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Undergraduate Course: Surveying for Construction 2 (CIVE08028)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryConstruction and civil engineering projects are required to be positioned spatially and to fine tolerances. This course will introduce students to this concept, and to land surveying, that is the geolocation and measurement of physical objects; and to setting-out, that is the transfer of geolocation and measurement information to physical spaces on the ground. The course will introduce these concepts from a fundamental and elementary starting point and provide instruction on the various methods, tools and equipment used in surveying and setting out. These range from very traditional methods through to modern digital tools and concepts that align with current construction approaches. The course includes practical demonstrations and the opportunity for students to use and practice the methods learned in a real-world setting.
Course description Course main topics include

Surveying Objectives: establishment of relative positions, setting out.
Surveying Categories: geodetic and plane.
Applications, principles, sequence of planning and executing a survey.

Measurements: direct or indirect linear measurement; angular measurement; height difference.
Fixing the position of a point: trilateration; offset; traverse; triangulation.

Optical instruments:
Basic features of levels and theodolites. Angular measurement.

Applications. Principles and procedures. Two peg test. Booking: Rise and Fall, Height of Collimation. Accuracy. Precise levelling. Operational errors.

Direct linear measurement:
Distance measurement: procedures for taping, booking method; obstacles; plotting conventions. Base line measurement and corrections.

Electro-magnetic distance measurement:
Technology, methodology and adjustments for EDM

Traverse surveys:
Open traverse, closed traverse. Meridian and bearing. Angle observation (included, deflection). Adjustment (Bowditch's method, Theodolite rule, X-Y method). Example using Bowditch.

Setting out:
Procedures: co-ordinate and grid methods. Control of excavations. Curve ranging (circular, transition and vertical): setting out methods (theodolite and tape, two theodolites, linear.

Contour surveys:
Direct, grid and tacheometric methods.

GPS surveying, Terrestrial Laser Scanning, Photogrammetry
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 16, Fieldwork Hours 35, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Formative Assessment Hours 4, Other Study Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 29 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) .
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam %: 0
Practical Exam %: 0
Coursework %: 100

If you fail a course you will be required to resit it. You are only required to resit components which have been failed.
Feedback Ongoing feedback on progress and understanding is provided via tutorial sessions. Further detailed feedback is provided on a one to one basis during the undertaking of fieldwork exercises during the field trip.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Plan and undertake topographical surveys using physical measurement tools and total-stations;
  2. produce a scale plan of an area from topographical survey data;
  3. assess the accuracy of levelling and traverse surveys;
  4. adjust traverse closure errors and perform coordination calculations;
  5. appreciate the fundamentals and applications of digital tools such as global positioning systems, photogrammetry and laser scanning.
Reading List
Surveying for Engineers 3rd Edition; Uren and Price; Macmillan, 1994
Elementary Surveying 8th Edition; Elfick, Fryer, Brinker and Wolf; Harper Collins 1994
Engineering Surveying 5th Edition; Schofield; Butterworth Heinemann 2001
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserProf Antonios Giannopoulos
Tel: (0131 6)50 5728
Course secretaryMs Jennifer Reilly
Tel: (01316) 517073
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