Course Details


BEA001 course is part of 4 study plans

Bc. full-t. program BPC-SI > spVS compulsory Winter Semester 2nd year 3 credits

Bc. full-t. program BPC-MI compulsory Winter Semester 1st year 3 credits

Bc. full-t. program BPA-SI compulsory Winter Semester 2nd year 3 credits

Bc. combi. program BKC-SI compulsory Winter Semester 2nd year 3 credits

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).

Course Guarantor

prof. Ing. Viliam Vatrt, DrSc.


Institute of Geodesy

Learning outcomes

Student obtains knowledge of part of geodesy having relation to designing, construction and documentation of structures. Special attention is pointed to fundamental surveying and setting out technologies at building sites, including accuracy analyses. Student obtains also knowledge about geodetic apparatuses and theirs using civil engineering, obtains knowledge about cadastre of real estates, obtains knowledge about state map series in Czech Republic.


Basic of mathematics, trigonometric functions.


No requirements.

Planned educational activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures, practical classes and self-study assignments, LMS Moodle. Attendance at lectures is optional, but attendance at classes is compulsory.

Forms and criteria of assessment

Attendance, submission and acceptance of protocols, passing the final test.


Fundamentals of geodesy for civil engineering

Specification of controlled instruction, the form of instruction, and the form of compensation of the absences

Vymezení kontrolované výuky a způsob jejího provádění stanoví každoročně aktualizovaná vyhláška garanta předmětu.


2 hours/week, 13 weeks, elective

Syllabus of lectures

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.


2 hours/week, 13 weeks, compulsory

Syllabus of practice

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.