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GPS and GNSS Training Courses

 

Our GNSS courses are taught by world class industry experts. 

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  • Classes can be modified to meet your needs.
  
  • Our most requested courses are offered at different public venues during the year.
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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 2-day course offers 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 / GNSS 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 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
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.
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.  This course is similar to Course 346, except that Course 356 has three additional hours of Differential GPS and two additional hours of Kalman filtering to provide the attendee with more in-depth information on these critical topics as they apply to global navigation satellite systems. (Note: This course encompasses Courses 111, 122 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 Only)
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 and 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 336: GPS Fundamentals, Enhancement and Introduction to Differential GPS (1.8 CEUs) (On-Site Only)
Instructors: Dr. Christopher Hegarty, MITRE or  Dr. Michael Braasch, Ohio University 
This 3-day course gives you a comprehensive introduction to GPS technology and an introduction to differential GPS (DGPS). (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 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 551: Using Advanced GPS/GNSS Signals and Systems (3.0 CEUs) Available On-site or as a Public Course 
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 discussed 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.
  

 

Course 557: Inertial Systems, Kalman Filtering and GPS / INS Integration (3.0 CEUs) (Public or On-Site, 5 Days)
Instructors:  Dr. Alan Pue, Johns Hopkins, APL and Mr. Michael Vaujin, Consultant
 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. This course offers a deep dive into the the design and development of an INS 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. 
 
 
 
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