Course Title: Engineering Surveying

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Engineering Surveying

Credit Points: 12.00

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007

Course Coordinator: Dr Lucas Holden

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1956

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 012.12.011

Course Coordinator Availability: On request

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Prerequisite:
GEOM2091 Terrestrial Surveying

Required prior study:

GEOM2093 GNSS Surveying

Course Description

This course is intended to foster advanced knowledge in engineering surveying. It provides exposure to contemporary and emerging techniques and technologies as well as current industry standards. Aspects of specialised engineering surveying (metrology), earthworks calculations, set-out and mining and hydro-graphic surveying are all addressed. You will be introduced to a large range of specialised surveying instruments. You will develop theory and apply methods for a number of surveying operations. During this course you will plan field projects, conduct critical reviews and computations and produce documentation suitable for industry client reports.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)

The WAM web page link:;ID=eyj5c0mo77631

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of this course you should be able to:

1. Explain the theory and applications of earthworks set-out and volume calculations;
2. Describe a range of equipment available for engineering surveying tasks;
3. Analyse survey errors using methods described in Australian legislation;
4. Review techniques used in mining and hydro-graphic surveying and explain their theoretical background;
5. Use a range of surveying equipment and analyse the accuracy of the equipment and results
6. Conduct a range of complex engineering survey tasks.

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH116 (Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) (Honours):

1.2 Demonstrate in depth understanding of the spatial models and mathematical methods used in contemporary practice
1.3 Understand specialist bodies of knowledge in surveying and geospatial science
2.1 Apply standard and advanced techniques to solve a range of measurement and data management problems
2.2 Proficiently perform survey computations in two and three dimensions
2.3 Be proficient in the recording, storage, management and reporting of spatial information.
4.1 Communicate effectively by means of oral, written and graphical presentations to peers and a wider audience
5.2 Demonstrate a clear understanding of professional expectations and ethical requirements
5.3 Develop an understanding of the regulatory framework and the general professional environment graduates will encounter, including a commitment to continuing professional development and life-long learning.
6.2 Work with others and contribute in a constructive manner to group and team activities.
6.3 Professionally manage and use information

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is conducted as a series of weekly recorded lectures and field projects. The field projects have been designed to allow you to apply the knowledge gained in lectures and provide practical experience in the use of specialised surveying equipment. You will also complete assignments in which you will apply the principles of the main topics covered in lectures. 

Overview of Learning Resources

As a student enrolled in this course at RMIT University you can access the extensive learning resources provided in the school and in the library, such as books, journals and other course-related materials (electronic and paper-based) The library offers extensive services and facilities, geared to assist you in completing your studies successfully.
A list of Recommended References will be provided.
All course material will be available on Canvas.
Learning resources will include specialised surveying software for computations, analysis and graphical representation of results. These are available as Geospatial software on designated RMIT PC laboratories.
A library subject guide is available at:

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks: 

Your assessment involves tests, written assignments and a folio of practical exercise reports. 

Assessment: Task 1 – Engineering Surveying Assignment #1 

Weighting 10% 
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 3 

Assessment: Task 2 – Engineering Surveying Assignment #2 

Weighting 10% 
This assessment task supports CLOs 3 & 4 

Assessment: Task 3 – Practical Projects Folio -  

Weighting 50% 
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 to 6 inclusive 

Assessment: Task 4 – Assignment (#3)  

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 to 6 inclusive