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Geomatic Engineering Master Information
Major Courses
Major in Engineering Geodesy and Photogrammetry
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
103-0287-00LImage InterpretationO4 credits3GK. Schindler
AbstractIntroduction to interactive, semi-automatic and automatic methods for image interpretation and data analysis; methodological aspects of computer-assisted remote sensing, including semantic image classification and segmentation; detection and extraction of individual objects; estimation of physical parameters.
ObjectiveUnderstanding the tasks, problems, and applications of image interpretation; basic introduction of computational methods for image-based classification and parameter estimation (clustering, classification, regression), with focus on remote sensing.
ContentImage (and point-cloud) interpretation tasks: semantic classification (e.g. land-cover mapping), physical parameter estimation (e.g. forest biomass), object extraction (e.g. roads, buildings);
Image coding and features; probabilistic inference, generative and discriminative models; clustering and segmentation; continuous parameter estimation, regression; classification and labeling; deep learning; atmospheric influences in satellite remote sensing;
LiteratureJ. A. Richards: Remote Sensing Digital Image Analysis - An Introduction
C. Bishop: Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning
Prerequisites / Noticebasics of probability theory and statistics; basics of image processing; elementary programming skills (Matlab);
103-0137-00LEngineering GeodesyO4 credits3GA. Wieser, E. Serantoni
AbstractIntroduction to Engineering Geodesy: methods, instruments, and applications.
ObjectiveThe students will be introduced to the methods, instruments and applications in Engineering Geodesy with a focus on end-to-end quality assessment, sensor and multi-sensor-systems, setting out, and monitoring of engineering objects. They will be able to acquire enhanced knowledge and fundamental competences in high-precision angle, distance and height measurements. They will be introduced to aspects of interdisciplinary work in particular related to construction processes and civil engineering.
Content- Introduction: Definition, methods, and tasks
- Planning and realizing geodetic networks
- High precision distance, angle and height measurements
- Sensors and multi-sensor-systems
- Calibration and testing
- Engineering Geodesy in construction above and below ground
- Tunnel surveying
- Building Information Modeling (BIM)
- Deformation monitoring: Models, methods, and applications
Lecture notesThe slides and additional documents will be provided in electronic form.
LiteratureKavanagh B.F. (2010) Surveying with Construction Applications. Prentice Hall.

Schofield W., Breach M. (2007) Engineering Surveying. Elsevier Ltd.
Prerequisites / NoticeFundamental knowledge in geodetic metrology (applied geodesy), physical geodesy, reference systems, GNSS and parameter estimation is required for this course. This knowledge can for instance been acquired within the appropriate courses of the bachelor studies in Geomatics and Planning.
103-0267-01LPhotogrammetry and 3D Vision Lab Information
Prerequisites: It is suggested that students take the course "Photogrammetrie" at bachelor level before this one.
W3 credits2GJ. D. Wegner
AbstractThe course deals with selected topics of close-range photogrammetry and geometric computer vision, including wide-baseline image matching and reconstruction, dense surface reconstruction, image search and indexing; emphasis is put on reading and self-study and on practical project work, typically in groups.
ObjectiveThe aim of the course is to get to know the methods and practice of close-range photogrammetric reconstruction, and an in-depth understanding of selected topics in modern close-range photogrammetry and computer vision.
ContentThis course builds in part on the courses "Photogrammetrie", "Bildverarbeitung" and "Photogrammetrie II" from the Bachelor program. It focusses on the particular challenges of automated close-range photogrammetry.
Lecture notesPresentation slides, necessary publications and complementary learning materials will be provided through a dedicated course web-site.
LiteratureRecommended textbooks:
- T. Luhmann. Nahbereichsphotogrammetrie (also available in English )
- R. Hartley and A. Zisserman. Multi-view geometry in computer vision
- R. Szeliski. Computer Vision
Prerequisites / NoticeA recommended prerequisite for taking this course are the Bachelor courses "Photogrammetrie", "Bildverarbeitung" and "Photogrammetrie II". If you have not passed them, please contact the main lecturer of the course before enrolling. The course will include both practical work with commercial software, and programming in Matlab.
