Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
This research has developed a theoretical and practical methodology for efficiently and accurately determining sub-decimeter level regional geoids and centimeter level local geoids to meet regional surveying and local engineering requirements. This research also provides a highly accurate static DGPS network data pre-processing, post-processing and adjustment method and a procedure for a large GPS network like the state level HRAN project. The research also developed an efficient and accurate methodology to join soil coverages in GIS ARE/INFO.;A total of 181 GPS stations has been pre-processed and post-processed to obtain an absolute accuracy better than 1.5cm at 95% of the stations, and at all stations having a 0.5 ppm average relative accuracy. A total of 167 GPS stations in Iowa and around Iowa have been included in the adjustment.;After evaluating GEOID96 and GEOID99, a more accurate and suitable geoid model has been established in Iowa. This new Iowa regional geoid model improved the accuracy from a sub-decimeter 10~20 centimeter to 5~10 centimeter. The local kinematic geoid model, developed using Kalman filtering, gives results better than third order leveling accuracy requirement with 1.5 cm standard deviation.
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Xi, Ruifeng, "Establishment of a high accuracy geoid correction model and geodata edge match " (2003). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 755.