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Introduction to GPS Surveying


Course Description – “Introduction to GPS Surveying”

Approved Florida Board of Professional Surveyors and Mappers – Course No. 7437

6 HR. Continuing Education Credit in General Category

Instructor:  David Melvin, PLS, CFM


“Introduction to GPS Surveying” is a six hour introductory level course for land surveyors and engineers.  The course teaches basic GPS concepts, principles, and measurement procedures.  (Based on Department of the Army’s Engineering Manual 1110-1-1003)   


Course Topics – “Introduction to GPS Surveying”

· GPS Principles

· Reference Systems

· Accuracies and Sources of Errors

· Selecting GPS Equipment

· Planning GPS Surveys

· Processing / Adjustment of GPS Data











Course Objectives – “Introduction to GPS Surveying.”

The objective of “Introduction to GPS Surveying” is to present information regarding Global Positioning System (GPS) Technology.  Information taught in the course can be used by the attendee in integrating GPS technology into their land surveying projects.  


Evaluation Method – “Introduction to GPS Surveying”

A written examination consisting of twenty multiple choice questions will be used to determine if the course objectives have been met.  The student must achieve a minimum of 70 percent correct answers in order to receive Land Pro Seminars’ Continuing Education Credit Certification.


Detailed Outline – “Introduction to GPS Surveying”




GPS Basics

· Overview of GPS concepts and principles

· GPS Positioning Techniques

· GPS Reference Systems


GPS - Absolute Positioning

· Concepts

· Errors

· Accuracies


GPS – Differential Positioning

· Concepts

· Code Phase Tracking

· Carrier Phase Tracking

· Carrier Phase Techniques

· Errors

· Accuracies


Selecting GPS Equipment

· Receivers

· Auxiliary Equipment

· Data Exchange Formats


Planning Data Collection

· Selection of GPS Survey Technique

· Planning Considerations


GPS Field Surveys

· Absolute GPS Positioning

· Differential GPS Code Phase Positioning

· Differential GPS Carrier Phase Surveys


Post-Processing Differential GPS Data


Adjustment of GPS Surveys