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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

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:

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Nominal Hours: 40

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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
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






20th Feb

Week 3

Introduction to Site Survey ,

 Class Participation and  Discussion

27th Feb

Week 4

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

Student supplied Assessment 1

Measure classroom producing site notes

6th March

Week 5

Lecture Site analysis process beginning with data collection

 Lecture Site analysis process site procedures

Submit Assessment 1

Student supplied Assessment 2

13th March





20th March

Week 7

Lecture Review site analysis process.


Assessment 2 due

Student supplied Assessment 3

27th March

Week 8

Lecture Importance of accurate details, outcome of projects



3rd April

Week 9

Lecture how levels are taken How to use booking sheet How to reduce sitelevels taken    

 Assessment 3 Due

10th April

Week 10

How to record level and reduce levels.

Assessment 4 supplied to students

17th April

 Semester Break



24th April

Week 11

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

 Assessment 4 due  Assessment 5 supplied to  students

1st May

Week 12

Lecture review AHD, RL processes. Drawing representation


 Construction excursion on the Monday

8th  May

Week 13

Lecture Contour review, interpreting drawings levels

Assessment 5 Due

Assessment 6 supplied to students

15th May

Week 14

Lecture review AHD, RL processes. Datum marks. Bench marks



22nd May

Week 15

 Lecture Contour review, interpreting drawings lev Assessment 6 Due

 29th May

Week 16

 Lecture. Review Survey processes and outcomes 

Depending on class needs and availability of resources, delivery may vary.

For detail outline of the teaching schedule, course structure and current updates, refer to ‘course resources’ in the RMIT LMS and myRMIT. The teaching schedule may be subject to change; students will be made aware of changes in advance.


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

All assessments must be submitted to pass this course.

Submitting all assessments does not constitute a pass grade in this course.


Assessment 1 - 5%

Assessment 2 - 5%

Assessment 3 - 40%

Assessment 4 - 10%

Assessment 5 - 20%

Assessment 6 - 20%





Assessment Matrix

Refer to Balckboard

Other Information

Academic Progress:

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Student Responsibilities:

In undertaking this course students are required to be responsible for:

  • The time management of the course work in order to complete all work requirements satisfactorily and on time.
  • RMIT encourages students to attend all scheduled classes to optimise academic success.
  • To ascertain what content or assessment has been missed, and gather the information prior to next class.
  • To be proactive in mastering the academic material of the course by challenging, questioning and extending course outcomes.
  • To be responsible for the maintenance of a non-disruptive and scholastic attitude in the learning environment.

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Extension of Time for Submission of Assessable work Procedure:

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Equitable Assessment:

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Special Consideration:

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Assessment Principles:

Final assessment decisions can be reviewed and or appealed.

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Employability skills:

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The following Employability Skills are an inherent part of this course:

Communication, Teamwork, Problem solving, Initiative and enterprise, Planning and organising, Self management, Learning and Technology.


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