2010 - 2017

2010: Geodata now available to everyone

Thanks to the implementation of the Federal Geoinformation Act, geodata are now available to everyone. swisstopo assists with the introduction of the federal geoportal. "Excellence publique" prize awarded to geo.admin.ch. Federal geoportal is the first unit of the Federal Administration to use cloud computing.

2010: Publication of a new geological map

 Swiss Geological Survey publishes a new map in its GeoMaps 500 series: "Switzerland during the last glacial maximum".

2010: Production of three new 3D datasets

Production of three new 3D datasets from the topographic landscape model: swissBUILDINGS 3D (building volume excluding roof shape), SWISSIMAGE FCIR (false-colour infrared orthophotos) and swissBOUNDARIES 3D (administrative units and boundaries in vector form), replacing GG25. 

2012: New coordinates for the national maps

New coordinates for the national maps.In order to clearly distinguish between the old and new coordinates, a seventh digit has been prefixed to the original six-digit coordinates: 1 for the north-south direction and 2 for the east-west direction. 

2013: High-resolution digital height model now covers the entire country

High-resolution digital height model (swissALTI3D) now covers the entire country, including regions higher than 2,000 metres above sea level. SwissMeteo made a major contribution towards the creation of this model (e.g. by enabling climate observation).

2013: Viewer presenting 175 years of cartographic history

"Journey through time" viewer available online as of the beginning of the year. Users can now view almost 175 years of Switzerland's cartographic history. 

2014: New LUBIS (aerial image) viewer available online

New LUBIS (aerial image information system) viewer available online as of April. Contains around 320,000 historical aerial images of all regions of the country. Earliest images date from the 1920s.

2014: revision and update of 1:25,000 national map

swisstopo revises and updates 1:25,000 national map, and in January publishes the first four sheets in the new generation of maps. Improvement of digital use of national maps, and further development of cartography. 

2014: Printing of the first hydrogeological maps of Chad

A joint project between Chad, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the UN was set up in 2012 to map Chad’s water resources. swisstopo is in charge of map design and production.

2014: Swiss Map Mobile is now available by subscription

The annual subscription allows unlimited storage of maps on mobile devices for access even without a network.

2014: Cadastre of public-law restrictions on landownership (PLR Cadastre) now available

Five pilot cantons (Bern, Neuchâtel, Nidwalden, Thurgau and Zurich) put their PLR cadastre online. The surveying sector of swisstopo coordinates the work necessary to set up this cadastre, grouping the restrictions in many laws, ordinances and regulations concerning land-use.

2015: swissNAMES3D available free of charge

This data set categorizes over 300,000 geographical names and can be consulted free of charge on the Federal Geoportal or integrated into a variety of applications.

2015: The Federal Geoportal on the way towards 3D

Certain data on the Federal Geoportal can now be displayed in partial 3D (2.5D). This application is a test version from which conclusions will be drawn to improve the range of data and the display quality for producing a final 3D version.

2015: AGNES stations equipped with Multi-GNSS receivers

Stations in the AGNES network are now compatible with GPS (USA), GLONASS (Russia), Galileo (EU) and BeiDou (China) systems. This enhanced compatibility broadens the system’s development opportunities and increases the base of potential users.

2016: swisstopo publishes a national map at 1:10,000 scale

swisstopo’s famous national map is now available at the new 1:10,000 scale, but only in digital format. It is also revolutionary in terms of design, since it is generated automatically based on the topographic landscape model and is updated each year.

2016: The Mont Terri rock laboratory celebrates 20 years of existence

The underground laboratory researching the storage of radioactive waste in deep Opalinus Clay layers celebrates its 20th anniversary with an open day. Numerous visitors have an opportunity to view the installations that allow the 16 research partners to carry out 130 long-term experiments.

2016: swisstopo publishes a special map on the Gotthard Massif

With the inauguration of the new Gotthard Base Tunnel, swisstopo publishes a new map showing extracts from historical and geological maps. It illustrates and documents the development of communication axes from the time of postal coach travel to the moment of becoming the longest railroad tunnel in the world.

2017: Improvement of the precision of SWISSIMAGE orthophotos

The SWISSIMAGE mosaic of orthophotos now has a ground resolution of 10 cm in the lowlands (25 cm previously) and 25 cm in the mountains (50 cm previously). Updating the orthophotos to this new standard will take place gradually until its completion in 2019.


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