103-0767-00LEngineering Geodesy Lab
Does not take place this semester.
W4 credits3PA. Wieser
AbstractDevelopment of concepts and solutions for challenging tasks in Engineering Geodesy using real-world examples
ObjectiveThe students learn to develop, assess and realize concepts and solutions for real-world problems in Engineering Geodesy. They advance the knowledge and skills which they have acquired in relation with geodetic metrology, engineering geodesy. They establish links between these subjects. Particular attention is paid to the selection of appropriate sensors and measurement systems, selection of appropriate measurement and data processing methods, end-to-end quality control, fulfillment of non-technical criteria, and to the documentation of the work.
ContentA geodetic network for highly precise coordinate and direction transfer from outside pillars to pillars in the geodetic metrology lab of the Institute of Geodesy and Photogrammetry will be designed and planned. Different methods for plumbing, height transfer and azimuth determination will be included. The measurements will be carried out and post-processed in teams. Finally, the network design, the observation schedule and the results will be critically evaluated.
Lecture notesPublications and documents are made available as needed depending on the selected tasks.
Literature- Möser, M. et al. (2000): Handbuch Ingenieurgeodäsie, Grundlagen. Wichmann, Heidelberg.
- Heunecke et al. (2013): Handbuch Ingenieurgeodäsie, Auswertung geodätischer Überwachungsmessungen. 2. Aufl., Wichmann, Heidelberg.
- Schofield, W. and Breach, M. (2007): Engineering Surveying. 6th Edition, CRC, Boca Raton, USA.
- Caspary, W.F. (2000): Concepts of Network and Deformation Analysis. School of Geomatic Engineering, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
Prerequisites / NoticeSuccessful participation in the lab requires knowledge and experiences conveyed within the related course "Engineering Geodesy". Students who have not already passed that course and who are not participating in that course will only be admitted to the lab after discussion with the instructors.

If the timetable of the participants allows it, the 3-hourly lab units will partially be combined to individual full-time units.
103-0787-00LProject Parameter EstimationW3 credits3PA. Wieser, J. A. Butt
AbstractSolving engineering problems with modern methods of parameter estimation for network adjustment in a real-world scenario; choosing adequate mathematical models, implementation and assessment of the solutions.
ObjectiveLearn to solve engineering problems with modern methods of parameter estimation in a real-world scenario.
ContentAnalysis of given problems, selection of appropriate mathematical modells, implementation and testing using Matlab: Kriging; system calibration of a terrestrial laser scanner.
Lecture notesThe task assignments and selected documentation will be provided as PDF.
Prerequisites / NoticePrerequisite: Statistics and Probability Theory, Geoprocessing and Parameterestimation, Geodetic Reference Systems and Networks
102-0617-00LBasics and Principles of Radar Remote Sensing for Environmental ApplicationsW3 credits2GI. Hajnsek
AbstractThe course will provide the basics and principles of Radar Remote Sensing (specifically Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)) and its imaging techniques for the use of environmental parameter estimation.
ObjectiveThe course should provide an understanding of SAR techniques and the use of the imaging tools for bio/geophysical parameter estimation. At the end of the course the student has the understanding of
1. SAR basics and principles,
2. SAR polarimetry,
3. SAR interferometry and
4. environmental parameter estimation from multi-parametric SAR data
ContentThe course is giving an introduction into SAR techniques, the interpretation of SAR imaging responses and the use of SAR for different environmental applications. The outline of the course is the following:
1. Introduction into SAR basics and principles
2. Introduction into electromagnetic wave theory
3. Introduction into scattering theory and decomposition techniques
4. Introduction into SAR interferometry
5. Introduction into polarimetric SAR interferometry
6. Introduction into bio/geophysical parameter estimation (classification/segmentation, soil moisture estimation, earth quake and volcano monitoring, forest height inversion, wood biomass estimation etc.)
Lecture notesHandouts for each topic will be provided
LiteratureFirst readings for the course:
Woodhouse, I. H., Introduction into Microwave Remote Sensing, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2006.
