A review of satellite positioning systems for civil engineering

Gethin Wyn Roberts, Chris Brown, Xu Tang

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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 multisystem
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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-192
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of the ICE - Civil Engineering
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015


  • land surveying
  • GPS
  • Deformation monitoring
  • suspension bridge


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