This unit specifies the outcomes required to undertake a site survey and a site analysis for residential and commercial building projects. It includes the use of basic surveying equipment, recording and interpretation of data, and evaluation of, and compliance with relevant legislation.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication. However, this unit forms part of a minimum qualification requirement for registration with the Victorian Building Authority as a building designer (architectural).

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - enable clear and direct communication, using questioning to identify and confirm requirements and share information with internal and external personnel; - read and interpret: field data/geo digital databases; reports; site plan; land title; specifications; working drawings; project requirements; organisational procedures; use language and concepts appropriate to industry conventions; - accurately record and interpret site measurements and other data to industry standards; - produce field sketches; - numeracy skills to apply measurements and calculations; - problem solving skills to interpret reports, working drawings and specifications; - planning and organisational skills; - collect, organise and analyse information for site analysis; - prepare equipment for site survey, and; - technological skills to complete documentation and calculations and use basic survey equipment; - work safely in a design drafting working environment and on a site according to relevant legislation and workplace policies and procedures. Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - specifications and capabilities of basic surveying equipment and application; - Australian Drawing Standards/other industry standards related to the production of measured drawings; - process for the administration and preparation of working drawings, specifications and other relevant documentation, and; - workplace OHS/WHS procedures and documentation.

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