James P. Reilly Ph.D.

James P. Reilly, PhD., is a past president of ACSM and retired department head of the Department of Surveying Engineering at New Mexico State University.


Between the Pages: A POB Book Review

Jan Van Sickles’ third edition of “GPS for Land Surveyors” is written like a textbook with questions and answers in a review format at the end of each chapter. I commend him on this format because it makes the concepts in the book easy to learn. ...
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The GPS Observer: Changes are coming ... Eventually.

We constantly hear about the speed of technological innovation in today’s society. But changes in GPS satellite technology come slowly. Unlike the auto industry, it’s not necessary to come out with a different model each year.

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The GPS Observer: Insight into the development of OPUS-RS.

Although I don’t normally write about National Geodetic Survey (NGS) software programs, I’m making an exception in this column. OPUS-RS (Online Positioning User Service-Rapid Static) is an operational program available to GPS surveyors at www.ngs.noaa.gov. The inspiration for writing on this topic came from an old friend. Charles R. Schwarz was an office mate of mine when we were graduate students at The Ohio State University.
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The GPS Observer: Glonass Joins the 21st Century

It’s been nearly 26 years since the former Soviet Union launched the first Glonass spacecraft on Oct. 2, 1982. Since that time, there have been regular launches with as many as three satellites put into orbit simultaneously. The constellation is in three orbital planes inclined 64.8° to the equator.
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The GPS Observer: Satellite launches and orbits.

On Feb. 15, 2008, an Associated Press article appeared in major newspapers across the country announcing that the Pentagon was going to fire a Navy missile to destroy a broken U.S. spy satellite before it re-entered the atmosphere.1
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The GPS Observer: GPS in 2008 and beyond.

The GPS constellations are now more than 30 years old. The first satellite, launched on Feb. 22, 1978, was in the Block I constellation. It was designated SVN 1/ PRN 4 and remained operational for 21.9 months. A total of 11 Block I satellites were launched from 1978 to 1985; one of the 11 failed to attain orbit. Since 1989, all satellites launched are designated as Block II.

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The GPS Observer: The National Spatial Reference System of 2007

As many readers know, the horizontal control stations in the NAD 83 system were readjusted and the results published in February 2007. It’s a national readjustment; all readjustment stations are in the same coordinate system.
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The GPS Observer - Gravity anomalies.

The first two articles in this series (POB August 2007 and October 2007) explained how to solve for geoid heights, N, using Stokes’ equation. The gravity anomaly in that equation, Δg, has many different forms.
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The GPS Observer-Physical Geodesy 201.

The previous article in this series, “Physical Geodesy 101,” (POB August 2007) described the methods of collecting gravity measurements.
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The GPS Observer-Physical Geodesy 101.

Geodesy is not a dead science as some people think. GPS satellites are geodetic satellites. Their orbits have origins at the center of mass of the earth, and are tracked from stations located on a geodetic datum or reference frame.
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More than 3,500 attendees from more than 70 countries attended HxGN Live, the annual Hexagon AB user conference, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 3-6. About 450 keynotes and panel discussions were held, and several companies from around the world exhibited their geospatial products. Here are a few snapshots from the event.


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2015 January

In this January 2015 issue of POB, we take a look at integrated technologies that provide real-time 3D measurements of a Brisbane construction site.

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Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

With the unmanned aerial system (UAS) presence growing in surveying, you will in 2015:
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