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CIVL7035 - Land Surveying Data Capture

Title:Land Surveying Data Capture
Long Title:Land Surveying Data Capture
Module Code:CIVL7035
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Civil Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( September 2019 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: DES WALSH
Module Author: JIM O BYRNE
Module Description: This module introduces the learner to topographic surveying for civil, structural and environmental engineering. The learner will complete the process of establishing and adjusting both basic and advanced field survey control. In addition, using digital surveying instruments along with advanced computer software, the learner will capture, critically evaluate and process digital field data.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Complete the establishment of field control including appraisal and adjustment, use this control to setup and orientate advanced survey instruments such as Total Station or GPS or Laser Scanner and use such instruments to complete field surveys.
LO2 Undertake fieldwork such as levelling, linear measuring and setting-out to produce reduced levels, contours, longitudinal sections and detail mapping. Complete computations and produce reports from field data such as levelling, mapping and setting-out.
LO3 Complete a written report to include surveying computations such as; levelling applications, area calculations from maps and coordinates, volume and mass haul diagrams, calculation of curve ranging setting out data and processing of captured digital field data.
LO4 Complete a specification for a simple topographic field survey. Evaluate and appreciate the principles of international survey standards such as ISO9001 and BS 7334-3:1990 / ISO 8322-3:1989 where applicable to field surveying, surveyor contractors and survey instruments.
LO5 Work as a member of a survey team to plan, manage and complete a field survey and produce a written report detailing fieldwork, observations, calculations and results for practical surveying applications.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Health and Safety
Health and Safety aspects of Surveying fieldwork. Requirements for surveyors operating on roads, construction sites and public spaces.
Levelling and Linear Surveying
Applications of establishing height control, contouring and longitudinal cross sections. Errors and distribution of closing errors. Principles of linear measuring. Use of taping and digital distance measurement equipment. Recording, plotting and presenting survey data. Measuring areas in plan. Introduction to measurement of property boundaries. Calculation of areas and volumes.
Survey station establishment
Understanding the relationship of angles and distance in data capture, the use of trigonometry in Land Surveying. Whole circle bearings, included angles, internal and external angles. Traverse and station adjustment.
Data Capture & Processing
Establishment and adjustment of site survey stations. The use of GPS techniques to establish and verify station coordinates. Digital data capture using Total Station and GPS techniques. Remote sensing, TLS, airborne lidar, digital satellite imagery. Data capture for 3D modelling.
Mapping field data
Understanding mapping scales. Coordinate systems, northings and eastings and ellipsoidal heights. Spot levels and gradients. Introduction to the Ordnance Survey and digital mapping sources. Internet resources for land surveying applications.
Areas and Volumes
Calculation of areas from OSi maps, areas determination using coordinates and other graphical approaches, volume calculations from sections, spot heights and contours.
Survey Instrument Theory
Electromagnetic distance measurement, Total Station & EDM - principle parts and workings. Safety in the use of laser measurement and classification of laser types for distance measurment. Description of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), historic development, current practice, GPS surveying practice and types of GPS survey. Laser Scanning data capture and processing. Total Station permanent adjustment.
Survey Specification
Undertake the completion of a survey specification, allowable tolerance and appraisal of accuracy, position dilution of precision (PDOP) in GPS surveying, testing and calibration of survey instrumentation to BS and ISO requirements, appraisal of surveying contractors in achieving and maintaining industry standards.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Special Regulation
Attendance and participation in coursework activity is required. Non withstanding the overall final grade achieved by the learner, a minimum grade of 40% is required in the coursework element to satisfactorily complete the module.
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Establishment of Site Control - fieldwork, report and assessment. 1,3,5 10.0 Week 4
Practical/Skills Evaluation Digital Data Capture & Processing - fieldwork, report and assessment 1,3,4,5 20.0 Week 8
Practical/Skills Evaluation Surveying Computations - levelling, traversing, areas & volumes, curve ranging. 2,3,5 20.0 Week 10
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam n/a 1,2,3,4 50.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Delivery of Module content and fieldwork instruction 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Processing of field data, practical demonstration and field practice 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial Preparation for fieldwork; analysis and reporting on fieldwork 0.5 Every Week 0.50
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Revision of lecture material, preparation of reports 2.5 Every Week 2.50
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.50
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Delivery of Module content and fieldwork instruction 1.5 Every Week 1.50
Lab Practical demonstration and field practice 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Preperation of Reports and revision of lectutre material 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Tutorial Preperation of Reports, analysis of coursework assigments 0.5 Every Week 0.50
Total Hours 5.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 5.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Jon Van Sickle 2015, GPS for Land Surveyors, fourth Ed., CR Press [ISBN: 978-146658310]
  • Paul J Guyer 2015, An Introduction to Geodetic Reference Systems for Land Surveys, first Ed., CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform [ISBN: 978-151885311]
  • J.Uren and W.F.Price 2010, Surveying for Engineers, 5th Ed., Palgrave Macmillan [ISBN: 0230221572]
  • W. Schofield, M. Breach 2007, Engineering surveying, 6th Ed., Butterworth-Heinemann Oxford [ISBN: 0-7506-6949-7]
  • William Irvine and Finlay Maclennan 2006, Surveying for Construction, 5th Ed., McGraw-Hill London [ISBN: 0-07-711114-1]
  • Paul Gray 2015, Practical Boundary Surveying: Legal and Technical Principles, Springer [ISBN: 978-331907157]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Paul L. Gay 2016, Land Surveying Simplified [ISBN: 978-1365-2062]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Website: www.osi.ie
  • Website: www.cices.org
  • Website: www.irish-surveyors.ie

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_CSTRU_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Structural Engineering 4 Mandatory
CR_CCEEE_9 Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering (Environment and Energy) 4 Mandatory
CR_CSTEN_9 Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering 4 Mandatory

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