Course Title: Interpret and process survey data

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: CIVE5660

Course Title: Interpret and process survey data

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6093 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Manager: John Kite Telephone: + (61 3) 9925 4338 Email:
Teacher: Mr. Muhamad Mian Phone: + (61 3) 9925 8312 Email:
Teacher: Mihir Soneji Phone: + (61 3) 9925 2015 Email:

Nominal Hours: 40

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency deals with the skills and knowledge required to interpret survey data and process this in preparation for civil drafting functions.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

EDC040B Interpret and process survey data


1. Perform levelling traverse procedures.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The terms Australian Height Datum, level surface and horizontal surface can be explained.
1.2 The major types of levels used in industry can be named.
1.3 The construction features of levels can be described.
1.4 The horizontal collimation error of a level can be determined using the two peg test.
1.5 The adjustment procedures for the main types of level can be outlined.
1.6 The main sources of error in levelling operations can be identified.
1.7 Levels are observed in a closed traverse to third order precision.
1.8 Levels are reduced in a closed traverse using the raise and fall method and the collimation height method.
1.9 Levelling observations are performed incorporating intermediate sight and inverted staff readings.
1.10 Reduction procedures for both methods are completed
1.11 All mathematical checks are shown.
1.12 Levels are traversed in multi-story buildings.


2. Carry out correct layouts

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Levels in a closed traverse can be observed to third order precision
2.2 Levels can be reduced in a closed traverse using the rise and fall method as well as the collimation height method.
2.3 Levelling observations can be performed incorporating intermediate sights and inverted staff reductions.
2.4 Reduction procedures can be completed for both methods showing all mathematical checks.
2.5 Levels can be transferred in multi-storey buildings.


3. Determine bearings for the sides in a traverse

Performance Criteria:

3.1 The theodolite is set up over a ground mark allowing for any bubble error.
3.2 The repetition method is used to observe horizontal angles in a traverse and the measured angles are reduced.
3.3 The angular misclosure in a closed traverse is calculated and the adjusted angle calculated.
3.4 Vertical angles are observed and reduced


4. Observe short distances to industry standards for engineering surveys.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 The major sources of error in distance measuring operations can be identified.
4.2 A band or tape is used to measure distances of up to 100 m to engineering survey accuracy.
4.3 The reduced horizontal distance is calculated for taped lines allowing for temperature, tension, sag and slope corrections.
4.4 EDM can be used to measure the distance of a line previously measured by tape or band and the results compared and reported


5. Perform detail surveys using the grid levelling method.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 The grid is laid out at a specified interval over a given area.
5.2 Levels are observed on the grid points to obtain spot heights for contouring.
5.3 A contour plan can be produced from the spot heights derived from grid levelling.


6. Calculate volumes from spot heights.

Performance Criteria:

6.1 The volume to datum form spot heights derived form grid levelling can be calculated.


7. Perform simple detail surveys using theodolite and tape

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Detail surveys are performed by distance and offset measurements along a baseline


8. Produce and interpret simple site plans

Performance Criteria:

8.1 A site plan can be plotted from distance and offset measurements along a baseline


9. Set out works using simple site plans

Performance Criteria:

9.1 A site plan can be used to set out works by distance and offset measurements along a baseline.

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

Week 1: Activity 1:  Plotting of contour on given plan.  Activity 2: Plotting of vertical using the contour plan Activity 3: Examples of error correction on linear measurement

Week 2(Field work): Activity 1:Carry out two peg test  Activity 2: Carry out detail surveying using grid levelling method Activity: 3: Measure the short distances.

Week 3: Activity 1: Calculate the bearing of the sides of traverse

Week 4(Field work): Activity 1: Layout correction using theodolite traversing

Week 5:  Term break (Subject to change)

Week 6: Calculate ,Survey and plot of horizontal curve

Week 7(Field work): Activity 1: Set out of simple site plan

Week 8: Calculation on area and volume calculations

Teaching Schedule

Session/ Week commencing
Week 1Introduction and Levelling, contour creation and vertical section
Week 2Detail survey and plotting using the grid levelling method
Week 3Determine/Calculate the bearings for the sides in traverse
Week 4Carry out, calculate and plot the correct layout to produce site plan
Week 6Calculate, perform and plot simple detail survey
Week 7Set out using simple site plan – Horizontal curve
Week 8Volume and Area calculations
Week 9Final test

 Notes: • Teaching schedule is subject to change. Students will be notified on blackboard if changes are made.

• In each week, the class will run for four hours

• You are given four hours for completion of group assignments

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

William Irvine, 1995, Surveying for Construction, 4th edition, MC Graw-Hill, England


Other Resources

1. Work notes.
2. Calculator, ruler and pencil.
3. Prescribed text books
4. Access to blackboard notes.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment are conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set out in the National Training Package. Students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together knowledge and skills. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment tasks detailed under the Assessment Task Section.

Your assessment for this course will be marked using the following table:

NYC (<50%) Not Yet Competent

CAG (50-59%) Competent - Pass

CC (60-69%) Competent - Credit

CDI (70-79%) Competent - Distinction

CHD (80-100%) Competent - High Distinction

Assessment Tasks

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including in-class and home study exercises, written test(s), practical problem-solving exercises and group submissions (where appropriate). You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

A.Group Assignments /Field reports: 30% weighting
1. Group Assignment 1/Field report 1: Detail survey and plotting of contours using the grid levelling method (10%weighting).

2. Group Assignment 2/Field report 2: Carry out, calculate and plot the correct layout to produce site plan (Theodolite traversing) (10%weighting).
3. Group Assignment 3/Field report 3: Set out using simple site plan (10% weighting)

B. Field work related to field reports as above: 30% weighting

C. Final test: Theory knowledge and calculations will be assessed (Week 1 to week 9) (40%weighting).

Assessment Matrix

A. Assessment TasksB. Field work related to field reportPerformance criteria/ElementsTotal weighting
Group Assignment 1/Field report 1Field work related to field report 15.1,5.2,1.4,1.5,1.6,1.8,1.9,1.10,1.11,8.120%
Group Assignment 2/Field report 2:Field work related to field report 22.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4, 8.120%
Group Assignment 3/Field report 3Field work related to field report 39.120%
Final Exam All elements40%

Other Information

Study and learning Support:

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Students with disability or long-term medical condition should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete their studies.
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Late submission:

Students requiring extensions for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. The student will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

Students seeking an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.

Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

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