AH1815 Introduction to GPS 7.5 credits

Introduktion till GPS

Global Positioning System has become a common tool not only for navigation but also for surveying, i.e. the applications where cm, or mm level of accuracy is required. Detail surveying or establishment of geodetic control networks are examples of such applications. The aim of this course is to acquire theoretical and practical knowledge about the GPS, which are necessary to be able to plan, carry out and process GPS observations.

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

  • Basic principles of positioning with help of satellites
  • Components of the satellite positioning systems and their functions: satellites, control stations, receivers
  • GPS positioning and surveying techniques
  • Error sources and the way of their elimination
  • Differential GPS, RTK, DGPS
  • Detail surveying and setting out with GPS
  • Establishment of geodetic control networks
  • Combination of terrestrial and GPS measurements
  • Transformations: connecting GPS measurements to local reference systems 

Intended learning outcomes *

After completing this course, students should be able to

  • Identify which observations towards the satellite can be used for positioning and explain how they can be used for the computation of position and velocity of a receiver
  • Identify the components of the GPS and explain their function
  • Plan, carry out and process the GPS observations, using advanced geodetic receivers, for the purpose of establishment of geodetic control networks, detail surveying, staking out and trajectory determination
  • Evaluate the quality of the coordinates determined by GPS
  • Transform the coordinates into any given reference system
  • Combine the GPS and terrestrial observations

Course Disposition

Lectures: 20 h

Laboration: 40 h

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

For admitted students to the Master of Science in Civil Engineering and Urban Management (CSAMH) there are no additional requirements.

For other students:

    At least 6 ECTS in a Surveying course

Recommended prerequisites

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B. Hofmann-Wellenhof, H. Lichtenegger, J. Collins (2001). GPS, Theory and Practice, Springer. Wien, New York.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • LAB1 - Laboratory work, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade *

Written exam (TEN1; 4,5c)

Approved laboration (LAB1;  3c)  

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Milan Horemuz

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AH1815

Offered by

ABE/Geodesy and Satellite Positioning

Main field of study *


Education cycle *

First cycle

Add-on studies

AH2923 Global Navigation Satellite Systems


Milan Horemuz, horemuz@kth.se, 08-790 7335