Thursday, 10 December 2009

Interview with Steve Ault (Part 4 of 4: Advice for GNSS users and SF3050 users)

This is the last segment of a 4-part series of interview questions posted to Mr Steve Ault, the Technical Support Manager of Navcom Technology, Inc., who conducted training for our sales and field personnel in early November 2009.
PointsandPixels: What is your advice to users, p especially in their early stages of adapting GNSS technology?

Steve: In terms of learning, maintaining and troubleshooting their GNSS equipment, users should keep in touch with their Navcom dealers (or regional channel partners like Jurukur Perunding) to keep abreast of new features and process improvement techniques throughout the life of the product. They should also be familiar with the Sapphire Technical Reference Manual which contains input and output message structures of the SF-3050. All Navcom manuals are available as downloads on the NTI website.

Sometimes troubleshooting tips and common interfaces are documented in the Navcom Troubleshooting Guide. For example, there is a section which describes the logging of data to external flashdrives using Carlson SurvCE.

"A properly maintained SF-3050 will provide many years (or decades) of service"
The physics of GNSS signalling is important. If it is necessary to use cables other than those provided by Navcom, users should also read the Product User Guide to avoid making integration mistakes. As always, Navcom and its dealers are available to answer integration enquiries and provide appropriate guidance.

As for any piece of expensive electronic equipment, the user should take care of accessories in particular the antennae. Positioning performance is based on antenna phase center and damage, if any, to the antenna would cause internal elements to move and thereby affecting its intended performance. A properly maintained SF-3050 will provide many years (or decades) of service.

PointsandPixels: Any other parting remarks?

Steve: I look forward to many more years of service to the Malaysian market. We welcome feedback from end users (and channel partners) regarding our product performance, innovative ideas and methods of which you (the end users) have put Navcom equipment to work.

Related posts /resources:

1. Interview with Steve Ault Part 1/4: His experience with GNSS/RF, history and future trend of the industry
2. Interview with Steve Ault Part 2/4: Navcom Technology Inc and SF-3050
3. Interview with Steve Ault Part 3/4: Starfire
4. StarFire data sheet in pdf format
5. Navcom SF3050 multi frequency GNSS receiver data sheet in pdf format. 

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1 comment:

  1. I am guessing that this receiver had no problems with the trees near the river banks. We took an SF-3050 with our OxTS Inertial+2 to London and it had no problems in the urban canyon conditions. It gave excellent results - though admittedly we were not using StarFire on our test. The Inertial+2 filled in the gaps when the SF-3050 dropped out. Most remarkable was that the SF-3050 rarely gave poor results - either nothing or good measurements. That's great for the Inertial+, which can fill in the gaps without worrying about rejecting poor measurements. Highly recommend this receiver.