Geomatics and Public Works B. Eng.
Technical planning processes in municipal decision-making rely decisively on the procurement, evaluation and correct use of geomatics. Cities, districts and private service providers have a need for qualified personnel who are professionally trained in Geo Information Systems (GIS) for the documentation and administration of resources, channels and land. With this in mind, the Bachelor program in Geomatics and Public Works blends three core elements: technology, data processing, law and economics.
In this practically oriented program, students acquire the ability to provide effective and competent solutions, using cutting edge technologies, to municipal challenges and issues. The program in geomatica and municipal technologies (GeKo) is a cross-section oriented and located at the nexus between classical geomatics and applied municipal technology.
Program contents focus on:
- Surveying Technologies
- Facility Management
- Land Management
- Technical Infrastructure
Students learn how to capture and analyse spatial geodata. They further acquire the ability to solve organisational and technical problems within a municipal environment. In addition to subject specific knowledge required for such tasks, students gain skills and knowledge in methodological, economic and legal fields.
The full-time program comprises six semesters and is structured in three phases:
The first two semesters are comprised of technological, methodological and legal foundations.
From the third semester onward, students may select their specialisation from five focus areas:
- Geomatics comprises the modules geomatics I and II, geomatics immersion and 3D geomatics
- Surveying comprises the modules principles of surveying, principles of spatial reference, GPS, remote sensing and photogrammetry
- Facility Management is taught in the modules facility management I and II and building management. Its contents include building systems, technical extensions as well as strategies and methods in real estate management.
- Land Management includes the modules development and environmental planning, land management and real estate evaluation and covers essential areas in spatial planning
- Technical Infrastructure is taught in the modules technical infrastructure water and technical infrastructure energy, as well as in the modules transport.
Elective modules, a project component and the Bachelor project give students the opportunity for immersion into their selected area of specialisation. In addition to the focus areas listed above, the general studies module offers a further opportunity to engage in an interdisciplinary and cross-departmental project. The program is predominantly praxis oriented. Throughout the program, and even before the project phase, students work together with municipalities, associations, administrations and companies. Small study groups and personal support from professors and advisors are essential to this program. State of the art e-learning platforms further support students in the learning process. The program is conducted in German and comprises 180 ECTS credits. Most modules take one semester to complete, which enables students to easily study some modules at a different university or institution of higher education nationally or abroad.
Admission to this program is not restricted. Students can enrol until October, prior to term start. A completed apprenticeship is not required for admission to the program, however it is highly recommended.
Graduates from the Bachelor program in Geomatics and Public Works are highly qualified for a diverse range of roles, whether that be in surveying, within a planning association, in energy, waste or supply organisations, in transportation or telecommunications firms, property or facilities management. Demand for specialised professionals with a degree level education in geomatics and municipal technologies continues to be high throughout the entire field of municipal technologies and city planning. This includes roles that engage with the administration, management and maintenance of municipal structures and property and infrastructural facilities.
Furthermore, GIS is slowly but surely becoming one of the most dynamic areas of growth worldwide, with increasing activities in rendering digital and interactive maps appropriate for the Internet.