Course Title: Survey Network Design and Analysis

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Survey Network Design and Analysis

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 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 2 2008

Course Coordinator: Prof. Mark Shortis

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9628

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.12.20

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment only

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Prerequisite:

GEOM2093 Surveying 4

Course Description

This is a capstone course that will provide you with a practical professional approach to advanced least squares, the adjustment of survey networks and the methods to critically analyse these adjustment results for precision and accuracy. There is a strong emphasis on contemporary professional standards and using survey data from traditional as well as new and emerging technologies. It also investigates the realities of adjusting data from different sources, which may be of variable quality and reliability.
Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)

The WAM web page link:;ID=eyj5c0mo77631      

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of this course you should be able to:

1. Explain the concepts of 2D and 3D survey networks;
2. Perform practical network designs, analysis and adjustment
3. Articulate the theory of network design;
4. Perform network adjustments using appropriate software systems;
5. Apply statistical concepts and techniques to the adjustment and analysis of survey data.
6. Describe the techniques employed in deformation monitoring networks and precise engineering networks

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

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.
3.1 Design and implement solutions to complex problems in survey measurement and land development.
3.2 Interpret and critically analyse results and make informed judgments on the appropriateness of solutions.
3.3 Apply critical and analytical skills in a scientific and professional manner
6.2 Work with others and contribute in a constructive manner to group and team activities.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is conducted as a series of weekly lectures, laboratory classes and network adjustment projects. The network adjustment projects have been designed to apply the knowledge gained in lectures and provide practical experience in the understanding and analysis of survey and photogrammetric networks. Students will also complete assignments during the course which apply the principles of the network adjustments covered in the lectures.


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

Overview of Learning Resources


RMIT Printed Notes and access to learning materials via Canvas
A library subject guide is available at:

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Network Design Exercises 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-6

Assessment Task 2: Terrestrial Field Work Project 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-6

Assessment Task 3: Terrestrial Network Project 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-5

Assessment Task 4: GNSS Network Project 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-6

Assessment Task 5: Photogrammetry Project 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-6

Assessment Task 6: Class test 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-6