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GPS and GNSS Training Courses

 

NavtechGPS has been a leader in GPS / GNSS education and training since 1984. Our GPS courses are taught by some of the best technical professionals in the industry.

ALL courses can be taught on-site at YOUR location. Select a specific class or a combination of classes to be tailored to your needs.
  
We also offer our most requested courses at different public venues during the year. Click on the Dates & Locations button below to learn when and where our public courses will be held.
  







Course 346: GPS Operation for Engineers & Technical Professionals: Principles, Technology, Applications and Intro to DGPS Concepts (2.4 CEUs) (Public or On-Site)
Instructors:  Dr. Chris Hegarty, MITRE or Dr. Michael Braasch, Ohio University
This is a 4-day version of our popular Course 356, condensed for those who want less emphasis on DGPS and Kalman filtering, but still want exposure to the concepts as they apply to GNSS. Attendees will still get a comprehensive introduction to GPS/GNSS and an overview of system concepts, design, operation, implementation and applications, with a brief overview of DGPS and Kalman filtering..
Who Should Attend?
Excellent for engineering staff who need to be brought up to speed on GPS/GNSS and for those already working in GPS who need exposure to the system as a whole to work more effectively.
Course 356: GPS and DGPS Operation for Engineers & Technical Professionals: Principles, Technology, Applications and DGPS Concepts (3.0 CEUs) (On-Site Only). See Course 346 for public venue version
Instructors: Dr. Chris Hegarty, MITRE or Dr. Steve Heppe, Telenergy
This 5-day course offers a comprehensive introduction to GPS and DGPS technology, system concepts, design, operation, implementation and applications, including detailed information on the GPS signal, its processing by the receiver, and the techniques by which GPS obtains position, velocity and time. See details for more information about this course. (Note: This course encompasses Courses 111, 122, 217 and 356B.)
Who Should Attend?
Excellent for engineering staff who need to be brought up to speed on GPS and for those already working in GPS who need exposure to the system as a whole to work more effectively.
Course 356B: GPS Operations: DGPS, GPS Signals and Processing (1.8 CEUs) (On-Site Course)
Instructor: Dr. Christopher Hegarty, MITRE
This 3-day course begins with a discussion of differential GPS, which continues through the rest of the week together with an in-depth look at GPS signal processing, navigation message content, code tracking, receivers and concludes with a discussion on the basics of Kalman filtering. (Note: This course is the same as the last 3 days of Course 356.)
Who Should Attend?
Excellent for those engineers and technical professionals who know the basics of GPS but need more detail on DGPS, signals, receivers, antennas, navigation algorithms, Kalman filtering and practical aspects of GPS.

 

Course 557: Inertial Systems, Kalman Filtering and GPS / INS Integration (3.0 CEUs) (Public or On-Site, Expanded to 5 FULL Days) (This course was formerly called Course 556.)
Instructors:  Dr. Alan Pue, Johns Hopkins, APL and Mr. Michael Vaujin, Consultant
Course 557 completely replaces Course 556 (Course 546, 4 days, is still available as an on-site course.)
Course 557 (formerly Course 556) has been expanded to a full five days based on attendee requests. This course on GNSS-aided navigation will thoroughly immerse the student in the fundamental concepts and practical implementations of the various types of Kalman filters that optimally fuse GPS receiver measurements with a strapdown inertial navigation solution. The course includes the fundamentals of inertial navigation, inertial instrument technologies, technology surveys and trends, integration architectures, practical Kalman filter design techniques, case studies, and illustrative demonstrations using MATLAB®. The extra half-day will allow for a fuller and more detailed development of the design of an aided navigation system, combined with a more detailed discussion of the use of lower quality IMUs, and advanced filtering techniques.
Who Should Attend?
GPS / GNSS professionals who are engineers, scientists, systems analysts, program specialists and others concerned with the integration of inertial sensors and systems. Those needing a working knowledge of Kalman filtering, or those who work in the field of either navigation or target tracking. 

 

