SURV07012 2019 Site Surveying

General Details

Full Title
Site Surveying
Transcript Title
Site Surveying
N/A %
Subject Area
SURV - Surveying
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Owen Feeney
Programme Membership
SG_CCONS_J07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Construction in Construction Management SG_SDIGI_E07 202000 Certificate in Science in Digital Construction Technology

The learner will gain an understanding of how to use surveying equipment to carry out topographical surveys and set out construction works. The learner will also learn how to use BIM compatible 3D software to produce site plans and sections and carry out computations for land conveyancing and construction planning purposes.

Learning Outcomes

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


Understand and carryout fundamental surveying calculations.


Carry out topographical surveys and use BIM compatible 3D software to produce site plans.


Control the set out of buildings horizontally and vertically using standard surveying equipment.


Carry out grading analysis, earthwork volumes analysis, longitudinal and cross sections for construction projects.


Read and produce basic Mass Haul diagrams

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered using a combination of live lectures 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

  1. Mid term summative and formative assessment. 
  2. Major summative project.
  3. Summative Final exam. Final exam are compulsory pass.


Repeat Assessments

Repeat submission of outstanding CA or Project work for Autumn Exam boards and repeat Final exam in Autumn repeat exam session.

Indicative Syllabus

  1. Fundamental calculations, converting areas, applying scale, calculating gradient, and reading maps and plans.
  2. Tape-work; basic principles of ensuring accuracy when using tapes to carry out surveys and set out construction works, correct use of field books, equipment, procedures, recognition and correction of errors, use of site profiles.
  3. Levelling; types and parts of instrument, setting up and reading the staff, booking and reducing the levels, recognition and minimising errors, flying and series levelling, vertical control setting out using the level, contour survey procedures.
  4. Total stations; types, basic principles of EDM, pulsed and phased systems, factors effecting accuracy, instrument features, applications, recording survey data and setting out. Introduction to laser scanning.
  5. Use of BIM compatible 3D software to process survey data and produce topographical site plans, produce profiles and sections, carry out grading volumes analysis, design and volumes analyse road corridors.
  6. GPS; Principles of GPS and using the instruments for topographical surveys, Satellite systems used in GPS The principle of measuring distance to fix position by GPS, Sources of error and how to minimise them, static and kinematic GPS, Coordinate systems used.
  7. Production of sections including longitudinal sections profiling ground/road and services and cross sections.
  8. Areas and Volume calculations: Simpson's Rule, Trapezoidal Rule, formulae for calculation cross sectional areas, volumes calculation using end areas and prizmoidal formulae, site clearance volume calculations. Inserting raster images in CAD software for area calculations.
  9. Setting out: primary and secondary stations, local control, TBM's, grids, building setting out techniques, trench set out techniques for sewers and drains, road and embankment set out techniques
  10. Mass haul diagrams; terminology, production of and use for controlling and cost calculating of earth movements on site.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 10 % OnGoing 1,2,3
2 Project Continuous Assessment Project 30 % OnGoing 2,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 60 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Practical Computer Laboratory practical 6 Once Per Semester 0.40
Independent Learning UNKNOWN self-directed 5 Weekly 5.00
Lecture Online online lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Directed Learning Online Asynchronous 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.40 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2006 Surveying for Construction
ISBN 0077111141 ISBN-13 9780077111144

Surveying for Construction 5e is an essential textbook for students of engineering new to surveying, and will also appeal to students of building and environmental studies and archaeology. Offering a strong grounding in land and construction surveying, the authors clearly and comprehensively guide the reader through the principles, methods and equipment used in modern-day surveying. Taking into account recent advances in the field, the material has been fully updated and revised throughout including new and up-to-date coverage of levelling, total stations, detail surveys, and EDM. A new chapter on GPS technology has been added. In keeping with the practical nature of the book, there are chapters on setting out construction works and surveying existing buildings, which guide the reader step-by-step through the fundamental procedures. The clear and methodical nature of the explanations, supported by a wide range of exercises and examples, make Surveying for Construction 5e an invaluable and modern introduction to surveying. Key features include: Fully updated coverage and new material throughout, including a new chapter on GPS New Learning Objectives and Chapter Summaries which guide the student through the learning process and highlight the key principles and methods for each chapter Numerous diagrams and figures which give students a clear and detailed understanding of equipment and procedures Extensive boxed examples and exercises that guide students through real-world surveying methods and calculations Website material: online material for creating your own surveying project allows students to practice the methods and techniques they have learnt

Required Reading
2010-03-17 Surveying for Engineers Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN 9781137150349 ISBN-13 1137150343

The fifth edition of Surveying for Engineers sets out the essential techniques needed for a solid grounding in the subject. Covering traditional methods and the latest technological advances this popular and trusted textbook is packed with clear illustrations, exercises and worked examples, making it both a comprehensive study aid for students and a reliable reference tool for practitioners. Aimed at students studying surveying as either part of an engineering, building or construction course or as a separate discipline, the new edition includes: the latest developments in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) full details on the introduction of network RTK systems and their applications recent developments in survey instruments, methods and technologies

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