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IGS Workshop 2010

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

This entry is very late, sorry for that.

Let me share with you my two presentations at the IGS Workshop, 2010 held in Newcastle in 2010.

I gave a presentation on the overall state of the IGS Infrastructure up and down the Rinex data chain, considering both the challenges faced by the station operators, the data centers and the Analysis Centers.

Mon – Romero -minsize

The second talk was on the way to confront the infrastructure challenges in the next two years or so.

Tue – Romero – minsize

The workshop was a very well organised affair, we had very interesting sessions and dedicated meetings.

IGS Workshop 2008 Contents & Summary

Monday, June 9th, 2008

I intended to write a daily summary from the 2008 IGS Workshop which just closed. Unfortunately that was optimistic I was too busy to have the energy to write at the end of each day! Therefore I have written a document with my summary of each day, please download the document below and read at your perusal.

2008 IGS Workshop Summary

The workshop to me was very, very good. The location was wonderful, the Ritz at Miami Beach treated us very well. The organisation of the event by the NGS was very professional, helpful and involved in what was going on each day.

IGS Chairman (Dr Dow) addressing the participants 2008 IGS WS location (The Ritz)

It helps to have a limited IGS workshop. The IGS is not a big organisation so having these plenary meetings where we can all sit and listen to each other in technical matters is very important. We are also lucky to be able to have these meetings every 2 years since it gives us time to do some real work between workshops!!

The things that I want to pursue first coming from the workshop are:

  1. Incorporating the 2nd and 3rd order iono corrections to the GPS processing
  2. Correlating antenna monuments with problems in our ESA IGS processing
  3. Participating in the incipient IGS Infrastructure Committee
  4. Learning more about the albedo/infrared implementation to resolve the SLR residual issues in the GPS processing

I gave two presentations on the first few days of the workshop, one on the “Reprocessing Station Use” and the other on the “IGS network and the ESA processing”. Both presentations were well received they can be found in the IGS workshop website for download.

I also presented a poster at the IGS Workshop on the CGC activities which we are trying to promote to help GNSS activities in our region (Macaronesia and Western Africa):

CGC poster at the 2008 IGS WS

The poster was very well received. I was able to reinforce the contacts with several researchers and also to make new contacts with institutions that have GNSS stations in Africa. These stations I just discovered may become public with a little bit of help from the CGC or others that I will try to movilise. So I am optimistic!

Take care
Ignacio (Nacho) Romero

The IGS Workshop 2008

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Today the IGS Workshop kick off in the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Hotel in South Beach, Florida.

The Workshop is a small, dedicated, single-session gathering of most of the IGS people involved on: station network management, product generation, and new activities (real-time, antenna calibrations, etc). This meeting takes place every 2 years and is organised by a different Analysis Centre each time, this time the National Geodetic Survey (NGS)

At this excellent website (Thanks Jim Ray!) you will find the details of the program for this week and most of the papers and posters that we will present here in the next few days, and it should be up much later for reference: IGS AC Workshop 2008 official website

The previous AC worshop was in 2006 organised in Darmstadt, Germany at the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC), where I work!, and it was also an excellent chance to discuss all the IGS issues. You can scan the program and access the content from this link: IGS AC Worshop 2006

I am involved in the reprocessing activities both as part of the official ESA submission and as part of some coordinating actions from the IGS. The Reprocesing will substitute all the official orbit, clock and coordinate products for the last 15 years from the IGS with a smooth set of products to help provide consistency and state-of-the-art quality to the entire historical set of products.

During this week I will be writting my impressions and conclusions here at the workshop. It will not be an exhaustive account .. only what strikes me as most interesting at the time.

Best regards,
Nacho Romero