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1. Elementary Surveying: An Introduction
2. Surveying: Theory and Practice
3. Definitions of Surveying and Associated
4. Surveying Principles for Civil
5. Construction Surveying and Layout:
6. Fundamentals of Surveying: Sample
7. Schaum's Outline of Introductory
8. 120 Solved Surveying Problems
9. Datums and Map Projections: For
10. Surveying Fiberglass Sailboats:
11. GPS Satellite Surveying
12. Surveying Natural Populations:
13. 802.11 Wireless Network Site Surveying
14. Civil Surveying Sample Exams for
15. Basic Surveying, Fourth Edition
16. Landscape Surveying
17. Surveying with Construction Applications
18. Surveying (10th Edition)
19. Surveying Instruments of Greece
20. Engineering Surveying, Sixth Edition

1. Elementary Surveying: An Introduction to Geomatics (12th Edition)
by Charles D. Ghilani, Paul R. Wolf
Hardcover: 960 Pages (2008-01-10)
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Asin: 013615431X
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Updated throughout, this highly readable best-seller 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. Includes a new Chapter 16 on Kinematic GPS. Features several new sections on machine control, localization of GPS surveys, and construction staking using GPS added to Chapters 16, 19, and 23. Moves Astronomical observations chapter to Appendix C to reflect that in recent years, kinematic GPS has replaced astronomical observations for position and azimuth.  Emphasizes total stations as the instruments for making angle and distance observations. A useful reference for civil engineers.

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Customer Reviews (19)

1-0 out of 5 stars Not very helpful
This is a pretty poor example of a surveying textbook. Explanations are not thorough and adequate examples are lacking for many of the concepts. This is a required text for many of the surveying courses at Michigan Tech and it's time for the department to adopt a new text. I do not recommend this book.

1-0 out of 5 stars bad shipping
One week after I ordered, the owner said the book is out of stock. This seller is not reliable.

1-0 out of 5 stars shipping
Do not buy from this seller takes very long to ship! I purchased this item a week ago and still have not recieved a shipping confermation! I would cancell my order, but it is getting packaged! it should not take 6 buisness days to package a shipment!

1-0 out of 5 stars Not very helpful
This textbook still has errors in it even though I have the 11th edition, I checked against a copy of the 12th. If they are just going to keep errors in there why put out a newer edition? A person could just stay with an older one. I guess its just a way for publishers to make some money at the expense of students. Also, these authors seem more interested in showing off their knowledge of surveying and calculations than trying to break it down. This is not an intro book but more of an intermediate level course book. The only way I was able to pass my class was that the instructor WAS able to break it down. This book is not friendly to beginners. You are much better off getting Survey Reference Manual by George Cole which is published by PPI.

1-0 out of 5 stars It was required!
I hate this text book. It is very hard to understand. It was a required text for my class and I did save money by buying it on Amazon vs. the College book store. ... Read more

2. Surveying: Theory and Practice
by James Anderson, Edward Mikhail
Hardcover: 1200 Pages (1997-10-01)
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Asin: 0070159149
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This updated edition contains the same breadth and depth as previous editions with pertinent chapter topics divided into two parts. Part A covers elementary topics and Part B covers advanced topics. This innovative design, coupled with the most recent developments in technology, complements first- and second-level courses in surveying without losing its value as a reference textbook. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference Library Text for a PLS
This book is simply excellent.It covers surveying subjects thoroughly and with great technical depth.It taught me to calculate state plane coordinate conversions by hand so that I understand what happens in a computer.

This is the type of text that will elevate the PLS profession.

5-0 out of 5 stars Top of the line
By far the best surveying text available.It covers both basic concepts and more in-depth topics with equal clarity.This text is a must for surveying students, and practicing surveyors alike.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Bible
Good book and reference.Lots of examples and exercises with lilustrations and up to date theory. A great buy for the surveying student. ... Read more

3. Definitions of Surveying and Associated Terms
by American Congress on Surveying and Mapping
Paperback: 314 Pages (2005)
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Asin: 0976599104
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for the NCEES Land Surveyor Exam
I used this reference book more than any other for the October 2008 Professional Land Surveyor exam.This book is a must-have for the exam.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't take your PLS exam without it!
Many of the questions on the NCEES exam are tricky, especially when dealing with some of the more arcane words in the surveying profession. Some of the newer technologies also employ terminology that can trip you up on a multiple choice question.

Knowing the precise definition of a term can help you nail down the appropriate answer, or at least make an educated guess between the best two.

This book is also handy for technical writing and bid preparation. Sometimes the prospective client spices up their RFP with words you don't use everyday - don't look like you're unqualified by having to call them and ask what a word means UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.

I bought the book for my exam, but it has been a handy reference since I received my license. ... Read more

4. Surveying Principles for Civil Engineers: Review for the Engineering Surveying Section of the California Special Civil Engineer Examination, 2nd ed.
by Paul A. Cuomo
Paperback: 176 Pages (2003-06-01)
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Asin: 1888577940
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Surveying Principles for Civil Engineers offers a comprehensive review of the field of surveying specially tailored for the Engineering Surveying section of the California Special Civil Engineer exam. More than 120 practice problems with solutions reinforce what you learn. A detailed index allows you to quickly locate information during the exam.

