I'm brand new to post processing using OPUS or any other post processing method.  A couple of days ago I collected 5 points, each for 20 minutes and uploaded them to OPUS.  All point were collected with the same setting on my data collector.  Four of the points came back with good results.  One of the points didn't process and I received the following error from OPUS

The file Base_3 seems to have a collection interval of 14 seconds!brThe collection interval must be 1,2,3,5,10,15 or 30 seconds to be processed by OPUS.            

1. I'm wandering why this happened and if I can edit the TPS file to possibly remove the data point that is causing the problem??

2.  With regard to the four points that were processed, can anyone elaborate on the quality of the data based on following typical results?

             OBS USED:     91%

             QUALITY IND.      13.47/ 2.56

             NORMALIZED RMS:          0.356



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I run OPUS static with my antique Topcon Turbos (8 channel L1/L2).  Always at least two simultaneous points, sometimes up to 4 at a time.  I always run at least 2 hours, and get 0.01 meter RMS.  I also post process them against each other as a check, and then use them to control my total station.  Your high RMS may be a result of your short sessions.

I also find the data rate is not that important in the longer sessions.   One minute works just as well as 15 seconds, but the files are a lot smaller...

I am not familiar with your TPS files.  I convert my files to RINEX so I can edit them with notepad.  You might convert all of your files to RINEX, and them check the fist few readings to see why the one file failed.  If you need to need to remove a few reading from top of the file, just remember to edit the session start time to match the first reading.  

As long as you save your original files someplace safe, you can keep editing the file and resubmitting until it gets accepted.

Very helpful Jim!  Any suggestions on where can I get a file converter to covert my TPS files to RINEX?

TEQC is software onlione that is free to download and should convert your files to RINEX format.  You can submit the RINEX files to OPUS just like your TPS files.


I hope it helps you out!


The OPUS service will only process sessions with the prescribed recording interval.  Imagine if you where trying to use a base/rover setup with the base set a 5 second update and the rover at a 12 second update.  They would only sync once every 60 seconds.  Your RMS error is a direct result of the very low number of synchronized readings between your receivers and the OPUS ones.

OPUS "thins" files to a 30 second interval, so do a little math and figure out how many epochs at both 14 seconds and 30 seconds match up in 20 minutes.  You had 2.... one at 7 minutes and one at 14 minutes.

Therefore OPUS could only process those two readings out of the 20 minute observations.  A 5, 15 or 30 second interval would all give you 40 synced observations.

Review the following info page from NOAA and set your receivers to match - when ever I collect data for post processing, I use 5 second interval because I will process my own observation network first, then I will OPUS session the two best or most obstruction free points to upload to OPUS.


Bottom line, the problem is with your receiver recording interval settings.

Hope this helps,



My Bad, I missed the "one out of five" part.  I'd suggest the you look for obstructions that might be interfering with this point.  Also, if its an important point, try running a 30 minute session.  While I have ran many, many OPUS sessions - both Static and Rapid Static - I rarely use a 20 minute observation except in the most wide open locations and at times that have the best/highest GPS Sat count.  Remember OPUS does not process GLONASS or any other data, only the USA's GPS.

Again, sorry for jumping the gun on my first post,



I think you were right about obstructions being the issue.  I moved to a higher point and the new point was processed without issue.



Good deal!!


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