Course Title: Conduct geodetic surveying

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: GEOM5093C

Course Title: Conduct geodetic surveying

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5236 - Diploma of Surveying

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

William Ntuwah
+61 3 9925 4445


Nominal Hours: 60

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 conduct geodetic surveying. It requires the ability to use triangulation, trigonometric heighting and electronic distance measuring (EDM) traversing. Functions would be carried out within organisational guidelines.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPPSIS5028A Conduct geodetic surveying


1 Organise project resources for geodetic surveying.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Geodetic surveying task objectives are defined.
1.2 Characteristics of the operating environment and
any special equipment or resource requirements are
identified according to organisational guidelines.
1.3 Higher authority endorsements are obtained where
necessary to ensure resources and equipment
operation comply with project specifications and
organisational priorities.
1.4 Equipment is checked to be in good working order,
according to manufacturer specifications.
1.5 Project objectives comply with relevant legislation
and company policy.
1.6 Skills and knowledge are updated to accommodate
changes in geodetic surveying.


2 Plan geodetic surveying.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Project objectives, principal work activities and
constraints are defined and documented according to
surveying data specification and client
2.2 Design is interpreted to identify surveying data.
2.3 Relevant reference surface and projection plane are
selected for the geodetic components.
2.4 Requirements for survey control, including precise
traverse, allowable angle, linear miscloses,
triangulation and modern technology are
2.5 Trigonometrical heighting and calculations are
conducted using appropriate formulae.
2.6 Appropriate items or equipment required to carry
out a precise EDM traversing are used to establish
survey control.
2.7 Agreed communication processes between project,
client and other stakeholders are implemented and
2.8 OHS and legislative requirements are incorporated
into project risk management.
2.9 Pertinent legal and statutory standards are
researched, considered and adhered to.


3 Manage and monitor the project.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Work is scheduled and allocated to be completed
within time available.
3.2 Project management mechanisms are implemented
to measure, record and report progress of activities in
relation to the agreed schedule and plans.
3.3 Identified surveying components are accurately
3.4 Measured surveying data is reduced to project
surveying reference system for comparison with
3.5 Measurements are validated and recorded according
to project specifications.
3.6 Agreed communication processes between project,
client and other stakeholders are implemented and
3.7 Contingencies and constraints are managed to
ensure project meets specifications.
3.8 OHS requirements are adhered to throughout the
3.9 Quality assurance processes are implemented based
on the project plan.


4 Finalise the project.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Relevant personnel are informed of the results
according to organisational guidelines.
4.2 Required documentation is completed according to
organisational guidelines.
4.3 Surveying data is archived according to project and
organisational specifications

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements

Details of Learning Activities

Teacher led:
Classroom &/or tutorial instruction in geodetic surveying and tasks associated with the elements above including triangulation, trigonometric heighting and electronic
distance measuring (EDM) traversing 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 standards.
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

This is an indicative teaching schedule, refer to the Blackboard for any changes or announcements.


Week No.Topic deliveredAssessment/Task
1 Induction 
2 Introduction to Geodesy 
3 Presentation Presentation
4 Presentation
Trig Heighting – long lines
5 Research – History of Geodetic surveying of Australia 
6 Trig heighting - Long lines 
 7Geoid & Spheroid 
9 Point /Height/Combined SF 
10 MGA & AHD 
11MGA & AHD Assignment 1
13 Orientation 
14 Orientation 
15 Triangulation Assignment 2
16 Revision 
17 TEST 
18 Supplementary TEST 
19 Portfolio submission 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Reference Texts:

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


Web Resources: - Online@RMIT – Program and Course information, documents, resources and links. - Land Channel (Victoria) - Survey Mark Enquiry Service, GPSnet, Maps & Images, Property Information, Land Management. - Institute of Surveyors, Australia - Mapping Sciences Institute, Australia - ANZLIC: Australian and New Zealand Spatial Information Council - Surveyors Board, Victoria – Survey Practice Handbook, Key Legislation for Surveyors. - Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping - Standards and Practices for Control Surveys - Geoscience Australia – National

Other Resources

Refer to:


