Course detail


FAST-BE001Acad. year: 2023/2024

The importance of geodesy in civil engineering. Coordinate systems, reference frames and vertical datum in Czech republic and EU.
Angle-, distance-, height measurements, geodetic calculations. Global navigation satellite systems (GNSS).
Methods of spatial data collecting - surveying, GNSS, terrestrial and airborne laser scanning, mobile mapping systems.
Setting out of structures, check measurements, determination of displacements and deformations, special measurements.
Cadastre of real estates, retrieval of informations from cadastre.
Cartography, state map series, geographical information systems (GIS), building information model (BIM).

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.


Institute of Geodesy (GED)

Entry knowledge

Basic of mathematics, trigonometric functions

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.


Fundamentals of geodesy for civil engineering
Student gets acquainted with fundamentals of geodesy for civil engineering

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

Not applicable.

Recommended reading

Not applicable.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B-P-C-MI (N) Bachelor's

    branch MI , 1. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

  • Programme B-P-C-SI (N) Bachelor's

    branch VS , 2. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

  • Programme B-K-C-SI (N) Bachelor's

    branch VS , 2. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. The role of geodesy in civil engineering. History. Shape and dimensions of the Earth, reference bodies. Units. 2. Geodetic horizontal control. Angle and distance measurements. Coordinate systems and reference frames. Basic coordinate calculations. 3. Vertical control. Methods for measuring of heights. Digital Terrain Model. 4. Global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), applications in surveying, machine control. 5. Methods of spatial data collecting - polar method, orthogonal method, GNSS RTK. 6. Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. 7. Terrestrial and airborne laser scanning, mobile mapping systems. 8. Geodetic works in the project preparation phase. Project setting out. Check measurements. As-built surveying of structures. 9. Determination of displacements and deformations of buildings. 10. Geodetic works in the construction of roads, railways, tunnels and bridges. Special measurements in industry. Determination of areas and volumes. 11. Cadastre of real estates. Implementation of changes in the cadastre, sketches, defining the boundary. Inspection of the cadastre. 12. Basics of Cartography. State map series in Czech Republic. 13. Geographic information systems, information model of a building. Examples of solving specified geodetic tasks.


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. – 3. Theodolite, angle measurements and setting out. 4. – 5. Leveling, height measurements and setting out. 6. – 8. Introduction to the work with measuring instruments used on construction sites. Straight line, horizontal plane and inclined plane setting out, distance measurements. 9. Collection of background data for the project preparation phase. 10. Basic coordinate calculations. 11. – 13. Setting out drawings. As-built surveying of structures.