It is intended that students acquire skills in the use of global navigation and positioning systems applied to solving problems from different areas, including cartography, cadastre, environmental monitoring and planning. In this sense, further study of Spatial Positioning Systems will be made, taking into account the various methods of positioning and navigation. Observation and data processing techniques will be discussed according to the aims of the course, either on theoretical and on practical classes.
History, Evolution and Prospects of Positioning and Navigation Systems
- Positioning and Global Navigation Systems (GPS, Galileo, GLONASS).
- Instrumentation and sensors for positioning and satellite navigation.
The Global Positioning System (GPS)
- Positioning Modes
- Sources of error.
- Data processing strategies.
Kinematic Positioning in Real Time (RTK)
- Mathematical models of differential corrections.
- Modeling errors.
- Methods and phase corrections formats and code.
- Integrity, reliability, continuity and availability.
- Systems Architecture Location Based (LBS).
- Mapping for navigation systems.
- Integrated sensors.
Generic skills to reach
. Competence in organization and planning; . Computer Skills for the scope of the study; . Competence to solve problems; . Critical thinking; . Quality concerns; . Competence in analysis and synthesis; . Using the internet as a communication medium and information source; . Competence for working in group; . Competence in autonomous learning; . Research skills; (by decreasing order of importance)
Teaching hours per semester
total of teaching hours
Bibliography of reference
Henrique Pereira Coutinho, Navegação; Náutica de Recreio, Xis e érre, 2004
Amílcar Oliveira, Navegação Astronómica para os Patrões de Alto Mar, Arte Mágina Editores, 2003
Robin M. Green, Spherical Astronomy, Cambridge University Press, 1985
 Ana Justino e Dina Santos, Colectânea de problemas de Mecânica,
Departamento de Matemática da Universidade de Coimbra, 1984
 Artur Soares Alves, Mecânica Geral, INIC-CMUC, 1988
 Dina Santos Loff, Mecânica Celeste, Departamento de Matemática da UC, 2012
GPS e Geodesia
 HOFMANN-WELLENHOF, B., LICHTENEGGER, H. & COLLINS, J.,
2001. GPS Theory and Practice. Springer-Verlag, Vienna New York, 5th ed.
 Elliott Kaplan and Chris Hegarty Editors, Understanding GPS: Principles and
Applications, 2nd Edition, Artech House, 2005
 Strang and Borre, Linear Algebra, Geodesy, and GPS, 1997
The fundamental theoretical concepts are presented in the lectures, that will be
accompanied by the resolution of practical problems, as well as the use of
equipment and software of global positioning systems by satellite.
Students are expected to put into practice the knowledge acquired.
Laboratório de informática. Sistema de Posicionamento e Navegação (receptores e software de processamento de dados).