Course Title: Design road and railway

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: CIVE5710C

Course Title: Design road and railway

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5236 - Diploma of Surveying

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Thierry Demathieu

+61 3 9925 8359

William Ntuwah

+61 3 9925 4445

Nominal Hours: 100

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to design and set out basic roads, railways and associated engineering structures. It requires the ability to undertake all aspects of survey design from understanding client and registered surveyor requirements and the special characteristics of a given site, to applying relevant legal and statutory requirements to the design. The selection of appropriate equipment and procedures is essential to performing the task safely and efficiently. Functions would be carried out within organisational guidelines.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPPSIS5026A Design road and railway


1 Organise resources.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Characteristics of the operating environment and any
special equipment or resource requirements are
identified according to organisational guidelines.
1.2 Equipment is checked to be in good working order.
1.3 Manufacturer specifications with regard to the use
of equipment are complied with.


2 Follow specifications to design roads and railways.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Objectives, principal work activities and constraints
are defined and documented according to written
survey specifications and client requirements.
2.2 Objectives and principal work activities are
communicated to relevant personnel.
2.3 Details of instruments and basic techniques to be
used are considered and evaluated.
2.4 Road or railway type is determined according to


3 Conduct the design of a road or railway.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Appropriate calculations are conducted according to
design type.
3.2 Calculations are placed into a design plan.
3.3 Natural surface terrain model is developed according
to design type.
3.4 Vertical alignment is designed according to design
3.5 Plot design, natural surface cross-section and long
section plots are designed according to design type.
3.6 Report is generated on set out information.
3.7 Existing plans are edited.
3.8 Correct OHS procedures are observed throughout
the process.
3.9 Pertinent legislative requirements and legal and
statutory standards are considered and adhered to.


4 Discuss design report with work team.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Feedback on surveying data components provided
by team members is discussed and acted upon
according to organisational guidelines.
4.2 Skills and knowledge are updated to accommodate
road and railway design requirements.


5 Complete project to clients’ requirements.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Completed work is checked against clients’
requirements according to the specifications.
5.2 Required documentation is completed according to
organisational guidelines.
5.3 Relevant personnel are informed of the results
according to organisational guidelines.
5.4 Survey data is archived according to project

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements

Details of Learning Activities

Teacher led:
Classroom &/or tutorial instruction specifying the outcomes required to design and set out basic roads, railways and associated engineering structures. and tasks associated with the elements above including the use of computers and relevant software/s, capabilities of survey methodologies and technologies in a simulated workplace environment.

Student managed:

Develop data management strategies to determine suitable sources of information for the creation of new spatial data sets to industry standards.
Participation in group activities based on simulated workplace exercises. Individual exercises carrying out research, computations, data compilation and appraisal.
Compilation of Portfolio of examples of work, client reports, management reports and data management records.

Teaching Schedule

This is an indicative teaching schedule, refer to the Blackboard for any changes or announcements.


 Week No Topic delivered Assessment/Task
 1 Grid Levelling &Contouring  
 2 Volume from spot heights 
 3 Trig heighting & Feature survey 
 4Horizontal Circular curves 
 5 Horizontal Circular curves Assignment 1
 6Setting Out Hz Circular curves
Craigieburg Bypass Ring Road
(Vic Roads design of Hume Highway)
 7 Horizontal Circular Curve 
 8 Compound & Reverse Curves 
 9 Compound & Reverse Curves 
 10 Vertical Curves 
 11 Vertical Curves 
 12 Vertical Curves Assignment 2
 13Cross sectional area & Volume 
 14 Cross sectional area & Volume 
 15 Revision 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Reference Texts:  

Acts and Regulations Occupational Health and Safety Commission.
Surveying, A Bannister and S Raymond, Pitman
Elementary Surveying, Elfick Fryer Brinkner Wolf, Harper Collins
Advanced-Engineering-Surveying-problems-and-solutions, F A Shepard, Arnold. Engineering Surveying, SchofieldnW. Surveying for Engineers, J. Uren and W.F. Price


Web Resources: - Online@RMIT – Program and Course information, documents, resources and links. - Land Channel (Victoria) - Survey Mark Enquiry Service, GPSnet, Maps & Images, Property Information, Land Management. - Institute of Surveyors, Australia - Mapping Sciences Institute, Australia - ANZLIC: Australian and New Zealand Spatial Information Council - Surveyors Board, Victoria – Survey Practice Handbook, Key Legislation for Surveyors. - Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping - Standards and Practices for Control Surveys - Geoscience Australia – National

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of:
• matching objectives with resources to ensure the design of a road or railway proceeds in an organised and timely manner
• ensuring that achievement of required accuracy has been attempted by:
• accessing and interpreting design information to identify the components to be measured and monitored
• applying solutions to a range of problems
• documenting and reporting
• organising and prioritising activity
• performing measurements
• planning resources
• reducing and manipulating survey data
• ensuring that non-conformity aspects are recorded and reported
• taking responsibility for own outputs in work and learning.

Assessment Tasks

Observation, using a skills checklist of performance of elements of competence as designated for this unit to the required standard during practical field work exercises within a simulated workplace project; including collection methods and techniques related to the project objectives..

Assessment Matrix

Element 1Organise resources.Assignment 1
Element 2Follow specifications to design roads and railways
Assignment 1
Element 3Conduct the design of a road or railway.
Assignment 2
Element 4Discuss design report with work team.
Assignment 2
Element 5Discuss design report with work team..
Assignment 2

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