveling data processes)
  • Autodesk Civil3D (Survey, design and drafting)
  • Pix4Dmapper (UAV photogrammetry)
  • Correlator3D (UAV photogrammetry)
  • Australis / iWitnessPro (Close range photogrammetry)
  • Quick Terrain Modeler (Lidar data processing and visualisation)
  • LASTools (Lidar data processing)
  • FixIT (Least Square Adjustment) 

Lab Acesss

  • Access can be granted by the lab manager with academic supervisor's approval and completion of lab inductions (HS006 Health & Safety Induction Form).
  • Training is required to operate surveying instruments.
  • Lab users must follow UNSW & the School’s health and safety guidelines. Please refer to UNSW Health and Safety website
  • Report any WHS hazards to Dr Yincai Zhou or your supervisor or the School’s WHS officer in school office.
  • Do not remove any instruments, equipment, peripherals or accessories from the lab unless it is authorised.
  • If you borrow anything from the lab, please book online. If not available for online booking, please record it in the loan book with your name and mobile num