Newsletter Editorials

LSAW Conference RTK Network Discussion Roundtable

March 18, 2010By

A couple of weeks ago, I participated in a roundtable discussion at the Land Surveyors Association of Washington (LSAW) annual conference on the subject of RTK networks (RTN). I always enjoy listening to heavy RTK users on their thoughts, their procedures, and how they arrived at them. We danced around a number of subjects with one being the “RTN’s biggest flaw.” My first thought was the communications link, but... read more

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GPS for GIS Data Collection – 101: Webinar Follow-up

March 3, 2010By

Thank you for making “GPS for GIS Data Collection – 101” one of the most well-attended webinars we’ve done. It’s the first that was co-hosted by GPS World magazine and Geospatial Solutions online. As customary, the newsletter after the webinar is dedicated to addressing some of the questions and posting the results from the polls I took during the webinar. read more

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The Best and Final Look at the GPS 24+3 Configuration

February 17, 2010By

I didn’t plan it this way, but my coverage of GPS 24+3 turned out to be a three-part series, with this column being part three. One reason it turned into a three-part series is because I’m learning more about it along the way, but its mostly because details weren’t released all at once. read more

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GPS 24+3 Configuration: A Closer Look

February 3, 2010By

In the few years I’ve been writing this column, very few subjects have warranted back-to-back newsletter coverage. The new GPS 24+3 configuration is one of them. The reason I’ve continued with this discussion is because it will significantly affect your GPS operations, especially if you’re using RTK or DGPS. read more

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The New GPS 24+3 Constellation: What Does it Mean to the Surveying and GIS User?

January 19, 2010By

Last week, the U.S. Air Force announced it is reconfiguring the GPS constellation. The Air Force is changing the constellation from a 21+3 configuration to a 24+3 configuration. The result will be more satellites in view, on average. This is great news for the GPS surveying and GIS mapping user. In my opinion, it was the only achievable short/medium-term solution to the GPS "brownout" problem that has plagued GPS surveying and mapping users for years, and has worsened in recent months. read more

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The Federal Radionavigation Plan

January 5, 2010By

I’ve intended to write about the 2008 Federal Radionavigation Plan (FRP) for quite some time. It is an important document because it is the official policy document that drives the United States’ radio navigation (including GPS) program planning. According to the FRP, it includes the introductions, policies, radionavigation system user requirements, system descriptions, and operating plans of various radionavigation systems. read more

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Directions 2010: It’s the Economy, Stupid

December 15, 2009By

At the end of every year, I devote this column to Directions 2010 in which I discuss significant developments, trends, technologies, and companies in the GNSS industry. Two years ago, I wrote about the Year of the Who. Not GNSS technology; rather, the people and companies they run. Last year, I highlighted 2009 as being the Year of the Other GNSS. The little brother of GPS…GLONASS. read more

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As Loran Fades, Attention Shifts to DGPS and SBAS

November 30, 2009By

Few precise-positioning users have employed Loran in a professional sense, although maybe you have in your personal life if you’re a airplane pilot or a mariner. Then again, if you've flown as an airline passenger or cruised onboard a ship, you've benefited from the back-up to GPS that Loran provides. That back-up is about to go away. As attention and resources shift away from Loran, they focuses more intensely on GPS augmentations, specifically differential GPS (DGPS) and satellite-based augmentation systems (SBAS) such as WAAS and EGNOS. read more

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