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150th Anniversary of the Austrian Geodetic Commission (ÖGK)
"150 YEARS DEVOTED TO THE ADVANCEMENT OF GEODESY"
On June 2, 1863 the Austrian Emperor Franz Josef I authorized Austria's accession to the "Commission for Central European Arc Measurement" and appointed Major General August von Fligely, head of the Militärgeographisches Institut (MGI), Karl v. Littrow, head of Wiener Universitätssternwarte, and Dr. Josef Herr, Professor of Geodesy at the Wiener Polytechnisches Institut, Austria's authorized representatives within this commission. Having recognized the importance of the determination of the figure of the Earth by means of geodetic methods and in international accordance, Austria thus followed the example of Prussia and Saxony, the two countries that had founded the commission in 1862, and became the 3rd European country to join this body. Only two years later, at the General Conference in Berlin in 1865, there were already 16 member states. In 1867 the Central European Commission of Arc Measurement had already grown into a European body, which – following the initiative of Lieutenant General Johann Jakob Baeyer - formed the political basis for the determination of the figure of the Earth by means of geodetic methods.
Originally founded in 1863, the "Österreichische Kommission für die Mitteleuropäische Gradmessung" was renamed "Österreichische Kommission für die internationale Erdmessung (ÖKIE)" in 1887 and finally became the "Österreichische Geodätische Kommission (ÖGK)" in 1995.
The "Österreichische Geodätische Kommission" is to celebrate the 150th anniversary of its foundation in a commemorative event. The commemorative event to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Austrian Geodetic Commission took place at the Bundesamt für Eich- und Vermessungs- wesen (BEV) in Vienna on 7th November 2013.
As the ÖGK is an organism that today comprises all the different geodetic fields, the lectures held by renowned scientists were intended to show the spectrum of research that is being done in geodesy nowadays. They covered a wide range of different topics from satellite geodesy and its manifold applications to applied geodesy, presenting rapid alert systems to warn of landslides and systems monitoring power plants and tunnels, and from the use of the cadastre as the basis of a modern administration of property to applications of geodesy in the field of archaeology. One lecture was also held to highlight the challenges that the formation of future geodesists and surveyors has to comply with.
In the course of the commemorative event the new head of the Austrian Geodetic Commission, Univ. Prof Dr. Norbert Pfeifer was introduced and presented with his decree by Mag. Dr. Matthias Tschirf, head of Sektion I of the Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth.
In addition, the ÖGK also welcomed two new members: President Dipl. Ing. Wernher Hoffman, head of the BEV, and Univ. Prof. Dr. Johannes Böhm of the Technical University, Vienna, who were also handed over their decrees. Picture gallery Invitation