103-0687-00L  Cadastral Systems

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersJ. Lüthy
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


103-0687-00 GCadastral Systems2 hrs
Wed15:45-17:30HIL C 10.2 »
J. Lüthy

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AbstractConception, structure and impact of cadastral systems such as property cadastre, PLR-cadastre and related spatial data infrastructures (SDI) as well as their importance for civil society.
ObjectiveStudents will get an understanding of the conception, structure and impact of cadastral systems and related concepts such as land administration, land registry, PLR-cadastre, spatial data infrastructures and Digital Twins. The link between cadastral systems, gender equality, economic prosperity and the contribution of property cadastre to achieving the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG) is discussed.
The Swiss cadastral system ("Amtliche Vermessung") as well as a number of international systems in developed as well as in developing countries are discussed.
The importance of the data from the property cadastre for the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) and digital transformation will be investigated using various examples.
ContentOrigin and purpose of cadastral systems
Importance of documentation of property information as a basis for economic development
Basic concepts of cadastral systems (legal basis, conceptual principles, types of property, real estate types)
Importance of cadastral systems for societal prosperity due to the impact on the economy, society and the environment.
Contribution of the cadastre to the achievement of the UN SDGs on gender equality, poverty and food security.

Swiss cadastral system
- legal basis
- organisation
- Technical implementation
- Quality and integrity assurance
- profession
- Embedding cadastral data in the national spatial data infrastructure

Contribution of cadastral systems to the Digital Transformation of the society.
Benchmarking and evaluations
International trends (like blockchain), developments and initiatives to strengthen property rights, 3D cadastral system (above and below ground)
LiteratureLarsson, G. (1991). Land Registration and Cadastral Systems: Tools for Land
Dale, P., & McLaughlin, J. (1999). Land administration. Oxford University Press
Yomralioglu, T., & McLaughlin, J. (Eds.). (2017). Cadastre: geo-information innovations in land administration (Vol. 335). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
UN-GGIM (2020), Integrated Geospatial Information Framework, Link
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesProblem-solvingfostered
Social CompetenciesCooperation and Teamworkfostered
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesCritical Thinkingfostered

Performance assessment

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersJ. Lüthy
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationoral 25 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationDuring the semester, students work out a case study, which is graded and accounts for 40% of the final grade. Students do not have to pass this performance assessment independently.
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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