This text is a continuation of the high quality of earlier editions. It covers modern methods, without completely removing some of the more useful older methods of work. It is delivered in a compact form, without any loss of depth. Also, it is at least $14 cheaper than any comparable US surveying text.
Well-tested methods are provided here, and the text is sufficiently comprehensive to cover several courses at a range of different levels. This would cover a great deal of what is needed for an associates degree program, and the foundation of a Bachelors program (1.5 years of the main program). This is far better than most books in this field, and it is a better book.
Being a British book, there are a few limitations for the US market. The book is metric, which will pain a few people in the US who can't handle this (but then why are they in the surveying game?). The terminology is British (e.g. 'staff' vs 'rod'), but this is a relatively minor concern, and will expose students to the idea that Surveying is a multi-national discipline, especially important with FIG being based in the US at the moment. There is no coverage of cadastral issues, including PLSS, but that can be obtained from other works, and doesn't apply to all parts of the US, as it happens.
Highly recommended. It is the OSU text for Surveying and Geomatics Engineering students.