GNSS Positioning Short Course Sponsored by New England Section ACSM and CALS

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GNSS Positioning Short Course Sponsored by New England Section ACSM and CALS

The New England Section ACSM and CALS are proud to present a GNSS Positioning Short Course offered on five consecutive Saturdays this summer starting on July 10, 2010 and ending on August 7, 2010. Each Saturday class begins at 8 am and ends at noon, and will be held at the University of Connecticut located in Storrs, Connecticut.


This course will present the foundation information needed for a GNSS positioning professional to understand how their equipment works, with guidance to its proper usage. It is not a course on GNSS processing software or GNSS orthometric heighting.


Attendees are expected to be familiar with the operation of GNSS positioning equipment and to be proficient in surveying and mapping. Although the course will start with the basics of GNSS technologies, some prior knowledge of GNSS technology is assumed because of the speed of the presentation.


Dr. Thomas H Meyer is an associate professor in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Connecticut (UConn). His Ph.D. is from Texas A&M University (College Station, 1998) where he was a research associate in the Mapping Sciences Laboratory. During his tenure at UConn, he has taught geomatics courses in geographic information science, geodesy, digital terrain modeling, global navigation satellite system surveying at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Association for Geodetic Surveying, the Cartography and Geographic Information Society, the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and the American Geophysical Union. He is a past president (2006-2007) of the New England Section of the American Congress for Surveying and Mapping and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Surveying Engineering. Dr. Meyer has authored numerous peer-reviewed papers about surveying and mapping, a geodesy textbook, and teaches professional education seminars for surveyors throughout New England and the United States.


  • July 10
    • Introduction to GPS System.
    • Positioning.
      • Overview.
      • Orbits.
      • Code-Based Range Determination.
  • July 17
    • Navigation Message.
    • Code Positioning Demo.
    • Carrier Phase-based Ranging.
  • July 24
    • Error Budget.
    • Processing Strategies.
      • Precise Point Positioning.
      • Differential correction.
      • Phase Differencing.
  • July 31
    • RTK/RTN.
    • GNSS Hardware.
    • Observation Techniques.
      • Single vs. Dual Frequency.
      • Satellite Constellations.
      • Field Notes.
      • Masks and trouble shooting.
  • August 7
    • Observation Techniques, con’t.
      • Static vs. Kinematic.
      • Occupation network Design.
      • Occupation Scheduling.
    • Geodesy.
      • WGS84, NAD83, ITRF
      • Epochs, Plate Tectonics, HTDP.
      • NAD 27 and local surveys.


Registration Fee $450 for all five courses. Non-member Fee: $600.

Seminar Price for all members of New England Professional Surveying Societies.

CEU 5.o / PDH 20.0 hours applied for in ME, NH, RI and VT.

PDF GNSS Positioning Short Course Registration FormFor more information and to download the PDF Registration form Click Here »» The GNSS Positioning Short Course Registration Form.

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