University of Technology Sydney

48320 Surveying

6cp; 2hpw (workshop), 2hpw (field work/workshop). Forms of attendance and mode of delivery in this subject have changed to enable social distancing and reduce the risks of spreading COVID-19 in our community.



This subject enables students to become competent in the theory and practice of basic surveying skills, and being able to use basic surveying equipment such as levels and theodolites. Students learn how to perform the calculations and reductions of observations associated with this equipment and to be aware of the likely errors that may occur during observations and of methods to eliminate or minimise such errors. Other surveying skills developed include making accurate distance measurements over short distances using tapes, and awareness of the advantages of modern developments in this field such as electronic distance measuring equipment. Students are aware of how to perform a simple traverse and associated calculations for the engineering applications of surveying. The stadia method is discussed in class and may be used as a data-gathering tool in a practical exercise. The applications of modern computer programs to reduce data for, and the plotting of, detail and contour plans are introduced. Services of professional surveyors are explained, as are engineering situations where surveyors must be engaged.

Professional practices of surveying and engineering are emphasised during all classes.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus
Spring session, City campus

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