ENGR 267: Introduction to Survey Techniques

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Restricted Elective

Students will learn the foundations for field survey techniques with field labs using methods and tools such as a total station and leveling equipment.  The course covers the Professional Land Survey System along with how to establish and adjust control and conduct field survey to produce a topographic map.

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Course Learning Outcomes

Core Topics

  • Overview of the history of public land survey methods
  • Principles of vertical and horizontal survey methods including reading the rod, using math to transfer elevations, note taking, field measurements, loop closures, angles and distances, azimuth, degrees/minutes/seconds, stakeout, traverse, and instrument care.
  • Taking field survey measurements using a total station and GPS instruments.
  • Establishment of survey evidence using monuments, written, measurements, parol, occupation, and judicial notice.
  • Understanding datum and coordinate systems.
  • Collecting survey data to produce a topographic map.
  • Survey principles for plan reading and layout.
  • Establishment of horizontal and vertical curves.
  • Analysis and interpretation of legal descriptions.
  • Understanding the legal principles of property boundaries and the Public Land Survey System.
  • Identification and correction of survey errors.
  • How and where to conduct survey research.
  • Understanding survey ethics and safety.
  • Introduction to other survey technologies such as LIDAR, bathymetry, scanners, and drones.
  • Weekly field labs covering (at a minimum) the following topics:  differential leveling, taping, traverse leveling, horizon closure, traverse angle measurement, building layout, and grade staking.