This course introduces some basic fundamental concepts of surveying. Topics include surveying terminology, instrumentation and computations for determining horizontal positions and elevations. Also included is a very basic field introduction to the use of a differential level for determining elevation differences and a total station for determining horizontal positions and elevations.
- No prerequisites are required for this course.
Below is one offering of SURV 5108 for the Winter 2023 term.
Sat Jan 07 - Sat Feb 11 (6 weeks)
- 6 weeks
- CRN 49287
Class meeting times
|Jan 07 - Feb 11||Sat||09:00 - 12:00||Burnaby SW03 Rm. 2765|
Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.
- Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
Substantial footwear, raingear, field book and paper are required. You may proceed to register for this course online, or by contacting Student Information and Enrollment Services (SIES) at 604-434-1610 or 1-866-434-1610 Toll-Free (Canada and US only).
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Describe Basic Concepts
- Define geomatics and surveying.
- List the various branches of surveying.
- Define and identify systematic and random errors.
- Define and identify blunders.
- Outline the properties of geometric space.
- Carry out slope and sea level distance reductions.
- Carry out computations on a simple plane involving rectangular and polar coordinates.
Determine Elevation Differences
- Identify the basic components of a surveyor's level.
- Describe barometric, differential and trigonometric levelling.
- Compute and adjust a differential level loop.
- Compute elevation differences using vertical angles and distances.
- Compute and apply the vertical correction for earth curvature and refraction.
- Perform a differential levelling loop.
Determine Coordinates by Traversing
- Identify the basic components of a total station.
- Describe the difference between a closed traverse and an open traverse.
- Compute and adjust the angular misclosure in a closed traverse.
- Determine the coordinate misclosure of a closed traverse.
- Adjust a traverse using the Compass Rule.
Carry Out a Topographic Survey
- Explain the purpose of a topographic plan and contours.
- List the properties of contours.
- Carry out the field measurements for a topographic plan using a total station.
- Produce a scaled topographic survey plan.
Describe the Global Positioning Satellite System
- Explain the components of the GPS system.
- Describe the basic concept of satellite positioning.
- List the errors that exist in GPS measurements.
- Explain ellipsoid-geoid separation.
- Explain the importance of selecting the correct datum.
- Define the various acronyms associated with GPS.
Effective as of Winter 2008
Fundamentals of Surveying (SURV 5108) is offered as a part of the following programs:
School of Construction and the Environment
- Construction Operations
Associate Certificate Part-time
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