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Alain Geiger: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2018

Name Prof. Dr. Alain Geiger
I. f. Geodäsie u. Photogrammetrie
ETH Zürich, HPV F 51
Robert-Gnehm-Weg 15
8093 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 633 32 44
DepartmentCivil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering
RelationshipRetired Adjunct Professor

103-0156-01LPrecision Navigation2 credits2GA. Geiger
AbstractCourse on mathematical foundations of navigation and basic solutions of navigational problems.
ObjectiveStudents know the mathematical tools in navigation. They are able to further consolidate their navigational knowlegde by their own. They know some basic solution principles in navigation.
ContentGeometry on the surface, Trajectories, course, rhumbline, orthodrome, maneuver, moving coordinate systems, observations from accelerated platforms, observables, observation equations of different systems (satellites, DME/DME, VOR, radar, INS...), error estimation, Kalman filtering.
Lecture notesPräzisionsnavigation
Alain Geiger, GGL-ETHZ
103-0158-01LNavigation5 credits4GA. Geiger
AbstractIntroduction to the concepts and basics of navigation related total systems on land, air, and sea.
ObjectiveThe students gain an overview of modern and today's systems and understand their major principles. The students are able to deepen their knowledge by their own and recognize and understand principles of systems in different applications.
ContentStatistics in Navigation, Filtering, Basics of state space control systems, Tracksurveying systems, Vehicle nav, Air traffic control systems, Operational Procedures, Galileo, WAAS, MSAS, EGNOS, AIS
Lecture notesGeiger, A., Navigation, Lecture notes
103-0253-AALGeoprocessing and Parameter Estimation
Enrolment ONLY for MSc students with a decree declaring this course unit as an additional admission requirement.

Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit.
5 credits4RA. Geiger
AbstractThis course provides basic knowledge on parameter estimation and data processing. The necessary mathematical and statistical methods are developed and are applied to actual examples in geomatics.
ObjectiveThe students are capable of analysing measurements with appropriate methods. They can optimally extract model parameters from real measurements and are able to analyse and to retrieve additional information from data series. They understand the underlying algorithms of different geodetic analysis tools and processing methods.
103-0738-00LGNSS Lab5 credits4GA. Geiger, M. Meindl
AbstractConsolidation of knowledge in satellite geodesy and its application to GNSS.
ObjectiveStudents know the technological background of GNSS. They are able to interpret and to qualify GNSS results and to carry out error estimations. Autonomous work on GNSS-related problems.
ContentAutonomous development, planning, and carrying out of a small GNSS-project. As needed further satellite geodetic background will be given ( GNSS-positioning and navigation, satellite orbits, consolidated knowledge of GNSS, observation equations, principles of measurements, disturbances, practical operation)
Lecture notesNavigation, Alain Geiger, GGL-ETHZ
GNSS, Markus Rothacher, GGL-ETHZ
651-4106-03LGeophysical Field Work and Processing: Preparation and Field Work7 credits3V + 11PC. Schmelzbach, A. Geiger, M. Grab, S. Guillaume, H. E. Horstmeyer, P. Nagy
AbstractThe 'Preparation' and 'Field Work' parts of 'Geophysical Field Work and Processing' involve the planing and conducting of a near-surface geophysical field campaign using common geophysical techniques to study, for example, archeological remains, internal structures of landslides or aquifers. Students work in small groups, and plan, acquire, process and document a field campaign together.
ObjectiveStudents should acquire the knowledge to (1) design and plan a geophysical survey appropriate for the target of investigation, (2) acquire geophysical data, (3) process the data using state-of-the-art techniques and software, (3) analyze and interpret the results, and (4) write a report according to commercial and scientific standards.
ContentThe course is split into two parts:

1. 'Preparation': Introductory lectures and exercises (lab and field) covering Geographical Information Systems (GIS), surveying, and introductions to the field sites. Successful participation in the 'Preparation' part is a REQUIREMENT to participate in the 'Field Work' part.

2. 'Field Work': Four-weeks field course. The students work in small groups on the following topics:
- Planning and design of a comprehensive geophysical survey
- Data acquisition
- Data processing and inversion
- Interpretation of the results
- Report writing
Lecture notesRelevant reading material, manuals and instructions for all methods of the field course will be handed out to each group at the beginning of the 'Field Work' part (beginning of June).
Prerequisites / NoticeA "pass" (Swiss grade 4.0 or higher) in the written examination of 651-4104-00 V Geophysical Fieldwork and Processing: Methods, is an absolute REQUIREMENT to participate in this course.

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