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SURV297 Land Development Field Course

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Application of fundamental land development techniques. Digital data acquisition and processing for road design and associated engineering calculations. Plan production using road design software packages.

SURV 297 is a compulsory paper for the BSc in Land Planning and Development. This paper is a 1-week intensive field camp that applies the concepts and theories relating to road design that are introduced to students during their 200-level papers and allows them to experience a real-world example of computer design using industry standard software.

Paper title Land Development Field Course
Paper code SURV297
Subject Surveying
Points 0 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (1 September 2021 - 30 November 2021) (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $.00
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $.00

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SURV 203 and SURV 204

Only students enrolled in a BSc Land Planning and Development are eligible for this paper.


Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Fraser Jopson
Lecturer and Field Supervisor: Mr James Bazsika
Lecturer and Computer Supervisor: Mr Kelly Gragg
Demonstrators: Senior surveying students
Paper Structure
The field camp covers two main areas of road design. They are:
  • Completing calculations relating to roading and culvert design
  • Undertaking roading and earthworks design using an industry-standard computer program and producing plans suitable for actual use
Teaching Arrangements

SURV 297 is completed as a 1-week field camp. All lectures, instruction on the use of the computer program, design work, calculations and the production of plans and report are completed during the five-day period over which the camp runs.

No textbooks are required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper should

  • Have been introduced to an industry-standard software package that will produce acceptable roading plans
  • Have designed and checked a road using the software package to which they have been introduced
  • Have completed all of the calculation and checks required to confirm that the software package has produced correct road plans
  • Have produced a complete set of roading plans (i.e. a plan, a longsection, and two cross-sections plan to the required specifications)
  • Have demonstarted their proficiency in using suitable survey software and technologies to complete all of the required tasks

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1st Non standard period (1 September 2021 - 30 November 2021)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

Block Teaching

Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 08:00-22:50 42
Tuesday 08:00-22:50 42
Wednesday 08:00-22:50 42
Thursday 08:00-22:50 42
Friday 08:00-22:50 42