This course is an introduction to the principles of field surveying with an emphasis on the care and use of instruments, observing procedures and note keeping formats. The field labs will introduce survey methods for measuring horizontal angles, vertical angles and distances through the use of differential levels, theodolites and total stations. Workplace hazards and safe working procedures will be introduced. This course will also cover the fundamentals of astronomy for surveying applications.
2 years post secondary education in any of the following: geography, geology, math, physics or engineering.
This course was retired after the Winter 2018 term and is no longer offered through IZUNA Part-time Studies.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Describe the proper care and handling of survey equipment.
Demonstrate suitable formats for note keeping.
Describe the various aspects of differential and trigonometric levelling.
Demonstrate setting up, levelling and centering an instrument over a point.
Observe horizontal and vertical angles with a theodolite.
Describe and apply corrections to electronic and taped distance measurements.
Describe the basic parameters common to most total stations.
Demonstrate the procedures for establishing elevations by differential levelling.
Take the necessary observations for determining coordinates by a traversing.
Use electronic data collection with a total station.
Use Helmert’s transformation ‘Free Station’ for determining the instrument location.
Describe the basic field procedures for setting out points.
Demonstrate safe working procedures.
Describe four coordinate systems used in astronomy by surveyors.
Determine astronomic azimuth by time and altitude methods by solar and star observation.
Describe the equation of time, apparent time, sidereal time and Universal Time.
Use the Star Almanac for Land Surveyors for determining right ascension, declination, R and E.