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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Lundberg, Eric J.
URN etd-08012012-040621
Title The Automated Laser Position System - ALPS
Degree Master of Science
Department Civil Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Beliveau, Yvan J. Committee Chair
Johnson, Steven D. Committee Member
Pratt, Timothy J. Committee Member
Vorster, Michael C. Committee Member
  • Construction equipment
Date of Defense 1989-09-15
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The construction industry needs an accurate real—time positioning system. Such a system, if successfully implemented, would lead to significant increases in the performance of many construction operations. This thesis presents the Automated Laser Position System (ALPS) for accurate real-time positioning. ALPS is a spin—off of the Automated Position And Control System (APAC) research, sponsored by the National Science Foundation under grant DMC-8717476.

The ALPS concept has three primary components: a rotation laser, laser detectors and a central processing unit. ALPS generates both horizontal (X,Y) and vertical (Z) position information. It is mathematically predicted that ALPS could produce accuracies of ± 17 mm in the horizontal and ± 5,9 mm in the vertical, at a range of 400 m. Position measurements would be updated 50 times a second.

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