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GEOM 4010 - Field Survey Projects

Geomatics Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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Course Details

This is the final Field Surveying course for the diploma and brings together all of the field survey components taught during the two years of study at BCIT. This course will focus on the use of electronic total stations, data collectors, digital levels and GPS survey grade equipment using on-board data collection methods, data processing, adjustment and presentation using dedicated survey and CAD software. Throughout the course students will work on both individual and group based projects. In the second half of the course, students will work in groups of 3 or 4 over a period of 4 to 5 weeks to concentrate on their chosen field capstone project. Projects will incorporate topographic measurements, control survey, highway design, subdivision and volumetric calculations incorporating the practical methods taught during the diploma. Emphasis will be placed on planning and executing surveys using best practices and procedures applied in industry. Student groups will be responsible for planning, researching, managing and delivering their capstone project in accordance with the designated specifications. The report should describe the work completed, present the results with related calculations and drawings together with a critical appraisal of the overall process.


GEOM 3010 and Co-requisite COMM 2453



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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Properly care for and maintain surveying equipment.
  • Calibrate total stations, apply prism constants and atmospheric corrections.
  • Layout stations and offsets, run levels and prepare cut sheets.
  • Use various total stations to measure distance, angle data and solve typical survey problems and tasks.
  • Collect data using both onboard and handheld data recording systems and apply necessary corrections.
  • Use electronic methods to reduce and display the data in a professional manner using industry standard CAD packages, transfer programs and/or spreadsheets.
  • Research different methodologies to complete the final survey project to the required specifications.
  • Plan the field data collection to sufficiently cover the designated site to the required accuracy.
  • Collect field data and apply any necessary corrections and adjustments.
  • Use CAD software to integrate field and design data to depict the required results to industry standards.
  • Summarize the final results of the overall project, justify conclusions and make recommendations on the methods employed.
  • Produce a professional report containing all of the survey data, computations, analysis and results.

Effective as of Winter 2018

Related Programs

GEOM 4010 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Geomatics Engineering Technology
    Full-time   Diploma


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