EUPOS Workshops

"Multifunctional GNSS Reference Station Systems for Europe"

 

First EUPOS Workshop
Berlin, Germany
4-5 March 2002

 

Concise summary report

The participants of the workshop stated that the existing and already operating German positioning system SAPOS gained in the German regional surveying authorities and also in neighbouring countries extremely positive experience as far as its capacity, effective procedures as a multi-functional DGNSS reference station system and fundamental infrastructure components is concerned. The participants of the Berlin workshop decided to form a founding committee comprising participants from the countries represented at the workshop, with the goal of drawing in the near future the basic principles concerning setting up multi-functional DGNSS reference station system analogous with the German system SAPOS in countries expressing an interest. Existing infrastructures and activities existing in particular countries should be incorporated. They have also decided that these multi-functional DGNSS reference station systems be realised in a short time frame and that the workshop on multi-functional DGNSS reference station systems for Europe is to be held on an annual basis enabling the necessary exchange of experience and information.

Resolutions

  1. Against the background of extremely positive experience with the SAPOS system gained in the German regional surveying authorities, and also of lessons learned in other European countries, the varied and complex importance of multi-functional DGNSS reference station systems in their capacity as necessary fundamental infrastructure components in the participating countries cannot be over-emphasised. With a view also to the forthcoming EU Galileo project, we, participants at the above-mentioned workshop propose: that a founding committee is to be formed comprising participants from the countries represented at the workshop, with the goal of drawing up in the near future the basic principles concerning setting up multi-functional DGNSS reference station systems compatible with SAPOS   in countries expressing an interest. Financing models are to be outlined. Existing infrastructures and activities may be incorporated.

  2. Against the background of the necessity that these multi-functional DGNSS reference station systems be realised in a short time frame, we, participants at the above-mentioned workshop propose: the workshop on multi-functional DGNSS reference station systems for Europe is to be held on an annual basis in the function of an information platform, thus enabling the necessary exchange of experience and information.

  3. The participants of the workshop would like to express their appreciation to the Urban Development Ministry and Departments of the Federal State (Land) of Berlin, to the Surveying Authorities' Working Committee AdV1, and to the European Academy of the Urban Environment EA.UE, for their original initiative, the financial support, the excellent organisation and the pleasant atmosphere during the whole workshop.


Participants of the workshop                      Berlin, 05 March 2002

62 persons participated in the workshop, representing the following countries: Bulgaria; Croatia; Czech Republic; Estonia; Germany; Hungary; Latvia; Lithuania; Macedonia; Poland; Romania; Russian Federation; Slovak Republic; Slovenia; Switzerland; Yugoslavia.

 

 

Second EUPOS Workshop
Berlin, Germany
21-22 November 2003

 

Concise summary report

The workshop was opened by Mrs. Monika Helbig, Deputy Minister, Berlin Representative to the Federal Government and European. She welcomed particularly the participants from Central and East European states (CEE) and expressed her joy, that the Berlin impulse to pass on knowledge and experience has met with so great interest and that the initiative of the first workshop has found its continuation with the work of the ISC and with this workshop. For the Berlin surveying administration Dr. Friedrich Rokahr, Head of the Division Geoinformation, Land Surveying, Valuation of the Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development, stressed that the ISC reacted to the growing interest of the industry and had invited them therefore to the workshop. Mr Gerd Rosenthal, Head of the ISC Office (ISCO) and Head of the Subdivision Geodetic Survey, Three-dimensional Geodesy of the Senate Department for Urban Development explained the ISC activities since the first workshop. Dr. Johannes Ihde, German Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy, explained the concept for the realization of the ETRS89 with EUREF Permanent Network EPN. Before the participants started the discussion in the working groups, Mr Dubbert from JAAKKO PÖYRY INFRA, HB-Verkehrsconsult gave a summary about the requirements on a project application for promotional programmes of the EU. He concentrated essentially on the question of the financing of a common umbrella project for EUPOS.

In the working groups concerning the strategies for the realization of EUPOS in the participating countries and for the specification of the next steps the importance was emphasized to establish now the NSCs authorized by the state authorithies. In addition, it was recommended, that the data interchange in principle should be cost-free between the EUPOS countries to support the cross-border networking of the EUPOS reference stations. The quality and the concept of EUPOS fixed in the project description and the EUPOS Standard Summary must be realised. In another working group the participants discussed with the company representatives different questions to the network conception and to the cooperation with the industry. The company representatives agreed that a reference station density of 70 km is necessary for the striven accuracies in the different services and for a assured availability in network systems with 10 or more reference stations. The company representatives considered a platform like the EUPOS workshop as sufficient for the exchange between EUPOS and the industry.

On the second day Mr Franz-Josef Vetter from the European Investment Bank Berlin (EIB) explained the financing about credits of the EIB. The EIB is a public bank oriented at EU political aims, the EU member states are the equity holders. Mr Hartmut Reupke of the Berlin Public Transport company (BVG) reported about the use of SAPOS in the computer-supported operation management system of the BVG busses and explained specially the financial profit. Mr Bodo Lahr, German Railway Company (DB AG), also picked up this aspect in his lecture about satellite supported measurement procedures for the precise recording and assessment of railway tracks.

