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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENG2012 Module Title: SURVEYING 2
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: SE1205
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: THORNE AM Mr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

Autumn Semester

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)
Examination – 2 hour paper
Continuous assessment
Setting-out group field project in the field: a report on the planning and execution.
Road design project: peer marked on a weekly basis:-
1. vertical curve calculation
2. area and volume calculation and mass haul curve with costings.
Qualifying Condition(s) 
The road curve project is marked on a weekly basis by peer marking.  Each student will be expected to undertake a small element of the work, normally to do with the lecture they have just attended.  The student work will be reallocated around the room the following week and the marking scheme explained.  What is required to be done for the next weeks submission will then be explained.  The work will not be marked at a later date by the lecturer without mitigating circumstances.  Should there be no mitigating circumstances then that element of the work will receive a zero.

Module Overview

The back grounding for a student to be prepared for site expectation is continued through the use of a group setting out project.  The group will be given a location and a building to set out and for them to calculate the volume of the excavation.  The group will be expected to make decisions and to then justify in a report why they undertook the operation in that way.  They will then set out for the structure on level ground.


A coursework introduces the student to the requirements necessary to design a road both vertically and horizontally and to use areas and volumes in order to cost a mass haul diagram. 


Both of the exercises reinforce the learning for the examination paper.

Module ENG1020 or equivalent

Module Aims
  • To introduce students to the range of the setting out techniques available.
  • To encourage students to consider how to select the most appropriate setting out method for a given situation.
  • To make students aware of the control requirements for setting out and of procedures to obtain additional control.
  • To enable students to obtain field practice in setting out a small structure.
  • To allow students to gain experience in the design and costing of horizontal and vertical road alignments.
  • To introduce students to the co-ordinate systems in use, including the National Grid, the Geoid, the Elipsoid and the use of a flat plane local coordinate system.
  • To introduce students to the background to the working of GPS.
  • To introduce students to the concept of HDS (High Definition Surveying).
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the module, students will be able to:
  • Assess the measurement requirements of an engineering surveying project and advise on the suitability of available techniques
  • Carry out intersection and resection calculations
  • Set out the plan position of a small structure and provide height control.
  • Design the horizontal alignment of a road and calculate the setting out data
  • Design a vertical alignment of a road, calculate the setting out data for a vertical curve, calculate areas of cross-section and volumes, prepare a costing schedule with the aid of a mass haul diagram and evaluate possible design changes.
Module Content

Setting up control and use of intersection and resection methods.


Theory and practice of setting out.  A group project is based around setting out for the earthworks for a small structure then setting out the structure on a flattish site.  On site you would normally be given half a days notice to undertake this task – here you are given 8 weeks to sort the problem out as a group exercise.  You will have a consultant to discuss things with in general terms only – as a group you will have to do it as you would on site.


Design and calculation of horizontal road alignments, incorporating superelevation, circular and transition curves.


Cost-efficient design of vertical road alignments, with calculation of vertical parabolic curves, areas of cross-section and volumes.


The use of the mass haul diagram.


Features of the National Grid reference system, local grids, the geoid, ellipsoid and the relevance of GPS.

Understanding the capabilities of HDS.
Methods of Teaching/Learning

Formal lectures and tutorials are used to introduce theory.  Practical experience of the design of vertical road alignment is obtained in individual projects undertaken in tutorials.  The tutorials for the road alignment are compulsory attendance as this is when the elements of the assignment are peer marked.  Practical experience of setting out is gained in group projects managed by the students, under the guidance of a staff supervisor.  Attendance for all of the individuals in the group is compulsory for the outside work.


17 hours of lectures, 10 hours of tutorial classes, 12 hours of field work, and 61 hours independent learning.


Total student learning time 100 hours.

Selected Texts/Journals

Required reading


A comprehensive set of Power Point presentations


Recommended background reading


Uren J and Price WF, Surveying for Engineers, 4th ed, Macmillan, 2006.  (ISBN-13: 9781403 920546.  ISBN-10: 14039 20540)


Bannister A, Raymond S and Baker R, Surveying, Pearson/Prentice Hall, 7th ed, 1998.  (ISBN13: 9780582 302495;  ISBN10: 05823 02498)
Last Updated

12 October 2009