Maximized Utility of the Global Positioning System, HR-316, 1991

(1991) Maximized Utility of the Global Positioning System, HR-316, 1991. Transportation, Department of


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This report describes a project begun in January 1989 and completed December 1990, with the primary objective of obtaining sufficiently accurate horizontal and vertical control by using Global Positioning System (GPS) for highway applications. The ISU research group studied the operations of the Ashtech GPS receiver in static, pseudo-static, kinematic, and pseudo-kinematic modes. By using the Electronic Distance Measuring Instrument (EDMI) Calibration Baseline at ISU, the GPS receiver was tested for distance measurement accuracy. It was found that GPS measurements differed from the baseline distance by about 5.3 mm. Four projects were undertaken to further evaluate and improve the horizontal as well as the vertical accuracies of the GPS receiver -- (1) The Campus Project: with all points concentrated within a one-mile radius; (2) The Des Moines Project: a typical DOT project with all the points within a five-mile radius; (3) The Iowa Project: with all points within a 100-mile radius in the state of Iowa; and (4) The Mustang Project: an extension of the Iowa project, including a typical DOT project of about 10 miles within the inner 30 mile radius of the Iowa project.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Altitude, Azimuth, Distance measuring equipment, Electronic equipment, Gravimetric analysis, Photogrammetry, Speed control humps, Topographic maps, Elevation
Subjects: Transportation
Transportation > Roads and highways
Transportation > Research
Transportation > Data and Information Technology
ID Code: 16282
Deposited By: Iowa DOT Library
Deposited On: 11 Mar 2014 11:59
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2014 12:07