ENG  Vol.4 No.9 , September 2012
An Ancient Rangefinder for Teaching Surveying Methods
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.

[1]   University of Cincinnati, Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), “Land Navigation,” 2012. http://www.uc.edu/armyrotc/ms2text/MSL_201_L03b_Land_Navigation.pdf

[2]   Random House, Inc., “Range,” 2012. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/range

[3]   D. Harper, “Online Etymology Dictionary,” 2012. http://www.etymonline.com

[4]   Merriam-Webster’s, Online Dictionary, An Encyclopaedia Britannica Company, “Range Finder,” 2012. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/range%20finder

[5]   J. Caesar, “Caesar’s Commentaries,” No. 702 Everyman’s Library, Ernest Rhys Editor, New York, 1929.

[6]   C. Rossi, F. Russo and F. Russo, “Ancient Engineers' Inventions: Precursors of the Present,” Springer Verlag, New York, 2009.

[7]   W. A. Schmidt, “The Surveyor’s Cross,” Professional Surveyor Magazine, 2007. http://www.profsurv.com/magazine/article.aspx?i=1803

[8]   A. C. Sparavigna, “A Roman Dodecahedron for Measuring Distance,” 2012. http://arxiv.org/abs/1204.6497

[9]   Wikipedia, “Roman Dodecahedron,” 2012. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_dodecahedron

[10]   A. C. Sparavigna. “An Etruscan Dodecahedron,” 2012. http://arxiv.org/abs/1205.0706

[11]   G. Guillier, R. Delage and P. A. Besombes, “Une Fouille en Bordure des Thermes de Jublains (Mayenne): Enfin un Dodécaèdre en Contexte Archéologique!,” Revue Archéologique de l'Ouest, Vol. 25, 2008, pp. 269-289.

[12]   Peter Barlow, “A New Mathematical and Philosophical Dictionary,” Whittingham and Rowland, London, 1814.

[13]   Wikipedia, “Rangefinder,” 2012. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rangefinder

[14]   Wikipedia, “Coincidence Rangefinder,” 2012. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coincidence_rangefinder

[15]   “Rangefinder,” Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, 6th Edition, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1996