British Columbia Institute of


GEOM 8363 - Advanced Topics in Precision Survey

Geomatics Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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.


GEOM 8353





Winter 2020

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2020 term.

CRN 76439

Mon Jan 06 - Mon Apr 13 15 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 06 - Apr 13 Online


John Ogundare

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. **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 Geoamatics diploma AND GEOM 8353. To receive approval, please email your official academic transcript(s) and BCIT Student ID to
  4. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

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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Winter 2020

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If you are taking this course through either Distance Education or Online Learning, please purchase books for this course at the BCIT Distance & Online Learning Bookstore.

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Precision Surveying: The Principles & Geomatics Practice
Author Ogundare
Copyright 2015
Binding Hardback
ISBN 978-1-11910-251-9
Price $150.95


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