CIVL 1001 Surveying for Engineers

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 300738

Coordinator Won Hee Kang Opens in new window

Description This is a core subject which provides students with basic skills that are required to carry-out Surveying. After the completion of this subject, students will be able to carry-out required preliminary surveying for most of the civil and construction engineering projects. This subject will also serve as a foundation for most of the subjects that follow in the course.

School Eng, Design & Built Env

Discipline Surveying

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 1 subject

Pre-requisite(s) MATH 1016

Equivalent Subjects CIVL 1002 - Surveying for Engineering CIVL 1003 - Surveying for Engineers (WSTC AssocD)

Assumed Knowledge

Students need a good knowledge of Geometry and Trigonometry.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Explain the terminology, instruments, datum, maps and coordinate systems; operate, record and reduce observations made using current industry standard surveying equipment.
  2. Develop contour and building site maps.
  3. Operate, record and adjust angular observations made with current industry standard surveying equipment; use a tape to measure slope distances and to reduce linear observations to the horizontal; to adjust a combination of these angular and linear observations to provide coordinates of the traverse points used.
  4. Estimate errors in engineering surveying and apply necessary adjustments.
  5. Compute cross-sectional areas and volumes for channels and embankments; prepare mass-haul diagrams
  6. Prepare diagrams and compute parameters for the setting out the centrelines of roads or railways where horizontal circular and transition curves are to be placed, or where a vertical curve is to be placed.
  7. Describe the relationship between global positioning system (GPS), spatial information systems (SIS) and surveying
  8. Work cooperatively in a team to complete field work, data reduction and analysis and report writing.

Subject Content

1. Errors and accuracies to desired tolerances.
2. Levelling traverses and height datums.
3. Angle and distance traversing, including closures and adjustment of errors in closed traverses.
4. Feature surveys, including coordinate systems and map projections.
5. Computations of cross-sectional areas and basic volumes for cuttings or embankments for roads or railways.
6. Calculation and presentation of mass-haul diagrams.
7. The design and setting out parameters for the centrelines of horizontal/circular, transition and vertical curves for roads and railways.
8. Accuracies required for the building set-out and equipment tolerances.
9. Introduction to Geographic/Spatial Information Systems (GIS/SIS) including satellite positioning sources (GNSS) and their use in many Engineering contexts.


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Quiz N/A 10 N Individual
Report Five reports (6% each), each report about 10 pages long 30 N Group
Final Exam 2 hours (closed book) 60 N Individual

Teaching Periods

Autumn (2024)

Penrith (Kingswood)


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Parramatta - Victoria Rd


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Sydney City Campus - Term 2 (2024)

Sydney City


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