Engineering Surveying [electronic resource] Schofield, W.: 6th ed.: Burlington : Elsevier, 2007.
Online access: Available on EBL : Ebook Library
3 print copies at 526.9 S367 Carlton Library

New Aspects of Quantity Surveying Practice [electronic resource] Main Author: Cartlidge, Duncan
2nd ed. Burlington : Elsevier, 2006.
Online access: Available on EBL : Ebook Library
1 print copy at 692.5 C327 Carlton Library

Print books:

Advanced engineering surveying: problems and solutions / Shepherd, F. A.: London : Edward Arnold, 1981.
Swanston Library 526.902462 S548 3 copies
(The above title was cited in the previous implementation plan for Cert III in Spatial Information Services in 2004. However this is a fairly old title (1981) and it seems to be out of print)

Elementary surveying: Elfick, Michael. and Brinker, Russell: 9th ed.: London: HarperCollins, 1994.
1 copy at 526.9 E38 Carlton & Swanston Library,2&Search%5FArg=elementary%20surveying%20brinker&Search%5FCode=GKEY%5E&SL=None&CNT=25&SID=1

(The above title was cited in the previous implementation plan for Cert III in Spatial Information Services in 2004. However this is a fairly old title (1994) and there isn’t an updated edition of it.)

Elementary surveying : an introduction to geomatics / Wolf, Paul R.: 11th ed.: Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Prentice Hall, 2006
526.9 W855

Elementary surveying: an introduction to geomatics, Ghilani, Charles D, 12th ed., Upper Saddle River Prentice Hall Ptr, 2008
1 Copy Ordered 25-07-2008 for Carlton
Swanston Library at 526.9 W855

Guidelines for surveying soil and land resources /: 2nd ed.: Collingwood, Vic. : CSIRO Publishing, 2008.
2 copies Carlton Library at 631.4794 G946, 1 at Swanston.

Principles of geospatial surveying / Allan, A. L.: Caithness, Whittles Pub. ; Boca Raton, FL : Distributed in North America by CRC Press, c2007.
1 copy Carlton and Swanston Libraryat 526.9 A417

Surveying : principles and applications / Kavanagh, Barry F.: 8th ed.: Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson/Prentice Hall, c2009.
2 copies on order, previous 7th edition held at 526.9 K21 (1 copy Carlton and Swanston)

Surveying and engineering: principles and practice, Paul Watson et al, Oxford, Blackwell, 2008
1 copy at Swanston 690 S963

Surveying for engineers.: UREN, J: 4TH ED.: BASINGSTOKE PALGRAVE MACMILLAN 2006:
Location: Bundoora Library
Order Information: 2 Copies Ordered 25-07-2008
Already ordered for Carlton Library.

Surveying with construction applications
Carlton Library 1 Copy Ordered 13-06-2008
Swanston Library at 526.9 K21

Surveying for construction ,Irvine William, Maidenhead, McGraw Hill , 2006
2 Copies Ordered 25-07-2008,1&Search%5FArg=surveying%20for%20construction&Search%5FCode=TALL&SL=None&CNT=25&SID=3
(This was in the previous implementation plan)

Overview of Assessment

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of:
• applying checks wherever necessary
• applying formulae appropriately and obtaining correct results
• applying solutions to a range of problems
• assessing and recording computations from varied sources
• defining terms used in geodetic calculations
• demonstrating a sound understanding of the requirement for accuracy in calculations
• performing calculations in a logical progression to solve geodetic surveying problems
• understanding mathematical concepts, astronomical concepts and the determination of shadowing effects
• taking responsibility for own outputs in work and learning.

Assessment Tasks

You are required to complete the following assessment tasks:

1. Presentation               Weight  10%  due Week 3 & 4
2. Assignment 1             Weight   20% due Week 11
3. Assignment 2             Weight   20% due Week 15
4. Open book TEST       Weight   40% on Week 17

Assessment Matrix

Assessment TaskElement
PresentationElement 1 & 2
Assignment 1Element 1,2 & 3
Assignment 2Element 1,2, 3 and 4
Open book TESTElement 1,2, 3 and 4
PortfolioElement 1,2, 3 and 4

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