Converts your survey data


The open source software survey2gis is a flexible tool for the conversion of survey data into GIS geometries and attributes. Version 1.1 of survey2gis was exclusively financed by the Cultural Heritage Authority of the Federal State of Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Germany.

The following persons and companies are currently involved in the development:

  • David Bibby, LAD-BW, Esslingen (DE)
  • Claus Brenner LAD-BW, Esslingen (DE)
  • Dr. Benjamin Ducke, Berlin (DE)
  • CSGIS GbR, Munich (DE)
  •, Rome (IT)

Survey2gis processes field survey data based on point measurements into fully attributed, topologically cleaned, complex geometries (points, lines polygons), using information from freely definable codes in the survey data. Survey2gis acts as a bridge from field survey to GIS-based analysis.

In the development of survey2gis, great emphasis has been placed on flexibility of use, robustness and the quality of the output data. Users are not limited to any specific survey method, but are instead offered a wide variety of processing modes, allowing to adjust the output to the needs of specific workflows.

Functionality and features

Core functionality

  • Input of multiple, freely definable survey data/coordinates with attribute codes.
  • Creation of geometric objects in the form of points, lines and polygons.
  • Freely definable fields for attribute data.
  • Output of survey data as topologically correct geometries in standard GIS data formats.
  • Detailed validation and logging of data and processes, including topological cleaning.

Additional features

  • Open source software, published under GNU GPL 3.0.
  • Portable software: no installation required.
  • Runs on Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10/11 (32 and 64 Bit), Linux (32 and 64 Bit), Mac OS (planned).
  • Can be controlled through a graphical user interface or via the command line.
  • Input/output of 2D or 3D survey data.