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Customer Reviews (15)

5-0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I used this book to study for the April 2009 PE exam, and I passed the first time.This is much more helpful than the bigger PE study guides that only have short sections on Surveying.This book is still small and has an easy learning curve.I highly recommend this book to study for the PE.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good for the person in Engineering survey parctice.
This book is not the ultimate reference for the preperation for the California section of the PE exam. Study material provided by other sources like "PES" from Freson California,have served me better since I am not in the practice of Engineering Survey. I have no doubt that the author is a professional, yet the delivery is some how complicated for some of the topics, specially the DMD, and error of closure.The coverage of the Engineer's Act and Surveyors Act are also limited compared to other resources. Inclduing "Como",I have obtained study material from 4 reputable sources, but this reference was not the one that I had to depend on taking the statetest. This is my personal input.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great review book for California Engineering Surveying Section exam
I took the California special seismic/survey exam fall 2008, and used this book as the sole source for preparing for the surveying exam and as the only reference for the open book surveying exam.This book was great in preparing me for the exam, there was nothing on the exam that wasn't covered by this book.The content and the example problems do a wonderful job in relearning or refreshing you to surveying, even if it has been several years.I haven't received my results yet so I am not a 100% sure if I passed, however I am confident that I did well on the survey exam because of this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Resource for Passing the CA PE Surveying
Don't believe the old reviews previously posted.They are for the old version.This resource is perfect for the CA PE Surveying exam.I was surprised at how closely the problems matched up.The California Acts and things like that were key, as there is limited resources to find that information.Obviously, not all the information in this book was useful, but the horizontal, vertical curves, leveling, photogrammetry, and parcel map sections were clutch.I would recommend that anyone taking this test buy it.Work through it and feel confident for the test.

4-0 out of 5 stars Decent Review Text
Having recently taken the PE, I found this to be quite a useful reference for the principles of surveying (together with the surveying textbook by Kavanagh).The major topics are covered in this text, and as long as the test taker using other reference materials to go more in depth, there should be no problem.However, I could have been lucky this time around and your mileage may vary (most of my colleagues have had problems with the surveying portion of the PE).

Word of warning for future PE exam takers:NCEES and the state board do not allow loose or stapled sheets during the exam, and during the October 2007 exam, this book (and other similar reference materials) was disallowed as it is stapled.People who had inserted it into 3-ring binders didn't have a problem. ... Read more

5. Construction Surveying and Layout: A Step-By-Step Field Engineering Methods Manual (3rd Edition)
by Wesley G. Crawford
Hardcover: Pages (2002-12-23)
list price: US$69.95 -- used & new: US$57.36
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Asin: 096474211X
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Construction Surveying and Layout - A unique, practical,and complete book for the surveyor, field engineer, or studentlearning construction surveying and layout.This highly illustratedbook contains over 1200 graphics of construction surveying field andoffice activities, calculations, and tables that are presented in astep-by- step easy to read format.The reader can see "how-to"perform many of the common measurement and calculation activities offield engineering and construction surveying.This book containsmaterial not found in other surveying books.It is a must fortraining individuals just getting into construction surveying or as areference for anyone on a construction site involved with measurementand layout. "Everyone who sees it, wants it." ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Very technical
Need some experience to be able to get through this book. it does go step by step, and is helpful.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Book It Is Expected That The Reader Will "Read And Do"
".....When writing this book I have assumed that the reader is interested in construction surveying and layout.
It is also assumed that the reader has a background in basic algebra, basic geometry, and the fundamentals of trigonometry and that the reader has a basic knowledge of the terminology of construction.

[from the book of the preface by Wes Crawford]

5-0 out of 5 stars Construction Surveying
Great information, thought it helped me identify areas I needed improvement and refreshed areas I already knew. A must for any body in Construction Management, not just field engineers.

3-0 out of 5 stars Basic construction surveying examples
The book has a lot of basic info and formulas and gives examples of field techniques, but unfortunately like most texts I've seen, it doesn't go into enough depth.I was looking for detailed explanations on slope staking but this has only 6 pages on the subject and the only method shown is the use of tape and hand level.No examples of how a total station or GPS can be used to slope stake are given, and no mention of how the stakes themselves should be marked is included.
Probably an ok text for the beginner but it lacks depth.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Surveying Guide
I have enjoyed each edition of this book.I have successfully trained well over 100 upstart employees successfully using this book.The latest edition, and I feel the best, has more examples with real life solutions to day to day survey operations.If your starting out or a seasoned party chief you'll find this reference very valuable.

The techniques are solid and have been proven in the field.This is not a book like maybe some of the others you've looked at.This book will make you a better construction surveyor and also assist you in making the next step into the office side of construction operations.

It's a great teaching tool to keep in the truck and conduct training with your subordinates, weather its raining or not.

