SURV06016 2019 Surveying 202

General Details

Full Title
Surveying 202
Transcript Title
Surveying 202
75 %
Subject Area
SURV - Surveying
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Owen Feeney
Programme Membership
SG_ECVIL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering in Civil Engineering SG_ECIVL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering SG_ECVIL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering in Civil Engineering SG_ECIVI_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Civil Engineering SG_ECVIL_B07 202000 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering in Civil Engineering

Develop previously acquired surveying techniques to a more advanced level. The emphasis is on development of skills in advanced surveying techniques and equipment. Production of site layout drawings. Data will be collected in the field using Total stations and GPS instruments, downloaded and processed using BIM compatible 3D software. Instruments will be used for setting out proposed works.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Operate total stations and GPS instruments for surveying and setting out purposes on site.


Use BIM compatible 3D software for site survey ans layout plans, sections, grading analysis, road corridor design.


Carry out computations for coordinate calculation, heights using total stations and horizontal curves.


Understand uses of GIS and file types for construction and civil works projects.


Know how to set out works for construction and civil works


Read and produce Mass Haul diagrams for earthworks planning

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered using a combination of weekly lectures and practicals, and blended learning techniques. This will include frontloaded online recorded tutorials, augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student-learning needs. A learning platform such as Moodle will be used to upload educational material (i.e. tutorial recordings plus supplementary reading material) and as a means of assessment (e.g. uploading assignments and projects). This blended approach (lectures and pre-recorded tutorials) allows students work at their own pace.

Module Assessment Strategies

  • Mid term summative and formative assessment.
  • Continuous practical and project work.
  • Summative Final exam.


Repeat Assessments

Re-submission of practical and project work for Autumn exam board and repeat Final exam in Autumn repeat exam session. 

Module Dependencies

SURV07009 200900 Land Surveying 1

Indicative Syllabus

  1. Total stations - EDM, errors, operation, grids, setting out, Introduction to Laser Scanning.
  2. GPS instruments - principles, operation, errors, DGPS, RTK, limitations, Coordinate systems.
  3. Intersection surfaces.
  4. 3D BIM compatible software - processing survey data, profiles, alignments, sample lines, cross sections, grading analysis, road assembly, corridor design, volumes dashboard, Mass Haul diagram, pipelines. Importing to BIM compatible software. Site layout plan production.
  5. Control surveys, traverse, bearing and coordinate calculations.
  6. Setting out - Total station and GPS techniques, profiles, sight rails, slope rails, drainage sett out, methods of horizontal, vertical control and vertical alignment. 
  7. Horizontal curves - derived terms and calculation.
  8. Mass Haul Diagrams - terminology, uses, reading and producing the diagram.
  9. Introduction to GIS, uses, file types, case studies, coordinate systems.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 10 % Week 6 1,3,5,6
2 Practical and project work Practical Project 40 % OnGoing 1,2,5,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Term 1,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Computer Laboratory theory 2 Weekly 2.00
Practical Computer Laboratory practical 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN self directed learning 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
1988-01 Surveying for Construction
ISBN 0077070410 ISBN-13 9780077070410
Required Reading
2010 Surveying for Engineers Palgrave MacMillan
ISBN 0230221572 ISBN-13 9780230221574

This classic engineering surveying text has been thoroughly updated to include recent developments in the field. New features focus on increasing accessibility for students, including updated illustrations, a new student-friendly text design, plus new pedagogical features within each chapter.

Required Reading
2003-01-01 Construction Surveying and Layout Ingram
ISBN 096474211X ISBN-13 9780964742116

This text is intended for those who are learning or performing surveying field measurement and layout processes. It is suitable for technical and college-level courses in construction sciences, building construction, and civil engineering, and is recommended as a reference for contractors, construction management, engineering, architectural, and design-build firms. With an emphasis on eliminating mistakes and reducing errors, many companies use this text as their field surveying training manual, or provide it to layout personnel for self-study and personal improvement of field and calculation techniques. Anyone who is involved in construction should have this as a resource available for its common-sense approach to surveying and layout activities.

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