In the working group about financing questions it was stressed, that every country has to submit an individual project application based on the generalised project description to the relevant regional promotional EU programme. In a arranged spontaneously, additional working group it was discussed about concrete steps to the financing of an umbrella project.

Resolutions

  1. The participants in the Workshop on EUPOS Multifunctional GNSS Reference Station Systems for Europe would like to express their heartfelt thanks for the work carried out so far by the International EUPOS Steering Committee, the member states and, in particular, the states of Berlin and Hamburg. In order to ensure that the efforts to set up EUPOS can continue, the institutions mentioned above are requested to continue their efforts in a systematic manner.

  2. The Workshop calls for the setting up of the National EUPOS Service Centres (NSCs) to be completed as an urgent priority. It is important for the NSCs to begin their work as national, state-authorised bodies for EUPOS. This is a precondition for the acceptance of the project at the national and international level as well as for the start of negotiations on the acquisition of EU funding.

  3. The EUPOS ISCO report is accepted. The Workshop adopts the EUPOS Standard Summary in the version of 8 September 2003 and the EUPOS Project Description.

  4. To put the EUPOS project into effect, applications are to be submitted for an umbrella project and, as soon as possible, for implementation-related projects.

  5. The participants in the Workshop express their thanks to the Berlin Senate Chancellery and the Senate Department for Urban Development as well as the European Academy of the Urban Environment Berlin for the financial support, outstanding organisation and excellent conduct of the Workshop.


Participants of the workshop Berlin, 22 November 2003

62 persons participated in the workshop, representing the following countries: Bosnia-Herzogovina, Bulgaria; Czech Republic; Estonia; Germany; Hungary; Latvia; Lithuania; Macedonia; Poland; Romania; Russian Federation; Serbia and Montenegro, Slovak Republic.

 

EUPOS - Multifunctional GNSS-Reference Station Systems for Europe Workshop for Decision-makers
6-7 December 2004, Berlin, Germany

As an information session for decision-makers from Central- and Eastern European countries the EUPOS® - Workshop for Decision-makers took place at 6 - 7. December 2004 in Berlin.

The objective of the workshop was to inform the participants about the initiative and the project EUPOS® in order receive a more detailed overview about the topically state of EUPOS® and the benefits in the participating Central- and Eastern European countries when promoting the project in their country.

Dr. Löwe from the Berlin Senate Chancellery welcomed the participants on behalf of the Senate of Berlin and the Governing Mayor, Mr. Klaus Wowereit to the workshop and pointed out that the German political interest is directed towards to the EU-wide cooperation on progress in science and technologie. The EUPOS® - project is a very important element by intensifying the exchange of know-how, information and experience.

Mr. Rosenthal reported on the topically state of EUPOS® project. Mr. Hankemeier, from the State Enterprise for Geoinformation and Survey of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, explained potential EUPOS® applications and the benefits in Central and Eastern European countries on the basis of the realized german system EUPOS. These are e.g. satellite-based surveying and navigation, high tide protection, private carnavigation, central taffic management for poice and fire brigade, risk tracking, logistics at large building sites, applications for perfectioning the farming, hydrographic applications and transfer of ships, dynamic passenger information systems at the harbour and on the road.

In the afternoon of the first day two excursions were arranged. First the participants made a little trip by a ship of the the Berlin Fishery Authority. The used EUPOS - System applications were explained and demonstrated. They are principally used for location and documentation of underwater obstacles and for precise documentation of environmental parameter measuring.

Afterwards the participants were conducted to the operation centre of Vehicle Scheduling and Control System of the Berlin public transport company (BVG) where a report about the application possibilities of the satellite-based System TETRAPOL was given. This is a computer supported management system for controlling and monitoring of the busses, traffic lights and passenger information. On a visit of the control centre the participants received an impression of the application.

The second workshop-day started with a report of the EU-Project "Risk tracking Management", which were impressive explained at the "Viking-Project" of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg how it is possible to arrange, to control and to prevent hazardous impacts at the transport of dangerous goods with a satellite-based system.

The workshop continued with a demonstration of SAPOS -based surveying and with a inspection of the Berlin SAPOS® reference system centre, which is operated by the Ministry for Urban Development of Berlin.

Afterwards the participants were informed about strategies for the realisation of the EUPOS® reference station systems in Central and Eastern European EUPOS® -countries, re-financing and relevant promotional programmes of the European Union. After a short explanation of the exsisting project-structure and the EUPOS® standards, Mr. Rosenthal continued with an overview about the budget which is needed in every EUPOS® member country. The possibilities for funding the EUPOS® - project by different EU-programmes and by models of public private partnerships were explained.

For the promotion of EUPOS® it is beneficial to arouse the interest of users by presentations and pilot projects. Additionally the steering committee in every EUPOS® member country will practise lobby-work, especially concerning relevant governmental bodies, which should be supported by the work-shop participants as well.

Finally the opportunity of of discussion of the outcomes and of answer to additional questions were given to the participants. They confirmed that they got a good overview about the various applications of a DGNSS and that the realisation of the EUPOS® project would encourage the further development of their country.