ICTD International Centre for Training and Development

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About the course

This course introduces the three basic surveying tools–the tape, level and transit/theodolite along with proper field procedures for basic surveying. These include taking field notes, taping and EDM, leveling, bearings and azimuths, topography, and mapping. This is an introductory course to the principles of surveying as related to the construction industry and introduces the delegates to the equipment, methods and calculations used in land surveying. The delegates will also study the various types of instrument along with the ability to interpret and record data from the various types of surveys and survey drawings.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the delegates will be able to:

  • Discuss the principles of surveying and the use of basic surveying tools
  • Apply geometric and trigonometric principles to basic surveying calculations
  • Use accurate and prepare legible and complete notes in a well-prepared field book
  • Demonstrate field procedures in basic types of surveys
  • Practice awareness of the limitations of the basic surveying instruments and analyze the possible errors that could arise
  • Apply drawing techniques in the development of a topographic map

Course Outline

Day 1

  • Introduction to Taping and Pacing
  • Breaking Chain (Traverse)
  • Demonstration of EDM

Day 2

  • Introduction to Leveling
  • Differential Leveling
  • Profile Leveling (Sewer Line)

Day 3

  • Laser Leveling
  • Introduction to Theodolite & Transit (Right Angles and Double Centering)
  • Transit Traverse (Double Direct Angles)

Day 4

  • Vertical Angles (Heights of TV Tower)
  • Introduction to Radial Traverse for Topographic Map (MCCC)

Day 5

  • Map Data
  • Topographic Map

Course Methodology

A variety of methodologies will be used during the course that includes:

  • (30%) Based on Case Studies
  • (30%) Techniques
  • (30%) Role Play
  • (10%) Concepts
  • Pre-test and Post-test
  • Variety of Learning Methods
  • Lectures
  • Case Studies and Self Questionaires
  • Group Work
  • Discussion
  • Presentation

Who should attend

This course is intended for civil, mechanical and electrical engineers, estimators, cost engineers, project managers and contract administrators. This course is also beneficial for contractor-owners, architects, engineering degree holders and for entry-level and practicing engineers desiring to pursue rewarding careers in land surveying.

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