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Applying Gps Receiver Technology

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

Publication Date

June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



Conference Session

Curriculum Development in Civil ET

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10.213.1 - 10.213.7



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David Border

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Techniques for Application of GPS Receiver Technology

David A. Border

Electronics and Computer Technology Program Department of Technology Systems Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, Ohio 43403


This paper details both the hardware platforms and software techniques used in applying GPS receiver technology to engineering projects or processes. Two software techniques are detailed: (1) use of pre-existing application level GPS receiver programs and (2) coding of new GPS receiver application programs using the .Net Framework ™ / Visual Studios ™ development environments.

I. Introduction

The use of GPS technology has drawn interest from a large number of fields, from construction, to navigation, to augmented and virtual reality1. Much of the advanced work in these areas requires applying GPS receiver technology in a particular hardware setting. Most commonly the final form of the technology is desired to be accurate, informative and unobtrusive to the end user. GPS receiver technology is trending towards these goals.

For engineering educators, GPS technology can fit into a number of course offerings, from communication systems, to computer programming, to design synthesis courses. Its commonplace nature makes it attractive for use in coursework. While the use of GPS technology has become popular, it is a commodity that has some unique attributes, and it continues to rapidly improve and evolve.

II. Goal

The study project’s goal was to be able to mark the GPS receiver’s location on a custom map. By limiting it to the act of location marking, such high order tasks such as route identification and drive time calculations are avoided. The study made two certain assumptions regarding the nature of the receiver’s environment: (1) the receiver would be outdoors, and under clear skies, and (2) the receiver would not be in a vehicle, and therefore not subject to high velocity or high acceleration and the receiver would be near ground level.

Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education

Border, D. (2005, June), Applying Gps Receiver Technology Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--15297

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