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David J. Coleman

B.Sc.E., M.Sc.E. (UNB); Ph.D. (Tasmania); P.Eng.
Phone: 506-451-6977   E-mail
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David Coleman joined the faculty of the Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering at the University of New Brunswick in 1993. He served as GGE Department Chair from 1997 through 2002, and then as Dean of UNB's Faculty of Engineering from 2003-2008 and 2009-2014. He holds B.Sc.E. and M.Sc.E. degrees in Surveying Engineering from the University of New Brunswick (1976 and 1988 respectively), and a Ph.D. degree from the Department of Surveying and Spatial Information Sciences at the University of Tasmania in Australia (1994). His Ph.D. research dealt with determination of GIS performance and data traffic patterns across broadband communication networks.

Prior to obtaining his PhD, he spent over 12 years in Canada's geomatics industry - first as a project surveyor and engineer-in-training with Marshall Macklin Monaghan, then an executive with Northway-Gestalt Corporation (one of Canada's largest and earliest digital mapping firms), and later as a partner in The Cabot Group, a GIS and land information management consulting firm.

He has authored over 175 journal & conference papers, magazine articles, book chapters and project reports dealing with spatial data infrastructure, land information policy development, geomatics operations management, and geographic information standards. Since 1990, he has acted as a consultant on projects in Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and South America. He is currently a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Engineers Canada and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick. 

Over the past 20 years, he has been a member of both the UNB Senate and Board of Governors. Outside the University, he has served as Chair of Canada's National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science, President of both the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association and the Canadian Institute of Geomatics, a member of the Mapping Sciences Committee of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, a member of the Board of Directors of the GEOIDE Network of Centres of Excellence and a member of Advisory Boards to university, regional, national and international organizations. 

Selected research and consulting projects include:

Professional Activities

Consultant in geographic information management, spatial data infrastructure, and communications to the Province of New Brunswick; Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency; Natural Resources Canada; Watermark Consultants; Geoplan Consultants; Applied Management Consultants; the Know Edge Consortium; Ontario Hydro; GeoNet Technologies Inc.; The Champlain Institute; and GeoSig S.A., Santiago, Chile.

Selected Journal Articles

Selected Book Chapters

Selected Magazine Articles and Conference Proceedings

Selected Contract Research and Consulting Reports