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Journal of Applied Geodesy

Editor-in-Chief: Kahmen, Heribert / Rizos, Chris

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Volume 8, Issue 4


Engineering Geodesy - Definition and Core Competencies

Heiner Kuhlmann
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  • Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn Institute of Geodesy and Geoinformation Nussallee 17, 53115 Bonn, Germany
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/ Volker Schwieger
  • University of Stuttgart, Institute of Engineering Geodesy, Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 24D, 70174 Stuttgart, Germany
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Published Online: 2014-12-05 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jag-2014-0020


This article summarises discussions concerning the definition of "engineering geodesy" within the German Geodetic Commission. It is noted that engineering geodesy by means of its tasks, methods and characteristics is an application-oriented science whose research questions often arise from observed phenomena or from unsolved practical problems. In particular it is characterised by the professional handling of geometry-related problems in a cost-effective manner that includes comprehensive quality assessment at all phases of the problem solution - from planning through measurement to data processing and interpretation. The current methodical developments are primarily characterised by the increasing integration of the measurement and analysis into challenging construction, production and monitoring processes as well as by the transition to spatially continuous methods. A modern definition of engineering geodesy is proposed at the end of this article.

Keywords: Engineering Geodesy; Engineering Surveying; self-conception; definition

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Received: 2014-10-14

Accepted: 2014-10-17

Published Online: 2014-12-05

Published in Print: 2014-11-01

Citation Information: Journal of Applied Geodesy, Volume 8, Issue 4, Pages 327–334, ISSN (Online) 1862-9024, ISSN (Print) 1862-9016, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jag-2014-0020.

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