Lee, J.-S., Pottier, E., Polarimetric Radar Imaging: From Basics to Applications, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2009.
Complete literature listing will be provided during the course.
851-0724-00LProperty Law for Geometers: Land Registry and Geoinformation Law
Particularly suitable for students of D-ARCH, D-BAUG, D-USYS
W2 credits2VM. Huser
AbstractFundamental concepts of Land Register Law and Land Surveying Law (substantive and procedural rules of Land Register Law, the parts and the relevance of the Land Register, process of registration with the Land Register, legal problems of land surveying, reform of the official land surveying).
ObjectiveOverview of the legal norms of land registry and surveying law.
ContentBasic principles of material and formal land registry law, components of the land register, consequences of the land register, the registration process, legal problems of surveying, the reform of official surveying, liability of the geom-eter. The lecture unit is carried out within a frame of 8 sessions (2 hours): the first hour of each is given in the form of a lecture, the second in the form of a case-study.
Lecture notesAbgegebene Unterlagen: Skript in digitaler Form

Pflichtlektüre: Meinrad Huser, Schweizerisches Vermessungsrecht, unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des Geoinformationsrechts und des Grundbuchrechts, Beiträge aus dem Institut für schweizerisches und internationales Baurecht der Universität Freiburg/Schweiz, Zürich 2014
Literature- Meinrad Huser, Schweizerisches Vermessungsrecht, unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des Geoinformationsrecht und des Grundbuchrechts, Zürich 2014
- Meinrad Huser, Geo-Informationsrecht, Rechtlicher Rahmen für Geographische Informationssyteme, Zürich 2005
- Meinrad Huser, Darstellung von Grenzen zur Sicherung dinglicher Rechte, in ZBGR 2013, 238 ff.
- Meinrad Huser, Baubeschränkungen und Grundbuch, in BR/DC 4/2016, 197 ff.
- Meinrad Huser, Publikation von Eigentumsbeschränkungen - neue Regeln, in Baurecht 4/2010, S. 169
- Meinrad Huser, Datenschutz bei Geodaten
Prerequisites / NoticeRequirements: Property Law (12-722)
103-0687-00LCadastral SystemsW2 credits2GD. M. Steudler
AbstractNature, role and importance of cadastral systems and related concepts such as land administration, land registration and spatial data infrastructures (SDIs).
ObjectiveThe students will get an understanding of the nature, role and importance of cadastral systems and related concepts such as land administration, land registration and spatial data infrastructures (SDIs). The Swiss cadastral system as well as a range of international approaches both in developed and developing countries will be reviewed.
ContentOrigins and purposes of cadastral systems
Importance of documentation
Basic concepts of cadastral systems (real estate, legal basis, conceptual
principles, property-ownership, property types)
Swiss cadastral system:
- legal basis
- organization
- technical elements
- methods of data acquisition and maintenance
- profession
- quality assurance
Digital revolution, access to data
Benchmarking and evaluation of cadastral systems
International trends, developments and initiatives
Lecture notessee: Link
LiteratureLarsson, G. (1991). Land Registration and Cadastral Systems: Tools for Land
Information and Management. Harlow, Essex, England: Longman Scientific and
Technical, New York: Wiley, ISBN 0-582-08952-2, 175 p.

see also: Link
263-5902-00LComputer Vision Information W6 credits3V + 1U + 1AM. Pollefeys, V. Ferrari, L. Van Gool
AbstractThe goal of this course is to provide students with a good understanding of computer vision and image analysis techniques. The main concepts and techniques will be studied in depth and practical algorithms and approaches will be discussed and explored through the exercises.
ObjectiveThe objectives of this course are:
1. To introduce the fundamental problems of computer vision.
2. To introduce the main concepts and techniques used to solve those.
3. To enable participants to implement solutions for reasonably complex problems.
4. To enable participants to make sense of the computer vision literature.
ContentCamera models and calibration, invariant features, Multiple-view geometry, Model fitting, Stereo Matching, Segmentation, 2D Shape matching, Shape from Silhouettes, Optical flow, Structure from motion, Tracking, Object recognition, Object category recognition
Prerequisites / NoticeIt is recommended that students have taken the Visual Computing lecture or a similar course introducing basic image processing concepts before taking this course.
