Search for courses or information

Mr Richard Latham

Principal Lecturer

Architecture, Computing and Engineering (ACE), Engineering

Richard is a Land Surveyor by profession and he is programme leader for the BSc (Hons) Surveying & Mapping Sciences programme. Richard teaches on the Surveying and on the Civil Engineering programmes. He is also the School Leader for Quality assurance matters. Richard has taught land surveying at UEL for over 25 years. Richard holds a BSc(Hons) Surveying Mapping Sciences (CNAA) and studied at North East London Polytechnic.

Richard Latham
  • EB 1.84, Docklands Campus
    School of Architecture Computing and Engineering (ACE)
    University of East London
    4-6 University Way
    E16 2RD
  • +442082232549

    I am programme leader for our BSc(Hons) Surveying and Mapping Sciences programme.

    UEL is one of only two providers of Land Surveying (Geo-Spatial Engineering) undergraduate degree programmes in the UK. We are unique in the southern part of the UK in offering this programme. Since 1994 I have been programme leader of this programme and in this period I have also led programmes we have offered in Geographic Information Sciences and in Civil Engineering Surveying (we no longer offer these two programmes).

    Since April 2016 I have been the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering Quality Leader. This role takes overall responsibility for the management and implementation of our University Quality Assurance procedures at School level. I have been involved in our University quality assurance process since 2003 and during this period I have been a member  of the School Quality Sub-Committee and I have chaired, and been a panel member of, a variety of validation and review panels.

    Previous professional activities:

    2004 - 2006 Birkbeck College – University of London – Teaching for the MA Archaeology Programme.

    2003 – 2004 Advisor to Terravista Ltd – Development of GPS 3D Tracking Devices

    2001 Tashkent, Uzbekistan - Training Consultant to EU TACIS Project - Land Registration in Uzbekistan Phase II for BLOMINFO A/S (Sweden)

    2000 Zhongshan University, Guangzhou, China Special Lectures & provision of training in GIS customisation using Avenue and AML. Institutional Strengthening Project funded by DFID (UK Government).

    1997 - 1998 OLLO Project advisory board.

    1996 - 1998 Project Facilitator (OLLO Project) 4 one month secondments in Hungary for the Open Learning for Land Offices in Hungary (OLLO) Project (EU TEMPUS funded project)

    1994 Szekesfehervar Hungary - Feasibility study into the improvement of teaching land information management for professional staff.

    1992 Introductory information technology teaching for Lands and Survey Department, Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies.

    1990 Survey party leader, glacier surveys Italian Alps & Apennines.

    1989 Survey party leader, surveying glaciers in French Pyrenees.

    1989 – 1991 Research Assistant Department of Land Surveying, Polytechnic of East London / North East London Polytechnic

    1987 - 1989 Land Surveyor: Michael Gallie and Partners, Land and Building Surveyors: Large-scale land, building and engineering surveys, United Kingdom

    MRIN (member Royal Institute of Navigation)

    Affiliate: Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors


    Latham R.J., Whiting B.W. (2009) Laser Scanning for Undergraduates  Leica Geosystems 3rd Annual Teaching of 3D Laser Scanning Conference, University of Nottingham

    Brown S.G., Lakin P.J., Latham R.J. (2009), Case Study – Use of Video Clips in a Virtual Learning Environment to enhance the learning experience of our students. International Archives of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences Volume XXXVIII-6/W7.

    Whiting B.W., Latham R.J., (2008) Laser Scanning in the Curriculum Leica Geosystems 2nd Annual Teaching of 3D Laser Scanning Conference, University of Birmingham>

    Gellatly A.F., Grove J.M., Bücher A., Latham R., Whalley B.W. (1994) Recent Historical Fluctuations of the Glacier Du Taillon, Pyrénées Physical Geography Vol 15 No. 5 pp 399-413

    Gellatly A.F., Grove J.M., Parkinson R.J. Latham R. Observations of the Glaciers in the Southern Maritime Alps (Italy 1994: Revue de Géomorphologie Dynamique Vol XLIII No3 pp 93-107

    Gellatly A.F, Smiraglia C., Grove J.M., Latham R. (1994) Recent Variations of Ghiacciaio Del Calderone, Abruzzi, Italy Journal of Glaciology Vol.40, No.136, ppv486-490

    Latham R, Gellatly A.F, Topographic Surveys in Grove J.M., Gellatly A.F. (1992) Reconstruction of Past Mediterranean Climates In The Historic Period unpublished report for EEC contract: EV4C-0044-UK(H)


    Land Surveying and 3D Data Acquisition including Terrestrial Survey, Laser Scanning and Photogrammetry.

    Representation of 3D survey data in point clouds, terrain and surface models.

    Applications of CAD software for survey data.

    Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

    Land Surveying and BIM


    Current teaching responsibilities:

    BSc Surveying and Mapping Sciences:

    EG4115           GIS & Mapping

    EG6122           Survey Project Design & Implementation

    Supervise dissertations for EG6110

    BEng Civil Engineering:

    EG4104           Construction Technology & Surveying

    Recent Previous teaching responsibilities:

    BSc Surveying and Mapping Sciences:

    EG5122           Data Acquisition & 3D Modelling

    EG5120           Computer Programming

    SV1032           Quantitative methods

    SV2037           Handling Spatial Information

    SV3038           IT Applications

    SV3035           Geographic Information Management

    BEng Civil Engineering: 

    CE1305           Introduction to Engineering Surveying