The Global Positioning System and ArcGIS, Third Edition / Edition 3

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Since the publication of the bestselling second edition of The Global Positioning System and GIS, the use of GPS as an input for GIS has evolved from a supporting analysis tool to become an essential part of real-time management tools in wide-ranging fields. Continued technological advances and decreased costs have altered the GPS vendor landscape significantly and opened the door to an array of receiver and software options.

Retaining the in-depth description that made the previous edition so popular, The Global Positioning System and ArcGIS, Third Edition has expanded its coverage to review the capabilities and features common to most receivers. While it emphasizes Trimble and Magellan hardware and Trimble TerraSync and ESRI ArcPad software to capture data, the text’s broadened coverage makes it useful with virtually any hardware/software packages, so readers will be able to collect GPS data and install it in ArcGIS—regardless of the data capture mechanism.

Covering the latest developments in this emerging field, the third edition has been updated to include:

  • New information on automated data collection
  • Updates to the conversion of GPS data into GIS form with ArcGIS Desktop (v. 9.3) as well as ESRI software
  • An examination of differential correction and improvements in accuracy of collected data
  • Additional emphasis on ArcMap and Pathfinder Office
  • Illustrations using ArcMap to combine GPS data with other data sets including raster DRGs, DOQs, DEMs, and various vector data sets

Using a top-down approach, each chapter begins with a theoretical overview followed by self-study exercises and projects that provide step-by-step guidance on applying the concepts using GPS hardware or a PC. The text includes a CD-ROM with GPS data sets for exercises in Trimble SSF and ESRI shapefile formats, plus other valuable learning resources.

Solutions manual available upon qualified course adoption

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420087994
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/7/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the First Edition

Foreword to the Second Edition

Preface for the Instructor, Third Edition


About the Author


Chapter 1: Basic Concepts


Where Are You?

What Time Is It?


Anatomy of the Term "Global Positioning System"

How We Know Where Something Is



First Off

Different Receivers and Different Software


Project 1A

Understanding the Screens and Controls

Project 1B

Project 1C

Chapter 2: Automated Data Collection


How’d They Do That?

How It Works: Measuring Distance by Measuring Time

Factors Affecting When and How to Collect Data

Position Accuracy and DOP

So, Actually, What Is DOP?


Project 2A—Recording Single Points in the Datalogger’s


In the Field: Collecting Data

Project 2B—Taking Data along a Path

Taking Data on Foot

Collecting Data by Bicycle

Collecting Data by Automobile

Actual Data Collection

Project 2C—Uploading Data into a PC

Chapter 3: Examining GPS Data


Some Questions Answered

Chapter 3A: Step-by-Step

Project 3A—Volcano

Project 3B—Rooftop I

Project 3C—New Circle Road

Project 3D—SA Goes Away—Background Files Help You

See It

Project 3E—Your Data


Chapter 3B: Step-by-Step

Project 3F—Volcano

Project 3G—Rooftop I

Project 3H—New Circle Road

Project 3I—SA Goes Away—Background Files Help You

See It

Project 3J—Your Data


Chapter 4: Differential Correction, DOQs, and ESRI Data


GPS Accuracy in General

Differential Correction in Summary

Thinking about Error

First Line of Defense against Error: Averaging

Sources of GPS Error

Clock Errors

Ephemeris Errors

Receiver Errors

Atmospheric Errors

Multipath Errors

Selective Availability—A Former (We Trust) Source of Error

Reducing Errors

More Formally

Making Differential Correction Work

Proof of the Pudding

Real-Time, Differential GPS Position Finding

Getting Corrections for GPS Measurements—Right Now!

SBAS Availability

Commercial Satellite Systems for Real-Time Differential


A User-Operated Real-Time Base Station

Centrally Located Real-Time Base Stations


Project 4A—Differential Correction with SBAS(WAAS, EGNOS, or MSAS)

Project 4B—Back Porch.

Project 4C—The McVey Monument

Project 4D—McVey Waypoint

Project 4E—Vancouver

Project 4F

Project 4G—The UK Campus

Project 4H—DOP Matters

Project 4I—Looking at GPS Fixed in the Context

of Published Data

Project 4J—Seeing GPS Data in Three Dimensions

Project 4K—"Must Know" Information about DOQs

Project L—Your Data II


Chapter 5: Integrating GPS Data with GIS Data


Reviewing What You Know

Prescription for Failure: Incorrect Parameters

The Old Conundrum: The "Spherical" Earth and the Flat Map

The Conversion Process: From GPS Pathfinder Office to ESRI Shapefiles

The Files That Document the Export Process

Bringing GPS Data to ArcGIS: Major Steps


Project 5F

Chapter 6: Attributes and Positions


Obtaining GIS Attribute Data with GPS Equipment and


The Organization of Attribute Data

The Data Dictionary

Features with Attributes Attached

From the Environment, Through GPS, to GIS


Attributes, GPS, and GIS

Three Linked Projects 6B, 6C, and 6D: Utilizing Feature

Attribute Data

Project 6C

Project 6D: Viewing Shapefiles

Now Use Your Data

Chapter 7: GPS Mission Planning


Planning a GPS Data Collection Session


Using Mission Planning Software


Planning A GPS Data Collection Session

Project 7A

Project 7B

Project 7C

Chapter 8: The Present and the Future

Location-Based Services: Economic Boon? Invasion of Privacy? Potentially Both

On the Horizon: Trends

Air Navigation Will Be Radically Transformed

Vehicle and Marine Navigation Will Be Improved

Precision Farming

System Integrity and Reliability—Great Improvements

Civilian and Military Interests Will Continue to Cooperate

More Equipment and Software Configurations with GPS and GISGPS Combined with Other Systems

Monuments Will Be Different, and in Different Places

GPS Will Become the Primary Way to Disseminate Time


Better Accuracy

Faster Fixes

NAVSTAR GPS Modernization

Applications: New and Continuing

Competition for the Radio Spectrum

Other Countries, Other Systems

GPS: Information Provider or Controller?

The Future—Who Knows?

Appendix A: Sources of Additional Information about GPS

Some Places to Look for Additional General Information

About GPS and Its Applications

For Technical Information on GPS Orbits, Timing, Satellite Condition, and So On

For Information about GLONASS

For Information about Galileo

Glossary of GPS-Related Terms

Appendix B: Form for Exercises, Lab Practicals, and Exams Using Data Sets on the CD-ROM


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