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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
This course is also available for private group training | 2.4 CEUs
This course will be taught REMOTELY | April 27-30, 2021, 9AM-4:30PM EST | $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. (Note: The first two days are the same as Course 122. Course 346 expands on the concepts introduced in 122.)

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 provided in advance on a USB drive or CD-ROM.
  • Ability to use Adobe Acrobat sticky notes on electronic course notes.
  • NavtechGPS Glossary of GNSS Acronyms.
  • A black and white hard copy of the course notes.
  • A textbook from the list below.

Course Fee Entitles You to One of 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.
  • GPS Basics for Technical Professionls, P. Misra, 2019.
  • Introduction to GPS: the Global Positioning System, 2nd Ed., A. El-Rabbany, 2006. 
  • Note: This textbook offer does not apply to private group contracts. Any books for group contracts are negotiated on a case by case basis.
Course: 346
Remote Course, November 2020

Yes, I really found Chris to be very engaging, even through the remote sessions. His knowledge and charisma made the sessions both lively and informative.

— Christopher DeFrancisci, JHU/APL
Course: 346
Remote Course, November 2020

I came out of the course with a good understanding of GPS history, signal structure, and receivers. As a new engineer that is also new to GNSS, I will benefit a lot from the complete coverage of the fundamentals of GNSS as it gave me a good foundation to keep on learning. I received the most value from the book of notes since I know I will be referencing it for many years to come.

— Daniel Betancourt-Santiago, Northrop Grumman
Course: 346
Remote Course, November 2020

Everything was great and Webex was very easy to use.

— Daniel Betancourt-Santiago, Northrop Grumman
Course: 346
Remote Course

I think Dr. Hegarty was definitively one of the best teachers I’ve had in my career. Not only he is one of the most knowledgeable people in the domain but he is an excellent teacher on top of it. Would have loved to have had him as a teacher back at university.

— Pierre Alexandre, Rheinmetall
Course: 346
Remote Course, July 2020

The video quality was excellent; I am very pleased with the WebEx platform. I don’t feel as though going through the course remotely had any negative impact. It was still very personal, easy to ask questions, and I enjoyed the banter over coffee in the morning even if we were all scattered across the world. Mr. Boynton, Ms. McDonald, and Dr. Hegarty were so friendly and welcoming. This was such a great experience.

— Shealyn Greer, Trident Research
Course: 346
Remote Course, July 2020

I was most excited to learn about GPS receivers and antennas. I really didn’t know much about GPS hardware before this course. Dr. Hegarty walked us through each component of a receiver and antenna, and I feel it was very beneficial to understand the GPS algorithm as it relates to physical components.

— Shealyn Greer, Trident Research
Course: 346
Remote Course, July 2020

The scheduling was perfect, very nice that we could join from Europe. Also the amount of material and number and interval of breaks was well thought of. Thank you for the useful and interesting course!

— Heiko Engwerda, Netherlands Aerospace Centre, July 2020
Course: 346
Remote Course

A/V quality was very good. I also thought the interaction between everyone went smoothly. WebEx was very simple to use (both logging in and navigating the interface during the lessons).

— Name withheld upon request, May 2020
Course: 346
Remote Course

A/V quality, instructor/attendee interaction, course schedule, and user friendliness were great.

— Name withheld upon request, May 2020
Course: 346
Remote Course

Very pleasant teaching style. Very effective.

— Eric Breuer, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, May 2020
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