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SUR 351 - Geodetic Models

Catalog Data 351. GEODETIC MODELS (3) Three-dimensional geodesy; computations on the ellipsoid; map projections; reduction of observations and elements of physical geodesy. Prerequisites: SUR 241.
Textbook Instructor notes in Angel.
  • Smith, James R.Introduction to Geodesy: The History and Concepts of Modern Geodesy. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Halliday, David, Resnick, Robert, and Walker, Jearl. Fundamentals of Physics. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Torge, Wolfgang, GEODESY, 2nd Ed., de Gruyter, New York, NY.
Coordinator Charles Ghilani, Professor of Engineering, Surveying Engineering Program
Goals The objectives of this course are to familiarize students with the basic concepts of geometric geodesy fundamental principles of the geoid and ellipsoid computation of geodetic coordinates, concepts and computations with the earth's gravity field reference ellipsoids, transformations, and map projections.
Prerequisites by Topic
  1. ability to perform basic surveying computations
  2. ability to program in some computer language
  3. fundamental knowledge of gravity
  1. Introduction
  2. Physical Geodesy
  3. Geodetic Reference Systems
  4. Geometry of Ellipsoid
  5. Calculations on the Ellipsoid
  6. Terrestrial Geodetic Measurements
  7. Satellite Observations
  1. 1 hour
  2. 8 hours
  3. 9 hours
  4. 9 hours
  5. 7 hours
  6. 5 hours
  7. 6 hours
Laboratory Projects none
Computer Usage Students word-process several written article critiques and a researched topic related to geodesy. They prepare a computer presentation of the topic and present this topic to the class. Furthermore, students write small programs to solve geodetic problems. Students are encouraged to download course notes from the Internet, and research topics on the Internet.