1 x 120-minute lecture weekly
1 x 60-minute tutorial weekly
1 x 120-minute laboratory weekly
1 ENGR3711 - Control Systems
2 ENGR2721 - Microprocessors
3 Admission into GDPEE-Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Electronics)
3a Admission into HBIT-Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours)
3b Admission into HBSC-Bachelor of Science (Honours)
3c Admission into MEE-Master of Engineering (Electronics)
3d Admission into GDPEB-Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Biomedical)
3e Admission into MEB-Master of Engineering (Biomedical)
4 1 of ENGR2772, ENGR8772
Must Satisfy: ((1 and 2) or ((3 or 3a or 3b or 3c or 3d or 3e)) or (4))
Assumed knowledge
Students undertaking the one year honours programs should check to make sure they have the appropriate background from their undergraduate degree/s.
Topic description
This topic covers: Principles of marine and aerospace instrumentation and navigation systems, including GPS, compass, inertial navigation units, sonar, and radar systems, estimation techniques for improving the quality of localisation information from navigation measurements that inherently contain noise (random variations) and other inaccuracies. Robust estimation techniques are employed to produce values that tend to be closer to the true values of the measurements and their associated calculated values and are an essential part of the development of advanced navigation systems.
Educational aims
This topic introduces students to the fundamental principles of marine and aerospace instrumentation systems for navigation. Students are taught the basic principles of marine sensors used for measuring heading, acceleration, velocity, position as required for obtaining a navigation solution. The performance of the sensors, including precision, accuracy, repeatability, sensitivity, linearity and dynamic performance, are analysed. Calibration and estimation techniques are then examined. A discussion of other sensors such as sonar systems and radar systems and their role in improving navigation estimates, is also included.
Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of the topic, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Understand the principles used by the various marine instrumentation sensors to determine attitude, position, acceleration, velocity, heading
  2. Understand the factors affecting measurement performance with respect to navigation sensors
  3. Identify appropriate design solutions for given requirements
  4. Work independently and as a member of a project team