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Copyright: 2014
Page Count: 556
Format(s): Paperback, PDF
Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 11
  • George Cole, PhD, PE, PLS

    Author Information

    George M. Cole, PhD, PE, PLS, is a practicing surveyor. He is currently vice president of Applied Geodetic Services, Inc. He holds a bachelor of science degree from Tulane University and a master of science degree from Florida State University. Among his numerous publications are the Fundamentals of Surveying Sample Examination (PPI) and Water Boundaries (John Wiley).


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    Surveyor Reference Manual, 6th Edition

    Surveyor Reference Manual for the FS and PS Exam

    George Cole's Surveyor Reference Manual (SVRM6) offers complete review for the NCEES Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam. This book is part of a comprehensive learning management system designed to help you pass the FS exam the first time.

    Surveyor Reference Manual (SVRM6) features include:

    • 44 chapters provide an in-depth review of FS exam topics, and introduce many subjects covered on the Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) exam

    • 10 appendices containing essential support material

    • Over 220 practice problems to build your problem-solving skills

    • Over 120 common surveying terms defined in an easy-to-use glossary

    • Hundreds of equations, figures, and tables

    • Industry-standard terminology and nomenclature

    • Example problems that demonstrate how to apply the concepts presented 

    Topics Covered

    • Aerial Mapping

    • Algebra and Trigonometry

    • Basic Sciences

    • Boundary Law, Cadastral Law, and Administration

    • Business Law

    • Computer Operations and Programming

    • Data Adjustment

    • Economics

    • Field Data Acquisition and Reduction

    • Finance

    • Geodesy

    • Geodetic Survey Calculation

    • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

    • Graphical Communication, Mapping

    • Higher Math

    • Land Development Principles

    • Laser Scanning

    • Management

    • Measurement Analysis

    • Photo/Image Data Acquisition and Reduction

    • Plane Survey Calculation

    • Probability and Statistics

    • Survey Astronomy

    • Survey Planning Process and Procedures

    • Written Communication 

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    Customer Reviews (View All - 12)

    Comprehensive and Valuable for the FS Exam Review by Customer
    Anyone thinking of taking the Fundamental Survey Exam (FS) is going to find a lot of value in this reference guide as it is comprehensive, detailed, and very easy to read even for this non-surveying guy. I did some survey work back in the day so I had to brush up on my trig a little but, otherwise, found this guide to be very easy to read even for beginners. The information also seems fairly universal given not all survey work is the same.

    Despite the hefty price, I would highly recommend this guide to anyone studying for the FS or wanted to see what's involved with being a surveyor. (Posted on 3/19/2015)

    Comprehensive reference and study guide for FS and PS exams Review by Customer
    You buy Surveyor Reference Manual for the purpose of preparing for the FS (Fundamentals of Surveying) and PS (Principles and Practice of Surveying) exams conducted by NCEES (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying), and the book can also serve as a comprehensive reference after you pass the exams and become a surveyor by profession.

    The Manual contains 44 chapters covering all fundamental surveying terminology and nomenclature. The first ten chapters are related to the mathematics of surveying: Algebra, Basic and Analytical Geometry, and Trigonometry, System of units, Dimensional Equations, Perimeter and Circumference, Area and Volume, and Rectangular Coordinate System. Chapters 11 through 22 discuss surveying concepts of measurements. Chapters 23 through 39 relate to history and development of land ownership. And Chapters 40 through 44 discuss the use of computers in surveying, economic analysis, and ethics.

    The Manual describes in great detail the types of questions a test taker will encounter and offers many practice questions throughout the book.
    (Posted on 2/19/2015)

    From more than half a planet to less than an inch Review by Customer
    Wow, I had no idea there was this much to know about surveying. I'm pretty sure if Columbus had had this book he wouldn't have missed India by more than half a planet. If Lewis and Clark had had this book they'd have finished much sooner. If Wrong-Way Corrigan had had this book he . . . well, he probably still would have gone the wrong way, so never mind that example, but you get the idea.

    This book is the opposite of Surveying for Dummies. I'm not saying it has all the information in the world about the state of modern surveying, but in its 556 large pages it covers an enormous amount of material from simple algebra to survey astronomy. I'm impressed with the high state of the science of surveying. And it is all science, not art. And, really, it all eventually boils down to math, the most beautiful of the hard sciences.

    his sixth edition (2014) of Surveyor Reference Manual, by George M. Cole, is written for the purpose of preparing for the FS and PS exams administered by the NCEES. It also contains many test questions and practice problems. Much of it involves some pretty serious math.

    If you are not entertaining the idea of taking either of those tests and you're not 100% sure whether the Scarecrow got the Pythagorem Theorean right (he didn't), this book might still be as interesting to you as it is to me. Some of the appendices alone contain all sorts of useful reference information such as the formula for the volume of a buckyball. Well, OK, I made that one up, but they contain a lot of information.

    Dr. Cole, with many letters after his name, has exerted a great deal of effort to maintain the arrangement of the many topics in a sensible, orderly way. It's easy to understand where you are in the book by the effective use of headings and lists and different fonts and so on. If you don't pass the FS test it won't be because you couldn't make sense of how this book is organized. This is a well-crafted and highly informative tone. (Posted on 2/19/2015)