SURV4410

Astronomy and Satellite Positioning

10 Units

Astronomical positioning: Introduction to relative movements of earth, sun and stars; astronomical co-ordinate systems. Azimuth determination from sun observations and star observations in detail. Latitude and longitude determination in principle, with emphasis on error minimisation.

Satellite positioning: Theory and practice of precise positioning using GPS series satellites.

Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Engineering
Availability

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Exposure of surveying students to the practice of position determination by these methods.
  2. Familiarise students with celestial and satellite co-ordinate systems.
  3. Familiarise students with the differences between co-ordinates based on ellipsoidal and level surfaces.
Content

Astronomical positioning:

  • Introduction to relative movements of earth, sun and stars
  • Astronomical co-ordinate systems; time; star almanac; refraction.
  • Azimuth determination from sun observations and star observations in detail.
  • Latitude and longitude determination in principle, with emphasis on error minimisation.

Satellite positioning:

  • Theory of precise positioning using GPS series satellites.
  • Practice of precise positioning using GPS series satellites.
Assumed Knowledge Content covered in courses SURV2180, SURV2340, and SURV3510.
Assessment Items
  • Report: Project Report
  • Written Assignment: Assignment
  • Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact Hours

Callaghan

Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 30 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks
NOTE: The above distribution of contact hours may alter on a weekly basis and will be confirmed in the course outline handed to students in Week 1.

Practical

Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 3 Weeks

Timetable 2017 Course Timetables for SURV4410
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