The performance of RTK-GPS for surveying under challenging environmental conditions
© The Society of Geomagnetism and Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences (SGEPSS); The Seismological Society of Japan; The Volcanological Society of Japan; The Geodetic Society of Japan; The Japanese Society for Planetary Sciences. 2006
Received: 5 April 2005
Accepted: 4 January 2006
Published: 12 May 2006
The aim of this paper was to assess the availability of RTK GPS (Real-Time Kinematic Global Positioning Systems) under some challenging environmental conditions. Testing was performed under two of these conditions, i.e. a small tree-covered garden and a pylon for high-voltage electricity supply. The increase in the number of satellites had many benefits for the integer ambiguity resolution, but no significant contribution to the accuracy of RTK positions and PDOP (Precision Dilution of Position). The results of RTK testing were compared against results from Total Station surveying as a further quality check. The results indicate that integrating RTK GPS system with Total Station is favoured for surveying in urban environments.