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SURV304 Land Development Engineering 3

An introduction to the design, construction and installation of engineering services for land development, including water, wastewater, stormwater, electrical, street lighting, communication and gas.

The provision of roading infrastructure and engineering services is a fundamental aspect of the land development process. A practising surveyor in Aotearoa New Zealand working in land development needs to be capable of undertaking the majority of the engineering works associated with land development, as well as knowing which professionals to engage with to undertake other aspects of land development. This paper provides a pathway for students to gain understanding and demonstrate competency in the engineering aspects of land development through the provision of a capstone engineering design project using an industry standard land development software package. The paper also builds on fundamental engineering principles covered in SURV 203 and SURV 204 by introducing concepts in soil mechanics, pavement design and construction, concrete construction, water reticulation design and construction and the provision of telecommunication, electricity and gas services.

Paper title Land Development Engineering 3
Paper code SURV304
Subject Surveying
EFTS 0.1334
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,173.39
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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(SURV 203 or SURV 213) and (SURV 204 or SURV 214)
SURV 315, SURV 324
Schedule C
This paper is suitable for students pursuing a course of study in the areas of land surveying, land development or civil engineering.
Teaching staff

Lecturer and Convener: Dr Greg Leonard
12d Tutor: Mr Kelly Gragg
Soils Laboratory Tutor: Mr Craig Tidey

Paper Structure

The paper covers the following topics:

  • Design of stormwater networks
  • Design of foul sewer networks
  • Design of water reticulation networks
  • Design of subdivisional roading
  • The use of land development software packages
  • An introduction to soil mechanics
  • An introduction to pavement design
  • An introduction to concrete construction
Teaching Arrangements
This paper generally has three lectures and one practical session per week.
A course reader is provided for this paper. A list of supplementary reference material available in the University of Otago Library is also provided.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this paper, students will have gained competencies in

  • Designing roading infrastructure and drainage systems (stormwater and foul water) for land subdivisions using an industry standard land development computer software package
  • Supervising the construction of drainage networks
  • Understanding and facilitating the geotechnical aspects of investigations for, and development of, land subdivisions
  • Understanding the uses of natural soils and engineered soil solutions in land development
  • Undertaking basic road pavement design, including the materials used and the methods employed
  • Supervising basic concrete construction
  • Working collaboratively to first develop an engineering design and then present this design to their peers

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Wednesday 16:00-17:50 28-34, 36-41
A2 Thursday 14:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41