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2000 - 2009

2000: Introduction of COGIS Division

Introduction of COGIS (Coordination, Geo-Information and Services Division), which incorporates the INTERLIS competence centre.

2000: Initiation of input of digital terrain model

Commencement of input of a digital terrain model for the cadastral survey with accuracy up to 1 metre (Utilised Agricultural Land project).

2001: "Swiss Names" database

Under the designation "Swiss Names", the database containing around 190,000 geographic names is made available to the general public.

2001: Definitive replacement of negative scribing

As of the beginning of 2001, definitive replacement of the negative scribing process by digital cartography. Publication of the last map sheet (no. 39, Flüelapass) to be updated in analogue form.

2003: Federal Council adopts concept for implementation of geodata infrastructure

Federal Council adopts the concept for the implemention of the federal geoinformation strategy formulated by COGIS. The aim of this concept is to develop a national geodata infrastructure. This results in a paradigm shift at swisstopo: the focus is now on benefits for the economy instead of on business considerations. 

2004: Realisation of nationwide SWISSIMAGE coverage

Realisation of planned complete coverage of SWISSIMAGE. This means that every square metre of the country is now depicted in the form of a homogeneous orthophoto mosaic with a ground pixel resolution of 50 centimetres. 

2005: Acquisition of new aerial image camera (ADS40)

Acquisition of a new digital aerial image camera (ADS40), immediately available for updating the SWISSIMAGE orthophoto mosaic as well as the national maps, following the changeover from analytical to digital photogrammetry for the topographic survey. Introduction of new flight schedules for recording aerial images for SWISSIMAGE with the ADS40 in order to take account of the new ground pixel resolutions of 25 centimetres (central plain, Jura, Alpine valleys) and 50 centimetres (mountain regions). 

2006: swisstopo takes over management of Mont Terri research project

swisstopo takes over management of the Mont Terri (canton of Jura) research programme and is now operator of the rock laboratory. Mont Terri is an international research project aimed at determining the hydrogeological, geochemical and geotechnical characteristics of an opalinus clay formation.

2006: Incorporation of Swiss Geological Survey into swisstopo

Transfer of the Swiss Geological Survey from the Federal Office for Water and Geology to the Federal Office of Topography swisstopo as of 1 January. swisstopo is now also Switzerland's competence centre for geology, is responsible for coordinating the geological survey and can now provide its clients with geological data and information.

2007: Adaptation of geodesic reference frame to European reference system

Adaptation of geodesic reference frame to the European reference system. New national survey (LV95), which was developed between 1989 and 1995, replaces the national coordinates system (LV3) dating from 1903. This move includes the introduction of new coordinates and the renaming of the coordinate axes.

2007: ortho images are more frequently updated

The satellite imagery (ortho images) created by SWISSIMAGE now to be updated every 3 years.

start of installation works for gallery 08 at Mont Terri

Start of the installation works and excavation of Gallery 08 in the geological rock laboratory Mont-Terri near Saint-Ursanne in the canton of Jura.

2008: Entry into force of the Federal Geoinformation Act

Entry into force of the Federal Geoinformation Act on 1 July. The aim is to guarantee the smooth, efficient and sustainable provision of up-to-date geodata for the entire sovereign territory of Switzerland for the federal authorities, the cantons and municipalities, the private sector, the general public and scientific circles, at the desired level of quality and at affordable prices so that the data can be put to widespread use.

2008: Topographic landscape model replaces VECTOR25

In the spring, commencent of work on the creation and updating of the topographic landscape model (TLM), an enormous 3D geological database of the Swiss landscape. The new model is to replace the previous VECTOR25, which was based on maps. Administration and processing of data in the TLM are being carried out with the aid of TOPGI (topographic-geographic information system), into which digital photogrammetry has been fully integrated. 

2009: Entry into force of the Ordinance on the Cadastre of public-law restrictions on landownership

Entry into force of the Ordinance on the Cadastre of public-law restrictions on landownership (PLR Cadastre) on 1 October 2009. The aim is to incorporate the most important restrictions governing each plot of land into the new cadastre. The PLR Cadastre is a new information system in the area of landownership.

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Federal Office of Topography swisstopo

Seftigenstrasse 264
P.O. Box
3084 Wabern


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