Assessing the Accuracy of GEOID03 GEOID09 in Connecticut

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Comparing published NAVD 88 Helmert orthometric heights of First-Order bench marks against GPS-derived orthometric heights showed that GEOID03 and GEOID09 perform at their reported accuracy in Connecticut. GPS-derived orthometric heights were determined by subtracting geoid undulations from ellipsoid heights obtained from a network least-squares adjustment of GPS occupations in 2007 and 2008. A total of 73 markers were occupied in these stability classes: 25 class A, 11 class B, 12 class C, 2 class D bench marks, and 23 temporary marks with transferred elevations. Adjusted ellipsoid heights were compared against OPUS as a check. We also tested networks in which no phase-center variations were applied and in which all vectors (including "substandard" vectors) were included.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2010

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