Surveying Methods 2

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Surveying Methods 2

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Geography, Urban Studies and Planning

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    (SURV 201 or SURV 211) and (SURV 202 or SURV 212)

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    An introduction to the survey methods and analyses that require an understanding of geodetic principles. Includes angle, EDM and GPS measurements.

    Course Structure
    The course covers the following topics:
    -History of geodesy in New Zealand and geodetic surveys
    -GPS observables and errors
    -GPS models and techniques
    -Control survey methods and analysis
    -Terrestrial observations (horizontal and vertical angles, distance)

    Learning Outcomes
    -Understand geodetic angle and distance observations and reductions
    -Understand the GPS observables and errors
    -Understand GPS techniques and models
    -An appreciation of geodesy applications for GNSS
    -To combine and analysis terrestrial and GNSS survey data and precision estimates using least squares estimation


    Denys, P. H., Geodesy and GPS - Survey Methods 2, School of Surveying, Otago University.


    Uren and Price, Surveying for Engineers. 5th Edition, Palgrave Macmillian. Hofmann-Wellenhof, GPS Theory and Practice.
    Leick, GPS Surveying. Wiley, New York. Anderson and Mikhail, Surveying Theory and Practice. 7th Edition, McGraw-Hill.

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