It has been more than 30 years since the first edition of Surveying for Engineers was published, and in that time the equipment and technology used in technical surveying has undergone incredible changes. Electronic theodolites, total stations, digital levels, laser scanners, and machine control systems, to name a few.
Since then, the discipline to which engineering surveying be longs has developed almost beyond recognition and has even been given a new identity: geomatics. No other discipline has undergone such rapid and dramatic change. Surveying for Engineers has always tried to reflect this evolution, and this new fifth edition is no exception.
Satellite surveying systems continue to have a significant impact on engineering surveying, and recent developments in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), particularly the introduction of network RTK and OS Net, are included to reflect this.
Also covered are the latest survey equipment, survey methods, and digital technologies, including image processing with total stations and laser scanners, developments in data processing and integration, and updates on Ordnance Survey’s mapping products. Emerging topics include techniques for locating underground deposits and the use of earth observation satellites for mapping in civil engineering and construction.
However, along with all the sophisticated equipment available today, basic topics such as leveling, measuring angles, measuring distances using tape, how to perform traverses, and how to calculate coordinates are covered in some detail, as they are still needed in the field today, as they were in 1978,andthe calculations required for curves, areas, and volumes have been carried over.
About the Book
As in the past, this book has been written with students of civil engineering, architecture, and construction in mind. However, it is also intended to be useful to other students studying surveying as an elective course, and to be used as a reference text by practicing engineers and those involved in field surveying and construction.