Get this book today!You won't regret it! ... Read more

6. Fundamentals of Surveying: Sample Examination, Third Edition
by GeorgeM. Cole PEPLS
Paperback: 80 Pages (2005-11-15)
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Asin: 1591260469
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Designed to prepare you for the NCEES PS exam, the Principles and Practice of Surveying Sample Examination simulates the actual exam with realistic problems. This sample exam closely mirrors the complete exam experience by covering the 5 primary topics tested, plus the level of difficulty, length, and question format. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (12)

1-0 out of 5 stars No Seismic, Very Dissapointed
Just found out that this cd doesn't have the seismic part on the CD.Feel like an idiot because that was the major reason for buying it.Even with the seismic, the program was flawed, answering questions wrong.I would rate the survey half of this cd to be about 2.5 stars.Nothing like the 4-5 stars from some of the other reviews.Unless the seismc section they got was head and shoulders above this one, I don't see how they could rate it that high.

1-0 out of 5 stars Product is misrepresented
This product label specifically states that the 1000 sample problems thet are both seismic and surveying.They are all surveying and no seismic. Also some of the surveying problems are poorly written and riddled with mistakes. Example: I select A as the answer and it states that my answer is wrong and C is the correct answer but their answer matches A not C.Don't believe the five star ratings.Click on see all my reviews for the five star ratings which are obviously a scam.Boy these folks take a lot of professional exams ranging from Civil Engineering to other exams that have nothing to do with engineering at all. Wait a minute, What is this? A different title and Author!These reviews were written for California Seismic and Surveying Principles Simulation Software 1000 questions! How did they get posted for Principles and Practice of Land Surveying Sample Examination which isn't available yet? This isn't fair to Mr. Cole!

1-0 out of 5 stars false in advertising - no seismic problems
There are 20 tests with 50 problems each, ALL SURVEY, NONE SEISMIC. I contacted the publisher by phone and email, no answer...What is going on, am I the only one not finding the seismic???
Who wrote all the 5 starts reviews so far?? I'll post again if I hear back for the publisher, but looks like this is a disappointing return.

5-0 out of 5 stars great study resource
This was very helpful in reviewing for the CA PE. It goes through every step so you can figure out how they arrived at the solution to the problems after each question or all solutions at the end.

Many of the problems are more involved than you would expect for a timed exam, but they help to build the endurance for the actual exam. I highly recommend this as part of a comprehensive exam preparation plan.

5-0 out of 5 stars exam is difficult
Everyone handles tests differently, so if you get nervous easily then taking the practice exams will help you.

This exam is difficult and can hurt you if your not prepared so try to use all the materials you can get your hands on.

It will help put in the right frame of mind for testing. It covers many of the areas that will be on the actual exam so it really is a method of practice. It would also be considered a good resource, a useful tool and a reference for your library in the office. ... Read more

7. Schaum's Outline of Introductory Surveying (Schaum's)
by Roy Wirshing, James Wirshing
Paperback: 360 Pages (1985-06-01)
list price: US$21.95 -- used & new: US$12.71
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Asin: 0070711240
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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With 375 problems fully solved step by step, and clear, well-illustrated coverage of the practices and applications of surveying, this powerful study guide can help you master your course with less study time. Perfect for independent study, it gives you full coverage of the entire subject, from trigonometry for surveyors through drawing maps. With Schaum's, you know you're getting a quality product, and this study guide for beginning courses in surveying is the best there is. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (5)

4-0 out of 5 stars survey
Book is much too difficult to understand. Need to tell folks that this won't help you if you don't already know a great deal about surveying

3-0 out of 5 stars Very basic
This book was required for a surveying class.It goes over basic techniques without any derivations.The material is dated, but still valid.Doesn't have anything about modern surveying equipment and techniques (GPS, total stations,...etc).Still if you need the basics it's ok.

3-0 out of 5 stars Schaum's Surveying
A useful text for beginning surveying students. It does not, unfortunately cover modern equipment or methods.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought it was...
If you are looking for reference materials to take the California Engineering Surveying Exam as part of the Civil Engineer's PE exam, this is not the book you want. It doesn't cover the general concepts that an engineer is looking for. Seems to directed more at a person working on a surveying crew instead.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to basic surveying terminology and methods
Requires a connecting book to enable reader to work with modern day total stations and the softwares available with them.Typically,advanced topics such as developing set-collection of survey points, their imporanceand criteria for selection etc. ... Read more

8. 120 Solved Surveying Problems for the California Special Civil Engineer Examination (Engineering Review)
by PeterR. Boniface Ph.D.PLS
Paperback: 44 Pages (2004-11-01)
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Asin: 1591260167
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Solving these 120 exam-like surveying problems will help you gain confidence to take and pass the surveying portion of the California Special Civil Engineer exam. Complete solutions allow you to check your solving methods so you'll understand how to efficiently reach the correct answers. Information is provided about the exam format and how to best use this book for successful exam preparation.

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Customer Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars As Expected !!!!
Very pleased with the purchased. Got exactly what I expected. I recommend buying this book from the seller.

4-0 out of 5 stars Helpful and allowed in exam room
If you look at the PE exam website for CA, this is specifically mentioned that it is allowed. I quote, "Published reference materials entitled, "120 Solved Surveying Problems" for the California Special Civil Engineers Examination (CSSP) and "Civil Surveying Samples Examinations" for the California Special Engineering Surveying Examination (CSSE2) will be allowed." I used this book and thought it was very helpful. I passed the surveying exam on the first try using this book. [...]

