Elementary Surveying, Global Edition

Charles D. Ghilani / Paul Wolf  
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April 2015
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For Surveying courses offered in Civil Engineering departments

This highly readable, best-selling text presents basic concepts and practical material in each of the areas fundamental to modern surveying (geomatics) practice. Its depth and breadth are ideal for self-study. Elementary Surveying, Fourteenth Edition, is updated throughout to reflect the latest advances and technology.

Teaching and Learning Experience

This program will provide a better teaching and learning experience—for you and your students. It will help:

  • Emphasize the Theory of Errors in Surveying Work: Common errors and mistakes are listed to remind students to exercise caution in their work.
  • Use Strong Pedagogy Tools to Teach: Numerous worked example problems, figures, illustrations, and end-of-chapter problems help students apply concepts.
  • Reflect the Latest Advances in Technology: To keep your course current and relevant, this edition covers the latest advancements in surveying technology.


Emphasize the Theory of Errors in Surveying Work

  • At the end of each chapter, common errors and mistakes related to the topic covered are listed to remind students to exercise caution in their work.
  • Practical suggestions from the authors’ years of experience are interjected throughout the text.

Use Strong Pedagogy Tools to Teach

  • More than 400 figures and illustrations help clarify discussions.
  • Numerous worked example problems illustrate computational procedures.
  • Over 1000 end-of-chapter problems help students apply concepts.
    • UPDATED: Many of the 1000 after-chapter problems have been rewritten so that instructors can create new assignments for their students.
  • Solutions to Selected Problems are available in an Appendix for students to check their work.
  • The Companion Website features the following resources:
    • UPDATED: Updated versions of Stats, Wolfpack, and Matrix are included on the Companion website www.pearsonhighered.com/ghilani.
      • These programs contain options for statistical computations, traverse computations for polygon, link, and radial traverses; area calculations; astronomical azimuth reduction; two-dimensional coordinate transformations; horizontal and vertical curve computations; and least squares adjustments.
      • Mathcad® worksheets and Excel® spreadsheets are included.
      • The Mercator, Albers Equal Area, Oblique Stereographic, and Oblique Mercator map projections are included to give students extra experience with map projections.
    • Every new copy of the book comes with access to Video Solutions and a Pearson eText. Video solutions are complete, step-by-step solution walkthroughs of representative homework problems. The Pearson eText is a complete on-line version of the book that includes highlighting, note-taking and search capabilities. These resources can be accessed on the Companion Website.
      • NEW: Seven new Video Solutions demonstrate instrumental procedures and record keeping.
    • An Instructor’s Manual is available to qualifying instructors on the Companion Website. Contact your Pearson Representative for information on how to access them.

New to this Edition

Reflect the Latest Advances in Technology

  • An emphasis on total stations as the instruments for making angle and distance observations provides an up-to-date presentation of surveying equipment and procedures.
    • NEW: Images of new instruments and field book pages that match today’s instruments.
    • UPDATED: Increased discussions on the changes in reference systems.
    • NEW: Discussion on planning a ground-based laser-scanning survey.
    • NEW: Discussion on the landxml format to exchange mapping files.
    • REVISED: Discussion on point codes in field-to-finish surveying.
    • EXTENDED: Coverage on errors present in electronic distance measurements.
    • NEW: Introduction to mobile mapping systems.
  • Several sections on machine control, localization of GPS surveys, and construction staking using GPS are included.
  • Coverage of both automatic and digital levels for elevation determination.
  • An appendix on Introduction to Matrices.

Table of Contents

  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Units, Significant Figures, and Field Notes
  • 3  Theory of Errors in Observations
  • 4  Leveling–Theory, Methods, and Equipment
  • 5 Leveling–Field Procedures and Computations
  • 6 Distance Measurement
  • 7 Angles, Azimuths, and Bearings
  • 8 Total Station Instruments; Angle Observations
  • 9 Traversing
  • 10 Traverse Computations
  • 11 Coordinate Geometry in Surveying Calculations
  • 12 Area
  • 13 Global Navigation Satellite Systems–Introduction and Principles of Operation
  • 14 Global Navigation Satellite Systems–Static Surveys
  • 15 Global Navigation Satellite System–Kinematic Surveys
  • 16 Adjustments by Least Squares
  • 17 Mapping Surveys
  • 18 Mapping
  • 19 Control Surveys and Geodetic Reductions
  • 20 State Plane Coordinates and Other Map Projections
  • 21 Boundary Surveys
  • 22 Surveys of the Public Lands23 Construction Surveys
  • 24 Horizontal Curves
  • 25 Vertical Curves
  • 26 Volumes
  • 27 Photogrammetry
  • 28 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems