I am a career Civil Designer/Civil Engineer and always interested in the subject of survey/geomatics. I find it fascinating and also necessary to understand for use in my work. I am from all over, have traveled between the west coast of Los Angeles to Louisiana, Tennessee, and Florida. I enjoy learning about the technology in this industry and open to any suggestions of good reading books, white paper references, videos, etc.
Welcome...Are you looking for text books on Geomatics, or as I say, "casual reading" that are loosely survey related?
Well, I currently have several on the subject. I have Adjustment Computations Spatial Data Analysis, Datums and Map Projections, and a few others which are great. However, currently reviewing the subject of how to pick the correct geoids/EGM's when transforming between Orthometric Heights and Spheroidal Heights, if there is any good reading on this material specifically or on the subject of State Plane Coordinate System reductions (in reference to scale, developing the grid factor for each line based on height and latitude). I come across a need to dig deeper into the subject in specific areas, the ones described above are the latest topics I could use some reading for if any recommendations.
Excellent, well I'd recommend starting with some of these:
Geodesy for Geomatics and GIS Professionals by James A. Elithorp
GPS For Land Surveyors, 4th edition by Jan Van Sickle
Basic GIS Coordinates, 3rd edition by Jan Van Sickle
I am currently teaching a course at a local Tech College, Intro to GIS and GNSS and this is the text I am using. It is a very good text that covers a great deal of geospatial topics:
GIS Fundamentals, 6th edition by Paul Bolstad
ESRI also has some good texts that you can pick up cheap (used), especially in the summer when classes are out! These are good intro texts that explain the geospatial relationships that won't bury you in math:
Lining Up Data in ArcGIS: A Guide to Map Projections by Margaret M. Maher
Modeling Our World: The ESRI Guide to Geodatabase Concepts by Michael Zeiler
I still laugh when I see that word. Only because there was trending opinion that that's what we'd be calling ourselves by now.