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[DPRG] Long Haul Way Points

Subject: [DPRG] Long Haul Way Points
From: David P. Anderson dpa at io.isem.smu.edu
Date: Sun Sep 10 21:08:54 CDT 2006

Kip,

That's a good idea if you have the time.

I used a Garmin Etrex Vista in averaging mode for 300 seconds to
measure the locations I got.  Here are those coords plotted on
Google Earth:

<http://www.geology.smu.edu/~dpa-www/gif/fairpark1.png>

dpa


> 
> I have a very sensitive GPS unit on my latest project. I have picked up
> 4 or more satellites when my Garmin unit could not pick up any. I
> usually get multiple satellites everywhere. My unit is also WAAS
> enabled. 
> 
> I can try to verify the positions.
> 
> Kip
> 
> On Sun, 2006-09-10 at 11:52 -0500, David P. Anderson wrote:
> > Howdy,
> > 
> > I went by Fair Park yesterday to verify Martin's waypoints and got the
> > following.  John, you might try these out with Google Earth:
> > 
> > start:	N  32.77715
> > 	W 096.76190
> > 
> > waypt1	N  32.77753
> > 	W 096.76208
> > 
> > waypt2	N  32.77770
> > 	W 096.76266
> > 
> > waypt3	N  32.77790
> > 	W 096.76249
> > 
> > Note that these are specified in decimal degrees (hddd.ddddd) as are Martin's
> > rather than degrees-minutes-seconds.
> > 
> > The first waypoint is in the shadow of the Science Place building on two sides
> > and I was only able to get three satellites at that location, so it is not
> > a very accurate measurement.  Likewise with waypt2, which is in the building
> > shadow and also under a large tree.  
> > 
> > For those who might like to try another challenge while we are at FiarPark,
> > here are the 2 waypoints to go from the meadow next to the Science Place
> > to the meadow next to Texas Star Ferris wheel, which must circumnavigate the
> > Band Shell, as jBot demonstrated in a round trip a few months ago:
> > 
> > start:	N   32.77634		// Water cover next to TSP
> > 	W  096.76179
> > 
> > end:	N   32.77631		// In front of Ferris Wheel.
> > 	W  096.75965
> > 
> > 
> > A little more challenging is the route from the Science Place meadow, 
> > across the entrances and parkinglots to the field behind the Natural
> > History Museum:
> > 
> > start:	N  32.77636		// Water cover next to TSP
> > 	W 096.76179
> > 
> > end:	N  32.77821		// Behind Nat'l Hist Museum
> > 	W 096.76369
> > 
> > 
> > For those without obstacle avoidance working, you might want to at least
> > run a demo course.  Here is one laid out earlier this year. This was for
> > those who might have a navigating robot but don't have obstacle avoidance
> > working yet.  
> > 
> > It begins in front of the Cotton Bowl and has a second
> > waypoint at a bend in the road, and a third point in
> > front of the Aquarium where the path is blocked.
> > 
> > Plaza in front of Cotton Bowl (intersection of brick paths):
> > 
> > start:	N  32.77790 		// Cotton Bowl Plaza
> > 	W 096.76112 
> > 
> > 
> > waypt1	N  32.77707 		// Corner of Band Shell:
> > 	W 096.76085 
> > 
> > 
> > finish:	N  32.77654		// In front of Aquarium
> > 	W 096.76042 
> > 
> > Here is an ariel view with the route marked out in red, from
> > upper left to lower right:
> > 
> > <http://geology.heroy.smu.edu/~dpa-www/robo/jbot/jbot2/fairpark2_x.jpg>
> > 
> > 
> > best,
> > dpa
> > 
> > 
> > John wrote:
> > > I plotted the way points with Google Earth.  I don't know what is ground
> > > truth, that is Google Earth also has errors.  I was comparing them to
> > > the map posted on the web.  
> > > 
> > > Start:  Was in the grass NNE of the round doom.
> > > WP1:  Looked like it is on the edge of the sidewalk.
> > > WP2:  Halfway between building and sidewalk, 8 meters from the corner of
> > > the building (to the southeast)
> > > Finish:  Across 2d street in the parking lot 195 meters from WP2.  This
> > > point was also located here by TopoUSA.  Since TopoUSA doesn't show the
> > > building (all of Fair Park is just a green blob) I couldn't use it to
> > > verify the other points. 
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> -- 
> Kipton Moravec <kip at kdream.com>
> 


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