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Published on 22 December 2023

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Information about the geography and shape of Switzerland, as well as about people and facts associated with swisstopo.

List of articles

  • Folio 2024 - Cover

    3 June 2024

    Focus on women

    Women have been working in technical professions, geoinformatics and, namely, the field of geoinformation for a long time now. So we choose to turn our attention to the women in our federal office.

  • 11 October 2023

    The topics ‹Geology› and ‹Geo-resources› get a new look!

    The topic ‹Geology› has been given a new look and a new structure.

  • 21 August 2023

    Wilderswil bypass

    Our geodata are continuously being updated. The «Wilderswil bypass» project is now complete and the new routes are already visible on our online maps.

  • 8 May 2023

    In search of data beneath the ground

    What lies beneath the ground is still largely unknown – but it does provide a significant heat source. The Swiss Federal Office of Energy is supporting projects aimed at increasing the use of geothermal energy. At the same time, this is yielding geodata that is of great value for swisstopo.

  • 8 May 2023

    Geodata to support digitalisation in the construction sector

    The objective of the «building information modelling» method is to digitalise and network the construction sector. Geodata form a fundamental basis for this method. armasuisse Real Estate and swisstopo are implementing the project in an innovative way.

  • 8 May 2023

    Paving the way towards a modern administration

    With its digitalisation process and provision of geodata free of charge, swisstopo is paving the way towards new business models. These impulses are in line with the visions of «Digital Public Services Switzerland».

  • 8 May 2023

    Shared mobility gaining momentum

    If two or more people share the use of a vehicle, this reduces energy consumption. By coordinating data, the «sharedmobility.ch» project initiated by EnergieSchweiz simplifies car, bike and e-scooter sharing. swisstopo’s maps platform makes it easier for users to find available vehicles.

  • 8 May 2023

    When the computer took over at swisstopo

    «The future begins at every moment» is the title of an online exhibition at swisstopo, which illustrates the history of digitalisation and presents statements from «contemporary witnesses» who performed pioneering work.

  • 8 May 2023

    Digital aid for hikers

    Great news for outdoor enthusiasts: hiking suggestions from the Swiss Hiking Federation now include a QR code that takes you directly to the swisstopo app, which then becomes your smart guide.

  • 17 April 2023

    Gubrist gets third tube

    Our geodata are continuously being updated. The «Third tube of Gubrist Tunnel» project is now complete and the changes are already visible on our online maps.

  • 10 November 2022

    The night sky over Zimmerwald

    On a hill near Bern lies the Zimmerwald geostation. It is the fundamental point for the Swiss geographical survey. Here, specialists carry out research into the cosmos – and receive the occasional night-time visitor. It truly is an office with extraordinary views.

  • 28 October 2022

    Photograms – an Ever-Growing Treasure

    For over 100 years, swisstopo has been surveying Switzerland with the help of photographs. During the surveying work on the ground and from the air, new images of the landscape have continuously been produced in addition to measurement data. Originally, the images were mainly used to produce maps. However, over the decades, a historical treasure has been unintentionally created. Today, it opens up new doors for research.

  • 10 October 2022

    Hammering to millimetre precision

    Surveying is millimetre precision work. In addition to good material and functioning infrastructure, relevant expertise is crucial. At swisstopo, nine people are regularly out on the roads surveying Switzerland. But what exactly do surveyors do and what does their everyday life look like?

  • 5 September 2022

    The more, the better

    The current network of geodetic points in Switzerland has been operated by swisstopo for 30 years. These points form the reference frame for all surveys carried out in the country. Repeatedly monitoring a point over several years shows whether and in which direction a region of Switzerland may be moving. The collected data simplifies the monitoring of natural hazards such as earthquakes or landslides.

  • 1 September 2022

    mySwissMap is unique

    With mySwissMap, swisstopo fulfils individual wishes. Anyone who orders a map chooses the area, the scale and the title. For outdoor lovers, there is now a new hiking map. mySwissMap makes a great gift as well.

