Book Tip – Understanding GPS Basics

The American Society of Civil Engineers recently announced a new book on understanding GPS (please see the press release below).  

Although the title suggests it is for engineers and project managers, I think it can be of benefit to many other stakeholders in the project lifecycle.  Estimators in particular, must be able to identify GPS-friendly and GPS-hostile environments before deciding on the type of machine control system to be employed on the job site. I can also recommend a publication, simply titled “GPS” from Trimble.  It is written by my good friend Hank Kirtland and can be easily absorbed by even  those with no background in GPS.  It takes the reader step-by-step through the various technologies and applications and is written in a very down-home style.  Both of these publications can be valuable tools in bringing your satff up-to-speed on a technology who’s presence on the construction site is growing daily.

ASCE Introduces Book on GPS Application for Civil Engineers

Washington, DC — August 8, 2011 — The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is pleased to announce the publication of its new book Applied GPS for Engineers and Project Managers, by Dr. Clement A. Ogaja. Valuable for all civil engineers interested in benefiting from the use of GPS technologies, this book introduces civil engineers—especially those who are not already licensed surveyors—to the fundamental principles of global positioning technology (GPS).

Applied GPS for Engineers and Project Managers covers GPS basics, including positioning and measuring principles, techniques to improve accuracy, and an analysis of low-cost versus high-precision systems. Subsequent chapters explain the considerations for selecting and implementing a GPS system and then demonstrates specific applications of GPS in a variety of engineering situations, including monitoring the health of structures, robotics and machine control, maritime operations, material tracking in large construction sites, site control and design, and monitoring geohazards.

About the American Society of Civil Engineers

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 140,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. ASCE’s mission is to provide essential value to our members and partners, advance civil engineering, and serve the public good.  In carrying out that mission, ASCE:
•  Advances technology
•  Encourages lifelong learning
•  Promotes professionalism and the profession
•  Develops civil engineer leaders
•  Advocates infrastructure and environmental stewardship 

To purchase online visit:
http://www.asce.org/Books-and-Journals/Books—Personify/ASCE-Press-(PAP)/Applied-GPS-for-Engineers-and-Project-Managers/
For more information contact: Kevin Higgins 703-295-6266 khiggins@asce.org

Paul Hahn is a contributing author and expert at MAchineControlOnline. Check out Paul’s blog HERE

 

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