Course Information
SchoolRural and Surveying Engineering
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorGeorgios Vergos
Course ID20000872

Programme of Study: UPS of School of Rural and Surveing Engineering

Registered students: 20
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Geodesy and SurveyingCompulsory Courses846
Cadastre, Photogrammetry and CartographyElective Courses846
Transportation and Hydraulic EngineeringElective Courses846

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Fundamental parameters of the Earth’s gravity field, understanding of advanced methods for the approximation of the Earth’s gravity field and the gravity reductions. Analysis of problems related to the approximation of the Earth’s gravity field by the optimal combination of terrestrial, airborne and satellite data. Satellite technologies and methodologies for the approximation of the Earth’s gravity field. Applications of height systems and the geoid in problems of surveying engineering practice and related problems of geosciences. Use of algorithms for the determination of the components of the Earth’s gravity field in different scales and the topographic reductions for applications in surveying engineering and geosciences. Development of software for the approximation of the Earth’s gravity field.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
Course Content (Syllabus)
The boundary value problems and the geoid. The gravity field and the disturbing potential. Legendre polynomial and functions. Spherical harmonics. Digital terrain models and topographic reductions. Integral, stochastic and spectral methods for the determination of gravity field components. The geoid in a local, regional and global scale. The geoid and the unification of height systems. Molodensky's problem. Airborne gravity and gradiometry. Satellite altimetry.
Gravity Field, Geoid Determination, Boundary Value Problems, Combination Methods in Gravity Field
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Laboratory Work
Reading Assigment
Written assigments
Student Assessment
Final exam and course project.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Φυσική γεωδαισία, Κατσάμπαλος Κώστας, Τζιαβός Ηλίας, Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον Εύδοξο: 11452
Additional bibliography for study
K. Κατσάμπαλος και Η. Ν. Τζιαβός, 1991: Φυσική Γεωδαισία. Πανεπιστημιακό σύγγραμμα, Θεσσαλονίκη, Εκδόσεις Ζήτη, 1991. Δ. Αραμπέλος και Η.Ν. Τζιαβός, 2007: Εισαγωγή στο πεδίο βαρύτητας. Πανεπιστημιακό σύγγραμμα, Θεσσαλονίκη, Εκδόσεις Ζήτη, 2007. W.A. Heiskanen and H. Moritz, 1967: Physical Geodesy. W.H. Freeman, San Francisco, 1967. M.G. Sideris, 1994: Geoid Determination by FFT techniques. Lecture notes, International School for the Determination and Use of the Geoid, Milan, October 10‐15, 1994. M.G. Sideris, 1997: The gravity field in surveying and geodesy. Lecture notes, Department of Geomatics Engineering, University of Calgary, 1994. W. Torge, 1989: Gravimetry. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin‐New York, 1989. I.N. Tziavos, 1992: Numerical considerations of FFT methods in gravity field modeling. Wiss. Arb. d. Fachr. Verm.wesen, Univ. Hannover, Nr. 188, Hannover, 1993.
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