  • 18 July 2022

    Switzerland is moving

    Coordinates are essential to define the location of a point. Because of Switzerland constantly moving, coordinates lose their accuracy over the years. swisstopo checks the changes every six years and thereby ensures that Swiss coordinates remain reliable. This enables, among other things, construction and maintenance of large infrastructure projects, such as the tracks for high-speed trains.

  • 7 June 2022

    Good planning is half the survey

    Many activities are second nature to people nowadays, such as sending your location to friends quickly and easily from your smart phone, letting your satnav get you from A to B or recording your morning jogging route on your smart watch. None of this would be possible if it weren’t for national surveying. Just two sequences of numbers, known as coordinates, are all it takes to locate any point in Switzerland. To ensure that the coordinates of a given point can be identified accurately also in the future Switzerland conducts new surveys every six years.

  • 2 May 2022

    Depicting Switzerland’s terrain

    In the past it had been carried out by hand, but today it’s done with the aid of software. IT specialist Roman Geisthövel focuses on depicting Switzerland’s terrain on maps. For this purpose he emulates manual cartographic presentation techniques.

  • 2 May 2022

    Two specialists surveying the underground

    Swisstopo geologists Eva Kurmann-Matzenauer and Salomè Signer are comprehensively studying the underground. They are developing 3-D models and thus creating solid bases for future utilisation of the realm beneath the surface.

  • 2 May 2022

    Locating the country’s borders

    Locating the country’s bordersAs the official responsible for surveying Switzerland’s national borders, Alain Wicht spends a great deal of time in the field, in addition to working in his office and in the diplomatic arena. His versatility provides him with some memorable moments in his daily professional life.

  • 2 May 2022

    A step ahead of the future

    Raphaël Rollier is implementing innovation processes at swisstopo and fostering digital transformation. He works together with universities, cantonal and other authorities in order to initiate future-oriented projects.

  • 2 May 2022

    High capacity and flexibility thanks to cloud services

    Cloud servers abroad ensure that the general public has access to geodata at any time. Hanspeter Christ is in charge of swisstopo’s cloud services. He has enabled swisstopo to play a pioneering role in the field of cloud computing.

  • 2 May 2022

    Treasures must be kept in safe hands

    Nicole Jabrane and her team are breathing new life into the recorded history and development of Switzerland’s landscapes. As head of swisstopo’s image archives, her task is to ensure that valuable historical photos are preserved for future use.

  • 27 April 2022

    An app as smart as swisstopo

    It’s never been so easy to plan a walk or bike ride. The swisstopo app acts as your expert guide, surprising you in the process with its wide range of features. The ingenious product has scooped the Master of Swiss Apps award.

  • 22 February 2022

    Long live the copper plates!

    Swiss cartography has an excellent reputation around the world. It all began with 25 unique copper plates that were engraved by hand in the 19th century. They were used to record data for the first national map, and still impress as a cartographic medium today.

  • 14 January 2022

    Extremely precise geodetic basis for the new CERN particle accelerator

    The new particle accelerator at CERN requires precise geodetic bases from swisstopo.

  • 20 March 2021

    Swisstopo geodata for glacial purposes

    The GLAMOS Glacier Monitoring network observes the development of around 120 Swiss glaciers. Basic geodata from swisstopo in the form of aerial photographs, orthophotos, elevation models and vector data enable high quality content and facilitate research work.

  • 11 March 2021

    Geodata applied for the safety of Swiss airspace

    Swiss airspace is subject to intensive use. To guarantee safety, it is monitored by the Swiss Air Force. When training in the flight simulator and carrying out missions, pilots rely on geodata, services and maps from swisstopo.

  • 2 March 2021

    Is the roof of my house suitable for a solar plant?

    You can find the answer in just a few clicks at sonnendach.ch. The interactive website shows how suitable a property is for the production of solar energy. Building data from swisstopo forms the basis for calculating solar potential.

  • 1 February 2021

    AGNES determines your position and the weather

    The permanent measuring network, AGNES, can be used to determine positions with centimetre-level accuracy. But few people knew until now that AGNES is also used to produce weather forecasts.

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