Why study Surveying and Geoinformatics?

The Earth! It is the workplace of engineers in surveying and geoinformatics or "geodesists". It is their task to measure them and to divide them into areas, points and markings. The data obtained is used to produce, for example, city maps, land and sea charts, 3D visualizations and geo-information systems. As diverse as our earth is,the fields of application of geoinformaticians and surveying engineers are just as comprehensive.

The Gotthard Base Tunnel? The tallest building in the world in Dubai? Both only possible with surveying! But surveying is much more than that: For global communication, precise positioning and tracking of satellites is necessary. For navigation, map data and positioning with satellites are essential. And autonomous driving is only possible if the vehicle recognises its surroundings and can determine its position in them precisely. More information about the job description can be found under "What is surveying and geoinformatics?".

Geoinformatics engineers and surveyors have excellent career prospects in these attractive fields. Our graduates are in great demand both at home and abroad!

Good reasons to study Surveying and Geoinformatics!
  • Studies with high practical relevance
  • Core areas from surveying, geoinformatics and land management
  • Extremely diverse career opportunities
  • Cooperation on interesting projects
  • Use of state-of-the-art technology
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Good reasons to study with us!
  • Competent and committed professors, employees
  • Assistant lecturers from the private sector and from administrations for even more practical relevance
  • 9 laboratories with extensive and modern equipment
  • Intensive contacts to partner universities at home and abroad
  • Foreign languages and soft skills
  • Promotion of study-related work
  • advanced Master programmes
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We accompany your studies

The course of study is particularly characterised by the diversity of the profession, the manageable semester size and the modern instruments.

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Patrick Woll Surveying engineer at Leonhard Weiss GmbH & Co.KG

Professors teach with competence and experience, manage laboratories and drive research


Employees support teaching and exercises with their specialist knowledge, supervise laboratories, measuring equipment, hardware and software


Assistant lecturers for even more practical relevance in teaching

Vermessung und Geoinformatik Vorlesung am PC


What do you have to bring?

  • University entrance qualification
  • Openness, willingness to work together with other disciplines in interdisciplinary teams
  • Interest in dealing with modern computer technology and high-tech measuring instruments
  • No fear of the practical application of mathematics and technology
  • Pleasure in project-related work: From the concept creation to consulting, data collection, evaluation and presentation
  • Desire for a profession that is not only practiced at a desk

What do we offer?

  • Application- and job-oriented teaching of surveying and geoinformatics techniques and their specialisation
  • Practical experience with exercises, student projects and the supervised practical study project
  • Exciting business contacts at home and abroad
  • Most modern measuring instruments and software
  • Numerous laboratories with extensive equipment and competent support
  • The opportunity to study abroad
  • The possibility to learn foreign languages
  • The teaching of soft skills for professional life Engineer
  • Framework conditions for the promotion of study-related work


What is surveying and geoinformatics?

Wortwolke Vermessung und Geoinformatik

Graduates of a course of study in surveying and geoinformatics/geodesy (surveyors, geoinformaticians, geodesists) are at home everywhere: right on our doorstep or in remote corners of the earth. Geodesists are scientists who explore, measure and then graphically represent our Earth and sometimes also the near-Earth universe. Their data is used to produce city maps, land and sea charts, 3D visualizations and content for navigation systems. Well-known examples are Google Earth, Bing Maps, Open Street Map and 3D models such as that of Stuttgart. Route planners on the Internet, geocaching with GPS or navigation devices would be unthinkable without surveyors and geoinformaticians.


Number of border points in Baden-Württemberg


of the commercially used drones are used in surveying. Source: VUL market study by Drone Industry Insights October 2018

Warnschild Vermessung mit Drohnen

The fact that no road and no house can be built without the participation of surveyors is just as self-evident for everyone as their activities in defining property boundaries. Less well known but equally important is the work of geodesists in the neutral evaluation of developed and undeveloped land.

With their measuring sensors, geodesists determine the smallest changes in buildings and in the earth's crust. In this way, they help to identify dangers or even disasters at an early stage and to alleviate or avoid their consequences. They bring together data from a wide variety of sources, not only to document, for example, progressive flooding, but also to predict it in order to initiate and coordinate protective measures. They are also involved in the investigation of crime scenes when traces of perpetrators have to be evaluated and they help to verify the safety of vehicles and to ensure the quality of industrial production by means of crash tests.

In the following, the different subject areas of the occupational profile Surveying / Geoinformatics / Geodesy are presented:

Engineering Surveying

Surveying for the construction of complex structures such as high-rise buildings, roads, tracks, bridges and tunnels.

