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Course 346: GPS / GNSS Operation for Engineers & Technical Professionals

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Course 346: GPS / GNSS Operation for Engineers & Technical Professionals:
Principles, Technology, Applications and Intro to Basic DGPS Concepts

Instructor: Dr. Chris Hegarty, MITRE
2.4 CEUs
Onsite & PublicOur most requested courses are offered at different public venues two to three times per year. Most of our courses also can be taught onsite at your location. Most on-site courses can be customized to your needs. Read more about our on-site course options.
July 14-17, 2020 $2899

Course Description

Take this 4-day course to gain a comprehensive understanding of GPS/GNSS system concepts, design and operation, including information on GPS signal processing by the receiver; techniques by which GPS obtains position, velocity and time and a brief introduction to differential GPS (DGPS) and Kalman filtering. This course is similar to Course 356 (5 days), but with less emphasis on DGPS and Kalman filtering.

Objectives

In this course you will gain —

  • A comprehensive introduction to GPS, system concepts, design, operation, implementation and applications and a brief introduction to differential GPS (DGPS).
  • Detailed information on the GPS signal, its processing by the receiver, and the techniques by which GPS obtains position, velocity and time.
  • Current information on the status, plans, schedule and capabilities of GPS, as well as of other satellite-based systems with position velocity and time determination applications.
  • Information to fill in technical information gaps for working in the GPS and GNSS fields.

Prerequisites

  • Familiarity with engineering terms and analysis techniques. General familiarity with matrix operations and familiarity with signal processing techniques is desirable.

Who Should Attend?

  • Excellent for engineering staff who need to be rapidly brought up to speed on GPS and for those already working in GPS who need exposure to the system as a whole in order to work more effectively.

Materials You Will Keep

  • A color electronic copy of all course notes will be provided on a USB Drive or CD-ROM. Bringing a laptop to this class is highly recommended for taking notes using the Adobe Acrobat sticky notes feature; power access will be provided.
  • A black and white hard copy of the course notes will also be provided.

Course Fee Entitles You To The Following Books

Understanding GPS: Principles and Applications, 3rd ed., Elliott Kaplan & Chris Hegarty, Eds., Artech House, 2017, OR Global Positioning System: Signals, Measurement and Performance, P. Misra and P. Enge, 2nd ed., 2011 or Engineering Satellite-Based Navigation & Timing: GNSS, Signals and Receivers, John Betz, Ph.D.. (Note: This arrangement does not apply to on-site contracts. Any books for on-site group contracts are negotiated on a case by case basis.)

Course: 346
San Diego, CA
My main objective was to solidify the on the job training I’ve had thus far as a navigation engineer with my company. The instruction under course 346 met that main objective and exceeded it by expanding my knowledge of global positioning systems, DGPS, and Kalman filtering. For aviation and military applications, especially being a new engineer in the field, this class formed a base from which to learn more in-depth knowledge as well as to contribute to aircraft design improvement as GPS continues to evolve and advance.
— Margaret Alfafara, Northrop Gruman
Course: 346
San Diego, CA

Dr. Hegarty explained everything in a very easy to understand manner without dwelling on topics too long. His teaching style was very effective. His demeanor made it comfortable to ask several questions without
feeling intimidated.

— Anthony Pham, Northrop Gruman
Course: 346
San Diego, CA

For aviation and military applications, especially being a new engineer in the field, this class formed a base from which to learn more in-depth knowledge as well as to contribute to aircraft design improvement as GPS continues to evolve and advance.

— Margaret Alfafara, Northrop Gruman
Course: 346
San Diego, CA

I work in product support and wanted a more technical background on GPS. I wanted to learn more about interference and scintillation. This definitely met my objectives. I would recommend this to anyone looking to better understand GPS.

— Ryan Baumberger, Northrop Gruman
Course: 346
Unlisted

Really great, not a wasted word. He [Dr. Hegarty] really knows his stuff and answered all questions in great detail.

— Grismika Gupta, NovAtel
Course: 346
Unlisted

There are many bright scientists and engineers, but very few are bright and gifted in teaching. Even fewer could explain each part of a very complex equation in simple layman’s term. Dr. Hegarty got my full attention. I would highly recommend this course to my peers if Dr. Hegarty were teaching it.

— Sigong Ho, NovAtel
Course: 346
Patuxent River, MD

“Dr. Hegarty was outstanding and very helpful. His teaching style allowed me to keep pace with the amount of material
presented in the allotted time.”

— Name withheld upon request, NAVAIR, U.S. Navy
Course: 346
Springfield, VA

The instructor is excellent. Dr. Hegarty is a very good presenter [who] shows a deep knowledge and a passion and active way of presenting.

— Salvador La Casta, European Patent Office
Course: 346
Patuxent River, MD

“My objectives were to learn the fundamentals of GPS operation, principles, and technology. Yes, the course met my objectives.”

— Hang Nguyen, NAVAIR, U.S. Navy
Course: 346
Patuxent River, MD

“I liked the teaching style of the instructor. Dr. Hegarty used many analogies along with his lectures. It was effective in helping me to learn. I’m very impressed with Dr. Hegarty’s vast knowledge of the GPS subject. Dr. Hegarty is awesome!”

— Hang Nguyen, NAVAIR, U.S. Navy
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