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“Math for the Surveyor” by J.A. Coan – Free Book

A long-time surveying program instructor has authored a book on fundamental mathematics that every surveyor should know… and is offering it free to all.

Whether you are a recent entrant to geomatics and surveying, or a seasoned practitioner that wants to better understand “what goes on under the hood” of your surveying instruments and software, “Math for the Surveyor” by James A. “Jim” Coan Sr. would make for an excellent quick study.

The book covers:

  • Basic Mathematical Concepts.
  • Trigonometry.
  • Azimuths, Angles, and Bearings.
  • Coordinate Geometry “COGO”
  • Adjustments
  • Interpolation, Grades, & Slopes.
  • Curves.
  • Areas
  • Rectangular Systems
  • And more…

Exercises are also included…

But of course, if you’d like to make a small donation (that helps Jim with education and outreach initiatives for the surveying profession), you can do via Jim’s Paypal: Jacpls@msn.com

About the Author

From his National Society of Professional Surveyors profile: Jim started surveying in 1968 in the state of Maryland.  He has surveyed on the east coast, Canada and the west coast.  Jim is a Professional Land Surveyor in Oregon and Washington. He is also a Certified Federal Surveyor (CFedS).

For twenty-three years Jim was an instructor at Renton Technical College teaching the Land Surveying program.  During this time Jim has also served on the State of Washington Department of Natural Resources Survey Advisory Board, and the Architects and Engineers Legislative Council.  Jim has taught for the Land Surveyors Association of Washington (LSAW) South and North Puget Sound chapters PLS refresher courses and was an Adjunct instructor at Seattle University teaching surveying to engineering students. Jim has taught workshops for the LSAW state conference, the NSPS conferences, and the Washington Council of County Surveyors, as well as workshops in surveying for attorneys and engineers. He has published over twenty articles in state and national magazines.  

Jim is an active member of the Land Surveyors Association of Washington, and the National Society of Professional Surveyors.  In 1990 he was chosen as the Washington State Associate Surveyor of the Year and in 2010 was chosen as Washington State Surveyor of the year by his colleagues in LSAW.    He is also the past president of the Land Surveyors Association of Washington, the education committee chairman, and the Washington State Director to the National Society of Professional Surveyors.

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