British Columbia Institute of


SURV 2011 - Pre Entry Survey Computations

Surveying Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

Course Details

Plane Trigonometry review, coordinate systems, angular misclosure, bearing reductions, traverse computation. Compass Rule adjustment, area calculation, inversing, horizontal and vertical curve data calculations, intersection and resection.


2 years post secondary education in any of the following: geography, geology, math, physics or engineering.





Spring/Summer 2017

Below is one offering of this course for the Spring/Summer 2017 term.

CRN 29380

Tue Jul 04 - Fri Aug 18 7 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jul 04 - Jul 06 Tue/Wed/Thu 09:00 - 16:00 BBY SE06 Rm. 112
Jul 17 Mon 09:00 - 16:00 BBY SE06 Rm. 112
Jul 24 - Jul 25 Mon/Tue 09:00 - 16:00 BBY SE06 Rm. 112
Aug 01 - Aug 02 Tue/Wed 09:00 - 16:00 BBY SE06 Rm. 112
Aug 11 Fri 09:00 - 16:00 BBY SE06 Rm. 112
Aug 16 - Aug 18 Wed/Fri 09:00 - 16:00 BBY SE06 Rm. 112


Christopher Thornton

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. SURV 2009, 2010 and 2011 are taken together. These courses are for students with "Provisional Acceptance" into 2nd year of the Geomatics Diploma Program. A pre-registration interview with the Program Head is mandatory for approval. Contact: or phone: 604-431-4960.
  3. 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:

  • Perform calculations of right triangles and scalene by various methods.
  • Convert horizontal angles to full-circle bearings, i.e. bearing reductions.
  • Compute rectangular coordinates from polar coordinates and vice versa.
  • Perform computations of open traverses and applying bearing swing in specific cases.
  • Perform computations of closed traverses and to adjust traverses by the Compass Rule.
  • Determine elevation differences by trigonometric leveling and level circuit adjustments.
  • Compute areas of closed polygons using coordinates.
  • Perform bearing-bearing, bearing-distance and distance-distance intersections.
  • Do computations on subdividing land parcels according to specific requirements and stipulations.
  • Carry out computations of data for setting out circular curves.
  • Solve compound curve and reverse curve problems.
  • Compute data for setting out symmetric vertical curves.
  • Perform calculations of areas of cross-sections of roadways and earthwork volumes.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2007


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