SURV 101 - Surveying CAD 1

Course Details
Course Code:
SURV 101


Calendar Description:
This is an introductory survey drafting course where students will learn both industry standard manual techniques and computer aided drafting techniques using AutoCAD drafting software. Students will prepare both manual and basic digital maps portraying a variety of data themes using industry standard plan construction techniques. An introduction to common map and plan symbology together with map and plan scales will be covered. Drawing templates; import and export of digital drawing files and 2D and 3D coordinate systems used in the digital drafting environment will be covered.

Date First Offered:

Total Hours: 45
Lecture Hours: 1
Laboratory Hours: 2

Total Weeks:

This course is offered online:

Acceptance in the Geomatics Engineering Technology program

Non-Course Pre-Requisites:


Rearticulation Submission:

Course Content:
Course Overview
- Instructor and student expectations, course material requirements. D2L Access

Creation of uppercase letters, numerals and industry standard field notes complete with field sketch.
- Reference Text (Wolf & Ghilani) reading - Pages 29 - 34.
- Lab 1: Manual field notes and sketch

Use of a scale to measure distances and coordinates on maps and plans.
- Reference Text (Wolf & 'Ghilani) reading - Conversion Factors (Front Cover).
- Lab 2: Scaling distances from a variety of maps

Use of a scale and navigational protractor to measure distances, directions, and declination on maps and plans.
- Reference Text (Wolf & Ghilani) reading - Conversion Factors (Front cover) and pages 168 - 183 (Angles, Azimuths and Bearings).
- Lab 3: Measuring direction, angles, bearings and azimuths from a variety of maps

Identification of the major components and layout of maps and plans and plan design.
- Creating a balanced map in a CAD environment.
- Reference Text (Wolf & Ghilani) reading - Pages 480-489
- Lab 4: Creating a balanced map in the CAD environment

Description of concepts and identification of major components of a computer aided drafting environment
- Recognition of CAD coordinate systems
- Differentiation between survey and CAD angles
- Management of AutoCAD drawing files
- Drawing of basic CAD entities including lines and text using a variety of input formats
- CAD query commands.
- Lab 5: Starting AutoCAD and creating lines using a variety of input and formats

- Use of CAD software to create a survey plan template that incorporates basic text of varying heights and lines and utilize proper balance and visual concepts in the template design
- Use of manual drafting skills on a scaled survey plan template plot.
- Quiz: Scales, azimuths and bearings
- Lab: Survey Plan Template

Drawing of arcs and circles
- Rotation, mirroring and copying of entities
- Use and recognition of object snap modes
- Use of polar tracking to draw.
- Lab 7: AutoCAD entity creation

The role of AutoCAD layers
- Creation of layers with a variety of colors and line types
- Creation of complex AutoCAD text.
- Lab 8: Layers, line types and text

Creation of scaled plots using the AutoCAD environment

Creation and insertion of blocks
-The relationship between scale and blocks
- Creation of an industry standard symbol library for use in a CAD environment.
- Lab 9: Blocks

Creating and editing AutoCAD polylines
- Lab 10: Polylines

Creating and plotting a scaled survey plan in AutoCAD
- Lab 11: Creating a survey plan

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

- Create a set of industry standard field notes and field sketches
- Identify the parts of a map
- Use a scale to measure distances on a variety of plans and maps
- Use a navigational protractor to measure directions & angles
- Create text of varying heights according to industry standard drawing scales
- Create a scaled and balanced manual plot on industry standard size paper
- Describe the main concepts of the Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) environment
- Draw basic lines, arcs, and circles in the AutoCAD environment
- Explain the various components of a typical survey plan
- Explain the relationship of scale, plan requirements and paper size
- Manage CAD drawing files
- Explain fundamental CAD concepts including layers, text creation and editing
- Produce simple digital plans using CAD lines arcs circles and text
- Plot scaled CAD drawings
- Create and use industry standard symbols within the CAD environment to identify map features
- Perform CAD inquiries for length, area and distance
- Import and export digital plan data
- Create CAD drawing templates
- Create blocks with attributes

Grading System:

Passing Grade:
D (50%)

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 30 %
Midterm Exam: 25 %
Quizzes and Tests: 10 %
Lab Work: 35 %

Percentage of Individual Work:

Course Offered in Other Programs:

Additional Comments:
Assignments: Late assignments, lab reports or projects will not be accepted for marking. Assignments must be done on an individual basis unless otherwise specified by the instructor and submitted on-line.

Makeup Tests, Exams or Quizzes: There will be no makeup test, 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 prior to the exam or quiz.

Ethics: NLC assumes that all students attending the institute 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.

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 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.

- D2L Access
-TI 30XII Calculator or equivalent calculator (basic trig functions, hours-minutes-seconds / decimal hours conversion, non-programmable)
- Loose-leaf field paper - Rite in the Rain, 1 package
- Tri scale with at least 1:100, 1:125, 1:20 1:25, 1:50 1:75 scales
- Navigational protractor
- 2 mechanical pencils - 9.5mm Pentel or equivalent
- Clear plastic straight edge (6")
- Engineering paper pad or gridded pad (imperial OK)
- Small stapler

Equipment: 256 mb (minimum) memory key

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Other information:
Specify Number of Assignments: Assignments/Labs - 11

Text Books:

Required - Frey, D. , 2007, AutoCAD 2008 and AutoCAD LT 2008 - No Experience Required (Wiley Publishing Inc.)
Required - Wolf, P.R., 2006, Elementary Surveying - An Instroduction to Geomatics (Pearson Prentice Hall). Chapters Covered: Front Cover, p. 29-34, p. 168-183, p. 480-489
Required - Peterson, M., 1995, Interactive and Animated Cartography (Prentice Hall)
Required - Wattles, G.H., Survey Drafting - Drafting Practices in Surveying and Engineering (Gordon H. Wattles Publications)
Required - Slocum, T., 1999, Thematic Cartography and Visualization (Prentice-Hall)