Single-Course English 5 ECTS

GPS, GIS and Setting out

Overall Course Objectives

To give an all-round knowledge of satellite positioning (GNSS/GPS), geographical information system (GIS), and technical surveying techniques through theory, practical exercises and project work.

Learning Objectives

  • describe the basic theory of GNSS and mention selected systems and their characteristica
  • explain the functionality of survey instruments and commonly used practice and calculation methods
  • carry out a test and calibration of the surveying instruments
  • use leveling instruments, total station instruments and GNSS instruments for surveying and setting out in the field
  • measure terrain and topography, establish and densify fixed control points network
  • analyse the conducted measurements by consistency checks to detect outliers and estimate the uncertainties of the measurements and the results
  • describe and transform between various global, regional, and local geodetic datums and reference frames
  • describe commonly used international and Danish map projections
  • visualize survey data from the field together with existing data in GIS
  • perform simple geospatial analysis in GIS
  • plan survey and setting out campaigns, choose the appropriate instrumentation and estimate the required effort.

Course Content

Satellite positioning (GNSS/GPS) theory and exercises with GNSS instruments for accurate positioning using static and kinematic methods. Use of a total station instrument to measure angles, distances and heights. Measure heights with levelling instruments, including verification and calibration of instruments.

Geodetic datum, map projections, coordinate systems and transformations of data between systems.

Error theory (random, systematic, gross errors, and error propagation) and a brief introduction to least squares adjustment of redundant observations.

Setting out of points and lines, including calculating data for setting out and controlling the set-out points.

Basic introduction to GIS, e.g. combining data from own field measurements with existing geospatial data. Introduction to data analysis in GIS.

After introducing theory and methods through lectures and exercises, the students carry out projects based on cases from urban and rural areas. In the projects, the learned methods are combined, and the student groups plan, establish fixed control points, survey, set out and analyse the data independently.

Recommended prerequisites


Teaching Method

Lectures, exercises, and project work in small groups.



Outdoor exercises take place, often in Dyrehaven. Be prepared for all sorts of weather and consider bringing a bicycle for local transport.

Limited number of seats

Maximum: 16.

Please be aware that this course has a limited number of seats available. If there are too many applicants, a pool will be created for the remainder of the qualified applicants, and they will be selected at random. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether you have been allocated a spot.

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3 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 30510
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 23
Semester end Week 26
Days Mon-fri 8:00-17:00

7.500,00 DKK

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