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our School's web site
This web site was prepared
by Dr Bruce Harvey and is intentionally plain and simple. It is provided for people who have purchased the book:
Harvey, B.R. Practical Least Squares and Statistics for Surveyors, Monograph 13,
Third Edition, School of Surveying and Spatial Information Systems, UNSW. 332
+ x pp.
0-7334-2339-6. Reprinted (2009) with minor changes and a spiral binding
for easier use.
The book can be purchased from the UNSW Bookshop.
Updated 21 Feb 2014
Dr Bruce Harvey is a Senior Lecturer with many years of teaching and research experience. His main interest
is in teaching surveying. He was awarded the Faculty of Engineering UNSW Award for Teaching Excellence in 1998 and in 2010.
Bruce Harvey is a graduate of The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia; obtaining a Bachelor of Surveying
with Honours 1 and the University Medal, a Doctor of Philosophy in Geodesy, and a GradDipHEd. Bruce joined the academic staff
of the School of Surveying in 1986 after having worked in surveying at the NSW Dept of Main Roads and doing postdoctoral
research at the Division of Radiophysics, CSIRO in Geodetic VLBI. Bruce was for many years the Director of
Undergraduate Studies in the School of Surveying & SIS, UNSW. Bruce has been specializing in educational matters for
most of his employment at UNSW. He is also a Registered Surveyor in NSW and has been a Board Member of BOSSI NSW.
His main area of interest and achievement has been in the teaching of least squares and data analysis.
CE 414 Civil Engineering Building
Phone: +61 2 9385 4178
Click on a link below to download files. The files are copyright to the author.
amount of class and reference material that students can
read is now enormous.
Most people will
download files because if they have the file,
they can read it at any time … so they don’t have
to read it now. So hardly anyone
reads any more and people only collect files and
store them away. Is getting copies of all the material the only way you
keep up? Have
you tried an alternative? It’s an old fashioned process
where you place the pages in front of your eyes and you let it go
into the brain and it is much better than a download or a
photocopy. Almost all the data files are real survey
observations for you to analyse. Some of them intentionally
contain errors or problems. I have been asked to put a pdf copy of the
book on line and to put copies of my lecture slides here too.
I am still considering that. Let's start with some of the
lecture slides. I change my lectures every year so that I keep fresh.
If you read my lecture slides that is not the
same as being in my classes because: I don't spend much time
on a slide if it has words on it; I do spend a lot time talking about
images graphs, plans etc on slides so if you aren't there you don't
here that; and finally the best learning happens when you ask me
questions in the lecture or in the computer lab classes. Actually
processing data and solving problems in the labs with me and other
students nearby to talk to, is probably the best way to learn about LS
and analysing data.
Data files that accompany the book are available for download here. BRH Mono 13 files
EDM Calibration spreadsheet
Independent Book Reviews of Monograph 13
The Least Squares Treasure Hunt, Educational Game Version 4: exe file
The FIXIT software used in the book, Version 4: exe file Read the conditions of use!
have added a file that can be used by Google Earth to view the survey
networks in the textbook: Notes
on kml files Harvey_Monograph13_networks.kml
additional notes for students on least
parabola best fit curves
SCG combined LS circle or
VF esp in GPS
and Freenets Calculation of
shortest join between 2 lines in 3D
of my other notes for students - not specific to least squares:
Textbook "This free textbook on Survey Computations is about the elementary plane geometry survey calculations like radiations, intersections, traverses and resections that are a traditional part of surveyors' work. It is a subject that has been taught for many years. We have added use of CAD software to process surveying data for design and plan production purposes. We use computers to solve problems and not just rely on calculators as in the past. This book includes many examples and worked solutions. It is intended for students who have done one introductory surveying course, but have not yet studied Least Squares and Statistics. Our plan is to update the book, so revisit this site from time to time to get the latest version."
of my papers referred
Transformation of ... Laser Scanning
Calculation of 3D Control Surveys
Squares Treasure Hunt - an
Surveying the Deflection of an Arch Bridge to sub-millimetre
adjustments by the L1 method
Theodolite Observations and LS
(1991) Telescope Axes Surveys and associated Least Squares Calculations
Harvey (1987) Bayesian
Least Squares and the effects of input weighting of parameters on the
variance factor etc.
day I will load some more of my papers that might be hard to find for
international readers. Here are recent papers of mine:
Harvey (2013) Adjustment of survey networks by topological grid search - DOI 10.1515/jag-2013-0006
Harvey (2010b) Surveying Puzzles. "A 'gymnasium for the mind' with surveying puzzles and exercises is presented in this paper. It is intended for students to develop basic survey related problem solving skills and gain experience and confidence with surveying problems. It is also for older surveyors to keep their mind "fit" and to enjoy the use of their abilities accumulated over years of problem solving experience. Three types of puzzles are included to provide a variety of exercises: numerical puzzles related to our measurement and calculation work; visual puzzles related to our map and plan use; and word puzzles because surveyors write papers and reports."
Harvey (2010a) My thoughts about teaching
Harvey (2009) Constraint Equations in Cadastral Modelling.
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