Vermessung und Geoinformatik Messübung

Industrial measurement engineering

Measurements of highest precision in plant construction, monitoring measurements and quality assurance.

Industrielle Messtechnik mit Streifenlicht-Projektions-System Atos


Geoinformatics makes it possible to combine spatial data with factual data (e.g. statistical data) to form information and decision-making bases.

Vermessung und Geoinformatik Auswertung Geoinformationssystem (GIS)

Photogrammetry and remote sensing

In photogrammetry and remote sensing, objects (earth's surface, buildings, etc.) are recorded three-dimensionally with the help of aerial and satellite images, but also laser scan data.

(Source aerial photo: Trimble GmbH)



Land management comprises various processes and instruments for sustainable development and spatial planning.


Basic geodesy

Basic geodesy is concerned with the measurement and mapping of the earth's surface, as well as the determination of the physical shape of the earth (geoid) with the help of gravity field measurements.


Software and device development, machine control

Development of software and measuring instruments for geodesy applications and control of (construction) machines.

Maschinensteuerungs-Sensoren an einem Modellbagger

Hydrographic surveys

Hydrographic surveying is concerned with determining the contours, dimensions and depths of all waters (seas, rivers, lakes, groundwater).

Hydrographie Prinzipskizze Fächerecholot

Special applications

Since the subject areas of geodesy are on the one hand very broadly diversified, and on the other hand are often used interdisciplinary, there are very many areas of application which are summarized under special applications.

Vermessung und Geoinformatik Einsatz in der Polarfoschung


Study structure








Individual deepening


Mathematics and physics


Key Qualifications

Basic studies

In the 1st and 2nd semester, the basics of surveying technology, GNSS and geoinformation systems as well as scientific content and key qualifications are taught. The latter already prepare students at the beginning of their studies for later seminars, project presentations and possible stays abroad.


Main studies

In the 3rd and 4th semester the specialist knowledge is extended and deepened. Laser scanning, photogrammetry, geodetic networks, adjustment calculation and web technology are the keywords here. For this purpose, an insight into civil engineering is given. An integrated surveying project, in which contents from several modules are to be applied, rounds off this part of the course.


In the 5th semester, one or more study projects are worked on in the supervised practical semester in close cooperation with practice. This semester is also ideal for gaining experience abroad. The degree course in Surveying and Geoinformatics expressly supports stays abroad and offers ideal conditions for this due to the numerous international contacts to partner universities, companies and institutions.

The supervised practical semester can also be carried out within the framework of the Practical training centres that specifically want to support prospective students can conclude contracts with these organisations for working hours in the company during the course of their studies.

The supervised practical semester can also be carried out within the framework of a "study-accompanying education contract". Practical training centres that want to specifically support prospective students can conclude contracts with these for working hours in the company during the course of studies.


In the 6th and 7th semesters, the programme includes planning, land readjustment, valuation and official surveying. Other important qualifications for engineers are taught in legal, economic and management modules. Students can also set individual focal points in this stage of their studies. For example, in the processing of an interdisciplinary geoinformatics project, the choice of specialisation modules and an individual scientific project work as preparation for the Bachelor thesis.

With the bachelor thesis the students should show that they are able to work independently on a chosen project in a given time and to complete it successfully. Tasks result from research work of the professors or from cooperation with practice. The Bachelor thesis can of course also be completed at partner universities or companies abroad. The Bachelor thesis must be presented in a seminar.


Our professors encourage us to carry out experiments independently and also to take paths that are not considered to be common practice. In this way we can learn from our tasks and grow from them. Even if one or the other measuring process does not run as expected, we are always driven to keep trying and learn from our mistakes, I appreciate that very much.

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Anna-Maria Kunzi Students in Bachelor Surveying and Geoinformatics

Work during studies

The study of surveying and geoinformatics is designed as a full-time course. Therefore, it is normally not advisable to work more than about one day per week during the lecture period. However, from the 3rd semester onwards, the timetables will always keep one day of the week free if possible. On such days you can work as long as you can cope with the learning material and the tasks. Since examinations at the HFT Stuttgart are always blocked at the end of a semester, the semester break is very suitable for working.

On the basis of these available times, offers of support are based for which one can apply to the services mentioned below. There you have to ask for a "Studienbegleitenden Bildungsvertrag" or the "Studium mit Vertieften Praxisphasen". A model contract can be obtained from the State Office for Geoinformation and Rural Development.

