Course Title: Undertake a civil site survey

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: GEOM5095C

Course Title: Undertake a civil site survey

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: 40

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 may apply to switching, transmission and radio (both fixed and mobile) network and the various transmission paths i.e. cable, optic fibre, radio, microwave and satellite. The need for, and extent of, site surveys is determined during the development of project briefs - refer unit ICTTC031C Equivalent Units Nil

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICTTC032C Undertake a civil site survey


1. Prepare for survey

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Detailed requirements are discussed with planning staff
1.2 Need for specialist studies are determined and organised to co-ordinate with on site visit as required
1.3 Need for on site discussions with site owner, local staff, community or government representatives is determined and appointments made
1.4 Site access arrangements are determined and appropriate approvals organised if necessary


2. Undertake survey of land, buildings and facilities both new and existing

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Existing buildings are surveyed as to capability of meeting planned changes
2.2 Access, security, environmental conditions and power and earthing arrangements and network connections are assessed as to capability of meeting planned growth
2.3 Assessments are made as to altered building infrastructure requirements in the event that the building is unsuitable
2.4 Building options are assessed and documented should a new structure be necessary
2.5 Availability and ownership of land is determined
2.6 Availability of commercial power is assessed
2.7 Title searches are organised as required
2.8 Special geological/land surveys and/or archaeological studies are organised
2.9 Soil sample studies are organised and the results analysed
2.10 Geographical nature of land is assessed and barriers to signalling determined
2.11 Work is conducted in a manner which is safe to self, fellow workers and the public at large


3. Undertake survey of environmental conditions

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Existence of regulatory/statutory requirements is ascertained
3.2 Customer/community attitude to development is surveyed
3.3 Environmental impact of development is ascertained
3.4 Prevailing weather conditions and impact on planned changes is studied


4. Document and report survey findings

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Detailed report outlining all findings is prepared
4.2 Various options to meet planned changes along with appropriate cost/benefit data are developed

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements

Details of Learning Activities

Teacher led
Classroom &/or tutorial instruction in surveying theory 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 undertake a civil site survey 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

Week No

Topic Delivered

Assessment/ Task

1Introduction to Map projection 
2Transformation of Coordinates 
3Survey Marks Enquiry Service (SMES) 
4Order and Accuracy 
5Polar and Rectangular coordinates 
6Traverse computation Assignment 1
7Traverse computation 
8Missing bearing and distance 
9Two missing bearings 
10Two missing distances 
11Point, Line and Height scale factor Assignment 2
12Transformation of Coordinates 
13Survey of existing building 
14Survey of existing building Assignment 3
15Survey of existing building 
18Supplementary Exam 

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

Learning Resources

Prescribed 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.

References - 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 Mapping Agency, Geocentric Datum of Australia, GPS

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

To achieve competency in this unit candidates should produce evidence of the following :.
• Mentor/assessor observes candidate:
• interacting with enterprise personnel, customers and other contractors
• reading, interpreting and using equipment/system manuals and specifications and relevant enterprise policy and documentation
• negotiating with customers, communities and community representatives including government officials
• applying all legislative impacts on the network including relevant operational codes
• complying with all related occupational health and safety requirements and work practices
• considering both environmental and propagation needs
• Candidate delivers at least one oral report:
• identifying key stakeholders.
• considering both existing and proposed technologies and associated building, power needs
• complying with all related occupational health and safety requirements and work practices
• Mentor/assessor observes candidate’s ability to consider both existing and proposed needs and comply with all related work practices.
• Candidate submits a clear oral, and then a hard copy report, outlining all options and including recommendations with supporting reasons.
Candidates may be required to undertake further assessment which will be outlined in the Part B course guide.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment of this unit will involve completion of Assignments and the Evaluation of portfolio, using a checklist, of the performance of elements of competence as designated for this unit to the required standard including collection methods and techniques related to the project objectives.

Assessment Matrix

Element 1Prepare for survey
Assignment 1
Element 2Undertake survey of land, buildings
and facilities both new and existing
Assignment 1
Element 3Undertake survey of environmental
Assignment 2
Element 4Document and report survey findings
Assignment 3

Note: Assignment due dates will be issued on commencement of the course

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