103-0820-00LIntroduction to Scientific ComputationW3 credits2GM. Usvyatsov
AbstractIntroduction to tools, techniques, and methods for data processing and analysis.
ObjectiveGet ready to work with data of different origin. Learn
Python and tools to the level which allows attacking data related
problems. Basic introduction to numerical algorithms for efficient
problem solving
ContentPython for scientific programming, fast numerical computations and data visualisation.
Libraries for data processing.
Prerequisites / NoticeBasic probability theory and statistics, linear algebra, basic programming skills
052-0523-18L360° - Reality to Virtuality Information Restricted registration - show details W4 credits4GK. Sander, A. Wieser
AbstractBasics of 3D-scanning of rooms and bodies, individual scan projects, 3D-visualizations and animations. Definition and realization of a project, working alone and in groups.
ObjectiveUnderstanding 3D-technologies, handling positive and negative spaces, handling hardware and software, processing 3D point clouds (registering scans, filtering, merging of data sets, precision, visualizations, animation), interpretation of the generated data.
Content1. Introduction to 3D laser scanning (getting to know technologies, methods and context; carry out practical tests)
2. Project development within the group (idea, concept, target, intention, selection of methods & strategies)
3. Project implementation within the group (possible results, videos, pictures, prints, publications, web, blog, forum etc.)
4. Project presentation (exhibition incl. critiques, discussions)
Major in Space Geodesy and Navigation
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
103-0187-01LSpace GeodesyO4 credits3GM. Rothacher
AbstractGPS, VLBI, SLR/LLR and satellite altimetry: Principles, instrumentation and observation equation. Modelling and estimation of station coordinates and station motion. Ionospheric and tropospheric refraction and estimation of atmospheric parameters. Equation of motion of the unperturbed and perturbed satellite orbit. Perturbation theory and orbit determination.
ObjectiveUnderstanding the major observation techniques in space geodesy as modern methods applied in Earth system monitoring (geometry, rotation and gravity field of the Earth and the atmosphere), in national surveying and navigation.
ContentOverview of GPS, VLBI, Satellite and Lunar Laser Ranging (SLR/LLR), Satellite Radar Altimetry with the basic principles, the instruments and observation equations. Modelling of the station motions and the estimation of station coordinates. Basics of wave propagation in the atmosphere. Signal propagation in the ionosphere and troposphere for the different observation techniques and the determination of atmospheric parameters.
Equation of motion of the unperturbed and perturbed satellite orbit. Osculating and mean orbital elements. General and special perturbation theory and the determination of satellite orbits.
Lecture notesScript M. Rothacher "Space Geodesy"
103-0657-01LSignal Processing, Modeling, InversionO3 credits2GA. Geiger
AbstractTimeseries analysis, orthogonal decomposition, Interpretation of measurements, Parameterestimation and Inversion of analytical and voxel-type models
ObjectiveStudents are able to analyse data in view of specific scientific questions and interpretations. They have basic methodologies at hand to mathematically formulate engineering and scientific problems. Students know terminologies and basic methodologies in order to be able to further study the expert litrature.
ContentTimeseries analysis, fourier transformation, DFT, auto-, crosscorrelation, ARMA Interpretation of measurements, Parameterestimation and Inversion of analytical and voxel-type models, resolution, uncertainties
Lecture notesLecture notes
Geoprocessing
Alain Geiger
Prerequisites / NoticeCourses corresponding to:
Analysis I+II, Geoprocessing and Parameterestimation, Linear Algebra I
103-0627-00LAstro and Gravity LabW5 credits4PS. Guillaume
AbstractKnowledge of up-to-date astro-geodetic methods aiming at the determination of the direction of the local plumb line in terms of astronomical latitude and longitude.
