SURV 102 - Field Surveying 1

Course Details
Course Code:
SURV 102


Calendar Description:
This course is an introduction to the basic principles of field surveying and surveying terminology. The principles and procedures for differential and trigonometric levelling will be covered for establishing elevations. The procedures for observing horizontal and vertical angles will be introduced with optical, mechanical and electronic theodolites. Steel tape and electronic methods will be covered for distance measurements. Note keeping formats will be covered throughout the course for all the procedures that are introduced. The proper care and handling of the equipment and safe work procedures will be emphasized throughout the term.

Date First Offered:

Total Hours: 120
Lecture Hours: 2
Laboratory Hours: 6

Total Weeks:

This course is offered online:


Non-Course Pre-Requisites:


Rearticulation Submission:

Course Content:
- Introduction to surveying and differential levelling – Peg Test

- Establishing benchmark elevations by differential levelling

- Detail / as –built levelling with differential levelling

- Topographic plan using differential levelling

- Levelling field test, introduction to the theodolite

- Observing horizontal and vertical angles with a theodolite

- Closed traverse with theodolite and steel tape

- Setting out with theodolite and tape

- Introduction to total stations

- Closed traverse (polygon)

- Closed Traverse between non intervisible points each with a reference bearing

- Open traverse with a total station, an introduction to setting out.

NOTE: Additional assignments may be introduced as needed

Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

- Define many basic terms used in the survey industry
- Demonstrate the proper care and handling of the equipment
- Demonstrate suitable formats for basic note keeping
- Explain various method for determining elevations
- Conduct a differential level loop to establish elevations
- Assess the quality of, and adjust, a differential level loop
- Center and level a theodolite/total station over a survey ground point
- Use a theodolite to measure horizontal and vertical angles
- Use a steel tape with the appropriate corrections for measuring distances
- Measure angles and distances with the appropriate corrections using a total station
- Define sources of observational errors and how to manage them
- Conduct a traverse with a total station
- Identify basic safety concerns encountered in surveying

Grading System:

Passing Grade:
D (50%)

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 30 %
Quizzes and Tests: 25 %
Lab Work: 30 %
Other: 15 %

Percentage of Individual Work:

Percentage of Group Work:

Course Offered in Other Programs:

Additional Comments:
Assignments: Late assignments, lab reports or projects will not be accepted for marking unless prior arrangements have been made. Assignments must be done on an individual basis unless otherwise specified by the instructor.Assignments are correlated with the Survey Computations and Survey CAD courses.

Makeup Tests, Exams or Quizzes: There will be no makeup tests, exams or quizzes. If you miss a test, exam or quiz, you will receive zero marks. Exceptions may be made for documented medical reasons or extenuating circumstances. In such a case, it is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor immediately.

Ethics: NLC assumes that all students attending the institution will follow a high standard of ethics. Incidents of cheating or plagiarism may, therefore, result in a grade of zero for the assignment, quiz, test, exam, or project for all parties involved and/or expulsion from the course.

Attendance: Attendance in the field labs will be taken.

Illness: A doctor’s note is required for any illness causing you to miss assignments, quizzes, tests, projects, or exam. At the discretion of the instructor, you may complete the work missed or have the work prorated.

Attempts: Students must successfully complete a course within a maximum of three attempts at the course. Students with two attempts in a single course will be allowed to repeat the course only upon special written permission from the Associate Dean. Students who have not successfully completed a course within three attempts will not be eligible to graduate from the appropriate program.

Course Outline Changes: The material or schedule specified in this course outline may be changed by the instructor. If changes are required, they will be announced in class

- Calculator with trig functions and preferably with DMS to DEG and Rect. to Polar conversions
- Field book with loose-leaf style with ‘Rite in the Rain ®’ or ‘Duksbak ®’ sheets
- Substantial footwear, rain gear, plumb bob, pocket tape, metric scale, drawing template

- Survey Field Vest with high visibility safety stripes (use of a safety vest is mandatory for field labs, light duty safety vests are
available for those who do not purchase their own vest)
- Any one of the textbooks listed offers a good basic introduction to surveying

Other information:
Specify Number of Assignments: Lab Assignments (5), Field Labs (10).

Text Books:

Required - Wolf, P., 2006, Elementary Surveying: An Introduction to Geomatics, 11th Edition (Prentice-Hall)
Required - Kavanagh, B., 2002, Geomatics, 1st Edition (Prentice-Hall)
Required - Kavanagh, B., 2007, Surveying with Construction Applications, 6th Edition (Prentice-Hall)
Required - Kavanagh, B., 2006, Surveying: Principles and Applications, 7th Edition (Prentice-Hall)
Required - Anderson, M., 1997, Surveying: Theory and Practice, 7th Edition (McGraw Hill)