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Bernese GPS Software

Flexible post processing of GNSS reference stations
The Bernese GPS Software is a high performance, high accuracy, and highly flexible software package for post processing of GNSS (GPS/GLONASS) observations.
State of the art modeling, detailed control over all relevant processing options, performant automatization tools, the adherence to up-to-date internationally adopted standards, and the inherent flexibility due to a highly modular design are characteristics of the Bernese GPS Software.
The Bernese GPS Software is the ideal tool for
  • Scientists researching in geodesy, meteorology, geosciences
  • Universities
  • Survey agencies responsible for high-accuracy GPS surveys (e.g., first order networks)
  • Agencies responsible for maintenance of arrays of permanent GNSS  receivers
  • Commercial users with complex applications demanding high accuracy, reliability, and high productivity

Main features:

  • Meets highest accuracy requirements
  • Processes all static and kinematic GNSS applications
  • RINEX data interface
  • Processes all principal oservables recorded by high precision geodetic receivers, i.e., code and phase data on both carriers. Takes differential code biases for satellites and receivers into account for applications involving code observations
  • Single and dual frequency data may be processed in the same estimation step, use of ionosphere models minimizes impact of ionospheric delay on station coordinates and other parameters
  • Five different linear combinations of L1 and L2 may be used
  • Processing and combination of data from various receiver types in the same processing step (including establishing and use of receiver type specific antenna phase center variations) 
  • Different ambiguity resolution strategies allow fixing of phase ambiguities on up to very long (several thousand kilometers) baselines
  • Allows for a fully combined processing of data from GPS, GLONASS, and GPS/GLONASS receivers.
  • Processing in double-difference mode as well as in zero-difference mode. Particularly suitable for time transfer and precise point positioning (PPP) 
  • Capability to process SLR observations to GNSS satellites
  • Kinematic and reduced-dynamic precise orbit determination for low Earth orbiters (LEOs)
  • Station motions modeled for plate motions, solid Earth tides, and ocean tidal loading
  • Different troposhpere mapping functions available, estimation of troposphere gradient parameters
  • Modeling of all time-dependent parameters by a piece-wise linear, continuous representation, in particular for troposphere zenith path delay and gradient parameter, Earth orientation parameters, and global ionosphere models
  • Allows to apply and estimate antenna phase patterns for receiver and for satellite antennas. Supports the ANTEX antenna information exchange format
  • Simultaneous solution for a large number of different parameter types
  • The parameter estimation programs may be used for baseline-, session-, campaign-, multiple campaign processing. Many different complex solutions (e.g., annual coordinate and ERP solutions) using (e.g., daily) normal equation systems can be produced without reprocessing observations
  • The newly developed tool for combining normal equations offers sophisticated options for pre-elimination of parameters and for the definition of the geodetic datum, including minimum constraint network conditions
  • Supported international input/output formats: RINEX with LEO extension, SP3c, SINEX, IONEX, Clock RINEX, Troposphere SINEX, ANTEX, IERS ERP
  • Sophisticated observation simulation tool available
  • Newly developed windows-oriented user interface, clear input panels and program structure
  • The newly developed powerful Bernese Processing Engine (BPE) allows to tailor automated processing sequences. Sophisticated examples contained in the distribution: precise point positioning (PPP), baseline processing, network processing (RINEX-to-SINEX), clock estimation. These examples can easily be adapted to the users needs. 
  • More than 600 pages of printed documentation, extended html-based online help panels, tech support by developers


Astronomisches Institut
Universität von Bern
Sidlerstrasse 5
CH-3012 Bern
Fax +41-31-631-3869

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