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This course introduces some basic fundamental concepts of surveying. Topics include surveying terminology, instrumentation and computations for determining horizontal positions and elevations. Also included is a very basic field introduction to the use of a differential level for determining elevation differences and a total station for determining horizontal positions and elevations.
**No class on Saturday, October 9th - Thanksgiving weekend.** You may proceed to register for this course online, or by contacting Student Information and Enrollment Services (SIES) at 604-434-1610 or 1-866-434-1610 Toll-Free (Canada and US only). Substantial footwear, raingear and field book and paper are required.
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Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Describe Basic Concepts
Define geomatics and surveying.
List the various branches of surveying.
Define and identify systematic and random errors.
Define and identify blunders.
Outline the properties of geometric space.
Carry out slope and sea level distance reductions.
Carry out computations on a simple plane involving rectangular and polar coordinates.
Determine Elevation Differences
Identify the basic components of a surveyor's level.
Describe barometric, differential and trigonometric levelling.
Compute and adjust a differential level loop.
Compute elevation differences using vertical angles and distances.
Compute and apply the vertical correction for earth curvature and refraction.
Perform a differential levelling loop.
Determine Coordinates by Traversing
Identify the basic components of a total station.
Describe the difference between a closed traverse and an open traverse.
Compute and adjust the angular misclosure in a closed traverse.
Determine the coordinate misclosure of a closed traverse.
Adjust a traverse using the Compass Rule.
Carry Out a Topographic Survey
Explain the purpose of a topographic plan and contours.
List the properties of contours.
Carry out the field measurements for a topographic plan using a total station.
Produce a scaled topographic survey plan.
Describe the Global Positioning Satellite System
Explain the components of the GPS system.
Describe the basic concept of satellite positioning.
List the errors that exist in GPS measurements.
Explain ellipsoid-geoid separation.
Explain the importance of selecting the correct datum.
Define the various acronyms associated with GPS.
Effective as of Winter 2008
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