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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENG1020 Module Title: SURVEYING 1
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: SE1125
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: THORNE AM Mr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Autumn/Spring Semester
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)
Submission of reports for the outdoor compulsory practicals* and individual assessment - The practicals are conducted during the semester. The individualised calculations are taken from the group work during the intensive module.
Group assessment - A report on specified items undertaken during the intensive field course.
Practical test - Conducted during field course
Qualifying Condition(s)
 *It is a prerequisite that you pass the reports to be allowed onto the intensive field course. You will need to be competent in the use of the instruments used during the outdoor practical is based on so that you can keep up in the intensive module.

You need to pass all of the units of assessment to gain the credits for the module.

Module Overview
The principal behind the module is to introduce students to what they may encounter on an engineering constructions site.  If they are Surrey/ICE/Inspire Scholarship students this could be as soon as the vacation period between level 1 and level 2.  The background knowledge will also help those working for consultants realise how their design would be constructed.  This is particularly important when both contractors, consultants and utility companies are working to the legal requirements set out in “Managing health and safety in construction”, Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007

Normal entry requirements for degree course in Civil Engineering

Module Aims

To make students proficient in the practical use of a range of standard and up to date specialist surveying instruments and any associated booking methods.

To enable students to gain practice in basic surveying calculations.

To introduce students to two of the commercially available surveying packages.

To make students aware of the procedures required to carry out a site survey and to perform simple setting out by a number of methods.

To introduce students to various mapping techniques.

To give students a suitable background in surveying in preparation for their Scholarship placements and /or their Professional Year.

Learning Outcomes
The objectives are that, by the end of the module, students will be able:
·       To measure angles using a basic theodolite and total stations.
·       To measure heights using a level, total stations and GPS.
·       To measure distances using tapes, total stations (EDM) and GPS 
·       Book, check and reduce their measurements
·       Plan out a small site survey and then use a total station and a full traverse kit to hand book and subsequently reduce the data. 
·       Plan out a small site survey and then use a total station to store the readings and to download and reduce the data in the appropriate software. 
·       Prepare the setting out calculations for a rectangular structure and for a circular curve. 
·       Set out the structure in the field using theodolite intersection, a total station, robotics & GPS. 
·       Set out a circular road curve in the field.
·       Map areas of the campus using simple line and offset, total stations, one person units, robotics, GPS with a base and rover, smartnet and an exercise utilising smartstation.
Module Content

Scope and use of surveying in Civil Engineering.

Errors, accuracy and precision of measurements.

Measurement of angles using a theodolite/total station.

Measurement of heights using a level, total station & GPS.

Measurement of distances by steel tape, EDM (total station) & GPS.

Use of traversing for a control survey.

Use of line + offset, total stations and GPS for detail surveys.

Methods of Teaching/Learning

Formal lectures (10 hrs) are used to present the theoretical aspects of surveying.  Outdoor practicals (12 hrs) are compulsory attendance and are used to introduce the act of measuring horizontal distances using a tape, measuring angles with a theodolite, using a level and a staff to transfer a datum from one Ordinance Bench Mark (OBM) to another OBM to appreciate acceptable error and finally to be introduced to electronic distance measurements.  An intensive two-week intensive field course (approx 50 hrs) on campus is also compulsory attendance and gives experience of surveying procedures in practice.  During the field course, students work in groups within which they organise themselves to undertake the required tasks.  They will have to make individual and group submissions of their work.


Total student learning time 100 hours.

Selected Texts/Journals


Required reading:


The module is supported by a comprehensive set of power point presentations.


Recommended texts for reference:


Uren J and Price WF, Surveying for Engineers, 4th ed, Macmillan, 2006.  (ISBN-13: 978-1-4039-2054-6.  ISBN-10: 1-4039-2054-0)


Bannister A, Raymond S and Baker R, Surveying, Pearson/Prentice Hall, 7th ed, 199.  (ISBN10: 0582302498 | ISBN13: 9780582302495)


Last Updated

08 October 2009