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I am working in the pipelines field, and I get in touch with the concept of the linear referencing methods, specifically with station equation method.

I had to do research about this method, I'm quite confident about my understanding of the topic and the concept associated to it, but a set questions came to my mind:

  • Where did this topic originate?
  • Who proposed it?
  • When was it proposed?

After an intensive Google search I have not found a clue about the history of station equation method. I got a lot of technical documents that describe the concepts and how this concept works, but not its origins.

I am seeking any book or paper suggestions

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  • It goes back to 1620 when Chains were used in measuring accuracy - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chain_%28unit%29
    – Mapperz
    Jan 21 '13 at 20:58
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    thanks Fezter, this is a good start for me but I mean about the method of station equation used in pipelines surveys
    – XtianGIS
    Jan 21 '13 at 23:16