ObjectiveKnowledge of the astro-geodetic methods aiming at the determination of the direction of the local plumb line in terms of astronomical latitude and longitude.
ContentEarth- and space fixed coordinate systems and their changes in time, basic astronomic calculation procedures, time scales, time keeping, transformations, star catalogues, computation of precise apparent places, relevant methods for the determination of latitude/longitude, CCD technique and astrometry, application of deflections of the vertical as regards the geoid determination.
Lecture notesdiv. sources
Literatureadditional literature will be distributed during lectures
Prerequisites / NoticeThe lectures will be given in English in case of need
103-0787-00LProject Parameter EstimationW3 credits3PA. Wieser, J. A. Butt
AbstractSolving engineering problems with modern methods of parameter estimation for network adjustment in a real-world scenario; choosing adequate mathematical models, implementation and assessment of the solutions.
ObjectiveLearn to solve engineering problems with modern methods of parameter estimation in a real-world scenario.
ContentAnalysis of given problems, selection of appropriate mathematical modells, implementation and testing using Matlab: Kriging; system calibration of a terrestrial laser scanner.
Lecture notesThe task assignments and selected documentation will be provided as PDF.
Prerequisites / NoticePrerequisite: Statistics and Probability Theory, Geoprocessing and Parameterestimation, Geodetic Reference Systems and Networks
102-0617-00LBasics and Principles of Radar Remote Sensing for Environmental ApplicationsW3 credits2GI. Hajnsek
AbstractThe course will provide the basics and principles of Radar Remote Sensing (specifically Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)) and its imaging techniques for the use of environmental parameter estimation.
ObjectiveThe course should provide an understanding of SAR techniques and the use of the imaging tools for bio/geophysical parameter estimation. At the end of the course the student has the understanding of
1. SAR basics and principles,
2. SAR polarimetry,
3. SAR interferometry and
4. environmental parameter estimation from multi-parametric SAR data
ContentThe course is giving an introduction into SAR techniques, the interpretation of SAR imaging responses and the use of SAR for different environmental applications. The outline of the course is the following:
1. Introduction into SAR basics and principles
2. Introduction into electromagnetic wave theory
3. Introduction into scattering theory and decomposition techniques
4. Introduction into SAR interferometry
5. Introduction into polarimetric SAR interferometry
6. Introduction into bio/geophysical parameter estimation (classification/segmentation, soil moisture estimation, earth quake and volcano monitoring, forest height inversion, wood biomass estimation etc.)
Lecture notesHandouts for each topic will be provided
LiteratureFirst readings for the course:
Woodhouse, I. H., Introduction into Microwave Remote Sensing, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2006.
Lee, J.-S., Pottier, E., Polarimetric Radar Imaging: From Basics to Applications, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2009.
Complete literature listing will be provided during the course.
103-0687-00LCadastral SystemsW2 credits2GD. M. Steudler
AbstractNature, role and importance of cadastral systems and related concepts such as land administration, land registration and spatial data infrastructures (SDIs).
ObjectiveThe students will get an understanding of the nature, role and importance of cadastral systems and related concepts such as land administration, land registration and spatial data infrastructures (SDIs). The Swiss cadastral system as well as a range of international approaches both in developed and developing countries will be reviewed.
ContentOrigins and purposes of cadastral systems
Importance of documentation
Basic concepts of cadastral systems (real estate, legal basis, conceptual
principles, property-ownership, property types)
Swiss cadastral system:
- legal basis
- organization
- technical elements
- methods of data acquisition and maintenance
- profession
- quality assurance
Digital revolution, access to data
Benchmarking and evaluation of cadastral systems
International trends, developments and initiatives
Lecture notessee: Link
LiteratureLarsson, G. (1991). Land Registration and Cadastral Systems: Tools for Land
Information and Management. Harlow, Essex, England: Longman Scientific and
Technical, New York: Wiley, ISBN 0-582-08952-2, 175 p.

