Course Title: Conduct an engineering survey

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

Course Code: GEOM5092C

Course Title: Conduct an engineering survey

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

Thierry Demathieu

+61 3 9925 8359

William Ntuwah

+61 3 9925 4445

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 conduct an engineering survey on engineering and construction sites. It requires the ability to plan approaches to engineering contingencies and management requirements. Functions would be carried out within organisational guidelines.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPPSIS5018A Conduct an engineering survey


1 Plan the task.

Performance Criteria:

1 Plan the task. 
1.1 Objectives, principal work activities and constraints are defined and documented with written survey specifications.
1.2 Details of instruments and basic techniques to be used are evaluated and determined.
1.3 Design is interpreted to identify surveying data.
1.4 Pertinent legal and statutory standards and requirements, and OHS standards are considered and adhered to.
1.5 Skills and knowledge are updated to accommodate changes in engineering surveys.


2 Execute the task.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Work is scheduled to be completed within time available.
2.2 Project management mechanisms are implemented to measure, record and report progress of activities in relation to the agreed schedule and plans.
2.3 Identified survey components are measured.
2.4 Measured survey data is reduced to the project reference system for comparison with design.
2.5 Impact of contingencies and problems are managed.
2.6 Measurements are validated and recorded according to specifications.
2.7 Checks are completed according to organisational guidelines.
2.8 Equipment is checked to be in good working order.
2.9 Manufacturer specifications with regard to the use of equipment are complied with.
2.10 Processes are followed that comply with relevant legislation and company policy.


3 Finalise the task.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Relevant personnel are informed of the results according to organisational guidelines.
3.2 Required documentation is completed according to organisational guidelines.
3.3 Survey data is archived according to project specifications.


4 Review the task.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Review of achievements against objectives is undertaken.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements

Details of Learning Activities

Teacher led:
Classroom &/or tutorial instruction in to conduct an engineering survey on engineering and construction sites, and tasks associated with the elements above including the 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 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
1Liscad programs (SEE, CAD and Resource manager), Create New SEE project on the Plane and on the Projection. Class activity
2Code table, Precision and Rounding Class activity
3Processing a Total Station/GPS survey Class activity
4Traverse adjustment Class activity
5Reducing a Field file  Assignment 1
6Line editing Class activity
7Creating a CAD file Class activity
8Plotting from SEE Class activity
9Creating a DTM Class activity
10Load background images Class activity
11Calculate Volumes Class activity
12Create Long sections and cross sections Assignment 2
13Create Long section and cross section CAD file Class activity
14Create a vertical road design Class activity
15Project Class activity
16Project Class activity

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.


Other Resources

Web Resources: - Online@RMIT – Program and Course information, documents, resources and links. Learning Modules - 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 Mapping Agency, Geocentric Datum of Australia, GPS

Overview of Assessment

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of:
• matching objectives with resources to ensure project proceeds in an organised and timely manner
• ensuring that achievement of required accuracy has been attempted by:
• accessing and interpreting design information to identify the components to be measured and monitored
• applying solutions to a range of problems
• performing measurements
• planning resources
• managing contingencies
• documenting and reporting
• ensuring that non-conformity aspects are recorded and reported
• taking responsibility for team outputs in work and learning.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment of this unit will involve completion of Assignments.

Assessment Matrix

Element 1Plan the taskAssignment  1
Element 2Execute the taskAssignment 1
Element 3Finalise the taskAssignment 2
Element 4Review the taskAssignment 2

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