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Surveying for Engineers

Lindi Quackenbush

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
University with graduate programs, including doctoral programs


The course introduces techniques for plane surveying and position determination. The course includes an introduction to measurement and error theory, reference surfaces, coordinate systems and datums, horizontal and vertical measurements, traverse computations, construction surveying, foundations and applications of global positioning systems.

Course URL: http://www.esf.edu/erfeg/quackenbush/ere371/ere371.htm
Subject: Geoscience:Geology, Geography:Physical, Geospatial
Resource Type: Course Information, Course Site, Goals/Syllabi
Topics: Earth surface, Chemistry/Physics/Mathematics
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:GIS/Remote Sensing
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Course Context:

This course is required for juniors in forest engineering and construction management. It has a required 3-hour laboratory. The class requires calculus as a prerequisite, and serves as a prerequisite for following classes related to spatial information.

Course Goals:

* Students should be able to use the principles and procedures of plane surveying for data quantification and collection, mapping, and construction layout.

* Students should be able to analyze and reduce survey field measurements to produce a topographic map.

* Students should be able to assess the accuracy and precision of field measurements, evaluate the sources of systematic and random errors in those measurements, and determine the suitability for calculating derived quantities.

How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:

Lab and lecture activities provide students with practice in using surveying equipment, making measurements, assessing the quality of the measurements, and using the measurements for further analysis (e.g. preparing a map). Because this is a sequential process, students are evaluated (e.g. through lab submissions) and must succeed at one level before moving on to the next.

Skills Goals

* Perform surveying field procedures as a member of a team.

* Prepare professional documentation and graphical communications.

How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:

The lab work requires team member participation. Each lab exercise is evaluated to ensure that all team members are participating, and that professional practice standards are being adhered to.


- Through examinations and homework material
- Through completion of lab exercises
- Through in class activities


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