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RRRM 1157 - Measurements 1

Renewable Resources Resource Management Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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Course Details

This course offers basic forestry measurement procedures, with emphasis on field navigation and mapping skills. Topics include basic surveying and topographical mapping. Hands-on applications will include the use of levels, GPS, hypsometers (Vertex) and lasers (Impulse).



This course was retired after the Spring/Summer 2007 term and is no longer offered through BCIT Part-time Studies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Distinguish between several different types of surveys and know the purpose for each.
  • Describe common sources of error in traverse surveys.
  • Distinguish between precision and accuracy.
  • Locate potential tie points on an aerial photograph and/or map and locate on the ground.
  • Correctly use a field compass to measure bearings between features and to follow a bearing to a desired location.
  • Determine the correct declination for a specific area and set the declination adjustment on a hand compass.
  • Detect local attraction and record in field notes for later adjustments.
  • Measure slope distance using pacing, chaining, tapes, estimation.
  • Convert between slope distance and horizontal distance using slope tables and trig functions.
  • Calculate change in elevation using % slope and measured distance.
  • Record field traverse data including bearings, distance measurements, elevation and field mapping.
  • Perform a simple closed traverse including slope distance and slope correction.
  • Plot and draw an -adjusted' traverse.
  • Quantify the amount of error in a traverse.
  • Produce a map drawn to scale based on field observations and recorded field notes.
  • Determine the height of objects on level or sloped ground using a chain/tape and clinometer.
  • Understand some introductory principals of field sampling measurements.

Effective as of Fall 2003

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