Course Title: Interpret and process survey data

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

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

Teacher: Indira Wittamperuma
Phone: +61 3 9925 4939

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

You will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this course.

• Lectures/Tutorials
• Practicals/Discussions
•Team Work
• Self-Directed Learning

Refer to Elements

This course will provide students with the practical skills and knowledge for surveying of small site. Students will participate in individual and team work related problem solving engineering activities. The leaning will be accomplished during classes, field participation in practical work, tutorials, homework, group assignments and examination.
Engineering employment requires the capacity to work effectively in teams, to communicate effectively in both oral and writing and to learn effectively. In order to prepare students for employment as graduates they will be provided a quality assured teaching and learning environment which is conductive to the development of adult learning. Adult learning is characterised by the students accepting responsibility for their own learning and actively participating in the learning process as individuals and as contributors to the teams. Adult learning is the hallmark of a professional.

Teaching Schedule

Week      Topic                                                                                            

Resources and Activities                               

Elements / Performance criteria              

Assessment Tasks    

1 - 3Introduction to the Unit

Contour creation and vertical section:
• Contour explanation
• Gradient explanation
• Contour characteristics explanation
• AHD explanations
• Explanation of contouring methods
• Carry out vertical section on contour plan
• Plotting of sloping earth work on contour map
Distance measurement sources and errors
• Identify the sources of distance measurement
• Explanation of types of error in distance measurement

Part B course guide – handout

Class notes

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 

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 4.1, 5.3 
4 - 5Detail survey and plotting using the grid levelling method (Field work session)

• Set-up grid
• Observe the levels
• Determine the collimation error
• Outline the adjustment procedure for level
• Outline the sources of error in levelling
• Reduce level using Rise and Fall method
• Reduce level using HPC method
• Perform the mathematical checks on levelling.
• Produce contour plan
• Produce simple site plan

Observe the short distance to industry standards
• Measure the distance using tape
• Apply the corrections
• Measure the distance using EDM

Class notes


Activity 1:
Carry out two peg test


Activity 2:
Carry out detail surveying using grid levelling method


Activity: 3:
Measure the short distances

1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, 1.11, 5.1, 5.2, 8.1Group Assignment 1:
(20% weight age)
6 - 7Determine/Calculate the bearings for the sides in traverse
• Theodolite traversing
• Calculation of angular misclosure
Activity 1:
Calculate the bearing of the sides of traverse
8 - 10Carry out, calculate and plot the correct layout to produce site plan
• Setting up of theodolite
• Measure the angle using repetition method
• Observe the level using levelling
• Apply the reduction procedures (Rise and Fall , HPC)
• Transfer the levels to multistorey buildings.
• Vertical angles are observed and reduce
• Calculate the angular misclosure
• Determine the bearing
• Produce simple site plan
Activity 1:
Layout correction using theodolite traversing

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 8.1

Group Assignment 2:
Carry out, calculate and plot the correct layout to produce site plan (Theodolite traversing) (10% weighting )
11 - 12Calculate, perform and plot simple detail survey
• Surveying of horizontal curve
• Use of theodolite, tape
• Distance and offset measurement
• Produce site plan
Activity 1:
Survey of horizontal curve
7.1, 8.1 
13 - 14Set out using simple site plan – Horizontal curve
• Set-out by distance and offsets
• Theodolite
• Chain/tap
• Offsets
Activity 1:
Set out of site plan
9.1Group Assignment 3:
Set out using simple site plan
15 - 16Volume and Area calculationsActivity 1:
Examples on area and volume calculations
    17Final Exam 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.10, 1.11, 1.12, 2.1, 2.2, 2.4, 2.5, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 6.1, 7.1, 8.1, 9.1 
    18Course feedback   

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

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 of this unit will involve completion of the simulated workplace project 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. Observation, using a skills checklist, of performance of elements of competence as designated for this unit to the required standard during practical fieldwork exercises within a simulated workplace project. You are required to complete the following assessment tasks:

  • Assignment 1     10 % (due Week 5)
  • Assignment 2     20 % (due Week 11)
  • Assignment 3     20 % (due Week 15)
  • Exam                    50 % (Week 17/18)

Assessment Matrix

Assessment TaskElement
Assignment 11, 5, 8
Assignment 22, 3, 8
Assignment 37, 8, 9
Open book exam1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9


               EDC140B Elements & Performance Criteria

Assignment 1 xx xxx xxxx           x    x x   x 
Assignment 2             xxxxxxxxx          x 
Assignment 3                             xx
Exam xxxxxxxx xxxxx xx xxxx    xxxxxx

Other Information

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