An European leader in geo-information technology and technical assistance consultancy. With more than 29 years of worldwide experience in over 500 projects and a strong focus on development, sustainability and compliance we provide you with everything you need to successfully finish your project. What makes us special is our unrivaled end-to-end service portfolio reaching from earth observation data distribution and processing, custom tailored software solutions to technology consulting and institutional strengthening.
GAF has grown from a small remote sensing firm into a well reputed geo-information service provider. However, the company still follows its successful strategy of having a flat decision-making hierarchy, lean internal management structures and direct communication channels.
GAF AG was founded as a private sector enterprise by Dr. Rupert Haydn in 1985 with 5 employees. Since then, it has developed from being a value-adding company within the sphere of remote sensing and digital image processing into a global player and provider of leading skills in the geo-information industry.
The product and service lines offered soon expanded into the areas of information and database system applications and software development, as well as development consultancy for various spatial monitoring, planning and administrative mandates.
Today, GAF AG has not only established a strong domestic and European market presence, but has also gained an international reputation as a skilled and experienced provider of project design, management and implementation services to public and corporate clients. The company has set new standards in quality, proficiency and reliability, while simultaneously developing a high-quality and multi-disciplinary range of products and services.
GAF's interdisciplinary team comprises highly qualified individuals experienced in project work wherever it is needed.
There are currently 190 workforce employed at the GAF headquarters and these have extensive experience in project management, data and software production, consultancy and technologies focusing on geographic information systems (GIS), database technology, system integration, earth observation, geo-information and integrated navigation/communications solutions. They have professional backgrounds in software engineering, economics, geography, geology, geophysics, agriculture, forestry, cartography, informatics, surveying, land management and others. All our members of staff hold M.Sc. degrees or equivalent and more than 10% have a Ph.D. qualification.
At our Munich and Neustrelitz geo-information production facilities, we work successfully with a scalable workforce of up to 100 geo-data production staff and are able to rapidly comply with high production demands.
GAF is equipped with powerful, cutting edge information technology and a high-performance computer network. Standard professional software products are routinely used, but it is also part of our philosophy to always embrace open source developments and other technologies when these provide the best solution.
Being among the first geo-information companies ever, GAF has introduced a quality management system at a very early stage in its development and achieved full ISO 9001:1994 certification in September 1995. In July 2005 GAF was certified according to more process oriented standard ISO 9001:2000. Since July 2009 GAF is certified according to the latest standard ISO 9001:2008.
In accordance with the guidelines of ISO 9001:2008, the main target of the Quality Management System is to ensure that all GAF's project and service provision activities continually comply with customer expectations and established procedures.
- Adaptive process management
- GAF quality goals
The entire QM-documentation is specifically tailored to meet the demands of a company which is nationally and internationally active in the fields of geo-information systems and geo-consulting, taking into account commonly approved professional methods and techniques as well as national and international sector specific standards.
The IT backbone of the Quality Management System is the web-based QM portal within GAF´s intranet, supplemented by numerous QM-documents in digital formats.
GAF's mission is to always develop products and services that match the needs of our customers and the marketplace, and these should exceed the expectations of users and beneficiaries. The company is proud to deliver customised products and solutions that reflect the leading technological position of the company and which are often unique and unrivalled in quality.
Our service philosophy is based on the following key principles:
- Listening carefully to clients and the market
- Integrating technology, innovative services, products and solutions
- Providing optimal project management capacity
- Being geared towards future policies and user demand
- Developing and implementing sustainable solutions
- Proven ISO 9001:2008 quality management system