Opportunities for work during the course of studies exist in surveying or engineering offices, in planning and consulting offices, in the public service at federal, state and local level, in construction companies, in industry (e.g. mechanical engineering, plant construction), in equipment development, in software companies or in research institutions.


Stays abroad

For students, it is more important than ever to acquire additional qualifications through their own experience abroad during their studies.

A stay abroad

  • offers the chance to enrich individual education,
  • offers the opportunity to make contacts and expand networks
  • leads to many new experiences,
  • promotes the examination of cultural traditions,
  • improves intercultural competence and foreign language skills
  • strengthens personal character traits such as the ability to work independently, flexibility, initiative and assertiveness.
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So you can be abroad

  • either for a study semester
  • and/or for the supervised practical study project
  • and/or to do your thesis there.

A stay abroad is explicitly supported by the course of studies! In the field of surveying and geoinformatics at the HFT Stuttgart there are numerous international university partnerships and other foreign contacts to companies and institutions.

To prepare and plan a semester abroad, you can contact the International Office of the university, or the International Officer of the Surveying Department, Prof. Dr. Paul Rawiel.

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South Tyrol is the short holiday country par excellence and I was also 4 years before my internship already once a week in South Tyrol. However, it makes a big difference in how you perceive the country and its people, whether you "only" look at holiday there or lives and works there.

Thimo Harder Student in Bachelor Surveying Geoinformatics

Partner universities

Especially studying at a partner university during an exchange semester offers the following advantages:

  • simple application procedure
  • regulated recognition of services
  • no tuition fees
  • facilitated access to student accommodation

Federal University of Paraná Curitiba Brasilien
University of El Salvador San Salvador El Salvador
Cundinamarca University Barrancabermeja Kolumbien
Technologico de Monterrey Monterrey Mexico
Autonomous University of Yucatan (UADY) Yucatan Mexico
Anna University Chennai (Madras) Indien
CEPT University Ahmedabad Indien
Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management Trivandrum Indien
University of Kerala Thiruvananthapuran Indien
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Jahor Malaysia
Istanbul Technical University Istanbul Türkei
University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy Sofia Bulgarien
Ecole Supérieure des Géomètres et Topographes (ESGT) Le Mans Frankreich
Università degli Studi di Parma Parma Italien
Technical University Riga Riga Lettland
Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography Moskau Russland

Other foreign contacts (companies and institutions)

Strydom & Associates Land Surveyors Windhoek Namibia


Hughes Surveys & Consultant Inc. New Brunswick Kanada
Cyra Technologies Oakland USA
Flatirons Surveying Inc. Boulder USA
Meridian Surveying Engineering Inc. San Francisco USA
Woods Land Surveying San Diego USA


Ed. Züblin AG Singapur Singapur Singapur
United Surveyors Pte. Ltd. Singapur Singapur
Wang & EF Tan Associates Singapur Singapur


Qasco Surveys Pty. Ltd. - seit 2013 übernommen von der AAM Group South Brisbane, Queensland Australien
School of Geography Planning and Environmental Management St. Lucia, Queensland Australien
ERSIS Australia South Brisbane, Queensland Australien
Survey 21 Pty. Ltd. Camberwell, Victoria Australien
Yasco Northern Surveys Pty. Ltd. Stuart Park Australien
Trimble New Zealand Riccarton, Christchurch Neuseeland


Aalborg University, Department of Development & Planning Aalborg Denmark
GEODE Chambery France
Jaques Boch - Geometry Expert D.P.L.G. Chambery France
APR Services Ltd. London United Kingdom
Initial Land Surveys, Central Depot Sheffield United Kingdom
European Academy Bolzano Bolzano Italy
Geometer Josef Raffeiner Appiano Italy
SISCAM S.r.l. Florence Italy
Societa Generale Di Topografia S.r.l. Reggio Emilia Italy
Vorarlberg Illwerke AG Bregenz Austria
Engineering consortium surveying AVT ZT Imst Austria
GIS Market Support Association Moscow Russia
NAVGEOKOM Moscow Russia
Trimble Nordic Danderyd Sweden
Leica Geosystems AG Heerbrugg Switzerland
Terra Vermessungen AG Zurich Switzerland
University of Zurich-Irchel, Institute of Geography Zurich Switzerland
STRAT geodetse storitve d.o.o. Velenje Slovenia
Catalonia Carographic Institute Barcelona Spain


Funding / Scholarships

In addition to BAföG, scholarships can also contribute to the financing of studies. The HFT Stuttgart supervises two scholarships:

  • HFT scholarship
  • Germany Scholarship

Further information can be found under "Financing".

