**COT 270**

** Intermediate Surveying**

Prerequisite: COT269

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.

Theory and practice of Surveying including: coordinate geometry; balancing traverse; route surveying and layout; legal principals of surveying and land division. Field applications of these subjects.

**Course
Outline:**

The student
will be able to:

Use Transit Rule and Compass Rule methods to balance traverse for angular and
linear closure.

Use traverse for solving boundary and establishing horizontal control

Convert angular and distance measurements into grid coordinates

Use coordinates to calculate bearings, distances, areas and volumes

Understand instructions for division of land

Calculate restoration of lost corners in public and private land

Understand Real Property, easement rights, riparian rights, and platting

Understand State Plain Coordinate System

Understand legal principals of surveying

Balancing traverse: Using Transit Rule and Compass Rule methods to balance traverse
for angular and linear closure.

Traverse methods: Uses of traverse for solving boundary and establishing horizontal
control.

Traverse methods exercise

Traverse methods exercise

Coordinate geometry: Conversion of angular and distance measurements into grid
coordinates. Using coordinates to calculate bearings, distances, areas and volumes.

Coordinate geometry

Topographic mapping exercise

Route Surveying: Examining the principals and geometry of horizontal and vertical
curves and their use in roadway calculations. Application of these methods in
road layout and construction.

Route Surveying

Route Surveying exercise

Route Surveying exercise

Legal principals of surveying: Examination of instructions for division of land.
Calculations for restoration of lost corners in public and private land. Discussion
of Real Property, easement rights, riparian rights, and platting. Introduction
to State Plain Coordinate System.

Legal principals of surveying

Practical Exercise

Practical Exercise

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MATERIALS NEEDED: MECHANICAL
PENCIL, CALCULATOR WITH TRIGONOMETRIC FUNCTIONS, ENGINEER’S SCALE, PROTRACTOR,
AND COMPASS.

Welcome to Intermediate Surveying! The purpose of this class is to expand upon basic land surveying methods introduced in COT 269. My hope is to provide the student with knowledge of mathematical concepts that can be applied in solving complex surveying problems. This is not a math class, but mathematical concepts will be applied in ways you may never have thought of in solving real life situations Surveyors are presented on a daily basis.

ATTENDANCE:

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.

GRADING:

Grades will be determined based on attendance (10% of total grade), weekly homework
assignments (15%), field exercises (20%), three quizzes (10% apiece), and a
comprehensive final exam (25%).

HOMEWORK:

Every week there will be a homework assignment that will be collected and graded.
It is in your best interest to do your best to compete each assignment, not
only for the 15% of your grade, but also for full comprehension of the topics
we discuss.

FIELD EXERCISES:

When weather permits, we will be going outside to practice concepts we discuss
in class. Grades for this will be based on effort, participation, quality of
field notes, and accuracy of computations.

QUIZZES:

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.

FINAL EXAM:

There will be a comprehensive final exam at the time determined by the College.

Mathematics is a big part of surveying. College Algebra and Trigonometry are prerequisites for this class. As stated above, I will not be teaching math, merely applications of mathematical concepts you’ve learned elsewhere. If you have an understanding of basic algebraic, trigonometric and geometric concepts, I can provide you with an understanding of what we as Surveyors are trying to accomplish, and the result will be information that can be applied in real life work situations or subsequent coursework.

Finally, participation in class is strongly encouraged. I want this to be a highly participatory, hands-on class. My intention is to get you to approach measurement and layout problems like a surveyor, and to approach problem solving in ways you may not have thought of. As with all forms of applied sciences, there are many routes the solution of a problem. Class discussion will open us to these possibilities.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY:

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.

LECTURE TOPICS

WEEK 1:

Introduction

Traversing (ch. 5 & 8)

Latitudes and Departures

WEEK 2, 3 & 4:

Traverse computations

Coordinates

Methods of Closure

Adjustment of Traverse (ch. 8)

Methods of adjustment

Methods for Area Calculations

WEEK 5:

Area Computations (ch. 10)

WEEK 6, 7 & 8:

Horizontal Curves (ch. 12)

Geometrics & Calculations

Methods of Field Layout

WEEK 9, 10, & 11:

Vertical Curves (ch. 12)

Geometrics

Simple, Compound, Unequal Tangents

Applications

WEEK 12, 13, & 14:

U.S. Public Land Surveys (ch. 13)

WEEK 15:

State Plane Coordinates