Don Rericka, Instructor
Text: Schmidt, Milton O. and Kam W. Wong. Fundamentals of Surveying, Third edition
MATERIALS NEEDED: MECHANICAL PENCIL, CALCULATOR WITH TRIGONOMETRIC FUNCTIONS, ENGINEER’S SCALE, PROTRACTOR, AND COMPASS.
Explore the use of surveying equipment such as tape, level transit and theodolite to establish bench marks, give line and grade, layout building sites, run cross sections, do slope staking, run simple transverse, stake a curve and perform a staditransit survey.
to Surveying; History of Surveying
How to use the instruments
How surveying is used in building Construction
Use of steel tape
Lines and levels
Click Here for Explanation of the Department Policy
Welcome to Elementary Surveying! The purpose of this class is to introduce basic land surveying methods. This course is not designed as a training course on modern equipment, nor is it designed to make one an expert in specific surveying tasks. Rather, my hope is to provide the student with core knowledge of basic surveying concepts that can be applied in subsequent courses or work experience. Hopefully, after completing this class, you will think about surveying like a surveyor and not just a technician.
Attendance is mandatory, and unexcused absences will not be tolerated. More than two unexcused absences will result in dropping one letter grade per absence. Unexcused missed quizzes and assignments cannot be made up, and will be counted as zero. Everybody must take the final exam on the assigned day.
Grades will be determined based on attendance, weekly homework assignments (5% of total grade), field exercises (10%), three quizzes (10% apiece), one mapping assignment (20%), one three-page paper (10%), and a comprehensive final exam (25%). Weekly homework will not be graded, but checked to determine a reasonable effort has been put forth.
When weather permits, we will be going outside to practice concepts we discuss in class. Grades for this will be based on effort, participation, and quality of field notes.
There will be three quizzes throughout the course of the semester. At least 1-week notice will be given prior to each quiz. Quizzes will cover material previously discussed; no new material will be on the quiz. I want to try to avoid forcing you to memorize formulas, and will provide them on the quizzes.
There will be a mapping assignment due at the end of the semester that will encompass the surveying methods covered in the class. More about this will be discussed later in the quarter. The fieldwork for this assignment will be done on class time, and the drafting will be homework.
One three-page paper will be due, with the subject being some historical aspect of surveying. The primary purpose of the paper is to give the student a chance to do some learning outside of normal classroom discussion. Surveying has a rich history, and it is important that students of surveying understand its history, especially for a complete understanding of the U.S. Public Land System. Also, a competent surveyor must be able to express hi/her self in writing. The paper may be handed in at any time during the semester, but no later than one week before the last class. Please tell me the topic you will be writing on before beginning.
There will be a comprehensive final exam at the time determined by the College.
Mathematics is a big part of surveying. Those of you who wish to go on in the field are strongly encouraged to pursue math courses. Math is not required for this class; however, we will be applying some basic mathematical concepts. I will provided all the formulas and make clear when they’re needed. The ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide is necessary for this class. I will introduce simple mathematical concepts such as significant digits and rounding which are essential for a full understanding of surveying methods.
Finally, participation in class is strongly encouraged. I want this to be a highly participatory, hands-on class. If discussions take us off the track of the class outline and cause us to miss subjects planned for the final weeks, so be it. My intention is to get you to approach measurement and layout problems like a surveyor, which can be accomplished by covering a minimal number of subjects.
Students are responsible for conducting themselves in a professional, adult manner. This includes, but is not limited to, cheating on exams, plagiarism on written assignments, and disruptive behavior in the classroom or during outdoor exercises. All of the above are strictly prohibited at Triton College, and a student caught engaging in any of these activities is subject to expulsion from the class with an F for the course.
Surveying defined (ch. 1)
Shape of the Earth
Errors, precision vs. accuracy, significant digits (ch. 2)
WEEK 2 & 3:
Distance measurement-Taping (ch. 3)
Units and conversions
Tapes and accessories
Electronic distance measurement (ch. 6)
WEEK 3 & 4:
Leveling (ch. 4)
Basic principal of a level
Types of levels and rods
Errors and corrections
WEEK 5, 6, & 7:
Angle measurements (ch. 5)
Units of angular measurement
Horizontal and vertical angles
Bearings and azimuths
Angle measuring instruments
Errors and corrections
WEEK 8, 9, 10, & 11:
Traverse (ch. 8)
Stadia, plane tables, total stations
WEEK 12, 13, & 14:
Drawing a map
Rural and urban surveys
U.S. Public Land Systems
Subdivision of townships
Layout by taping
Setting up level
Setting up theodolite
Simple angular measurements-horizontal and vertical