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Description: An image showing an old surveying instrument, such as a theodolite, alongside a modern GPS-based surveying device, highlighting the evolution of geodetic survey techniques over time.

Geodetic Survey Techniques: Historical Origins and Evolution

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Question: Write an essay critically analysing the history of geodetic survey techniques and how they have shaped/evolved into modern day geodetic surveying. Include 3 references using APA7 referencing style.

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Title: Evolving Geodetic Survey Techniques: A Historical Analysis The history of geodetic survey techniques is rich and diverse. A geodetic survey uses calculations based on the shape and size of the Earth to create accurate maps and charts of a particular area (McCarthy & Petit, 2004). There has been a progression of different methods and technologies used in geodetic surveys over the centuries, shaping and evolving into modern day geodetic surveying. One of the earliest forms of geodetic survey methods used triangulation. This method was pioneered by the Dutch mathematician and astronomer, Willebrord Snellius in the 17th century. This method involves finding distance between two points on the surface of the earth using a series of triangles connecting these points (Smith, 1975). This method, however, was limited by the unevenness of the Earth's surface and the difficulty in performing accurate measurements over large distances. In the mid-19th century, the advent of telegraph networks led to the implementation of more advanced geodetic survey methods. George Airy, the Astronomer Royal, ingeniously affiliated the principles of astronomy with surveying by transmitting astronomic time over telegraph lines from an observatory to arbitrary points on the geodetic survey, leading to precise longitudinal surveys (Abernathy, 1980). However, the most significant development in geodetic surveying came in the mid-20th century with the application of satellite technology. Satellite geodesy uses artificial satellites to precisely determine the location of points on the earth's surface. This has allowed for a far greater degree of accuracy and has simplified the process of conducting large-scale surveys. Developments within Global Positioning Systems (GPS), satellite altimetry, and Earth remote sensing have further shaped modern geodetic surveys (Hofmann-Wellenhof, Lichtenegger, & Wasle, 2007). While the evolution of geodetic survey techniques has been a progression of increasing complexity and accuracy, we must understand that these advances are not standalone. Instead, they reflect the advancements made in technology and science. As technology continues to evolve, so too will the methods and techniques used in geodetic surveying. In conclusion, the evolution of geodetic surveying from rudimentary triangulation techniques to complex satellite-based measurements outlines the historical progress and underscores the significance of technological advancements in shaping modern geodetic surveys. This evolution not only enhanced the accuracy of geodetic surveys but also the efficiency and reliability of spatial data collection. References Abernathy, T. W. (1980). Observations made during the progress of the base, made in the years 1821 and 1822. Cambridge University Press. Hofmann-Wellenhof, B., Lichtenegger, H., & Wasle, E. (2007). GNSS – Global Navigation Satellite Systems: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and more. Springer Science & Business Media. McCarthy, D., & Petit, G. (2004). IERS Conventions (2003). IERS Technical Note No. 32. Verlag des Bundesamts für Kartographie und Geodäsie. Smith, C. S. (1975). Early history of triangulation in the Netherlands. Annals of Science, 32(3), 275–287.

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Oct. 25, 2023, 2:30 p.m.

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Published: Wednesday, October 25, 2023

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