Course Title: Conduct an engineering surveying project

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: GEOM5094C

Course Title: Conduct an engineering surveying project

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

William Ntuwah

+61 3 9925 4445

Nominal Hours: 60

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 for designing, computing and setting out basic engineering surveying projects. It requires the ability to plan and execute technical project activity within set deadlines. Functions would be carried out within organisational guidelines.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPPSIS5019A Conduct an engineering surveying project


1 Identify project.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Project activities are identified according to
organisational requirements.
1.2 Organisational priorities are determined in line with
project specifications.


2 Organise project resources.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Characteristics of the operating environment and
any special equipment or resource requirements are
identified according to organisational guidelines.
2.2 Higher authority endorsements are obtained where
necessary to ensure that the use of resources and
equipment is in line with project objectives.

2.3 Equipment is checked to be in good working order.
2.4 Manufacturer specifications with regard to the use
of equipment are complied with.
2.5 Project objectives comply with relevant legislation
and company policy.


3 Plan the tasks.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Project objectives, principal work activities and
constraints are defined and documented according to
surveying data specifications and client
3.2 Survey design is interpreted to identify surveying
3.3 Agreed communication processes between project
members, client and other stakeholders are
implemented and maintained.
3.4 OHS and legislative requirements are incorporated
into project risk management plan.
3.5 Pertinent legal and statutory standards are
researched, considered and adhered to.
3.6 Skills and knowledge are updated to accommodate
changes in design.


4 Manage and monitor the project.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Work is scheduled to be completed within time
4.2 Project management mechanisms are implemented
to measure, record and report progress of activities in
relation to the agreed schedule and plans.
4.3 Identified surveying components are accurately
4.4 Measured surveying data is reduced to project
surveying reference system for comparison with
4.5 Measurements are validated and recorded according
to project specifications.
4.6 Contingencies and constraints are managed to ensure
project specifications are met.
4.7 OHS requirements are adhered to.
4.8 Quality assurance processes are implemented based
on the project plan.


5 Finalise the project.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Relevant personnel are informed of the results
according to organisational guidelines.
5.2 Required documentation is completed according to
organisational guidelines.
5.3 Surveying data is archived according to project

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements

Details of Learning Activities

Teacher led:
Classroom &/or tutorial instruction in to conduct an engineering survey on engineering and construction sites, 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 deliveredAssessment/Task
1Liscad programs (SEE, CAD and Resource manager), Create New SEE project on the Plane and on the Projection. Class activity
2Code table, Precision and Rounding Class activity
3Processing a Total Station/GPS survey Class activity
4Traverse adjustment Class activity
5Reducing a Field file  Assignment 1
6Line editing Class activity
7Creating a CAD file Class activity
8Plotting from SEE Class activity
9Creating a DTM Class activity
10Load background images Class activity
11Calculate Volumes Class activity
12Create Long sections and cross sections Assignment 2
13Create Long section and cross section CAD file Class activity
14Create a vertical road design Class activity
15Project Class activity
16Project Class activity

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.


Other Resources

Web Resources: - Online@RMIT – Program and Course information, documents, resources and links. Learning Modules - 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 Mapping Agency, Geocentric Datum of Australia, GPS

Overview of Assessment

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of:
• matching objectives with resources to ensure project 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
• managing contingencies
• organising and prioritising activity
• performing measurements
• planning resources
• reducing and manipulating spatial data
• ensuring that non-conformity aspects are recorded and reported
• taking responsibility for team outputs in work and learning.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment of this unit will involve completion of Assignments.

Assessment Matrix

Element 1 Identify project. Assignment  1
Element 2 Organise project resources.Assignment 1
Element 3 Plan the tasks.Assignment 2
Element 4 Manage and monitor the project.
Assignment 2

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