GPS and the Volvo Ocean Race
A Photo of the NZ boat "Camper" in the Viaduct Harbour, Auckland. Taken Friday 12th March 2012.
Visit the official website to follow the race here
GPS is used by these ocean racing boats to locate themselves and navigate their way to the next stop. GPS is also used extensively in Land Surveying, although it does have some limitations in comparison to the "state-of-the-art" systems these boats use.
In Surveying GPS is generally used on large subdivisions and in rural areas where there is not too much tree cover. It is also usually the most efficient way to survey large drainage networks (manholes and pipes) and is used when setting out new road alignments.