9th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, Zurich 2011

PRE-EVENT: Hands-on ToolMap Workshop – A tool for digital geological mapping
Friday 11th November 2011
ETH Zurich

ToolMap – A tool for digital geological mapping

Date:               Friday, 11th November 2011
Time:               08:15 - 12:30 am
Place:              ETH Zurich
                        Department of Earth Sciences, Building NO, Sonneggstrasse 5, 8092 Zürich
                        Computer room NO D39

Costs:              Participation is free of charges.

Registration:   Required! please register with cristina.michael@swisstopo.ch until October 23th at the latest


Lecturer:         Mario Sartori (University of Geneva)
                       Lucien Schreiber, Pascal Ornstein (CREALP – Research center on alpine environment)


After many years of traditional geological map production, a growing need for vector datasets has evolved during the last decade. The availability of digital geological data with detailed object and attribute descriptions became fundamental in dealing with geological questions in 2D and 3D, especially regarding natural hazards and the management of the use of the underground.

In order to handle geological information in an efficient way and to easily transfer it into geo­logical information systems, the research center on alpine environment (CREALP) de­veloped in close collaboration with the Swiss Geological Survey the software package ToolMap. ToolMap allows structuring and storing geological data through a robust relational database, vectorising field data and building up multilayer GIS models with high topological integrity. Thus, it permits a much faster production of GIS datasets readily avail­able for a wide variety of applications.

Key features of ToolMap:

  • Dedicated tool for vectorising, attributing and building up complex multilayer GIS.
  • Implementation of user–defined data models for handling geological features (geometry and descriptive attributes)
  • Open source, cross platform software package, available for Windows, Mac (Intel, PPC) and Linux.
  • Designed for all geologists integrating geological field data into GIS

Content of the workshop

  • Introduction to the principles and goals of ToolMap
  • Introduction to the method.
  • Design and implementation of a ToolMap project
  • Hands-on exercise: Creating a geological map using ToolMap


Participation in the ToolMap Workshop is free but registration is required.


Please register with cristina.michael@swisstopo.ch until October 23th at the latest
Federal Office of Topography swisstopo
Geological Survey
Mrs. Cristina Salomè Michael
Seftigenstrasse 264, 3084 Wabern

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