Application & Admission

The application for the bachelor's programme Surveying and Geoinformatics is done online.

Current note: Due to COVID19, the application deadline for the winter semester 2021/22 is set for 07/31/2021.

Prerequisite for admission is the certificate of the general higher education entrance qualification, the subject-related higher education entrance qualification or the advanced technical college entrance qualification.

No pre-study internship is required! If you have no relevant training, it might be worth considering the future job description and doing a short internship before you start studying. Possibilities for this exist in surveying or engineering offices, in planning and consulting offices, in the public service at federal, state and local level, in construction companies, in industry (e.g. mechanical engineering, plant construction), in equipment development, in software companies or in research institutions. Address such places in your place of residence. They will usually be happy to help you.



have a suitable job immediately after graduation


additionally do a Master degree

Graduates of "geodesy courses" have the best prospects for an exciting and versatile job. The reasons for this are:

  • In the field of geodesy, state-of-the-art technologies (e.g. drones/UAVs, satellite navigation, geoinformation systems, laser scanning) are used, which on the one hand have led to rationalisation in individual professional fields, but on the other hand have opened up many new fields of activity (e.g. quality assurance in industry, creation of 3D city models, development of navigation and control systems).
  • Due to the very broad spectrum of tasks in geodesy, numerous jobs are available in the most diverse areas of public administration, free enterprise and research.
  • The environment in which we live is changing ever more rapidly. This must continue, but increasingly more comprehensively and more precisely, to be geometrically documented ("the world in 3D"). At the same time, the requirements for engineering services (e.g. tunnels, bridges, skyscrapers), quality assurance (e.g. dimensional accuracy of industrial products), planning bases (e.g. for political or company-strategic decisions) etc. are also increasing.
  • An enormous wave of retirements, especially in the public sector, is also providing sufficient job potential. Even though many jobs have already been cut through rationalisation measures, the need for qualified specialists cannot be met - not even in the long term.
  • Engineers in the field of geodesy have special opportunities to work abroad, especially in developing and emerging countries.

After the Bachelor's degree you also have the possibility to continue with a Master's degree. The HFT Stuttgart offers the following advanced Master programmes:

Master Surveying (M.Eng.)

Master Vermessung Vorlesung Projektsteuerung

Master Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics (M.Sc.)

lectures in Master Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics

Master Urban Planning (M.Eng.)

Vorlesung im Master Stadtplanung

Facilities & Laboratories

  • Laboratory for Geodetic Measurement TechniquesDetails
    Messungen beim Integrierten Mess Projekt (IVP)
  • Laboratory for Building Information Modeling in Surveying and Geoinformatics (BIM-VG)Details
    Vermessung und Geoinformatik BIM 3D-Modell
  • Laboratory for Geodetic Data ProcessingDetails
    Vermessung und Geoinformatik Auswertung Laserscanning
  • Laboratory for Engineering Measurement TechniquesDetails
  • Laboratory for interoperable, and open-source Geospatial Software, Data and Standards (HFT ICA-OSGeo-Lab)Details
    Vermessung und Geoinformatik Auswertung Geoinformationssystem (GIS)
  • Laboratory for Image Understanding and Earth Observation Sensors (LIMES)Details
    Studierende an Bildschirmen
  • 3D Fabber-LabDetails
    Studenten der Informationslogistik am 3D-Drucker
  • Industry 4.0 LaboratoryDetails
    Messkammer Virtual Reality Industrie 4.0 Labor
  • Laboratory for Sensor and Identification SystemsDetails
    Schlauer Klaus Industrie 4.0 Labor Informationslogistik
  • Advisory Board Geodesy of the HFT StuttgartDetails
    Gruppenbild Fachbeirat Geodäsie der HFT Stuttgart


I decided to study Surveying and Geoinformatics because at a training fair it was said that I could "play around" with expensive technology.

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Patrick Woll Surveying engineer at Leonhard Weiss GmbH & Co.KG

The study course Surveying and Geoinformatics is characterised by its versatility. It is reminiscent of business studies - nowadays, especially due to the influence of information technology, one has the opportunity to work anywhere.

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Fabian Müller LBBW Immobilien Kommunalentwicklung GmbH

Contact person

Hardy Lehmkühler
Hardy Lehmkühler hardy.lehmkuehler@hft-stuttgart.de +49 711 8926 2611
Susanne Hilligardt susanne.hilligardt@hft-stuttgart.de +49 711 8926 2606