Course 546: Inertial Systems, Kalman Filtering and GPS / INS Integration (2.4 CEUs) (This is a 4-day version of Course 557 and is available on-site only )
Instructors:  Dr. Alan Pue, Johns Hopkins, APL and Mr. Michael Vaujin, Consultant
This 4-day course (only available as an on-site course) on aided navigation will thoroughly immerse the student in the fundamental concepts and practical implementations of the types of Kalman filters that optimally fuse GPS receiver measurements with a strapdown inertial navigation solution.  It includes the fundamentals of inertial navigation, inertial instrument technologies, technology surveys and trends, integration architectures, practical Kalman filter design techniques, case studies, and illustrative demonstrations using MATLAB. Click More Details below for further information about this course.
Who Should Attend?
GPS / GNSS professionals who are engineers, scientists, systems analysts, program specialists and others concerned with the integration of inertial sensors and systems. Those needing a working knowledge of Kalman filtering, or those who work in the field of either navigation or target tracking.
Course 111: Fundamentals of GPS (0.6 CEUs) (Public or On-Site)
Instructor: Dr. Chris Hegarty, MITRE  or Dr. Stephen Heppe, Telenergy
This is a 1-day course that presents an overview of how the GPS systems works, its historical evolution, its many applications, and its policy and operational considerations. See details for more information about this course. (Note: This course is the same as day 1 of Course 356.)
Who Should Attend?
This course is ideal for those technicians, engineers, managers and technical sales staff with a good electronics apptitude who are new to GPS and need an overview of the basic elements of the Global Positioning System (GPS).
Course 122: GPS Fundamentals and Enhancements (1.2 CEUs) (Public or On-Site)
Instructor(s): Dr. Chris Hegarty, MITRE or Dr. Michael Braasch, Ohio University, or Dr. Stephen Heppe, Ohio University,
This is a 2-day course that presents an overview of how the global positioning system works, its historical evolution, its many applications, and its policy and operational considerations. It provides the fundamentals of GPS principles and technologies including clocks and timing, orbits and constellations, and satellites and control segment functions. See details for more information about this course. (Note: This course is the same as days 1 and 2 of Course 346 or Course 356.)
Who Should Attend?
  • Engineers and technical professionals seeking conceptual and detailed explanations of GPS technology, operation, capabilities, applications, and development trends. 
  • Professionals in navigation, positioning, and related fields who are concerned with the capabilities, operation and principles of GPS, DGPS, and related GNSS systems. 
  • System analysts and specialists concerned with position data and its use. 
  • Managers concerned with GPS,  GNSS activities, or the positioning field.
Course 217: Introduction to Differential GPS (0.6 CEUs) (On-Site Only Course)
Instructor: Dr. Christopher Hegarty, MITRE
This 1-day course focuses on differential GPS (DGPS). It provides an overview of DGPS, differential error sources, observable modeling, DGPS design considerations and DGPS case studies. For more information about this course, click on course details. (Note: This course is the same as Day 3 of Course 356.)
Who Should Attend?
Excellent for engineering and technical staff who need to learn the specifics of Differential GPS.
Course 336: GPS Fundamentals, Enhancement and Introduction to Differential GPS (1.8 CEUs) (On-Site Only Course)
Instructors:  Dr. Michael Braasch, Ohio University or Dr. Christopher Hegarty, MITRE
This 3-day course combines Course 122 (123) and Course 217 into one course to give you a comprehensive introduction to GPS technology and an introduction to differential GPS. (Note: This course is the same as the first 3 days of Course 356.)
Who Should Attend?
This course is especially suited engineers and technical staff who want a GPS / GNSS overview and a full day of differential GPS instruction. 
  
Course 136: Practical GPS for Professional Users (1.8 CEUs) (On-Site Only)
Instructors: Mr. Franck Boynton, NavtechGPS and  Dr. Michael Braasch
This 3-day course provides a practical and conceptual grasp of GPS and DGPS principles, applications and equipment. An engineering background is not required or expected for this course. The goal of this course is to bring professional GPS users, technical sales staff and others up to speed quickly on GPS and DGPS. Concepts and equipment application will be presented using informative, easy to follow presentations with clear figures, computer demonstrations and live GPS equipment.  (Almost no math will be committed in this course.) For more information, click on course details
Who Should Attend?
  • Those entering the GPS field who need a rapid grounding in GPS and DGPS principles, techniques, status, equipment practicalities, and applications.
  • Professional users who wish to better understand new developments in GPS and DGPS, as well as future capabilities.
  • Those involved in making business decisions about GPS.
  • Sales, marketing and advanced development staff requiring a better understanding of GPS and DGPS operation, applications, and potential markets.
  
Course 447: Applied Kalman Filtering with Emphasis on GPS-Aided Systems (2.4 CEUs) (On-Site Only)
Instructors: Mr. Michael Vaujin, Aerospace, Navigation and Defense Consultant
This is an intensive, 4-day short course on Kalman filtering theory and Kalman filtering applications. The student will receive a thorough understanding of linear, extended, unscented, and square root Kalman filters and their practical applications to real-time strapdown navigation and target tracking. The student will also be exposed to Information filters, 2nd and 3rd order extended Kalman filters, particle filters, integrity monitoring, and methods of smoothing. Emphasis is on practical applications, but sufficient supporting theory is provided to give attendees the necessary tools for meaningful research and development work in the field. Considerable time is devoted to modeling, the most difficult aspect of Kalman filtering, in an application setting. There will be a high level of instructor/attendee interaction, designed to provide hands-on problem solving and solution discussions. 
Who Should Attend?
Engineers who need a working knowledge of Kalman filtering or who work in the fields of either navigation or target tracking.
  
