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SwissGeoLab is an educational laboratory that aims to give a glimpse of the world of geomatics. It is primarily intended for secondary and high school students and travels around Switzerland from one interested school to another.

Sandheap with contour lines. These adapt automatically to the shape of the sand when it is modified.
The “Sand box and contours” experiment

What is geomatics? How is it linked to geography, physics, computer science or the maps we use to orient ourselves? The mobile Swiss geomatics lab, SwissGeoLab, answers these questions in an entertaining manner through practical experiments, which are designed primarily for secondary and high school students. These experiments are grouped according to the following 6 themes:

  • Orientation in space
  • Sandbox
  • Going back in time
  • 3D portrait
  • Grandfather’s camera
  • Geolocalisation


By illustrating various typical activities in the geomatics profession, the experiments proposed within the scope of these themes raise questions similar to those of traditional subjects in any school curriculum, such as computer science, mathematics, geography and history.

The contents of the lab were designed by the Haute École d'Ingénierie et de Gestion du Canton de Vaud (HEIG-VD), the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology of Lausanne and Zurich, as well as swisstopo. Other partners of the project are the Konferenz der kantonalen Katasterdienste (CadastreSuisse), the Fachhochschule Ostschweiz (FHO), the Verband der Ingenieur-Geometer Schweiz (IGS) and the Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz (FHNW).

Please follow the link below to learn more about the proposed experiments and the procedure to host SwissGeoLab in your school.


Federal Office of Topography swisstopo Seftigenstrasse 264
P.O. Box
3084 Wabern
+41 58 469 01 11


Relevant authority

Geodesy and Federal Directorate of Cadastral Surveying

Federal Office of Topography swisstopo

Seftigenstrasse 264
P.O. Box
3084 Wabern


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