German Surveying Engineer Hans-Jurgen Euler has been selected by Leica Geosystems’ CEO Hans Hess as this year’s Leica Research Fellow. This high scientific honour is to acknowledge outstanding work in the field of geomatics — the collection, visualisation and modelling of spatial data.

Dr. Hans-Jurgen Euler is the second researcher to be awarded this fellow after last year’s inaugural prizewinner Physicist Dr. Bernhard Guter. Dr Euler works for the Corporate Technology Center (CTC) of Leica Geosystems, which is headed by Chief Technology Officer Dr. Eugen Voit.

Pioneer in GPS Software Development
The 44-year old Hans-Jurgen Euler is recognised among international experts as one of the scientific pioneers in the use of modern Global Positioning Systems (GPS) for measurement tasks. With software developed by Euler, it became possible to use microwave signals of the Navstar GPS Satellite for precise positioning in difficult atmospheric conditions over longer baseline lengths to centimetre and millimetre accuracy. For the layman it is hard conceive that by deciphering a number of electromagnetic signals from the 24 Navstar satellites orbiting the Earth at 20,200 kilometres and using the time and satellite information available, it is possible to calculate highly-precise geodetic information for many positioning applications.

Originally from Frankfurt/Main, Euler studied surveying in Darmstadt, and completed there his Doctorate in Engineering Sciences. He held a post-doctorate position at the Department of Geodetic Science at The Ohio State University. Following this he moved to Munich and continued to work in the field of satellite technology. Married also to a Surveying Engineer, and father of two children, Euler has worked at Leica Geosystems since 1993.

Important investments in research and development projects
In 1987, Leica Geosystems was the first company in the industry to bring GPS measuring equipment onto the market. With research and development cost of 87 million Swiss Francs in the last financial year — which corresponds to 10.8% of total expenditure — the Swiss Geomatics company is the most research-intensive in the entire industry. This research and development activity has resulted in 1093 patents.