Prof. Dr. Christoph Holst


Engineering Geodesy

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Holsts (*1986) field of research is the area of engineering geodesy. His research focus lies in the developments of advanced methodologies for the geodetic monitoring of infrastructural, industrial and environmental objects, the automation of highly accurate static and mobile laser scanning as well as the quality analysis of geodetic sensors. He applies his research to a variety of interdisciplinary tasks in the context of digitizing the reality.

Prof. Holst studied at the University of Bonn Geodesy and Geoinformation with special focus on engineering geodesy and parameter estimation. Afterwards, he stayed at the University of Bonn as research assistant and lecturer. He completed his PhD in 2015 with distinction. Hereafter, he started to lead a research group dealing with terrestrial laser scanning and geometric surface analyses. In 2021, Prof. Holst was appointed as Full Professor to the Chair of Engineering Geodesy at TUM.


  • GKGM Award for outstanding works in the field of calibrating terrestrial laser scanners, awarded by the Society for Calibration of Geodetic Devices (GKGM, 2019)
  • Teaching Award for remarkable merits in teaching, awarded by the University of Bonn (2019)
  • Science Award Geodesy for outstanding achievements in the field of approximation and deformation of surfaces, awarded by the German Geodetic Commission of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (2018)

Holst, C., Janßen, J., Schmitz, B., Blome, M., Dercks, M., Schoch-Baumann, A., Blöthe, J., Schrott, L., Kuhlmann, H., Medic, T. (2021): Increasing the Spatio-Temporal Resolution at Monitoring Alpine Solifluction Using Terrestrial Laser Scanners and 3D Vector Fields, Remote Sens., 13 (6), 1192.


Medic, T., Kuhlmann, H., Holst, C. (2020): Designing and Evaluating a User-Oriented Calibration Field for the Target-Based Self-Calibration of Panoramic Terrestrial Laser Scanners, Remote Sens., 12 (1), 15.


Schmitz, B., Kuhlmann, H., Holst, C. (2020): Investigating the Resolution Capability of Terrestrial Laser Scanners and its Impact on the Effective Number of Measurements, ISPRS J. Photogramm.,159, 41-52.


Holst, C., Kuhlmann, H. (2016): Challenges and Present Fields of Action at Laser Scanner Based Deformation Analyses, J. Appl. Geodesy, 10 (1), 17-25.


Holst, C., Nothnagel, A., Blome, M., Becker, P., Eichborn, M., Kuhlmann, H. (2015): Improved area-based deformation  analysis of a radio telescope's main reflector based on terrestrial laser scanning, J. Appl. Geodesy, 9 (1), 1-14.