Geographic information is used in many different contexts such as decision making, the analysis of natural hazard, transportation, land management, etc. The GIS-lab at the insit institute is a member of the geomatics group.

The goals of the GIS-lab are:
- The analysis of new data-sources
- The development and evaluation of innovative applications and systems

Key competences:

spatial databases, modeling, data infrastructures, interoperability, webmapping, spatial webservices, spatial analysis, GIS project management, geovisualization, human-computer interaction and interface design

Current projects

BioSentiers - Development of an augmented reality application for biodiversity

GeoTile - Vector tiling

Urbangene - Analysis of urban aquatic biodiversity

POTSOL - Detection of surfaces that are suitable for the installation of solar panels. Determination of potential power production

Green roofs - Automated detection of green roofs using cadastral footprints and aerial images


S. Composto, D. Bollinger, J.Ingensand, P. Patthey, R. Eyholzer, C. Heeb (2015) An analysis of deer habitat on the Swiss Plateau. 13th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, Basel 2015.

J-R. Marchand, J. Ingensand (Dir) (2015) Analyse spatiale d’observations ornithologiques. Bachelor thesis

Y. Bagutti, J. Ingensand (Dir) (2015) Utilisation du LIDAR pour la mise à jour de la mensuration officielle. Bachelor thesis

J. Ingensand, M. Nappez, C. Moullet, L. Gasser, S. Composto (2015) Vector tiles for the Swiss Federal Geoportal. In: Proceedings of the 2015 FOSS4G Europe conference. Como, Italy.

E. Rochat, S. Duruz, I. Widmer, A. Clémence, O. Desrichard, D. Rappo, O. Ertz, J. Ingensand, J-M Theler, I. Guessous,  S. Joost (2015) Relationship between land cover type and Body Mass Index (BMI) in Geneva. Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event (JURSE) 30 March - 1 April 2015, Lausanne, Switzerland

J. Ingensand, S. Composto, M. Nappez, S. Joost, I. Widmer, O.Ertz, D. Rappo (2015) Motivating citizens to take action for biodiversity conservation using geospatial systems. In: Proceedings of the 2015 AGILE conference. Lisbon, Portugal.

J.Ingensand, M. Nappez, S. Joost, I. Widmer, O.Ertz, D. Rappo (2015) The Urbangene project - experience from a crowdsourced mapping campaign. In: Proceedings of the GISTAM 2015 conference. Barcelona, Spain.

S. Composto, D. Bollinger (Dir), J. Ingensand (2015): Zones d'habitat du cerf - Lieux situés sur le Plateau suceptibles d'accueillir le cervidé. Revue Best of Bachelor.

S. Composto, J. Ingensand. (2015) Le projet BioSentiers : application mobile de réalité augmentée avec la participation collective de ses utilisateurs. Proceedings of the Théo Quant 2015 conference. Besançon, France.

I. Widmer, E. Rochat, K. Leempoel, A. Clémence and O. Ertz, D. Rappo, J. Ingensand, JM Theler, I. Guessous, S.Joost (2015). Biodiversity dynamics and the effect of urban environment on the distribution of genetic variation in the Geneva cross-border area. First Annual Meeting in Conservation Genetics – Science and Practice, Birmensdorf, Switzerland

J. Ingensand. B. Cannelle (2014) The impact of teaching using open source geospatial software. Third Open Source Geospatial Research & Education Symposium (OGRS 2014), Otaniemi, Espoo, Finland, SCIENCE + TECHNOLOGY, 2014.

S. Joost, R. Baumann, O. Ertz, J. Ingensand and I. Widmer et al.(2014) A participatory WebGIS platform to support biodiversity inventory in the Geneva cross-border area.Third Open Source Geospatial Research & Education Symposium (OGRS 2014), Otaniemi, Espoo, Finland, SCIENCE + TECHNOLOGY, 2014.

M. Laribi, D. Consuegra, J. Ingensand (Dirs) (2014) Développement d'une application numérique sur SMARTPHONE - consultation et manipulation à distance de données hydrologiques et hydrauliques - contrôle et détection de déficits locaux de sécurité en matière d'inondation des cours d'eau. Bachelor thesis

R. Bullinger, J. Ingensand (Dir) (2014) Le SIG comme outil collaboratif pour les Grands Projets territoriaux. Master thesis.




Prof. Dr. Jens Ingensand
University of Applied Sciences
Western Switzerland at Yverdon (HES-SO)
School of Business and Engineering
Vaud (HEIG-VD)
Route de Cheseaux 1
1401 Yverdon-les-Bains

jens.ingensand at


Geo for all - Geo for all

GITTA - Geographic Information Technology Training Alliance

YGEO- Geographic information and communication technologies at HEIG-VD / HES-SO

- GIS Labs in French-speaking Switzerland

 - Association pour le Système d'Information du Territoire Vaudois