VÚGTK was founded in 1954 and it's the only research institute for Czech Office for Surveying, Mapping and Cadastre. Since 2007 VÚGTK has been registered as a public research institution (v.v.i.).
The institute's mission is basic and applied research in geodesy and cadastre, developing and testing new technologies, methods and software and professional consultation in areas of: creation and maintenance of Cadastre information system, geodesy and geodynamics, metrology and standardization in geodesy an cadastre, photogrammetry and remote sensing, cartography, development and production of specialized measuring tools.
The institute runs Authorized Metrological Centre, Accredited Calibration Laboratory, Surveying Library®. The Institute holds state accreditation as educational institution.