The main direction of the scientific activity of the department consists in the development and research of stereophotogrammetric methods for solving special problems from various branches of science and national economy, namely:
- Mathematical modeling of photogrammetric monitoring of natural and man-made phenomena and processes. The theoretical principles of determining the quantitative and qualitative indicators of objects, processes and phenomena, their temporal changes based on periodic photogrammetric survey (landslides, floods, inundation, deformation of the Earth's surface, deformation of buildings and engineering structures, mapping for geoinformation systems, etc.) have been developed.
- Application of aerospace surveying methods and photogrammetric technologies in the study of the cultural landscape. In 2007-2009, research was carried out under the international project "Protection of the historical and cultural landscape for the purpose of development of regional characteristics and local economy".
- Creation of geographic information systems for tourist destinations. The theoretical and technological foundations of the creation of tourist GIS using cartographic materials, aerospace images, archival and current descriptive data have been developed. Among the practical developments there are tourist GIS for the territory of the Kingdom of Jordan and the resort town of Skhidnytsia in the Lviv region, three-dimensional modeling of the territories of recreation parks in Lviv (Stryskyi Park, Park-Museum “Shevchenkivskyi Gai”).
- Monitoring of hydrological processes on the basis of aerospace surveying and construction of digital elevation models. A technique for detecting changes in hydrological objects based on aerospace surveying, building digital models of the terrain was developed, and it was tested on the objects of the Dniester, Stryi and Western Bug rivers. A method for monitoring soil leaching processes has been developed.
- Theory and practice of microstereophotogrammetry. The methodological principles of obtaining images of micro-objects using optical and raster microscopes, processing of such images at digital photogrammetric stations to obtain quantitative indicators, graphic display of the relief of micro-surfaces, accumulation of data for statistical analysis of the obtained results (geometry of micro-objects) have been developed.
The scientific activity of the department has significantly intensified in recent years, more than 230 articles in Ukrainian and foreign languages have been published in domestic and foreign publications. In the period 2001-2013, research work in the field of "Navigational digital photogrammetry" was continued. In 2007, associate professor Hlotov V.M. defended his doctoral thesis within the framework of this topic and performed a number of state budget research works:
- Development of the concept of navigation-digital photogrammetry, head D.Sc. Prof. Dorozhynskyi O.L. (2003);
- "Formation of a generalized theoretical model of photogrammetric monitoring of kinematic processes", head D.Sc. Prof. Dorozhynskyi O.L. (2004-2005);
- "Determining the quantitative parameters of island glaciers and large-scale mapping in the area of the station "Academic Vernadsky" by the phototheodolite method", head D.Sc. Prof. Hlotov V.M. (2005);
- "Large-scale mapping for the GIS creation of the "Academic Vernadsky" station area using the phototheodolite method", head D.Sc. Prof. Hlotov V.M. (2006);
- "Determining the deformation and technical condition of cooling towers, ventilation and smoke pipes by the method of phototheodolite surveying", head D.Sc. Prof. Hlotov V.M. (2007);
- "Theory and technique of photogrammetric monitoring of natural phenomena with a pronounced kinematic character", head D.Sc. Prof. Dorozhynskyi O.L. (2006-2007).
- "Theoretical-experimental principles of construction of cadastral systems for monitoring recreational areas based on Remote Sensing and GIS technologies", head D.Sc. Prof. Dorozhynskyi O.L. (2011-2012).
Important for science and practice results were obtained in studies of the state of the coastline, glaciers, the creation of digital topographic plans, the development of a geoinformation system at the Antarctic station "Akademik Vernadskyi", carried out under the leadership of Hlotov V.M., who repeatedly participated in the work of scientific expeditions organized by research Antarctic Center of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.
A large volume of unique data, which became the basis for creating cartographic plans and digital models of Antarctic objects was obtained.
