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MG2110 Advanced Metrology 9.0 credits

The course covers different aspects of dimensional measurement technology put in a production context. The intention is to give a good competence in industrial metrology, i.e. knowledge about traditional and new instrumentation, how to handle and select appropriate measurement tools, how to estimate and avoid measurement uncertainties and a good understanding of the role of measurement in the production chain

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MG2110 (Autumn 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The role of measurement in the production chain will be treated from different aspects such as:

  • measurement planning
  • influences of the manufacturing method used
  • design, tolerances and standards, based on Geometrical Product Specification (GPS)
  • computer aided integration of measurement in the production process.

 The product properties and how it influences the measurement will be discussed, i.e.:

  • geometry and shape:  Freeform and simple geometries, coordinate measurement and geometry control
  • surface measurement in relation to required function or appearance
  • metrology for micro-nano features
  • metrology for large scale components

 Experience of modern metrology equipment by means of demonstrations and lab exercises in collaboration with instrument suppliers

  • Coordinate measurement machines
  • Measuring arms
  • Laser scanner/tracker
  • 3D Digitizer
  • Vision system
  • Surface profiler
  • Confocal and white light interference microscope
  • Interferometers

Function and handling of different measurement devices and methods used in the industry will be introduced, mainly mechanical and optical, ranging from traditional to state-of-the-art. Management of measurement data, i.e. how to interpret and present measurement results using statistical methods such as signal and image processing will be treated, along with estimation of measurement uncertainties based on traceable calibration procedures.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student will be able to:

  • account for the role of metrology in the production chain
  • interpret and use tolerances based on the standards in Geometrical Product Specification (GPS)
  • predict, estimate and account for measurement uncertainties, based on given measurement data and/or the properties of measurement equipment and methods
  • select proper measurement equipment and/or measurement methods for a given measurement problem
  • review and comment, and orally present papers in the research field of metrology  

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Minimum of 45 cr of second cycle courses completed plus
Manufacturing Technology: one of the courses MG1016, MG1026 or MG2104
Statistics: one of the courses ML1018, SF1915 eller SF1916

or the equivalent

Recommended prerequisites

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Can be downloaded from Canvas by registered course participants

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • INL1 - Homework Assignments, 6.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory Exercises, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Jonny Gustafsson,