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SUR 441 - Data Analysis and Project Design

Catalog Data 441 DATA ANALYSIS AND PROJECT DESIGN (3) Post least squares adjustment analysis of control networks, statistical testing, blunder detection, network design considerations, and computer optimization techniques. Prerequisites: STAT 401 and SUR 341.
Textbook Wolf, Paul R. and Ghilani, Charles D. Adjustment Computations: Statistics and Least Squares in Surveying and GIS. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Coordinator Charles D. Ghilani, Professor of Engineering, Surveying Engineering Program
Goals To review error theory, error propagation, and the least squares principle; error analysis; To introduce constrained adjustments, adjustments of GPS baseline vectors, error detection in control networks, coordinate transformations, and the general least squares methods.
Prerequisites by Topic Basic knowledge in statistics and the principles of least squares as related to survey measurements.
  1. Review of error propagation and the least squares principles
  2. Post-adjustment analysis: error ellipses
  3. GPS baseline vector adjustment
  4. Constraint adjustments and adjusting control
  5. Blunder detection
  6. Survey design using error ellipses and statistical analysis
  7. Coordinate transformations
  8. General least squares method
  9. The collinearity equations and photogrammetric problems
  10. Preparation of design projects
  11. Student presentations of design project
  12. Review
  1. 6 hours
  2. 3 hours
  3. 3 hours
  4. 4 hours
  5. 5 hours
  6. 4 hours
  7. 4 hours
  8. 4 hours
  9. 3 hours
  10. 3 hours
  11. 4 hours
  12. 2 hours
Laboratory Projects While this course does not contain a formal laboratory, the students are required to develop a project utilizing the topics discussed in this class, and present their analysis to the class. This year's projects are listed on the syllabus in the course materials. The student presentations are recorded on video tape.
Computer Usage Students use Adjust to perform least squares adjustments of data, analyze the results of these adjustments, and isolate blunders, Furthermore, students use Adjust to design networks of measurements that meet specific accuracy criteria. Students use word processing software to generate reports and homework, and presentation software for student presentations of design projects. Students are encouraged to use the Internet to obtain class notes, are required to use the Internet to download exams, and are encouraged to submit assignments using electronic mail.