CONS06040 2019 Surveying 1

General Details

Full Title
Surveying 1
Transcript Title
Surveying 1
70 %
Subject Area
CONS - Construction
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Anthony Massie, Michael Sheridan
Programme Membership
SG_TADWO_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Advanced Wood and Sustainable Building Technology SG_SAPCT_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Construction Technology 1 SG_SACON_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Construction Technology SG_SCONS_H08 202200 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Construction Project Management and Applied Technology

This module is designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of the principles and methodology of conducting a site survey using basic surveying equipment. Students are introduced to automatic and rotating laser levels and their respective applications in conducting site, foul/storm water sewer, cross-sectional surveys and related applied site uses.     

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Define the various types of datum and bench marks that can be used in levelling including Ordnance Datum


Verify the absence of collimation error in equipment


Execute a Rise and Fall level survey to establish vertical control


Execute a HPC level survey


Perform all the necessary calculations and checks for determining heights by levelling including an assessment of the quality of the results obtained


Display knowledge of safety factors associated with the use of laser technology


Demonstrate extent of module comprehension by assessment.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered using blended learning techniques. Introductory and theoretical elements will be conducted by lectures in a classroom, drawings generated in multi-disciplinary Computer-Aided Design project in a computer laboratory and Practicals conducted on the college campus green areas.

Module Assessment Strategies

100% Continuous Assessment

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment

Module Dependencies

CONS06036 201900 Graphical Communication & CAD 1

Indicative Syllabus

Levelling and Surveying fundamentals

2 Peg test 

Closed level survey using OBM reference

Closed level survey using Rise and Fall method

Closed level survey using HPC method

Level surveys to create vertical  and cross-sections on Computer-Aided Design software 

Applications of rotating laser level to site projects


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 2 Peg test and report Continuous Assessment Assignment 30 % Week 4 2,5,7
2 HPC Survey and report Continuous Assessment Assignment 40 % Week 10 4,5,7
3 Theory assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 30 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Levelling_Theory 1 Fortnightly 0.50
Supervision Not Specified Levelling_Practical 3 Fortnightly 1.50
Independent Learning Not Specified Self-directed learning 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2010 Surveying for Engineers Palgrave MacMillan
ISBN 0230221572 ISBN-13 9780230221574

This classic engineering surveying text has been thoroughly updated to include recent developments in the field. New features focus on increasing accessibility for students, including updated illustrations, a new student-friendly text design, plus new pedagogical features within each chapter.

Recommended Reading
16/12/2005 Surveying For Construction McGraw-Hill

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Surveying for Engineers. John Uren. Bill Price.

Surveying for Construction. William Irvine.

Journal Resources


URL Resources


Other Resources


Flat classroom

Levelling equipment

Additional Information