Announcement for the next Bernese GNSS Software Introduction Course

The next course is scheduled for the period of Monday, February 22 to Friday, February 26, 2021 and it will be an online course.

Registration is closed!

  • Course cost: the Bernese license in many cases includes the course cost for one or two participants. The course fee is CHF 1200 per person. Check with us, if in doubt regarding the fee.
  • The course is also open to non-Bernese users. Precedence is given to Bernese users, however. In case you want to participate in view of an eventual purchase of the license, let us know.
  • Find a general description about the course, goals, intended audience, prerequisites and cost in this document.
  • For any questions regarding the course please contact us.

Important Information for Participants

  • You will be able to participate in the course from home or your office, internet connection is required  .
  • Course materials (presentations) will be made available as pdf.
  • Lecture sessions will be held using the Zoom video conference tool. You will be able to ask questions during the lectures. Audio/Video is not required, but it may make the sessions more interactive.
  • Terminal sessions:
    • You will need a computer running either linux or windows, and ssh with X11-forwarding capability to connect to our server for the terminal exercise sessions. You do not need a working installation of Bernese.
    • For windows users, we recommend the MobaXterm tool.
    • Basic knowledge on linux (file operations) will be necessary for the terminal sessions, you will work on the linux version of Bernese.
    • If you are not at all familiar with the Linux Operating System and its command line interface, we suggest to familiarize yourself with the few basic commands you may have to use during the course, such as directory listing and navigating, file content displaying, copying files, deleting files, and similar.
      Numerous resources are available on the web, from simple "cheat sheets" to tutorial videos, even freely accessible virtual Linux machines that can be run in your browser to play around (e.g. JSLinux).
Session Times Schedule
  • Note that normal times are given in CET (UTC+1h). The course usually starts at 8:30am and ends at 6pm.
The timing may be very inconvenient for your time zone. Additionally, there may be other reasons preventing you to participate in the course. We propose that you make use of the following survey form to express your interest in a course with a shifted time schedule to adapt better for your time zone, or let us know other reasons that prevent you from participating in this online course. We will collect these entries, and depending on the obtained responses may organize a course in the future adapted to your situation.
survey form

After registration deadline:

  • We provide connection instructions for the terminal sessions and provide a test period for you to test your connection to our server.
Suggested Reading for the Course

This course presupposes a certain level of knowledge in the area of Satellite Geodesy and Least Squares Adjustment. To avoid being overwhelmed by the amount of material covered, we recommend the following (minimal) reading list from the software manual:

You will also profit a lot more from the terminal sessions, if you do not have to struggle too much with the basic structure of the Bernese software (where are input/output files located, how is the dataflow, and similar).
For newcomers to Bernese Chapter 3 of the documentation should give good head start for the terminal sessions.

Past Courses

Group photos and other pictures from past courses:


If you have any questions regarding the course, any comments or suggestions, please contact us by e-mail.

Postal Address:

Universität Bern
Astronomisches Institut
Sidlerstrasse 5
CH-3012 BERN