1-0 out of 5 stars Not allowed in the CA Surveying Exam
Because this book is bound with staples, it is NOT allowed at the Surveying portion of the California State specific Civil PE exam, a fact I discovered today. If you try to take it in, it will be confiscated. While the book itself helped me understand the surveying concepts, it was very disappointing to have it taken away moments before the big test.

1-0 out of 5 stars Deficient
Please see my review of the 3-book series in which this book is typically purchased in the reviews of "Surveying Principles for Civil Engineers."

3-0 out of 5 stars Okay
There are many other sources were we can get problems and solutions for surveying.I thought for just 120 problems the price was a bit high. ... Read more

9. Datums and Map Projections: For Remote Sensing, GIS and Surveying, Second Edition
Paperback: 192 Pages (2008-05-14)
list price: US$73.95 -- used & new: US$56.88
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Asin: 142007041X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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A practical guide to coordinate reference systems, Datums and Map Projections: For Remote Sensing, GIS and Surveying has become a key book for many students and professionals around the world. While retaining the benefits of the first edition - clear presentation assuming no prior knowledge, a problem-solving approach, practical examples and the combination of GPS-derived data from other sources - the rewritten and expanded second edition includes a revised structure that better groups common themes, greater scope and coverage of all possible types of coordinate reference systems, more examples and case studies from around the world, terminology of the ISO 1911, and color illustrations. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Essential book for those involved in coordinate system work
This second edition of an already excellent reference is essential to anyone working in datums and projections.I am not aware of another work with the scope and clarity of this text. ... Read more

10. Surveying Fiberglass Sailboats: A Step-by-Step Guide for Buyers and Owners
by Henry Mustin
Paperback: 139 Pages (1994-01-01)
list price: US$17.95 -- used & new: US$12.21
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Asin: 0070442487
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Since the late 1950s, when the first "plastic" sailboat shocked the New York Boat Show, fiberglass boatbuilding has gone through classic growing pains. Longtime yacht broker and marine surveyor Henry Mustin has seen it all: the slow acceptance of those early, heavy boats; the market boom of the lighter boats of the 1970s; the "boat pox" scare of the 1980s; and the continued lack of industry standards that makes buying and owning a fiberglass boat an adventure. In Surveying Fiberglass Sailboats Mustin explains what to watch for in a used sailboat from each era, and how to ferret out the hidden defects in any boat. He shows how to estimate the cost of repairs and the value of a boat. And he addresses the question: When is a fiberglass boat too used up to save?

Mustin's part-by-part look at hull, deck, rig, and machinery is both a minicourse for transforming used-boat shopping from a game of craps to a science, and the first step in a holistic boat maintenance program. His discussion of the significance of cracks found in aging hulls and decks is the most thorough in print. He is not shy in assessing the lack of regulation of professional surveyors, nor does he shrink from pointing a finger at shoddy building practices.

Having a used boat surveyed is a critical prelude to buying it. Yet a professional survey is expensive--several hundred dollars. Surveying Fiberglass Sailboats will enable you to conduct your own surveys while narrowing the field, then monitor a professional surveyor's performance when selecting your target boat. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (6)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good info though not always practical, kinda scary
Books like this are great for scaring one away from the idea of boat ownership.Much alarm is raised regarding blisters, osmotic or otherwise.It's not clear to me why they're considered an emergency, so perhaps they're more of a resale cosmetic / FUD issue than anything else.This book is perhaps most useful for the rarified crowd of people already surveying other types of boats, or with heaps of experience with fiberglass laminates.Much here is above and beyond what a typical boat owner/buyer would realistically be able to do on their own, and assumptions are made about the knowledge and skills of the reader.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must have Book for those looking to buy a boat
Read this book and you can evaluate boats and surveyors.This in turn will make you feel more comfortable when you hire a surveyor to meet aninsurance requirement or to evaluate things you don't feel competent to doyourself.

This book does a great job explaining how glass is laid up, thedifferent types of glass, mat, roving, etc, and where they should be used. Common problems found in fiberglass boats such as blistering are discussedwith lots of surprising information.

I've found that my personalexperiences confirmed many of the points made by the author.Like the myththat fresh water boats are better than salt water.Contrasted with freshwater boats are more likely to have blister problems than saltwater.

Today, many people come to me with questions about boats.As I writethis review, I realize that many of the answers I give out come out ofinformation I found in this book.

I don't believe you have to have asurvey on a boat to make an intelligent purchase decision.In part,because some of the surveyors are only interested in your money, and do notlook boats over thoroughly.A properly educated individual can do most orall of his, or her, own survey.

Some surveyors are very good, and someare very bad.How can you tell if someone is good or not?

To become asurveyor some certifying organizations only require a couple of samplecopies of surveys done and that you have a few books on your bookshelf. What a joke!

I personally know of a real case, which happened in 1999,where an old survey was pulled up, the date changed and it was reusedwithout any a new survey being actually done.This is a good reason tochoose your own surveyor and not the one recommended by the seller.

