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Geographical Information Systems and building stock survey

Addressed to

Natural Hazards and Risks in Structural Engineering (NHRE) M.Sc.



Prof. Rodehorst
Dr.-Ing. Beinersdorf
Dr.-Ing. Schwarz


Course aim

Students will be trained to reproduce existing natural hazard and risk related data in GIS format using MapInfo GIS Tools, will be able to create basic layers for hazard and risk assessment and to establish relevant links and to solve simple example tasks.

Students will be trained in building stock survey, vulnerability assessment, damage interpretation and handling of tools for detailed empirical and instrumental elaboration.

Training in instruments, equipment and technologies for advanced detailed building survey (geodetic, photogrammetric, satellite data).


Course content

P1 – (2SPW – L; 2 CP)

Fundamentals, Three-Dimensional Positioning, Fundamentals of Photogrammetry, GIS/Cartography, Landmanagement / Cadastre,  Monitoring of Structures; Earthwork Computation; Spatial data in daily life; Instruments, equipment and technologies for advanced detailed building survey (geodetic, photogrammetric, satellite data).


P2 – (2SPW – 2 E+P; 4 CP)

Coordinate systems; global maps for the natural hazard phenomena; quality and availability of input data; layers for natural hazard related parameters (topography, geology and subsoil); reproduction of historical events and associated parameters; layers for risk assessment and loss estimation procedures; link between layers and risk mapping procedures;

Tools: MapInfo®, Vertical mapper®


Recommended course requirements



General information

creditstypesemesteradmission requirementsform of examination

6 credits

obligatorywinterProject presentation

Project presentation and written report (P1, P2)