Course Title: Apply basic survey methods to engineering

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: MIET6333

Course Title: Apply basic survey methods to engineering

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 design, measure and calculate surveys for height control and to draw sketch plans for small sites.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

EDC130B Apply basic survey methods to engineering


1. Apply knowledge of the fundamentals of surveying.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Surveying terminology and vocabulary are understood and used correctly and accurately.
1.2 Field notes can be read and interpreted correctly and accurately.
1.3 The branches and types of survey and their application to civil engineering projects are understood and inform technical communication.


2. Use typical survey measurement systems.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 The basic principles of angular, linear and areal measurement as applied to surveying are understood and inform survey calculations.
2.2 Angles are accurately converted to bearings and quadrant bearings to whole circle bearings.
2.3 Forward bearings are accurately converted to reverse bearings and vice versa.
2.4 A magnetic compass is used to observe magnetic bearings.
2.5 The angular misclosure of a polygon is computed and adjusted.


3. Carry out a preliminary survey.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Important features are located and survey control monuments placed in preparation for the preliminary survey.
3.2 A field sketch is made of the terrain and cultural features and the proposed works approximately located on the site.
3.3 Reconnaissance surveys are carried out using a single frequency GPS or compass, clinometer and pace traverse.
3.4 Reconnaissance traverses are graphically adjusted.
3.5 A scaled and oriented sketch of the engineering site is produced annotated with form lines and features.


4. Carry out detail mesurement on a construction / engeering site.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Hand held equipment is used to determine the relative position of features on a construction site and represented on scaled sketches.
4.2 Distances up to 20 m are measured accurately to +/- 5 mm.
4.3 Angles are measured to the limitation of the equipment.
4.4 Field notes are unambiguous, complete and accurate.
4.5 Reductions are performed at the appropriate precision.
4.6 Sketches are an accurate representation of the field notes.


5. Carry out third order levelling.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Standard tests are carried out to check the accuracy of automatic levellers and necessary adjustments made.
5.2 Standard levelling procedures are adhered to and closing precision for third order levelling achieved.
5.3 Reduced levels of features and survey control monuments are computed accurately.

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
• Journals/Research Work/Team Work
• Self-Directed Learning
• Site Visit/Excursion/Guest Speaker (TBA)

Learning Activities
Teacher led:
Classroom &/or tutorial instruction in Applying basic survey methods to engineering  and tasks associated with the elements above including levelling,
trigonometric heighting and electronic
distance measuring (EDM),  traversing and 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
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 Topic delivered Assessment/Task Element / Performance Criteria
1 - 2

Branches of Surveying
Levelling and Terminology

 Class activity - RL computations, checks and Two peg test. 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
3 - 4 Field work -Two Peg test,  Levelling (Rise and Fall method) and accuracy.  Assignment 1 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
5 - 7 Introduction to Linear measurements, Angles and adjustments,  Bearings computation and accuracy. Angular misclose , Bearings from angles computations. 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
8 - 9 Field work - Linear measurents (Chain Surveying)  Assignment 2 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
10 - 11  Radiation and Rounds, Traverse computations and accuracy of measurements.   3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
12 - 13  Field work - measure angles and distances using a Total Station  Assignment 3 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
14 - 15  Reduce measurements, compute bearings, coordinates and accuracy of the traverse.   1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
16  Revision   1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
17/18  EXAM EXAM 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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


Other Resources

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

Engineering Surveying [electronic resource] Schofield, W.: 6th ed.: Burlington : Elsevier, 2007.
Online access: Available on EBL : Ebook Library

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

Assignments 50 %
Exam               50 %

You are required to complete the following assessment tasks:

  • Assignment 1, 10% (due Week 4)
  • Assignment 2,  20% (due Week 11)
  • Assignment 3,  20% (due Week 16)
  • Exam,                 50% (Week 17/18)

Assessment Matrix

Assessment Task Element
Assignment 1  1, 5
Assignment 2  3, 4, 5
Assignment 3  1, 2, 3
Open Book Exam 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


                 EDC130B Elements & Performance Criteria


1.1 1.2 1.3 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 5.1 5.2 5.3
Assignment 1  X  X  X                                  X  X  X 
Assignment 2                  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X
Assignment 3  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X                   
Exam  X  X  X  X  X  X    X                            

Other Information

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• Relevant
• Current
• Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

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