Course 512: Ultra-Tight, Deep Integration of GPS/INS (0.5 CEUs)  (On-Site Only)
Instructor: Dr. James Sennott, Tracking & Imaging Systems
Using a waveform estimation-theoretic approach, this half-day course develops architectures approaching theoretical limits, given the GPS signal-in-space. Building upon Kalman prerequisites the fundamental observation and dynamical models are described, leading to practical integrations. Augmentations are described for high dynamics, signal blockages, and jamming. Modeling and simulation approaches critical to the design and evaluation process are emphasized followed by case studies. (Note: This course is the same as the last half-day of Course 457.)
Who Should Attend?
Engineers responsible for developing, integrating, and evaluating advanced GPS-IMU integration systems involving ultra tightly coupled architectures.
  
Course 537: Advanced Integration of GPS and inertial Navigation Systems (1.8 CEUs) (Public or On-Site)
Instructors: Dr. Alan Pue, Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Lab
This 3-day course concentrates on the software algorithms and practical implementations for aiding an inertial navigation system with a GPS receiver. You will learn the essential basics of Kalman filter theory and inertial navigation. A central topic is how the understanding and modeling of inertial navigation errors are used to develop the navigation Kalman filter for loosely, tightly and deeply coupled integration architectures. This course will focus on critical details such as timing synchronization, accounting for data latency, computation of measurement residuals, and adjustment of filter parameters to optimize navigation performance. The available inertial instrument technologies and operating principles for accelerometers, ring laser gyros, fiber optic gyros, and MEMS devices will be described. This course will highlight the nature of the inertial instrument error sources, strapdown computations, the meaning of manufacturer specifications, and show how they are applied to the filter design. Case studies are used to illustrate various implementation techniques such as inertial aiding of the GPS receiver to mitigate the effects of signal interference, integration with other aiding sources, carrier phase differential integration, and INS/GPS interferometer integration. The course includes with a discussion of trends in IMU and receiver technologies.
Who Should Attend?
Engineers, scientists, system analysts, program specialists and other concerned with the integration of inertial sensors and systems.
Course 541: Using Advanced GPS/GNSS Signals and Systems (2.4 CEUs) (On-Site Only)
Instructors:  Dr. John Betz, MITRE
Course 541 will enable attendees to achieve proficiency, not merely familiarity, with the essential aspects of using GPS/GNSS signals. It addresses current and future GPS signals along with available details of signals from other satellite-based positioning and timing systems. Receiver processing techniques are described along with ways to characterize their performance. Review problems, worked in class, help students understand and apply the key concepts. As attendees understand similarities and distinctions between different systems and signals, they will become equipped to take advantage of signals from multiple systems. (Course 541 is similar to Course 551, but without the Kalman filtering content.)
Who Should Attend?
This extensive, fast-moving course is targeted to engineers, scientists and professionals who already have a solid background in GPS and are ready to develop advanced skills in using GPS and other satellite-based navigation and timing systems. Attendees should have previous exposure to basic signal processing techniques and terminology. Familiarity with engineering mathematics is needed.
Course 551: Using Advanced GPS/GNSS Signals and Systems (3.0 CEUs) (On-Site Only)
Instructor: Dr. John Betz, MITRE
This 5-day course will enable attendees to achieve proficiency, not merely familiarity, with the essential aspects of using GPS / GNSS signals. It will not only thoroughly address current and future GPS signals, but also drill deeply into available details of signals from other satellite-based positioning and timing systems. As attendees understand similarities and distinctions between different systems and signals, they will become equipped to take advantage of signals from multiple systems. 
 
Receiver processing techniques are described along with ways to characterize the performance of receiver processing. These processing techniques are customized to specific characteristics of signals from GPS and other satnav systems. Specialized topics, including dealing with interference and with multipath, differential satnav, and assisted satnav, are also addressed.
 
Attendees will be given review questions each evening that will be reviewed in class each morning. Working the review problems in class helps attendees understand and apply key concepts.
Who Should Attend?
This extensive, fast-moving course is targeted to engineers, scientists and professionals who already have a solid background in GPS and are ready to develop advanced skills in using GPS and other satellite-based navigation and timing systems. Attendees should have previous exposure to basic signal processing techniques and terminology. Familiarity with engineering mathematics is needed.
  
 

 
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