Going aloft and checking the rigging on a boat is not easy.Is it notsurprising that important steps like these get skipped.

Some surveyor'shaven't read this book--so how good can they be? Contrast this withsomeone who has taken a 8 week course on surveying, holds a USCG license,and grew up on boats.This is the kind of person you want for asurveyor.

It is up to you to be knowledgeable enough to make your owndecisions-including choosing a surveyor if you feel you need one.Thisbook will help you do that.

Educate yourself.Being able to look a boatover to evaluate it for purchase is an important skill.This book is agood starting point.It is cheap insurance and worth the price.

4-0 out of 5 stars Do it yourself or learning the ropes
I used this and another, more detailed book, to complete my own survey on an inexpensive boat with a measure of confidence.I felt that I could gauge the safety and useability of all the major systems of the boat within reason..is it safe, does it work properly, etc.

I didn't alwaysunderstand the why behind some analyses, but the average person can easilyuse the book to a) perform a basic survey on an inexpensive boat, or b)winnow the acceptable from the unaccptable before paying a professional tocomplete a thorough survey.

5-0 out of 5 stars I feel prepared
Henry does it in one 3 1/2 hour setting - completely. I now feel confident in my search for 'Das Boot'. I drove a 27 foot Tartan for years, decided it was time for a 40 and didn't know how to proceed in mynext move.Now I do. Well written, factual and even mentions,not-unfavorably, some names. I do not believe you could go wrong withthis purchase, if, you are on the same quest as I. Retirement, with divecharters in the Caribbe... Buenas Suertes, y'all.

Mr. Mustin explains fiberglass boat construction in very detailed laymans terms. His real world experience dealing with the problems of fiberglass boats and his discuss of what is a real problem and what is something youcan live with/expect was informative. The last chapters on the trade ofsurveying boats for a living were excellent. ... Read more

11. GPS Satellite Surveying
by Alfred Leick
Hardcover: 464 Pages (2003-12-18)
list price: US$150.00 -- used & new: US$92.50
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Asin: 0471059307
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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New section on emerging Precise-Point Positioning.
* New Supplement-MathCAD programs for solving GPS problems quickly and efficiently. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (5)

1-0 out of 5 stars Error Sources But No Discussion of Basic Algorithm
There is much discussion of error sources but there does not appear to be any discussion of the basic principles on which GPS is based.I have not been able to find anywhere in his book where he states that GPS relies on the principle that the GPS receiver lies on or near the intersection of 3 sphere surfaces centered at the estimated positions of the satellites.In section 8.1.1 "The Navigation Solution", four nonlinear equations are stated but there is no discussion of how to solve them.There is no mention of trilateration.The discussion of error sources can be quite useful but the lack of discussion of basic principles detracts from the value of the book in my opinion

5-0 out of 5 stars Satellite Surveying a thinking
This book is all that I had thought. The explanation is clear and the autor becames it easy to understand. The best aquisition that I have done since I begun to study GPS.

Congratulations to Alfred Leick.
Cartograph Engineer

4-0 out of 5 stars Alfred Leick's GPS book
I am surpised by the previous reviews. I am going to press on this book solely because of the excellent way in which the author has reviewed the subject. The text is as easy to understand and clearly explained as anybook could be on such a complicated subject. The insertion and detailing offormulae is related to the text with similar clarity. The author naturallyassumes some knowledge of the subject by the reader. If you are at thislevel the rest is relatively painless.The author's use and command of theEnglish language is as good as his knowledge of the subject of GPS. Forthose of us that have listened to rooms full of GPS boffins speaking theirown dialect this book provides a definitive translation.

5-0 out of 5 stars GPS is too complex to understand well
GPS looks like a "Black Box",I want to understand the thoery,method and programming a GPS data processing software.

3-0 out of 5 stars Highly Technical...Wish it were more Practical
Probably an important book for your GPS library, but it's easy to get lost in all the complex equations.Not for someone who is interested in the basics or who wants an overview.If you want the nitty-gritty details,this one's for you. ... Read more

12. Surveying Natural Populations: Quantitative Tools for Assessing Biodiversity
by Lee-Ann C. Hayek, Martin A. Buzas
 Hardcover: 616 Pages (2010-07-27)
list price: US$85.00 -- used & new: US$65.41
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Asin: 0231146205
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Surveying Natural Populations is a user-friendly primer to the essential methodologies of quantitative field ecology or paleoecology. Combining the intuitive methods of the field researcher with the mathematical precision of the statistician, the volume determines, through real biodiversity and ecological examples, the necessary measures for a complete community assessment while clarifying the confusions between biological and statistical terminology. Focusing on underlying mathematical concepts, it describes how to complete incrementally a quantitative sampling of any recent or fossil population.

The first half ofSurveying Natural Populations explains the fundamentals of ecological assessment. Employing a single data set throughout, initial chapters navigate such topics as estimating densities, relative abundance, occurrences, the determination of adequate sample sizes and field sampling schemes. The second half covers the newest advances in biodiversity measurement. Through the use of information mathematics and decomposition, the authors mathematically examine the relationship among a number of proposed diversity indices and discard inappropriate measures. What remains is a simple, all-encompassing system called SHE analysis, in which species density, richness, information, and evenness are all shown to be related explicitly. This biodiversity data is then integrated into a simple graphic, a plot called a biodiversitygram, which provides the researcher with a cohesive descriptive and inferential tool to assess any community's biodiversity.

