Course Title: Engineering Surveying 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Engineering Surveying 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr Lucas Holden

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1956

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.12.11

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Prerequisite:

GEOM2091 Surveying 3

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce you to engineering survey principles and techniques in the contexts of Construction Engineering, Public Utilities, Municipal Engineering and Subdivision Construction. You will learn about the basic principles of geometric design of road and railway alignments, road structure, calculation of earthwork volumes and methods used for setting out such works. The course includes the development of fundamental formulae and demonstrates, through participation in practical exercises, the various field measurement techniques used in setting out these alignments. Computations associated with the measurements taken are also practised.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of this course you should be able to:

1. State the principles used in the geometric design of transport infrastructure
2. Identify the role of engineers and project managers in the process of land development / subdivision construction
3. Explain the importance of public utilities in construction engineering
4. Identify techniques and equipment used in engineering surveying projects and link them to theoretical concepts and 
5. Use with proficiency a range of surveying equipment and analyse the accuracy of the equipment and results;
6. Undertake a range of basic engineering survey tasks, including basic computations required for horizontal and vertical alignments, earthworks and setting out surveys

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH116 (Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying)(Honours):

1.2 Demonstrate in depth understanding of the spatial models and mathematical methods used in contemporary practice
1.3 Understand specialist bodies of knowledge in surveying and geospatial science
2.1 Apply standard and advanced techniques to solve a range of measurement and data management problems
2.2 Proficiently perform survey computations in two and three dimensions
2.3 Be proficient in the recording, storage, management and reporting of spatial information.
6.2 Work with others and contribute in a constructive manner to group and team activities.
6.3 Professionally manage and use information

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is conducted as a series of weekly lectures, tutorials and student based field projects.
The field projects have been designed to allow you to apply knowledge gained in lectures and provide practical experience in the use of specialised surveying equipment.
The principles studied in key topics will also be reinforced in assignment tasks.

Contact Hours: 60 hours per Semester comprising lectures, practical and class activities.
Student-directed learning: 60 hours per semester

Overview of Learning Resources

No prescribed references.
Recommended references will be nominated and/or  issued in lectures
Other selected references as outlined in lectures.
All learning material will be made available on Canvas.
Learning resources will include specialised surveying software for computations, analysis and graphical representation of results. These are available in designated RMIT computer  laboratories
A library subject guide is available at:

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks


Assessment: Task 1: Engineering Surveying Assignment #1 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 6

Assessment: Task 2: Engineering Surveying Assignment #2 10%

This assessment task supports CLO 6

Assessment: Task 3:  Field Practical Folio – 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 4, 5,6

Assessment: Task 4: Road Design Project- Folio - 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 -6

Assessment: Task 5: Class test 35%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-6