The Oregon GPS Users Group was established in 1988 to promote the use and understanding of GPS for surveying and mapping in the State of Oregon and also to cooperate in the establishment of the Oregon High Accuracy GPS Reference Network. The Users Group membership is made up of GPS users from the private sector as well as from city, county, and Federal governments. Click here for membership information. The Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation are available for review here.
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GPS Survey Standards and Specifications
One goal of the User Group is to promote standards for GPS surveying and mapping. A subcommittee of the group has been formed to review existing specifications and guidelines used around the country. Listed below are some of the background documents we will be working with to develop GPS Specifications for optional use in our state.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management have finalized (PDF) "STANDARDS and GUIDELINES for CADASTRAL SURVEYS USING GPS METHODS," and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) has recognized the standards.
The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) has approved (PDF) Part 1: Reporting Methodology, (PDF) Part 2: Standards for Geodetic Networks, and (PDF) Part3: National Standard for Spatial Data Accuracy of the Geospatial Positioning Accuracy Standards.
The purpose of these standards is to provide a common accuracy standard model for many geographic data types, so that the accuracy of any geographic data type can be evaluated in comparison to another geographic data type. These standards do not contain the specifications for methodology and equipment which are required to achieve a certain accuracy standard.
The California Geodetic Control
Committee has written the
Specifications for Geodetic Control Networks Using High-Production GPS Surveying
Techniques which provide guidelines for GPS methodology and equipment. These
specifications build on the outdated FGCS document "Geometric Geodetic
Accuracy Standards and Specifications for Using GPS Relative Positioning
Techniques", version 5.0, May 1988, reprinted with corrections August 1,
1989. This 1989 document was widely distributed and used; however, it was never
formally adopted by the Federal Geodetic Control Subcommittee. The California
Specifications update certain portions of the 1989 FGCS standards which are out
of date due to GPS equipment and methodology advances.
The Survey Advisory Board of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources has written a draft version of "Standards and Guidelines for Land Surveying Using Global Positioning System Methods" which provide guidance to Land Surveyors using Global Positioning System technology. You can view and save that document here.
You can also contact Dave Steele, Washington DNR, at email@example.com
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