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A review of satellite positioning systems for civil engineering

Roberts, Gethin Wyn; Tang, Xu; Brown, Chris


Gethin Wyn Roberts

Xu Tang

Chris Brown


This paper informs and updates civil engineers of the status and advances of global navigation satellite systems, and how this will affect the profession in the near future. An overview of the various global and regional systems is given. Real data are used to show the potential precision of the US Global Positioning System and other global navigation satellite systems, as well as the advantages of using a multi-system approach. The results illustrate that there is a clear increase in the availability of satellites through a multi-system approach, as well as an improvement in the resulting coordinate precision.


Roberts, G. W., Tang, X., & Brown, C. (2015). A review of satellite positioning systems for civil engineering. Proceedings of the ICE - Civil Engineering, 168(4), 185-192.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 30, 2015
Online Publication Date Aug 18, 2015
Publication Date 2015-11
Deposit Date Oct 12, 2017
Publicly Available Date Oct 12, 2017
Journal Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Civil Engineering
Print ISSN 0965-089X
Electronic ISSN 1751-7672
Publisher Thomas Telford
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 168
Issue 4
Pages 185-192
Keywords communications & control systems; information technology; land surveying
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