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3rd Edition

GPS for Land Surveyors

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ISBN 9780429149115
Published May 5, 2008 by CRC Press
360 Pages

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Book Description

Since the last edition of this international bestseller, GPS has grown to become part of a larger international context, the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). Both GPS and GNSS technologies are becoming ever more important in the everyday practice of survey and mappers. With GPS for Land Surveyors, Third Edition, a book written by a land surveyor, for land surveyors, you can stay in the know on the latest GPS techniques, technologies, codes, and signals.

What’s New to the Third Edition?

  • Sections on Real-Time Network Services, Block IIF, and control segment modernization
  • GPS code, such as the M-code, L1C, and L2C
  • An entire chapter dedicated to GNSS
  • Discussion of the Russian GLONASS system, the Chinese Beidou system, and the Japanese QZSS

From fundamental theory to practical application and advanced technologies, the book covers GPS without pages of complicated math. It demonstrates the basics of GPS technology, common hardware, surveying methods, survey design, planning, and observation. Additionally, each chapter includes helpful review questions and answers. GPS and GNSS are revolutionizing the practice of surveying and mapping. This user-friendly manual gives you the tools needed to understand and use these important technologies in everyday practice.

Table of Contents

The GPS Signal

Global Positioning System (GPS) Signal Structure

Two Observables


Carrier Phase Ranging

Biases and Solutions

The Error Budget


The Framework

Technological Forerunners

Very Long Baseline Interferometry


Navstar GPS

GPS Segment Organization

GPS Constellation

The Control Segment

Receivers and Methods

Common Features of GPS Receivers

Choosing a GPS Receiver

Some GPS Surveying Methods


A Few Pertinent Ideas About Geodetic Datums for GPS

State Plane Coordinates


GPS Surveying Techniques

Static GPS Surveying

Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) and Differential GPS (DGPS)

The General Idea



Real-Time Network Services

Observing and Processing

Static GPS Control Observations

Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) and Differential GPS (DGPS) Observations


GPS Modernization and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)

GPS Modernization


Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)



The Future





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Jan Van Sickle, P.L.S. has more than 40 years of experience as a land surveyor. He was privileged to supervise surveys with the first commercially available GPS receivers in the early 1980s and has worked with GPS since. He received his MEng from the University of Colorado in 2006. He is the author of GPS for Land Surveyors, Basic GIS Coordinates and 1001 Solved Surveying Fundamentals Problems. The latter is quoted in the feature Surveying Solutions each month in POB magazine. He taught the Advanced Surveying Program at the Denver Institute of Technology and GPS seminars throughout the United States. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at Penn State University. He is a licensed surveyor in California, Colorado, Oregon and North Dakota.