Instituto Geográfico do Exército

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Portuguese Army Geographical Institute
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IGeoE coat of arms
Active 1932;– present
Country  Portugal
Allegiance Portuguese Army
Branch Army
Role Military geography, cartography, geospatial intelligence
Part of Army Logistics Command
Garrison/HQ Lisbon
Patron Brigadier Neves Costa
Motto Honra, valor e fama
(Honor, Valour and Fame)
Anniversaries 24 November 1932
Director Colonel Álvaro Estrela Soares

The IGeoE or Instituto Geográfico do Exército (Portuguese for "Army Geographical Institute") is the military geographical and cartographical agency of the Portuguese Army.

The main mission of the IGeoE is to provide the Army and the other branches of the Armed Forces of Portugal, as well as the civil community, with geographic information, ensuring the implementation of activities related to the geographical science, cartographic technique and the promotion and development of scientific and technological research actions in the field of geographical support and geomatics. This mission includes the geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) and imagery intelligence (IMINT) activities in support of the Armed Forces.

Besides its main mission, IGeoE is in charge of contributing to the operational forces of the Portuguese Army with its Geospatial Support Unit (UnApGeo).[1]


The present IGeoE was created in 1932, as the Army Cartographic Services (SCE). The SCE were renamed Army Geographical Institute (IGeoE) in 1993.

The SCE (present IGeoE) are the successor of former Portuguese Army geographical organizations, like the Royal Military Archives (created in 1802) and the Military Cartography Section of the Army Staff (created in 1911).[2]