see also: Link
851-0724-00LProperty Law for Geometers: Land Registry and Geoinformation Law
Particularly suitable for students of D-ARCH, D-BAUG, D-USYS
W2 credits2VM. Huser
AbstractFundamental concepts of Land Register Law and Land Surveying Law (substantive and procedural rules of Land Register Law, the parts and the relevance of the Land Register, process of registration with the Land Register, legal problems of land surveying, reform of the official land surveying).
ObjectiveOverview of the legal norms of land registry and surveying law.
ContentBasic principles of material and formal land registry law, components of the land register, consequences of the land register, the registration process, legal problems of surveying, the reform of official surveying, liability of the geom-eter. The lecture unit is carried out within a frame of 8 sessions (2 hours): the first hour of each is given in the form of a lecture, the second in the form of a case-study.
Lecture notesAbgegebene Unterlagen: Skript in digitaler Form

Pflichtlektüre: Meinrad Huser, Schweizerisches Vermessungsrecht, unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des Geoinformationsrechts und des Grundbuchrechts, Beiträge aus dem Institut für schweizerisches und internationales Baurecht der Universität Freiburg/Schweiz, Zürich 2014
Literature- Meinrad Huser, Schweizerisches Vermessungsrecht, unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des Geoinformationsrecht und des Grundbuchrechts, Zürich 2014
- Meinrad Huser, Geo-Informationsrecht, Rechtlicher Rahmen für Geographische Informationssyteme, Zürich 2005
- Meinrad Huser, Darstellung von Grenzen zur Sicherung dinglicher Rechte, in ZBGR 2013, 238 ff.
- Meinrad Huser, Baubeschränkungen und Grundbuch, in BR/DC 4/2016, 197 ff.
- Meinrad Huser, Publikation von Eigentumsbeschränkungen - neue Regeln, in Baurecht 4/2010, S. 169
- Meinrad Huser, Datenschutz bei Geodaten
Prerequisites / NoticeRequirements: Property Law (12-722)
Major in GIS and Cartography
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
103-0227-00LCartography III Information O5 credits4GL. Hurni
AbstractBasic methods, technologies, scripting, and systems for interactive web mapping projects and in the internet cartography.
ObjectiveGain knowledge about basic methods, technologies, scripting, and systems for interactive web mapping projects. Assessment of existing products regarding production methods. Definition of useful methods for Web-based map projects.
Content- Web mapping
- Web Map Services (WMS)
- User Interface design
- Symbolisation
- Programming
- JavaScript
- Debugging
- Map production using GIS data
- 3D applications in cartography
Lecture notesOwn script and instructions will be distributed.
Literature- Grünreich, Dietmar, Hake, Günter and Liqiu Meng (2002): Kartographie, 8. Auflage, Verlag W. de Gruyter, Berlin
- Robinson, Arthur et al. (1995): Elements of Cartography, 6th edition, John Wiley & Sons, New York, ISBN 0-471-55579-7
- Jones, Christopher (1997): Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Computer Cartography, Longman, Harlow, ISBN 0-582-04439-1
- Stoll, Heinz (2001): Computergestützte Kartografie, SGK-Publikation Nr. 15 (siehe Link)
Prerequisites / NoticePrerequisites: Kartografie I; Kartografie II; Thematische Kartografie
Further information at Link
103-0237-00LGIS IIIO5 credits3GM. Raubal
AbstractThe course deals with advanced topics in GIS: GIS project lifecycle, Managing GIS, Legal issues, GIS assets & constraints; Geospatial Web Services; Geostatistics; Geosimulation; Human-Computer Interaction; Cognitive Issues in GIS.
ObjectiveStudents will get a detailed overview of advanced GIS topics. They will go through all steps of setting up a Web-GIS application in the labs and perform other practical tasks relating to Geosimulation, Human-Computer Interaction, Geostatistics, and Web Processing Services.
Lecture notesLecture slides will be made available in digital form.
LiteratureFu, P. and Sun, J., Web GIS - Principles and Applications (2011), ESRI Press, Redlands, California.
O'Sullivan, D., & Unwin, D. (2010). Geographic Information Analysis (second ed.). Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley.
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