Course Title: Undertake site survey and analysis to inform design process

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: BUIL6324

Course Title: Undertake site survey and analysis to inform design process

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6136 - Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

Course Contact: Catherine Ciavarella

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Grace Leone

Gordon Bell

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 of competency specifies the outcomes required to undertake a site survey and a site analysis for residential and commercial building projects. It includes the use of basic measuring and levelling equipment, recording and interpretation of data, and evaluation of, and compliance with relevant legislation.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21587 Undertake site survey and analysis to inform design process


1. Prepare to carry out a measured survey


Performance Criteria:

1.1 Relevant information and documentation is
collected prior to undertaking survey.
1.2 On site occupational health and safety (OHS) hazards are identified, controls implemented and appropriate documentation completed, according to workplace safety procedures.
1.3 Levelling equipment is identified and inspected for damage, wear and serviceability.


2. Undertake a site analysis and record site and building information

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Relationship of site to adjoining properties and surrounding environment is identified and recorded to establish the context of the development.
2.2 Physical characteristics and local climate
conditions of the site are noted and recorded for
consideration in the design of the building.2.3 Field sketches are produced which accurately record site and building elements in plan, elevation and section.
2.4 Field sketch data is transferable to accurate, scaled
measured drawing format.
2.5 Digital images of relevant site and building elements are taken, where required, to assist in the development of accurate scaled measured drawings.



3. Measure and record linear distances on site using basic surveying equipment

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Distances are measured accurately using basic surveying equipment.
3.2 Overall distances are accurately calculated from field data.


4. Set up and use levelling devices to determine horizontal and vertical angles

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Collate site analysis data to determine site features, existing conditions and levels.
4.2 Preliminary levels are determined (read) both horizontal and vertical angles to inform initial design processes.
4.3 Results are recorded according to workplace procedures.


5. Plot contours and cut and fill

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Spot level values are used to interpolate contour lines,
which are plotted accurately in plan.
5.2 Cut and fill batters are calculated and accurately plotted in plan and section.


6. Produce measured drawings and documentation

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Measured drawings and site details are developed from site survey and site analysis data.
6.2 Measured drawings and site details are produced to scale, accurately depicting site and building elements, and within accepted time frames and to industry standards.
6.3 Documentation is completed in compliance with the relevant legislation.

Learning Outcomes

This unit of competency supports the attainment of the skills and knowledge required by building designers to undertake a site survey and a site analysis for building projects within the context of relevant legislation, the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and Australian Standards.

Details of Learning Activities


Class activities

Site activities

Studio sesions

Teaching Schedule








Introduction to Site Survey ,




Lecture on the use and methods of measuring equipment, how to record data

Student suppliedAssessment 1



Lecture Site analysis process beginning with data collection


SubmitAssessment 1

Student suppliedAssessment 2



Lecture Site analysis process site procedures

Assessment 2 due

Student suppliedAssessment 3


Week of 28th March




Lecture Review site analysis process.


Assessment3 Due



Lecture Importance of accurate details, outcome of projects


Assessment 4 suppliedto students



Lecture how levelsare taken How to use booking sheet How to reduce sitelevels taken     Site visit




How to record level and reduce levels.

Assessment 5 suppliedto students

2nd May

Week 12

Lecture ;Measured drawings and site details

Class time for measuring

Construction Excursion on Monday the2nd

Assessment 5 due Assessment 6 supplied to students


9th May

Week 13

Lecture Industry standards and processes. Cut and fill batters are calculated and accurately plotted in plan and section.


16th May

Week 14

Lecture review AHD, RL processes. Drawing representation



23rd May

Week 15

Lecture Contour review, interpreting drawings levels

Assessment 6

30th May

Week 16

Lecture. Review Survey processes and outcomes



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Other Resources

Refer to Blackboard

Overview of Assessment

This unit of competency could be assessed in the workplace or a close simulation of the workplace environment, provided that simulated or project-based assessment techniques fully replicate design drafting workplace conditions, materials, activities, responsibilities and procedures. Holistic or project-based assessment with other related units is recommended.

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of the ability to:
• comply with organisational policies and procedures, including OHS
• undertake a site survey and site analysis for residential building and/or commercial building projects, in compliance with the applicable local
government authority, relevant legislation and the Building Code of Australia (BCA)
• Produce measured drawings and other documentation detailing site information as determined by the project brief, organisational procedures and in compliance with the applicable local government authority.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1 - 5%

Assessment 2 - 10%

Assessment 3 - 40%

Assessment 4 - 10%

Assessment 5 - 20%

Assessment 6 - 15%





Assessment Matrix

Refer to Balckboard

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