The department carries out scientific research on the following topics:
- Photogrammetric monitoring of territories exposed to natural disasters (D.Sc., Prof. Dorozhynskyi O.L.);
- Solving thematic problems based on the data of aerospace photography (D.Sc., Prof. Burshtynska Kh. V.);
- Terrestrial photogrammetry and remote sensing in the study of kinematic processes. Terrestrial photogrammetry in architecture (D.Sc., Prof. Hlotov V.M.);
- Development of the theory and technology of digital processing of SEM images (Ph.D., Associate Professor Ivanchuk O.M.);
- Application of geoinformation methods and technologies in landscape research (Ph.D., Associate Professor Kolb I.Z.);
- Photogrammetric and cartographic support of the multi-level soil erosion hazard monitoring system (Ph.D., Associate Professor Protsyk M.T.);
- Aerospace methods in the management of land resources (Senior Lecturer Hrytskiv N.Z.);
- Geoinformational monitoring of natural formations based on the use of aerospace images (Senior Lecturer Babii L.V.);
- Spatial modeling of the historical and natural landscape by means of digital photogrammetry and GIS technologies (Senior Lecturer Kuzyk Z.O.);
- Mapping of objects of historical heritage based on the data of aerospace surveying (Ph.D. Chetverikov B.V.).
- Methodology of channel process monitoring based on aerospace survey data. (Ph.D., Shevchuk V.M.).
- Evaluation of the informativeness of aviation laser scanning for solving hydrographic problems (Ph.D. Babushka A.V.).
- Methods of processing high-resolution space images for forest classification (Ph.D. Polishchuk B.V.);
- Modeling and research of transmission characteristics of space imaging systems (Ph.D., Senior Lecturer Zayats I.V.).
- Development of the methodology for a complex study of volumes changes of island glaciers on the Antarctic coast (Ph.D., Associate Professor Marusazh Kh.I.).
Based on the results of scientific activity, a number of dissertations were prepared and defended, including those related to the monitoring of hydrological processes, the identification of natural and anthropogenic changes, channel processes in the river basins of the western region of Ukraine, soil erosion processes, and the state of forests.
Significant results in the scientific activity of the department are research related to the monitoring of hydrological processes, including the identification of natural and anthropogenic changes in channel processes in the river basins of the western region of Ukraine, soil leaching processes, and the condition of forests.
Inventive activity is actively conducted at the department, 22 patents were obtained during the period 2007-2021:
- The method of determining the spatial coordinates of the camera projection center. (Hlotov V.M., 2007).
- The method of determining the coordinates of points on the Earth's surface (Hlotov V.M., 2007).
- Phototheodolite. (Hlotov V.M., Shevchenko T.H., 2009).
- A method of calibrating a digital camera connected to a GPS receiver. (Hlotov V.M., Shevchenko T.H., 2009).
- The method of determining the planned position of the structure. (Hlotov V.M., Moroz O.I., Tretyak K.R., Shevchenko T.H., 2009).
- Method of phototheodolite calibration. (Hlotov V.M., Babiy L.V., Shevchenko T.H., 2009).
- The method of determining the place of flash of a single shot. (Hlotov V.M., Makarevych V.D., 2009).
- The method of determining the planning elements of the internal orientation of digital cameras. (Hlotov V.M., Pashchetnyk O.D., 2010).
- The method of determining the focal length of a digital camera. (Hlotov V.M., Pashchetnyk O.D., 2011).
- A method for identifying the flash point of a single shot on a daytime digital ground image. (Hlotov V.M., Makarevych V.D., Pyatakov P.G., 2012).
- The method of determining the focal length of a digital non-metric camera. (Hlotov V.M., Pashchetnyk O.D., 2012).
- Method of determining the asymmetry of decorative elements of architectural objects. (Hlotov V.M., 2013).
- The method of determining the internal orientation elements of a digital camera. (Hlotov V.M., 2014).
- The method of determining the oscillation of a high-rise building. (Hlotov V.M., 2014).
- The method of determining the focal length of a digital camera. (Hlotov V.M., Paschetnyk O.D., 2015).
- The method of determining the focal length of a digital camera. (Hlotov V.M., Marusazh Kh.I., 2016).
- The method of determining the focal length of a digital camera. (Hlotov V.M., Hunina A.V., 2017).
- A method of assessing the accuracy of determining the offsets of the antenna of the receivers of the global navigation satellite system. (Hlotov V.M., Tretyak K.R., Yakhtorovych R.I., 2018).
- The method of determining the focal length of a digital camera. (Hlotov V.M., Hunina A.V., 2018).
- The method of determining the focal length of a digital camera. (Hlotov V.M., Marusazh Kh.I., 2019).
- The method of determining the instrument correction of an electronic total station using a laser interferometer. (Hlotov V.M., Petrov S.L., Tretyak K.R., 2020).
- The method of determining the vertical displacement of the receiver antenna of the global navigation satellite system. (Hlotov V.M., Tretyak K.R., Yakhtorovych R.I., 2021).