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Description Basic concepts of satellite positioning. Overview of datums and coordinate systems. Description of GPS satellite orbit; GPS signal structure, GPS modernization, pseudorange and carrier-phase measurements, linear combinations of GPS observables; GPS errors and biases; absolute and relative positioning; static, kinematic and real-time kinematic (RTK) GPS positioning’ ambiguity resolution techniques; practical considerations; GPS augmentations. Other regional and global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). Objective To provide a fundamental level of understanding of satellite positioning, with emphasis on Global Positioning System (GPS). Target Audience Surveyors, geomatics specialists, engineers, municipalities, IT personnel, technologists, technicians, and other individuals who intend to use GPS. Program Outline (1.2 CEUs / 12 PDHs) Day I: Introduction to GPS –Overview of GPS. GPS Segments. GPS Satellite Generations. Current GPS Constellation. Control Sites. GPS: the Basic Idea. GPS Positioning Service. Why Use GPS? Geodetic Principles: Datums, and Coordinate Systems –What is a Datum. Geodetic Coordinate System. Conventional Terrestrial Reference System. The WGS 84 and NAD 83 Systems. What Coordinates are Obtained with GPS? Coordinate and Datum Transformations. Height Systems. GPS Satellite Orbit. Motion of space objects. Types of orbits. Ideal (Keplerian) Orbit. Perturbed Satellite Orbit. GPS Broadcast Orbit. Precise Orbit. GPS almanac. Satellite Visibility. GPS Details - GPS Signal Structure. GPS Modernization. GPS Receiver Types. Time Systems. Pseudorange Measurements. Carrier Phase Measurements. Doppler Measurements. Cycle Slips. Linear Combinations of GPS Observables. GPS Errors and Biases –GPS Ephemeris Errors. Selective Availability. Satellite and Receiver Clock Errors. Multipath Error. Antenna Phase Center Variation. Receiver Measurements Noise. Ionospheric Delay. Tropospheric Delay. Other Errors and Biases. Satellite Geometry Measures. User Equivalent Range Error (UERE). Day II: GPS Positioning Modes - GPS Point Positioning –The Classical Approach. GPS Precise Point Positioning (PPP). GPS Relative Positioning. Static GPS Surveying. Fast (Rapid) Static. Stop & Go GPS Surveying. Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) GPS. Real-Time Differential GPS (DGPS). Real-Time vs. Postprocessing. Communication (Radio) Link. Ambiguity Resolution Techniques - Antenna Swap Method. On-the-Fly (OTF) Ambiguity Resolution. GPS Data, Products and Correction Services –GPS Data and Product Services. Maritime DGPS DGPS Service. Wide Area DGPS Systems. Multi-Site RTK System. Common GPS Standard Formats - Receiver Independent Exchange (RINEX) Format. SP3 Format. RTCM SC-104 standards for DGPS services. NMEA 0183 Format. GPS Integration - GPS/LORAN-C Integration. GPS/LRF Integration. GPS/Dead Reckoning Integration. GPS/INS Integration. GPS/Pseudolite Integration. GPS/Cellular Integration. Other Satellite Navigation Systems –The GLONASS System. GALILEO –the European Global Navigation Satellite System. Chinese Regional Satellite Navigation System (Beidou System). The Japanese QZSS Satellite Navigation System. GPS data processing session. Special Features A GPS data processing software will be demonstrated. As well, an online GPS data processing will be explained. Materials Required It is recommended that students acquire a copy of the textbook "“Introduction to GPS: The Global Positioning System"” by the author: Ahmed El-Rabbany. The book can be obtained from the publisher Artech House http://www.artechhouse.com/. After attending this course you will be able to: Distinguish between various datums and transform coordinates from one datum to another. Estimate satellite positions using broadcast ephemeris. Distinguish between various positioning modes. Select appropriate types of GPS receivers for specific tasks. Design a GPS survey for a specific task. Collect and process GPS data. Instructor Ahmed El-Rabbany, Ph.D., P.Eng., obtained his Ph.D. degree in GPS from the Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering, University of New Brunswick. He has over 25 years of academic and industrial experience in the area of Geomatics Engineering. His particular areas of expertise include Global Positioning System (GPS), Estimation, Geodesy and Hydrographic Surveying. He taught Geomatics Engineering courses at both the University of New Brunswick and Ryerson University . He also gave short courses to a number of professional organizations and private companies worldwide, including the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors, the Saskatchewan Land Surveyors Association, IEEE, and others. Dr. El-Rabbany authored an easy-to-read GPS book, which received a 5-star rating on the Amazon website and was listed as a bestselling GPS book. He also published and presented over 170 journal and conference papers and presentations. Dr. El-Rabbany has been the Geodesy Councillor to the Canadian Institute of Geomatics since 1998 and the past Chair of its Toronto Branch.
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1.2 CEUs / 12 PDHs

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