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History of Land Surveying

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Course Unit Code544-0023/06
Number of ECTS Credits Allocated3 ECTS credits
Type of Course Unit *Compulsory
Level of Course Unit *First Cycle
Year of Study *First Year
Semester when the Course Unit is deliveredWinter Semester
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Language of InstructionCzech
Prerequisites and Co-Requisites There are no prerequisites or co-requisites for this course unit
Name of Lecturer(s)Personal IDName
SLA40doc. Ing. Dana Vrublová, Ph.D.
PLA0093RNDr. Ladislav Plánka, CSc.
The development of geodesy and cartography, and their working methods in individual centers of civilization in connection with other scientific, technical, cultural and other activities of society. Development of the institutionalization of geodetic and cartographic services.
The share of Czech technicians in the development of instruments and devices for geodetic and cartographic work. History of geodetic and cartographic works on the territory of the Czech Republic. Old and historical maps and atlases.
Learning Outcomes of the Course Unit
Students will acquire knowledge of key stages of development of methods and equipment of geodesy and cartography. It will gain a basic overview of the interrelationship between geodesy and cartography and their link to other fields of scientific and technical practice.
Knowledge of the history of the field of study will contribute to a faster and deeper understanding of its current methodological and instrumentation base.
Course Contents
1. Prehistory and antiquity in geodesy and cartography.
2. The middle ages in cartography (ecclesiastical, maritime, non-European cartography) and geodesy.
3. Discoveries and travelers, significant geodetic figures and expeditions.
4. Renaissance and reformation in geodesy and cartography.
5. Old and historical instruments and instruments for measuring basic geodetic quantities and for cartometric tasks.
6. Development of leveling, tachymetry, trigonometry and photogrammetry.
7. Development of instrumentation and methods of mining.
8. Detailed mapping of European countries, development of land registry in the territory of the Habsburg monarchy.
9. Old and historical cartographic works on the territory of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia (and Slovakia).
10. Institutional provision of geodetic and cartographic services in the past.
11. Significant producers of geodetic instruments and aids and significant cartographic houses, their history.
12. Historical methods of cartographic production, production and printing of maps.
13. Development of automation and digital methods in geodesy and cartography.
14. Significant map collections and archives, museums and geodetic artifacts in the landscape
Recommended or Required Reading
Required Reading:
WOODWARD, David, HARLEY, J. Brian: History of Cartography. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago & London, Vol. 1 – 3, 1987 – 2007, available online (free):
MILLER Frederic P., VANDOME Agnes F., McBREWSTER Johnb (eds.): History of Geodesy. Alphascript Publishing, 2010, 136 s.
HÁNEK, Pavel.: Data z dějin zeměměřictví: 25 tisíc let oboru (Data k dějinám zeměměřictví). 2. vyd., Praha, Klaudian 2012, 160 s.
MARŠÍKOVÁ Magdaléna; MARŠÍK Zbyněk.: Dějiny zeměměřictví a pozemkových úprav v Čechách a na Moravě v kontextu světového vývoje. 1. vyd. Praha, Libri 2007, 182 s.
NOVÝ Luboš a kol.: Dějiny techniky v Československu do konce 18. století. ACADEMIA Praha 1974, 668 s.
LEWIS Michael Jonathan Taunton: Surveying Instruments of Greece and Rome. Cambridge University Press, 2001, 389 s.
Recommended Reading:
Virtual museum of surveying (
BUMBA Jan: České katastry od 11. do 21 století. Grada Publishing, Praha 2007, 192 s.
HONL Ivan; PROCHÁZKA Emanuel: Úvod do dějin zeměměřictví I.-VII. Skriptum ČVUT Praha 1984-1992
SEMOTANOVÁ Eva: Mapy Čech, Moravy a Slezska v zrcadle staletí. Dotisk 1. vydání, Praha: Libri, 2006, 264 s.
BLACK Jeremy: Vision of the world: a history of maps. MITCH 2006, 176 s.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Lectures, Tutorials, Project work
Assesment methods and criteria
Task TitleTask TypeMaximum Number of Points
(Act. for Subtasks)
Minimum Number of Points for Task Passing
Credit and ExaminationCredit and Examination100 (100)51
        CreditCredit33 17
        ExaminationExamination67 34