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GEOM 8363 - Advanced Topics in Precision Survey

Geomatics Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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Course Details

Introduction to precision survey equipment, including their calibration and operation; precision, accuracy standards and specifications for field procedures for precision horizontal and vertical control surveys (including precision GPS surveys); error analysis of survey measurements (angle, distance and height difference); pre-analysis and design of survey projects; application of optical and electromagnetic measuring principles and techniques; computation of three-dimensional coordinates and coordinate changes by intersection methods, scale bar on target methods, and laser scanner methods; application of photogrammetric methods in precision survey; introduction to deformation and underground surveys (including tunnelling and mine surveys) and analyses, including azimuth determination.


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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Discuss the principles, concepts, observing techniques and instrumentation of high-precision surveys, including sources and types of errors as they relate to the techniques and instruments.
  • Interpret precision, accuracy standards and survey specifications for conducting terrestrial and GPS surveys.
  • Carry out error analysis of survey measurements, such as angles (directions), distances, and height differences.
  • Design by pre-analysis the appropriate combination of survey techniques (conventional and GPS) and equipment for field data collection to satisfy specified quality requirements (in 1D, 2D and 3D).
  • Carry out simple Calibration and testing of survey equipment using standardized methods and procedures.
  • Assess data gathered for the calibration and testing of survey equipment, for precision measurements.
  • Carry out a variety of precise measurements and calculations to test and assess accuracy and limitations of survey equipment.
  • Carry out a variety of precise measurements and calculations to obtain three dimensional coordinates of targeted points located on an object or surface.
  • Analyse the positioning accuracy and applications of three-dimensional coordinating systems, including terrestrial laser scanner systems and photogrammetric methods.
  • Explain some aspects of deformation monitoring techniques and analyses.
  • Describe the techniques of alignment and underground (tunnelling and mine) surveys.
  • Carry out azimuth-determination project and perform necessary reductions in order to obtain astronomic azimuths and the grid azimuths.

Effective as of Winter 2012


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