931314 GPS-based agriculture

Lecture and field trip
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Barta, Norbert , Heine, Erwin , Gronauer, Andreas , Mairhofer, Franziska , Söllinger, Elisabeth , Pfurtscheller, Hannes
Institute of Agricultural Engineering
Offered in
Sommersemester 2018
Languages of instruction


The course is divided into a basic and an application part.
The basics section deals with the technology of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). The structure and functionality, the methods of positioning and navigation, the sources of error and the attainable quality of the positioning as well as the connection of the different coordinate systems are explained. The different instrument classes and the planning of a GPS survey are also discussed.
The application part deals with the use of GNSS technology in agriculture (keyword:"precise agriculture"). The sensor technology, the application strategies and their benefits are discussed. Topics such as sub-area specific cultivation, yield mapping and automatic steering systems are covered.
Two excursions take place as part of the course. At the experimental farm in Groß Enzersdort, the technique is presented in practical exercises. A further excursion will lead to a practical operation, a manufacturer or a trade fair.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

After successful completion of the course, the students can continue their studies:
• know the basics of satellite-based navigation and positioning
• classify the environmental and technical parameters that influence accuracy
• show the application of technology in agriculture and its benefits
• select the necessary components for implementation
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.