Modern Techniques for Developing Countries

des Instituts für Geodäsie

Heft 20-2/1985

Modern Techniques for Developing Countries

- Review paper -

Attallah M. WASSEF
University of Toronto, Mississauga / Canada


In: WELSCH, Walter M. / LAPINE, Lewis A. (Hrsg.) [1985]:
International Federation of Surveyors - FIG -
Proceedings Inertial, Doppler and GPS Measurements for National and Engineering Surveys
Joint Meeting of Study Groups 5B and 5C, July 1-3, 1985

Schriftenreihe Universitärer Studiengang Vermessungswesen, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Heft 20-2, Neubiberg, S. 569-575.


Surveyors in the developing countries have been given to understand that the Global Positioning System (GPS) provides a cost-effective and easy-to-use method of determining latitude, longitude, and height that will take the place of the time-consuming and weather-dependent traditional methods.

Unfortunately, the recent literature and the proceedings of international meetings are unveilling a setting of great complexity: the universitality of access to GPS is now ruled out; and the solutions proposed to circumvent this problem seem uncertain and beyond the financial and technical capabilities of most developing countries.

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