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SURV 5108 - Fundamentals of Surveying

Surveying Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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Course Details

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.

Credits

1.5

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Learning Outcomes

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

Related Programs

SURV 5108 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Construction Operations
    Part-time   Associate Certificate

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