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I have to say that before reading this book I hated statistics and everythingto do with any type of natural sampling.But this book has changed my life! It's easy to read text and easy to follow examples have reinvigorated my love for statistical sampling.I recommend this to anyone who has any interest in statistics.It will change you life too!

5-0 out of 5 stars This Book Rules
When I was Reading this book i got the chills.The creative quality of the statistics and inciteful view of populations is so rad.I love this book. ... Read more

13. 802.11 Wireless Network Site Surveying and Installation
by Bruce Alexander
Hardcover: 456 Pages (2004-11-19)
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Asin: 1587051648
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The definitive guide to performing wireless network site surveys, selecting the right wireless equipment, and installing 802.11 wireless LANs

  • Prepare for a WLAN installation with this definitive guide
  • Perform a proper site survey to ensure the maximum performance of your 802.11 WLAN
  • Compare and choose the right WLAN technologies to match application and users needs
  • Install WLAN products properly taking the unique needs of the users and environment into account

Performing a wireless LAN (WLAN) site survey before installing a wireless network is the key to any successful WLAN deployment. Yet each location and company have unique needs that must be taken into account. 802.11 Wireless Network Site Surveying and Installation helps you understand the challenges associated with any site survey, including multipath mitigation, reflection, absorption, and radio wave interference, plus the added complexity of user and application demands. This book helps you identify obstacles to a successful deployment and guides your equipment decisions to ensure that your WLAN reaches its maximum potential. Use this complete guide to understand the following components of any thorough site survey:

  • The architecture of the access points, cable routes, and electrical needs
  • The proper site survey technique and usage of appropriate utilities
  • The structural and installation obstacles, including building construction, transmission coverage area, building contents, present cable configuration, area regulations, and building codes
  • The documentation that outlines the necessary parts and equipment, and diagrams exhibiting the proper placement of the equipment

802.11 Wireless Network Site Surveying and Installation begins with an introduction to WLAN architectures and definitions and then moves on to site survey methodologies, helping you assess and address your site's specific needs. The book delves into the installation process for WLAN equipment, including the rules and regulations to which WLANs must adhere, various obstacles that arise when installing WLAN equipment, and ways to connect WLAN products to the wired network.

802.11 Wireless Network Site Surveying and Installation is your complete guide to performing a WLAN site survey and successfully installing your 802.11 wireless network.

This book is part of the Networking Technology Series from Cisco Press¿ which offers networking professionals valuable information for constructing efficient networks, understanding new technologies, and building successful careers.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Solid Reference
This book is a very good reference. A complete walkthrough of reqs gathering, the site survey process and design considerations. Some some cheap shots at competitors and too much Cisco product promotion, but that is common in a Cisco Press book; It is just as much about promoting Cisco solutions as it is about technology education. Recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Reference Book
802.11 Wireless Network Site Surveying and Installation
ISBN: 1587051648

802.11 Wireless Network Site Surveying and Installation guide by Bruce Alexander is an excellent guide to implementing wireless networking.It covers the foundations of wireless communication and how it can benefit an organization.

The book is broken down into the following five main sections:


This deals with defining how wireless works.The section goes deep and explains the history of wifi and how it works.It talks about the different standards and when to use each one.This section also explains the different wireless devices, antennas, and discusses signal strength.


This section primarily covers how do perform site surveys.It discusses about what needs to be done before one actually goes out to the site and what needs to be addressed once on site.This mainly covers identifying the requirements and selecting the location and hardware necessary to fulfill those requirements.A big part of this section describes the tools required to complete a wireless survey and how to analyze what comes out of the tools.


This section is not what a network engineer would expect to see with a name like this.This has nothing to do with integrating wireless into the existing infrastructure.This mainly deals with facilities and how to physically install wireless equipment such as access points.It covers how to mount equipment safely and in the right locations.

This book really dives into how wireless works on the physical level.It is a great addition to any library.If you are a network engineer looking for configuration examples and how to tie wireless into an existing infrastructure, this book is not going to help.Configuration examples and network diagrams would have been a great addition to this book.The author could of added another section to address these items.After going through the book again I realized that this is not what the author meant the book to cover.It is written to provide the necessary information for engineer to successfully get wireless networking built out at layer one.

I would highly recommend this book as an addition to an engineer reference library.I will give you the warning that it is not a book that one can easily sit down and read cover to cover unless you are really into frequency wavelengths.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Starting Book
This book assists in understanding the available systems, architectures, components, and tools of the trade in completing a design for an 802.11 WLAN. The book is aranged to match the chronological order of the final design, survey, and installation of a project. It begins with the prerequisites of a site survey, moves on to the survey and finally covers the installation process.

Of particular interest to me, because of the project I'm working on was Chapter 14 on Outdoor Bridge Deployments. Handling a small WLAN, such as across the room in a Starbucks or McDonalds is one thing. When you are going between buildings with distance, mountains and trees and periodically rain or snow in the way it is a different situation.

