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GPS for Land Surveyors
by Jan Van Sickle

Hardcover (June 1996)
Ann Arbor Press; ISBN: 1575040417

Review
An introduction to the Global Positioning System (GPS) and a practical guide to the techniques used in a GPS survey. Van Sickele, a surveyor himself, simplifies the math while still presenting the most important elements of the GPS design and technology, covering biases and solutions, receivers and methods, coordinates, planning a survey, observation, and postmission processing. Includes some illustrations.

4.5 stars

Jan Van Sickle

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GPS : Theory and Practice
by B. Hofmann-Wellenhof, H. Lichtenegger, J. Collins

Paperback 400 pages 5th edition (March 2001)
Springer Verlag; ISBN: 3211835342 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.67 x 9.57 x 6.55

Review
This book shows in comprehensive manner how the Global Positioning System (GPS) works. The use of GPS for precise measurements (i.e. surveying) is treated as well as navigation and attitude determination. The basic mathematical models for various modes of GPS operations and detailed explanation of the practical use of GPS are developed precisely in this book. Additionally, the text shows why and how the kinematic mode differs from the static mode and exemplifies types of projects where different measurement modes are used. Explanations of proper project planning, execution data reduction, and coordinate computation are provided for novice GPS users.

Hofmann-Wellenhof

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GPS Satellite Surveying
by Alfred Leick

Hardcover 584 pages 2nd edition (January 1995)
John Wiley & Sons; ISBN: 0471306266 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.34 x 9.57 x 6.56

Review
The global positioning system (GPS) is a satellite based tool used by surveyors and the navigation community. This edition includes coverage of the latest advances in receiver technology and GPS signal structure. It also provides more up-to-date information on the state-of-the-art in GPS as applied to surveying and explores the technologies and techniques leading to the convergence of navigation and surveying.

4 stars

Alfred Leick

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Introduction to Geodesy : The History and Concepts of Modern Geodesy
by James R. Smith

Paperback 200 pages (March 1997)
John Wiley & Sons; ISBN: 047116660X ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.50 x 9.23 x 6.15

Review
Geodesy is the science that deals with the Earth's figure and the interrelationship of selected points on its surface. This is the only book on the market designed to provide readers with an introduction to geodesy without the usual emphasis on complex mathematics. Describes such positioning techniques as horizontal and vertical geodetic datums. Satellite geodesy, electromagnetic distance measurement, laser ranging and emerging technologies including the global positioning techniques and GIS are among the topics discussed. Features scores of two-color diagrams and examples to facilitate understanding.

James Smith

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Satellite Geodesy : Foundations, Methods, and Applications
by Gunter Seeber

Hardcover 2nd edition (March 2000)
Walter De Gruyter; ISBN: 3110127539

Review
A comprehensive treatment, with particular emphasis on observation methods and applications.

Gunter Seeber

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Theory of Satellite Geodesy : Applications of Satellites to Geodesy
by William M. Kaula

Hardcover 140 pages reprint edition (November 2000)
Dower Pubs; ISBN: 0486414655

Review
The book begins with a concise description of the earth's gravity field in terms of potential theory. After a quick refresher on matrices and orbital elements, Kaula proceeds to describe the motion of an artificial satellite. In particular, he provides a detailed analysis of gravity field perturbations upon the evolution of the orbital elements including secular effects and resonance effects. The final chapters are concerned with modeling observations used to track satellites, using the observations to estimate the true motion of the satellite, and estimating geodetic information from the motion of the satellite. Although first published in 1966, this book remains one of the best volumes available on satellite theory and geodesy. It is still used as a reference and textbook by many if not most experts in the field. However, the work is certainly not perfect. Kaula gives a concise and complete coverage of the subject, but it comes at the cost of loads of equations with little explanatory text. This can make it somewhat difficult to follow. It is certainly not written as a popular guide for the general public. Nevertheless, many astrodynamicists are delighted to have this volume available from the good folks at Dover.

 

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Geodesy
by Wolfgang Torge

Paperback 3rd edition (May 2001)
Walter De Gruyter; ISBN: 3110170728

Review
An introductory textbook for graduate students of geodesy, geophysics, and surveying. Presents fundamental theories, geodetic reference systems, terrestrial and space-based measurement instrumentation, and modelling techniques.

Wolfgang Torge

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Linear Algebra, Geodesy, and GPS
by Gilbert Strang, K. Borre

Hardcover (October 1997)
Wellesley Cambridge Press; ISBN: 0961408863

Review
This book provides a comprehensive look at the mathematical algorithms for optimizing measurements for geodesy and global positioning. It contains three major sections. The first is Linear Algebra, which is the fundamental tool in positioning calculations. The second is Geodesy, which includes the correct weightings for observation errors and least squares. The third is GPS, which is described on several levels: the basic system structure, the algorithms that yield accurate positions from inaccurate pseudoranges, and Kalman filtering for superior accuracy in postprocessing observations. A large library of MATLAB files is freely available with the book. It also includes a very nice section on the RINEX format.

Gilbert Strang

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Theory of Carrier Adjusted DGPS Positioning Approach & Some Experimental Results
by Jin Xin-Xiang

Paperback (November 1996)
Delft Univ Press; ISBN: 9040713790

Review
A dissertation which develops a new approach for real time DGPS positioning, consisting of a new algorithm for generating differential corrections at a reference station, as well as an algorithm for determining mobile positions at a mobile site.

Jin Xin-Xiang

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GPS for Geodesy
by Peter J. G. Teunissen,, Alfred Kleusberg (editors)

Hardcover 2nd edition (October 1998)
Springer Verlag; ISBN: 3540636617

Review
The second edition contains the edited lecture notes of the 2nd International School GPS for Geodesy in Delft, The Netherlands, March 1997. The 2nd school was organized using the successful formula of the first school. New topics were added to the original program. The focus was on the description of the use of GPS measurements for geodetic applications. Additional topics included GPS quality control, active GPS reference stations, long-distance kinematic GPS and atmospheric models from GPS.

Peter Teunissen

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