[unav_all] GPS Instrumentation Available for Request

Meghan Miller meghan at unavco.org
Fri Oct 20 13:59:25 MDT 2017

Dear Colleagues,

UNAVCO is pleased to announce an opportunity for community members to request deprecated end-of-life, end-of-service Trimble NetRS and TopCon GPS instruments.  UNAVCO was granted approval from the NSF to make Trimble NetRS GPS instruments that are no longer in service available to UNAVCO community members.   These instruments were in the receiver pools geodetic networks operated by UNAVCO.  The largest number of instruments are from upgrades to the EarthScope Plate Boundary Observatory, and have been replaced through upgrades to state-of-the-art multi-constellation GNSS instruments.

The Geodetic Infrastructure Advisory Committee recommended criteria and a protocol for distribution, that is now approved by the UNAVCO Board of Directors.    The deprecated instruments, some with geodetic grade antennas and other auxiliary equipment, will be allocated using the guidelines outlined below. Requests will be accepted through the UNAVCO Project Support Request website.  Only instruments that are currently functioning will be made available to the community.  The allocations will be made with caveat emptor; no UNAVCO repair or warranty services will be provided.

The following protocol and guidelines for prioritization have been established:
1) The opportunity to request Trimble NetRS or TopCon GPS instruments will be open to all UNAVCO Member and Associate Member academic institutions.  In addition, UNAVCO will consider applications from non-member, US principally undergraduate institutions that currently have or would like to establish GPS data acquisition as part of the curriculum.

2) Interested PIs must submit the request and a 400 word summary of the intended use of the requested instruments (at https://achaia.unavco.org/public/newproject/supportform.aspx select “Request Deprecated GPS Equipment" and enter text under “Project Description/Goals").  This justification should describe clearly and succinctly whether the instruments will be used to support teaching, research, or both, and how many and what type of student (e.g. undergraduate or graduate) would be impacted.

3) Data and metadata collected in support of any research activities will be submitted by PIs to the UNAVCO archive for long-term curation.

4) Any individual PI will be limited to cumulative requests of up to 5 receivers or systems.  UNAVCO will attempt to provide antennas, dongles, etc., but at this time there are fewer antennas available. 

5) All shipping costs are to be borne by the institution granted an allotment of GPS instruments and any associated additional equipment; successful applicants will be contacted for a fedex number.

6) Instruments are being provided “as is” with no explicit or implicit  future obligation by UNAVCO for continued support or maintenance.

UNAVCO will begin reviewing applications on Monday, November 13, 2017 and plans to make the first allotment of instruments available beginning Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

M. Meghan Miller
President, UNAVCO
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Boulder, CO  80301

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