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Hexagon is a global leader in sensor, software and autonomous technologies. We are putting data to work to boost efficiency, productivity, and quality across industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, safety, and mobility applications.
Our technologies are shaping urban and production ecosystems to become increasingly connected and autonomous - ensuring a scalable, sustainable future. In 2005, Hexagon acquired Leica Geosystems AG which wrote Swiss surveying history with its roots in the companies Kern & Co. AG Aarau and WILD Heerbrugg AG. Learn more at hexagon.com and follow us @HexagonAB.

The Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geomatic Engineering at ETH Zurich is one of the leading global teaching and research units in the area of geomatic engineering sciences. The geospatial engineering sciences programme trains specialists who will deal with the biggest challenges in today’s society while using their technical, economic and environmental expertise. With digital models of our living spaces, sustainable land use planning and smart traffic concepts, they will play a major role in shaping the future. The programme offers solid and practical training and provides special development of interdisciplinary competencies.

The FHNW's Institute of Geomatics (IGEO) offers solid and practical training and further education in the area of geomatics as Bachelor, Master and CAS degrees. Due to its multi-faceted education and the direct connection to practical education the graduates fo these programmes are extremely sought-after and appreciated on the job market. As a trans-regional competence centre for geomatics, the IGEO is an important national and international partner in research and development in this area.

The Swiss Federal Office of Topography swisstopo is Switzerland’s geoinformation centre. It provides precise, current and reliable bases for the surveying of Switzerland, collects data on the landscape and its substrates and documents them over time. Products which have always set the benchmark in the field are derived from this geodata. swisstopo strives to pass on this knowledge to the next generation. Each year swisstopo trains geomatic apprentices who are specializing in cartography or geoinformatics. Besides the Swiss Federal Statistical Office, swisstopo is the only training institution for geomaticians specializing in cartography in Switzerland. , besides.

The Aarau city museum tells the stories of those who have left their mark on Aarau over the centuries, shows the variety of life that has come together in this small town and takes a fresh look at well-known or new artefacts. The museum sees itself as a platform for the discussion of current topics and negotiation of a shared future. The building also houses the Kern und Co. company collection, a successful international Aarau family business that operated until 1988. The estate was transferred to the museum after the company was taken over by the WILD-Leitz Group. Precisely for the 200 year anniversary and as part of the Aarau annual theme #ZeitsprungIndustrie [industrial time hop], Kern and the history of surveying are in the spotlight of the exhibition «Kern exakt200!» at the Aarau city museum.

Revolutionising the world of measurement and survey for 200 years, Leica Geosystems is the industry leader in measurement and information technologies. We create complete solutions for professionals across the planet. Known for innovative product and solution development, professionals in a diverse mix of industries, such as surveying and engineering, building and heavy construction, safety and security, and power and plant trust Leica Geosystems for all their geospatial needs. With precise and accurate instruments, sophisticated software, and trusted services, Leica Geosystems delivers value every day to those shaping the future of our world. Leica Geosystems is part of Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B; hexagon.com), a leading global provider of information technology solutions that drive productivity and quality across geospatial and industrial landscapes.

The Kern study collection history started in August 1988 with the transfer of historical instruments, documents, films and drawings to the former old-Aarau city museum. Until 1998 only a small selection of the collection could be displayed in the tower’s attic. In 2009 a decommissioned civil bunker near the Aarau town museum was renovated and equipped with the facilities required to welcome visitors. Since May 2011 the study collection has been on display in the Aarau town museum. In a study collection the inventory is typically not displayed behind glass. The public can see the artefacts in operation and manipulate them for themselves under the supervision and with the support of experts. For this reason, the collection is only available at certain times or by arrangement. A working group with dedicated experts from the different specialist areas is responsible for cataloguing and maintaining items, and welcoming visitors.

The Society for the history of Geodesy in Switzerland (GGGS) deals with all areas of application for geodetic and surveying methods in civil and military circles. It deals with the documentation of working methods and devices for geodetic, surveying and topographical work and related literature – technical, historical, political or artistic content. It preserves the physical and intellectual heritage of geodesy in Switzerland. Its motto «past, present and future» stresses the importance of historical context, of a geodetic nature, for our activities today and in the future. The GGGS operates in working groups to process themed components of the history of geodesy and presents it in publications and conferences.