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Height Modernization. Presentation by: Krag Caverly Senior Student, FSU. Overview. What is Height Modernization, and why is it needed? Current HM Areas Goals Benefits NGS/NOAA Report HM Programs. What Is It?.

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height modernization

Height Modernization

Presentation by:

Krag Caverly

Senior Student, FSU

  • What is Height Modernization, and why is it needed?
  • Current HM Areas
  • Goals
  • Benefits
  • NGS/NOAA Report
  • HM Programs
what is it
What Is It?
  • Height Modernization (HM) is the establishment of accurate, reliable heights using GPS technology in conjunction with traditional leveling, gravity, and remote sensing information.
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What Is It?








Legally Established

key terms
Key Terms
  • Geoid – the equipotential surface of the Earth’s gravity field that best fits mean sea level.
  • Ellipsoid – a mathematically-defined surface that defines a reference frame (coordinate system).
  • Geoid Height – difference between the geoid and ellipsoid.
  • Orthometric Height – height on the surface above the ellipsoid obtained from methods such as leveling.
  • Vertical Datum – a datum specifying where vertical points are located. (NGVD 29, NAVD 88)
why is hm needed
Why Is HM Needed?
  • There is a separation between the geoid and NAVD 88.
  • This separation has been estimated for most areas, but it is not always accurate.
    • The error in NAVD 88 comes from several factors, including sparsely gathered data, subsidence, and rebound.
  • Height Modernization seeks to minimize the error in the separation by updating NAVD 88 information, which also allows for better geoid modeling.
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Why Is HM Needed?

Geoid 03

GRS 80 Ellipsoid

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Why Is HM Needed?

Ho = Orthometric Height(leveling)

Ho = he - N

he = Ellipsoidal Height (GPS)

N = Geoid Height (model)


he (NAD83)

(NAVD88) Ho


Geoid Height




how hm began
How HM Began
  • Began in California in 1994
    • It was needed because some areas had elevation errors of more than 3 feet.
  • The National Geodetic Survey received 1.0M in 1998 for a HM study.
  • In 2000, NGS was budgeted 500k for HM planning.
  • Starting in 2001, some states and specific areas of high subsidence have begun to receive funds for HM programs.
goals of hm
Goals of HM
  • Improve transportation systems by reducing design and construction costs
  • Accurate determination of floodplains
  • Study runoff amounts and effects
  • Improve agricultural yields
  • Manage coastal resources
  • Flood Management – More accurate Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) to help better decide which areas need flood insurance.
    • Elevations are critical to determining possible flood levels.
  • Construction – GPS guided machines
  • Water Management – Monitor ground water and surface water.
  • Transportation – Monitoring of rails, roads, and airways, and guided inland shipping navigation.
  • Survey Control - Accurate survey control becomes widely available, which reduces future costs.
  • Farming – Combining geographic information systems (GIS) with accurate information helps decide amount of fertilizer and pesticide to use.
    • Another benefit is minimized runoff waste.
  • Earth Movement – Monitoring of the crust to track movements.
areas of impact
Areas of Impact
  • The following tables portray elevation requirements for five applications as found in the 1998 National Height Modernization Report by NGA.
  • It is obvious that most applications can benefit from Height Modernization efforts.

Public Safety

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Areas of Impact

Transportation Management

Infrastructure Management

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Areas of Impact

Construction And Mining

Agriculture and Natural Resource

case study 1998 report
Case Study - 1998 Report
  • Long Beach Subsidence Survey Results
  • “..sub-centimeter vertical motion and one centimeter orthometric heights could be determined from a high-precision GPS network covering a limited area… when the geoid model is accurate.”
hm in michigan
HM In Michigan
  • Goal: to provide a 3D statewide network of reliable NSRS (National Spatial Reference System) utilizing the existing MDOT CORS GPS stations.
  • Michigan already has a highly accurate 2D component in place (MSRN), and Height Modernization seeks to add the height component, creating a 3D geodetic

control network.

gravimetric geoid
Gravimetric Geoid

Geoid model Used as a base for creating Geoid03

error prediction for the lp
Error Prediction for the LP

Areas with no points will be of poor accuracy

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HM In Michigan

Current HM

Points In


  • There are inconsistencies in the current vertical datum due to gaps in the modeling data.
  • In order to improve NAVD 88 and fill in the gaps, Height Modernization must be implemented.
  • The benefits of having a centimeter-accurate vertical datum positively affect the public’s welfare, along with many public and private industries.