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Advanced Topics in Precision Survey GEOM 7150

Geomatics Course

Course details

Review and analysis of precision survey equipment, including their testing, calibration and operational procedures; standards and specifications for horizontal and vertical control surveys (including precision GNSS surveys); accuracy analysis of measurement systems for survey observables; survey design and analysis; three-dimensional coordinating systems (including terrestrial laser scanning systems); introduction to deformation monitoring and analysis (geodetic and geotechnical techniques); elements of mining surveying, which include mining survey standards, underground surveying techniques (control transfer, shaft plumbing, azimuth determination with gyro equipment, traversing and leveling) and analysis; and introduction to tunneling and precision alignment surveys.


  • 50% in GEOM 6140
  • Course registration is restricted to students with completion of 2-year Geomatics diploma.





Course offerings

Spring/Summer 2023

Below is one offering of GEOM 7150 for the Spring/Summer 2023 term.

CRN 67889


Tue Apr 11 - Tue Jul 18 (15 weeks)

  • 15 weeks
  • CRN 67889
  • $1096.20
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Apr 11 - Jul 18 N/A N/A Online

John Ogundare

Course outline






Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  4. **IMPORTANT: The mid-term and the final exams must be written at an approved Exam Centre only. Details will be emailed to you after registering for the course. Students may receive approval to register for this course with completion of a 2-year Geomatics Diploma AND GEOM 6140 (formerly GEOM 8353). To receive approval, please email your official academic transcript(s) and BCIT Student ID to If you're new to BCIT, create an ID at

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Relate sources and types of errors to survey instruments and measurement techniques, including how to take care of the influence of the errors.
  • Interpret accuracy standards and specifications as they relate to terrestrial, GNSS surveys and mapping.
  • Translate standards and specifications (such as maximum allowable misclosures) into a choice of surveying equipment and field procedures for 1D, 2D or 3D positioning surveys.
  • Design by pre-analysis (including computer simulation), the appropriate combination of survey techniques (traditional and GNSS) and equipment for field data collection to satisfy specific quality requirements (in 1D, 2D and 3D).
  • Employ standard field techniques and procedures to calibrate and test survey equipment.
  • Evaluate equipment testing and calibration results to determine the accuracy, precision and limitations of the equipment.
  • Analyze the positioning accuracy and suitability of three-dimensional coordinating systems, which includes terrestrial laser scanning systems and close-range photogrammetric methods.
  • Explain some aspects of deformation monitoring techniques (geodetic and geotechnical) and analyses with consideration for systematic and random influences on measurement systems.
  • Describe the techniques of alignment and underground (tunnelling and mine) surveys.
  • Collect and process data related to gyro azimuth determination, including necessary reductions to obtain astronomic and grid azimuths.
  • Discuss the capabilities and limitations of some survey techniques and instrumentation in transferring positions and orientations underground in underground mines or in tunneling projects.
  • Assess horizontal and vertical control networks for tunneling surveys with consideration for breakthrough errors.

Effective as of Fall 2017

Related Programs

Advanced Topics in Precision Survey (GEOM 7150) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Geomatics
    Bachelor of Science Full-time


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