Engineering Surveying

    Unit code: NEC2104 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park
    NEF1201 - Engineering Mathematics 2; or
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    Engineering Surveying is a key facet of all civil engineering practice. This unit of study promotes students’ knowledge and skills in the sub-discipline of surveying - including the ability to select and operate basic and specialised surveying equipment appropriate to specific engineering tasks. Students learn to perform an engineering survey and critically analyse survey data results to inform subsequent design and construction considerations. The development of survey practices from their origins to contemporary contexts is also addressed. Students work in small teams to carry out eight fieldwork projects drawn predominantly from the areas of building and road engineering. Each survey project involves project analysis, calculations, practical use of surveying equipment and project evaluation.

    Topics include: Surveying reference and basic computations; Mapping, Vertical measurement and note keeping; Angular measurement and note keeping; Circular curves, Contours and Contouring; Area computations for polygons; Rectangular co-ordinates; Computations for earth works; Digital terrain models; Geographic positioning systems; and the Victorian land title system.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Select, justify and use a range of survey equipment appropriate to specific design and construction tasks;
    2. Measure and evaluate observational data according to established principles and regulations and critically analyse results to inform subsequent practice;
    3. Design and set out circular curves, e.g. road alignments;
    4. Produce appropriate scale contour maps of differing terrains;
    5. Calculate areas and volumes of polygonal shapes for infrastructure design and construction;
    6. Formulate and test solutions to specific survey problems, working both autonomously and as a member of a team.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Practicum
    Grade: 30%
    Individual Fieldwork Practicals (3)
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 20%
    Individual Written Assignment
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 50%
    Individual Tests x 2 (25% each)

    Required reading

    Refer to VU Collaborate for recommended reading and additional resources.

    Elementary Surveying: An Introduction to Geomatics
    Ghilani, C D & Wolf, P R. (2011)| New York: Pearson Education

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