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Module

CEG2719 : GNSS for Geoscientists and Engineers

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Ciprian Spatar
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

For students to understand the principles underlying the use of GNSS at metre and sub-metre accuracy for applications in surveying, GIS, transport, agriculture, asset management, and scientific studies.

This module introduces students to the basics of positioning using Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), of which the US Global Positioning System (NAVSTAR GPS) is the prime example. We will cover the system components and the way they interact, the causes of measurement error and how they may be mitigated (including differential GNSS), and the relationships between the different coordinate types that may be used to describe position. The applications of metre-accuracy GNSS positioning will be discussed during lectures and within a self-directed project. More advanced topics include a brief introduction to precise (millimetre-accuracy) positioning using the carrier phase and the relationships between different historical coordinate datums used in the UK and worldwide (including height systems involving the geoid). Practical exercises include spreadsheet-based coordinate calculations, and the opportunity to test different types of GNSS receivers in the field.

Outline Of Syllabus

Overview of GPS –how code GPS works – errors affecting GPS, and their mitigation – differential GPS - overview of precise (phase) GPS – the future of GPS and similar systems.

Coordinate systems used with GPS – overview of map projections – datums and coordinate transformations.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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