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    Precise surveying for engineering, scientific or industrial purposes. Includes survey techniques and management for major structures, tunnels, mining, deformation, and industrial measurement applications.

    The paper aims to provide an understanding of the technologies and methodologies required in advanced engineering surveying projects. It provides an understanding of the activities involved in the planning, execution, processing and presentation of surveys for the construction and maintenance of engineering projects. The paper covers instrumentation and advanced methods for surveying in land development, mining, tunnelling, deformation monitoring, building construction, highways and industrial measurement projects.

    About this paper

    Paper title Advanced Engineering Surveying
    Subject Surveying
    EFTS 0.1482
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,340.02
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    (SURV 301 or SURV 311) and (SURV 302 or SURV 312)
    SURV 431 and SURV 459

    This is an elective paper of the BSurv and BSc (Survey Measurement) and is suitable for students interested in surveying within engineering and construction settings.

    Teaching staff
    Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Richard Hemi
    Paper Structure
    There will be two lectures and one 3-hour practical session scheduled each week.

    Some weeks will only have two lectures, other weeks will use the practical session for a lecture or guest lecture. This allows the guest lecturers to go beyond one hour if required.
    Teaching Arrangements


    Internal Assessment

    • A number of practical survey projects involving field measurement, post-processing and calculation of results, and presentation of data. The purpose of this is to reinforce the theory of the engineering surveying methods described in the course and to provide experience in the use of these survey methods. Use of computer software also instills knowledge in the transfer and processing of survey data
    • Undertaking a large data capture project and presenting the results in a written report that demonstrates students' surveying field work techniques, research, and writing skills
    • A further written research report on a particular aspect of engineering surveying is required for this paper
    • Total internal contribution to the final grade: 65%

    Final Examination

    • Two hours' duration; 35% contribution to the final grade
    • A minimum mark of 40% in the final exam is required to pass this paper

    To gain terms in this paper, all students must obtain at least 50% of the total internal assessment.


    Availability and use of resources:

    Library resources available
    All key supporting texts are on reserve in the Central or Surveying library.

    Required textbook/s
    There are no prescribed textbooks for this paper. However, students will be provided with references to relevant material throughout the paper, as well as notes at each lecture.

    Recommended readings
    ICS (Smith, J ed);  The management of setting out in construction.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will:

    • Obtain practical experience using different engineering surveying methods and instruments
    • Learn various surveying solutions available for complex engineering and construction situations
    • Understand the technologies and methodologies required in advanced engineering surveying projects
    • Understand the activities involved in the planning, execution, processing and presentation of surveys for the operation and maintenance of engineering projects
    • Learn an appreciation of the limitations and errors associated with different engineering surveying methods
    • Undertake a research project of a particular area of engineering surveying


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Wednesday 13:00-13:50 29-35, 37-42
    Thursday 13:00-13:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 29-35, 37-42
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