Surveying: Principles and Applications, Eighth Edition presents a clear discussion of the latest advances in technological instrumentation, surveying principles, and applications for mapping and engineering surveys. It has a good selection of problems that illuminate and reinforce concepts, as well as providing up-to-date information on the latest technological innovations. Real-world emphasis is key to the continued success of this text and the success a student has in understanding surveying concepts – so real world, in fact, that it is often carried by graduates into their first day of work. Suitable for construction, civil technology, civil engineering programs, and general surveying.
Mr. Kavanagh's education and professional backgrounds include a B.A. (Economics) from York University (Toronto) in 1970 and certification through the challenge exam process as a Civil Engineering Technologist (Ontario), and as a Survey Technologist (Ontario). His surveying experience includes seventeen years of highway, legal and construction surveys as well as the management of municipal surveys for pre-engineering, design, and construction of municipal services for the City of Scarborough.
Mr. Kavanagh's teaching experience began in 1969 at Seneca College where he designed and taught courses in surveying, computerized/advanced surveying, municipal services design and highway design. In addition he served as Chair of the Civil/Resources Engineering Technology Department (1987-1990), which at its peak had 400 students and 20 faculty.
In 1983, along with S.J.G Bird (deceased 1989), he wrote a textbook on surveying (Surveying Principles and Applications) and in 1989, he wrote a second text (Surveying with Construction Applications). Both texts, published by Pearson Education/Prentice Hall Inc., USA, have been adopted for use in Civil Engineering programs and Civil Engineering Technology programs in the U.S.A., with wide use also in Canada and some off-shore locations (for example, Singapore, & U.K.). Additionally, in 2003 he wrote the text Geomatics, for post-secondary Geomatics programs.
Mr. Kavanagh is presently (May, 2008) working on the 8th edition of Surveying Principles and Applications and on the 7th edition of Surveying with Construction Applications.
This text has been extensively revised since the fifth edition. The text is now divided into three parts:
Part I: Surveying Principles includes chapters on Basics of Surveying, Distance Measurement (Taping), Leveling, Angles and Directions, Theodolites, Traverse Surveys, Electronic Surveying Measurement, Topographic Surveying and Mapping, Geographic Information Systems, Control Surveys, and Global Positioning Systems (GPSs).
Part II: Remote Sensing (Chapter 12) includes 29 sections on the topics of satellite imagery and airborne imagery.
Part III: Surveying Applications includes chapters on Highway Curves, Construction Surveys, Land Surveying, and Hydrographic Surveys.
Part I continues the approach of covering the basics in clear, understandable language. Many illustrations and examples clarify and reinforce the chapter topics. Updated isogonic charts, epoch 2000, are included for North America and the entire globe. Geographic information systems (GISs) are now included as a separate chapter, and in Chapter 10, Control Surveys, on-line and interactive techniques for computing grid and geographic coordinates are illustrated using NGS tools.
Part II includes the topics of satellite imagery and airborne imagery. The sections on satellite imagery, cover techniques of remote sensing, multispectral scanning, image analysis, and ground-truthing, and brief descriptions of many of the internationally sponsored satellites presently used for earth-study purposes. The sections on airborne imagery cover the fundamentals of aerial surveying and photogrammetry and also introduce students to the latest in imaging techniquesusing lidar mapping techniques.
Part III covers practical approaches for applications in the engineering, hydrographic, and land surveying fields. As with the earlier parts of the text, material here is presented in a clear and logical fashion, a style that reflects the many years of field experience accumulated by the authors. S. J. Glenn Bird (1933-1989), academic, land surveyor, photogrammetric engineer, and hydrographer, wrote for the first two editions sections covering land surveying, hydrographic surveying, and photogrammetry; his impact on the text is still evident.
The appendixes have been expanded. New entries are included in the glossary and in the surveying and mapping website index. Four-screw instruments (dumpy level and engineer's transit) are covered in a separate appendix. Also new to this edition is an appendix describing field projects that accompany classroom work. These projects have been developed and refined over 25 years of college experience.