Introduction to Geodesy: The History and Concepts of Modern Geodesy

Introduction to Geodesy: The History and Concepts of Modern Geodesy

Paperback Surveying & Boundary Control

By (author) James R. Smith

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 229mm x 13mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 16 May 1997
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 047116660X
  • ISBN 13: 9780471166603
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 1,292,460

Product description

Geodesy is the science that deals with the Earth's figure and the interrelationship of selected points on its surface. This is the only book on the market designed to provide readers with an introduction to geodesy without the usual emphasis on complex mathematics. Describes such positioning techniques as horizontal and vertical geodetic datums. Satellite geodesy, electromagnetic distance measurement, laser ranging and emerging technologies including the global positioning techniques and GIS are among the topics discussed. Features scores of two-color diagrams and examples to facilitate understanding.

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James R. Smith, former principal lecturer in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Portsmouth, is a member of the Land Survey Division of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, where he has been active for nearly 30 years.

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Geodesy made easy--an accessible introduction to a rapidly changing field Geodesy is the science that deals with the earth's figure and the interrelationship of selected points on its surface. This user-friendly introduction presents what might be called "geodesy without mathematics." A revised edition of the author's Basic Geodesy, Introduction to Geodesy avoids complex formulas and equations and provides a broad overview for students and professionals who require a basic understanding of the subject. Topics include: * Traditional survey positioning techniques * Geodetic systems, including horizontal and vertical geodetic datums * Physical geodesy * The world geodetic system * Satellite geodesy * The Global Positioning System * Gravity measures * Electromagnetic distance measurement * Projections * Examples of modern projects.

Table of contents

History of Geodesy. Earth's Shape. Units of Measure. Traditional Survey Positioning Techniques. Geodetic Systems. Physical Geodesy. World Geodetic System. Satellite Geodesy. Very Long Baseline Interferometry. Global Positioning System. Gravity. Gyroscope. Inertial Surveying. Velocity of Light, EDM, and Laser Ranging. Projections. Examples of Modern Projects. Bibliography. About the Author. Index.