Bird 2009 Analysis of Survey Point Displacements Using Total Station Measurements ii
This report exists only because of the encouragement and generous dedication of time andeffort of several people, who I would like to acknowledge. First, I would like to thank JohnOgundare for suggesting the study topic and for helping me plan the project. His technicalassistance with adjustment and deformation analysis concepts was indispensible. I alsogreatly appreciate his proofreading and his advising on the finer problems in technical reportwriting. I would like to thank Don Thompson for guidance in planning this project.
Iappreciate the generosity of Jack Clarke in supplying the raw survey data. This allowed meto analyze the deformation of real structures and learn about realistic survey error budgets.Without interviews with Eddie Neumann regarding practical high precision field procedures,the report would not have been complete. Consultations with Azadeh Koohzare were alwaysvery informative and helped me clarify my tasks. David Martens inspired me to learn the Cprogramming language, and provided me a copy of the C source code for his BCITCOGOsoftware in 2006, to help me with my migration from BASIC. Colin Lawrence helped megain a thorough understanding of the necessary fundamental mathematical concepts,including statistical hypothesis testing, matrix algebra, and the calculus. Finally, I would liketo express my thanks to my parents, Maita and Dick Bird, for their unlimited support while Iworked on this project. The valuable input of everyone who was involved is muchappreciated. To anyone whom I neglected to include here I sincerely apologize for theunintentional exclusion.