I consider this to be a beginning level book. It covers the basic considerations and details that I needed to know as I worked on my first WLAN. After this book come more specialized books on things like securing the network. ... Read more

14. Civil Surveying Sample Exams for the California Special Civil Engineer Examination, 2nd ed.
by PeterR. Boniface Ph.D.PLS
Paperback: 64 Pages (2006-12-01)
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Asin: 1591261007
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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When you're preparing to take the surveying section of the California Special Civil Engineer exam, here is your best opportunity for realistic practice. Civil Surveying Sample Exams offers two 50-problem exams, covering every subject you need to know. Detailed solutions are provided for each problem.

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5-0 out of 5 stars It was good. I enjoyed sample tests.
I took PE exam. I passed the Civil Survey Exam at once with this book and another material. But this is a sample test. Real exam can be different from this book. This can be one of your study materials for survey.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not allowed at the test, false sense of hope
The problems in this book are not as difficult as those presented on the exam. The exam's problems are much more tedious.

Also, because this book is bound with staples, it is NOT allowed at the Surveying portion of the California State specific Civil PE exam, a fact I discovered today. If you try to take it in, it will be confiscated. While it may not have actually helped me since the test is actually much harder than this, it was very disappointing to have it taken away moments before the big test.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not a good reference (Pathetic!)
I just tooke the Engineering Survey section of the PE Exam two days ago and used this book as a reference.I DEFINITELY would NOT RECOMMEND this book as a reference.It will not help you prepare for the exam and will give you a false impression of how the exam is going to be like.The practice problems that are on the PE are a thousand times harder then what is in this book.If you want to pass the Engineering Survey section this book will not help you at all!The only use I have for this book now is for toilet paper.If Amazon did not require a minimum star rating of 1 star I would have give it zero. ... Read more

15. Basic Surveying, Fourth Edition
by Raymond E Paul, Walter Whyte
Paperback: 348 Pages (1997-06-05)
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Asin: 0750617713
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The primary aim of this book is to provide a guide to current practice and equipment for non-specialist surveyors in the various professions involved in the construction industry and the environment.It is suitable for students preparing for degrees and diplomas in architecture, building, building surveying, quantity surveying, estate management and town planning and environmental studies.It is also of value to engineers who are not specialising in engineering surveying.

This book has been thoroughly revised to include new topics such as OS digital mapping, standard deviation and standard error, global positioning systems, transition and vertical curves.

Walter Whyte was born in New Zealand of Scottish parents and educated in Scotland.He worked on site and building surveys in Scotland.He worked on site and building surveys in Scotland, then on road survey and setting out in the North Nyanza and Uasin Gishu Provinces of Kenya, and as a road engineer in British Southern Cameroons and Northern Nigeria, De Montford University in the UK and latterly at City University, Hong Kong.

Raymond E Paul has been professionally involved in surveying for over 40 years as a land and cartographical surveyor, senior lecturer and author.He has a wealth of practical experience and an awareness of the needs of the intended users of this book from all corners of the globe.

*Thoroughly revised, up to date and completely reset in an easily readable style.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book.
Excellent book, easy to read and understand. If you want to know or if you want to review Surveying, this is the book for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars great overview of surveying fundamentals
Even though it refers to laws outside the US, this book provides an excellent overview of the surveying process under various situations. Different types of surveys are outlined. The reader comes away with a good understanding of the complexities involved as well as some helpful procedures for measurinf terrain. ... Read more

16. Landscape Surveying
by Harry L. Field
Paperback: 180 Pages (2003-07-14)
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Asin: 1401809618
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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If you are searching for a practical guide for measuring distances, angles and completing surveys that does not require a civil engineering or advanced math degree, Land Use Measurement is the right book for you.Covering topics such as the history of surveying, terms, methodologies, equipment, and topography, this book teaches you the basic skills you will need to complete an accurate survey while providing information to allow you to choose the best method among the various methods presented.Sample problems help you practice your new skills prior to going out in the field. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars "Landscape Surveying" by Harry L. Field and "Elementary Surveying" by Breed and Hosmer
I am not a surveyor, but am a physicist who needed to do some surveying.I purchased two books: "Landscape Surveying" by Harry L. Field and "Elementary Surveying" by Breed and Hosmer (B&F).Field's book was written in 2004, Breed and Hosmer's in 1938.

I found the text by Breed and Hosmer to be far more complete and useful than the book by Field. Although Field's book treats the same range of subjects as does Breed and Hosmer's, the subjects are not treated in as great a depth, nor as rigorously, nor is the exposition typically as clearly written.Field's book does have the advantage that it includes a discussion of technologies not available in 1938, such as laser range finders and laser levels, and electronic transits. Field's chapter on Global Positioning Systems is useful and interesting. Field's book lacks any treatment of calibrating the equipment discussed, whereas B&F provide a thorough discussion on calibration of equipment, especially of transits and compasses.Since my transit is a vintage 1945 Keuffel and Esser model, I found this particularly useful.

