An Ancient Rangefinder for Teaching Surveying Methods

Author(s)
Amelia Carolina Sparavigna

Abstract

Rangefinders are instruments used for ballistics and for surveying in general. Here we propose a discussion of some of them, ranging from the ancient Rome to the modern methods. Using an ancient roman artefact as a model, we can prepare a rangefinder at no cost for teaching surveying methods to students of engineering and military schools.

Rangefinders are instruments used for ballistics and for surveying in general. Here we propose a discussion of some of them, ranging from the ancient Rome to the modern methods. Using an ancient roman artefact as a model, we can prepare a rangefinder at no cost for teaching surveying methods to students of engineering and military schools.

Cite this paper

A. Sparavigna, "An Ancient Rangefinder for Teaching Surveying Methods,"*Engineering*, Vol. 4 No. 9, 2012, pp. 578-582. doi: 10.4236/eng.2012.49073.

A. Sparavigna, "An Ancient Rangefinder for Teaching Surveying Methods,"

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