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SVY2106 Geodetic Surveying A

Semester 1, 2022 Springfield On-campus
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Surveying & Built Environment
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Examiner: Chris McAlister


Pre-requisite: SVY1110 and SVY1102 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCNS or GCST or GDNS or GDST or MSST or MSPT or MENS


Surveyors require the knowledge and skills necessary to precisely locate features on the Earth's surface. To do this, they require an understanding of the equipment and methods used to observe precise angles, and differences in level, as well as the determination of coordinates from GNSS equipment.

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of the equipment and methods used to carry out precise surveys, including sources of error and the techniques used to minimise or eliminate them. In addition the students are expected to gain the necessary skills to complete these surveys at an appropriate standard.

Course learning outcomes

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. describe the geodetic relationships of the size and shape of the earth;
  2. use statistics to analyse geodetic observations, values and positional results;
  3. explain the construction properties and uses of the UTM map projection and identify its fundamental elements;
  4. demonstrate a knowledge of the sources of errors in precise angle observations and the techniques used to minimise their effects;
  5. demonstrate a knowledge of the effects of curvature and refraction on lines of sight;
  6. apply this knowledge of curvature and refraction to trigonometrical levelling;
  7. demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of GNSS carrier phase observations;
  8. describe the RTK and other GNSS system components and explain their use and operation;
  9. describe the principles of data acquisition, data presentation and uses of the RTK GNSS technique.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Horizontal and Vertical Datums 10.00
2. Statistical Analysis in Surveying 10.00
3. Map Projections and the UTM 10.00
4. Precise Angles Observations 10.00
5. Trigonometrical Heighting 10.00
6. The GPS phase Observable 20.00
7. The Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) system 20.00
8. Applications and data collection 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Eton statistical and math tables 1980, 4th edn, Heinemann Publishers, Auckland, NZ.
Microsoft Excel 97 or later (students purchasing this software will find it more economical to purchase the Microsoft Office package which includes Excel).

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Quiz No 10 1,2
Assignments Written Problem Solving 1 No 20 2,3,4,7,9
Assignments Written Problem Solving 2 No 20 1,2,4,5,6
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 50 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Date printed 10 February 2023