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Comment: Might have better luck with a lesser known journal (Score 1) 279

by rir (#32682208) Attached to: Best Way To Publish an "Indie" Research Paper?
Hi, that sounds like an interesting and useful algorithm. You may have better luck trying to publish in a smaller, specialty geomatics journal. Also, you probably would do well to find a credentialed co-author. If you're in Canada or interested in publishing in canada the best journal for this sort of paper would be the Canadian Institute of Geomatics's quarterly Geomatica (http://www.cig-acsg.ca/english/geomatica/authors.php). Good Luck, I look forward to seeing the published paper.

Comment: Re:Surveyors are going to start having problems... (Score 5, Informative) 210

by rir (#27959823) Attached to: GPS Accuracy Could Start Dropping In 2010

Doesn't matter.. you aren't going to get better than 10m accuracy without DGPS and 1m with it. Surveys have to be right to centimetres - no GPS can do that (possibly some of the military stuff, but I'd be surprised if even they were that accurate).

You don't need military GPS to be that accurate, it can be done with differential phase GPS. See: here. By using a fixed base station at a location with known coordinates, one can expect to see accuracies in the 1 to 2 cm range as long as the receiver is within 10's of km from the base station. There are several manufacturers who make gear that can achieve this level of accuracy, see Leica, Magellan, and Sokkia. I've been using Leica gear at work mostly, and have see ~1cm accuracy under good conditions pretty consistently. A lot of legal surveying in remote areas is done exclusively with GPS, especially in the northern parts of B.C and Alberta. I've done legal surveys with GPS in the Vancouver area, but getting high accuracy in urban areas is more difficult because of multi-path noise and qoor signal quality from obstructions such as buildings. Also people in the city get mad when you cut down trees to get better reception ;)

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