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Module

CEG1712 : Fundamentals of Surveying I

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Nigel Penna
  • Lecturer: Professor Jon Mills
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To provide a general introduction to surveying instrumentation.
To develop skills in fundamental survey observations and teamwork.

This module introduces students to the instrumentation and observation procedures utilised in modern surveying practice. The construction and operating principles of survey levels, theodolites, electromagnetic distance measurement (EDM) equipment, total stations and global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), including the global positioning system (GPS), are all introduced in the lecture programme. Supporting practicals, that complement the theory taught in lectures, provide students with hands-on experience.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to the basic concepts of surveying on a plane surface; Height determination by
spirit levelling; angle measurement by theodolite; distance measurement techniques including EDM; basic positioning using total station and GNSS; testing and calibration of instrumentation.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials181:0018:00Present-in-person lectures/seminars and non-synchronous online lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00completion of assessments
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion33:3010:30Assessed practicals
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study131:3031:30Review of lecture materials and reading around subject
Total100:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CEG1703Surveying
CEG1709Engineering Surveying I
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The study of surveying like many scientific subjects has its own language, methodologies and techniques. Additionally, the subject is underpinned by mathematics. The language, methodologies and techniques are delivered through the lecture series building to an in-depth study of basic surveying practice. Theoretical knowledge introduced in lectures is further practised and consolidated in formal practical sessions. The practical skills of the subject are practised through an equipment based practical session.

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances.
Student’s should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises1M25Survey computations 1
Practical/lab report1M153 x 3.5 hour practical (assessed at time of delivery).
Prob solv exercises1M30Survey computations 2
Essay1M30Essay on surveying concepts and instrumentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Surveying encompasses a suite of practical, computational, analytical and expressive skills. Therefore the assessments vary to ensure these skills (and respective knowledge and understanding) are assessed, including fieldwork for practical skills.

Reading Lists

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