GPS Surveying

By Prof. J. K. Ghosh   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 3347   |  Exam registration: 464
The objective of the course is to provide optimal insights into land surveying using GPS (Global Positioning System). The course starts with an introduction to land surveying leading to GPS as the state-of-art for surveying of land. Then, different aspects of GPS systems such as GPS architecture, GPS signals, GPS receivers, GPS software has been discussed followed by GPS positioning & GPS observables.  Next, it provides GPS processing fundamentals consisting of pre-processing and processing steps under different processing strategies followed by quality assessment and field procedure of GPS surveying. The course concludes with a detail demonstration of GPS field surveying followed by processing of collected data.

Diploma/Degree/Master/Doctoral students; Field surveyors; Professional persons dealing with GPS surveying.
Application based.As core course (partial) for Civil Engineering,Geo-spatial Technology etc.
As elective course (partial) for Earth Sciences,Geography etc for all domains in which GPS surveying may be applied.
May be considered for both course (UG & PG).
Part of any of the degrees: (BE/ME/BSc/MSc etc).

PRE-REQUISITES: Basics of Physics and mathematics upto 12th standard and familiarity with use of computer.

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 24 Jul 2023
End Date : 18 Aug 2023
Enrollment Ends : 07 Aug 2023
Exam Registration Ends : 21 Aug 2023
Exam Date : 24 Sep 2023 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1 : Introduction, GPS System
Week 2 : GPS Positiong, GPS Observables
Week 3 : GPS Data Processing
Week 4 : GPS Field Surveying, GPS Field Data Processing

Books and references

A Text Book on GPS Surveying (2015) by Dr. Jayanta Kumar Ghosh ISBN-13: 978-1522952749, ISBN-10: 1522952748, Amazon US: www.amazon.com/dp/1522952748

Instructor bio

Prof. J. K. Ghosh

IIT Roorkee
Dr. Jayanta Kumar Ghosh is working as Associate Professor in the Civil Engineering Department (Geomatics Engineering Group) of Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. He is engaged in teaching, research and consultancy works in Geomatics engineering for more than 31 years. He is pioneer in introducing courses on GPS surveying in the UG & PG curriculum of  Engineering education in India, since 1999. He has conducted many short term courses on Surveying for the building professionals as early as 2000. He has published TWO books on Surveying – Elementary Engineering Surveying and Introduction to GPS Surveying. He is member of different National and International technical associations.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 
24 September 2023 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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