Free Tools for Surveying Students

To download the following packages, right-click the desired item and select “Save target as...” from the pop-up menu. With some files you will need to unzip the installation packages to your disk before you can install them. (Please note: Some of these packages are not compatible with Windows 11.)

Stats* — Program has a new associated data type for output files (.sout) (Download Stats documentation.)

Matrix* — Program has a new associated data type for output files (.mout)

Adjust* — Program computes local accuracy of network. (Download Adjust documentation.)

WolfPack* — Program contains routines to create and use low-distortion map projections. (Download WolfPack documentation.)

Problem Generator* — Program that generates realistic data for surveying problems. (Download Problem Generator documentation.)

Animation of developable surfaces used in map projections, 2D and 3D coordinate transformations, geodetic coordinate systems, and more! (Note: Cortona3D must be installed to view these files in your web browser. The Cortona viewer is free at Cortona3D Viewers for Windows.)

MathCad ebook — Worksheets for Adjustment Computations, Spatial Data Analysis (Ghilani)

Elementary Surveying MathCAD files — Accompanying files for Elementary Surveying: An Introduction to Geomatics (Ghilani)

Map Projections — Excel file that includes computation sheets for the Mercator, Secant Mercator, Transverse Mercator (including UTM), Oblique Mercator, Albers Equal-Area Conic, and Lambert Conformal Conic plus worksheet for observation reduction, common ellipsoids, and SPCS defining parameters.

Vincenty’s Equations — Excel spreadsheet demonstrating solution of Vincenty’s equations for the direct and inverse geodetic problems. Includes computation sheets for the direct and inverse geodetic problems as presented in Chapter 19 of Elementary Surveying: An Introduction to Geomatics, 13th Ed.

Astronomical Azimuth handbook — “Astronomical Observations for Azimuth“ (Ghilani)

*This software is Windows based. It has been archived in a self-extracting installer file. To install, download the desired file to a temporary directory and run it in your “explorer“ or “file management“ software. The software will walk you through the remainder of the installation in Windows.

Please note: WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE for the use of these programs and/or the results obtained by using them. These software packages are made available “AS IS”, with no implicit or explicit guarantee or warranty. Some of these packages are not compatible with Windows 11.

Permissions: Feel free to copy the resources above, but please credit the author. THESE MATERIALS AND SOFTWARE ARE FOR EDUCATIONAL USE ONLY.

Credit: The materials above have been provided by Professor Charles Ghilani. This page was created to highlight these valuable resources in order to facilitate their use by students. (If any of the links above are broken, please inform the Penn State Wilkes-Barre webmaster and/or contact Dr. Ghilani directly for more information.)