Field's book provides numerous figures although, in some cases, the figures could be improved.For example, Field discusses converting slope distances to horizontal distances.The supporting figure 4.2 could be significantly improved with some inset triangles showing distances and angles with appropriate labels. There is no discussion of errors and accuracy. In contrast, B&F includes a thorough discussion of errors, and has numerous suggestions for improved accuracy.

The text in Field's book could also be improved. In numerous instances, sloppy writing leads to confusion. To cite one example, in a discussion of "profile leveling", the author states, "Reducing the precision for both these two illustrations could easily double the number of stations" (p. 81). In fact, the author must have meant that an increase in precision could easily lead to doubling the number of stations.

In summary, I found Breed and Hosmer's book to be far superior to Field's, and far better suited to my purpose.However, Field's book provides a useful summary for someone wishing to get a feel for surveying.I give Field's book 3 stars, and Breed and Hosmer's book five stars.
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17. Surveying with Construction Applications (6th Edition)
by Barry F. Kavanagh
Hardcover: 704 Pages (2006-02-16)
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For Mid -- High level classes in surveying with particular construction application. Known for its state-of-the-art coverage, Surveying with Construction Applications, Sixth Edition covers the principles of surveying including the latest advances. (Particular emphasis on instrumentation technology, field data capture, and data-processing techniques).This text works to highlight very real-world application of surveying to the construction and engineering fields. This new edition uses both English and metric units. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great overall book on surveying
I was looking for a general book to review the surveying I had learned in school and this was perfect.

3-0 out of 5 stars Surveying with construction applications
This book provides good informations, with many examples, but i noticed that many of them have typos, and even the soulutions are incorrect. Because of this I rate the book as average. ... Read more

18. Surveying (10th Edition)
by Francis H. Moffitt, John D. Bossler
Paperback: 870 Pages (1997-09-28)
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The practice of modern surveying is undergoing rapid change due to the availability of electronically controlled instruments, the widespread adoption of the Global Positioning System (GPS), and the proliferation of various geographic Land Information Systems (GIS/LIS). Nevertheless, the principles underlying these new technologies remain constant. In the tenth edition of this benchmark text, Frank Moffitt and John Bossler strike the appropriate balance between teaching students the fundamental principles of surveying and bringing them up to date on the technological advances that are changing the field. The tenth edition of this classic work completely modernizes much of the notation, form, and substance of the original. By removing much of the dated information, the authors have been able to add entire new chapters on GPS and GIS. Throughout the text, emphasis is placed on NAD 83 over NAD 27 as the new datum is being utilized more frequently.

Readers familiar with previous editions of this textbook will still recognize its clear, yet rigorous explanation of topics. No shortcuts are taken in the presentation of material from the time a concept is introduced through its exploration in worked examples. The book's tradition of covering both plane and geodetic surveying has been preserved, which makes it the most comprehensive introductory text on surveying in the market. ... Read more

19. Surveying Instruments of Greece and Rome
by M. J. T. Lewis
Paperback: 412 Pages (2009-05-07)
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Asin: 0521110653
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The Greeks and Romans achieved extraordinary feats of surveying in building their aqueducts, tunnels and roads and in measuring the circumference of the earth and the heights of mountains. This book, which contains translations of all the ancient texts on surveying instruments, including major sources hitherto untapped, sets out to reconstruct the instruments and to explain how they were used. The subject has never been tackled before in this detail, and a level of technical sophistication emerges which must count as one of the greatest achievements of the ancient world. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Refer
Just a note that this book was reviewed in 'Professional Surveyor' profsurv.comin the the March 2002 Issue. Volume 23 Number 3.
You could maybe get access to it? ... Read more

20. Engineering Surveying, Sixth Edition
by W. Schofield, Mark Breach
Paperback: 640 Pages (2007-04-27)
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Engineering surveying involves determining the position of natural and man-made features on or beneath the Earth's surface and utilizing these features in the planning, design and construction of works.It is a critical part of any engineering project. Without an accurate understanding of the size, shape and nature of the site the project risks expensive and time-consuming errors or even catastrophic failure.

Engineering Surveying 6th edition covers all the basic principles and practice of this complex subject and the authors bring expertise and clarity.Previous editions of this classic text have given readers a clear understanding of fundamentals such as vertical control, distance, angles and position right through to the most modern technologies, and this fully updated edition continues that tradition.

This sixth edition includes:

* An introduction to geodesy to facilitate greater understanding of satellite systems
* A fully updated chapter on GPS, GLONASS and GALILEO for satellite positioning in surveying
* All new chapter on the important subject of rigorous estimation of control coordinates
* Detailed material on mass data methods of photogrammetry and laser scanning and the role of inertial technology in them

With many worked examples and illustrations of tools and techniques, Engineering Surveying is essential reading for students and professionals alike involved in surveying, civil, structural and mining engineering, and related areas such as geography and mapping.

Wilf Schofield was formerly Principal Lecturer in Civil Engineering at Kingston University; Mark Breach is the Principal Lecturer in Engineering Surveying at Nottingham Trent University and serves on technical committees of the RICS and ICES.

* Comprehensive introduction to surveying for engineers
* All basic and advanced techniques explained and illustrated with worked examples
* Expanded coverage of modern instrumentation and satellite positioning ... Read more

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