CIVL 130


Course title and Number

CE010 - Surveying

Catalog Description

Theory and practice in measurement and computation of distances, angles and areas on the earth's surface.  Error of combined measurements analysis.  Use of scientific calculator required.  2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory.  Formerly CE 001A.


MATH 007A or equivalent (may be taken concurrently).

Textbook and Other Required Materials

Elementary Surveying, An Introduction to Geomatics, 10th Edition, by Paul R. Wolf and Charles D. Ghilani, published by Prentice-Hall, Inc. copyright 2002
Ownership and use of a scientific calculator is required
Surveying Field Book

Course Objectives

The objectives of this course present:

  • Theory of measurement errors, accuracies, magnitude of errors and error propagation
  • Level instrument setup, theory, field procedures and computations, including standards required by the Federal Geodetic Control Subcommittee (FGCS) for vertical control survey accuracy.
  • Distances, angles, azimuths and bearing measurements
  • Traversing and traverse computations, including standards required by the Federal Geodetic Control Subcommittee (FGCS) for horizontal control survey accuracy.
  • Total Station instrument setup, field procedures and computations, including instrument technical specifications and expected survey precision using the instrument.
  • Coordinate geometry and area computations performed in a variety of field surveying situations requiring familiarity with coordinate forms of equations and the use of a calculator.
  • Topographic surveying and terrain modeling using AutoCAD and Land Development Desktop.


Students completing the course will have:

  • Awareness of instrumental, natural and personal errors in measuring and surveying, field procedures for assessing errors, and standards to determine quality of measurements and surveys.
  • Hands-on experience with older and newer surveying equipment such as level instruments, transits and Total Station instruments with on-board computer.
  • Professional and ethical responsibilities to record accurate field notes and to recognize and report poor survey results.
  • Practice with measuring and surveying procedures for a variety of engineering tasks such as horizontal and vertical control surveys, underground pipe alignment, and strategic topographic point selection for terrain modeling.
  • Experience with creating a representative electronic terrain model using a computer program and developing a scaled topographic map of a proposed project site, including selecting appropriate engineering scales and including typical drawing information.

Lecture and Laboratory Schedule

Lecture - Two meetings per week for 50-minutes each
Laboratory - One meeting per week for 2-hours and 50-minutes

  • 30 to 50 minutes laboratory presentation and discussion
  • Remaining laboratory time for field/computer work and computations

Contribution of Course to Meet the Professional Component

As a prelude to Civil Engineering, this course introduces:

  • Measuring and visualizing in three dimensions.
  • Equipment used in measuring.
  • Computer applications in modeling and drawing.


The following evaluations compose the course letter grade:

  • Homework assignments are all collected and graded; resubmittals are permitted for 90-percent grade value; weighted 15 percent of course grade.
  • Two 50-minute midterm examinations, each weighted 15 percent of course grade.
  • One 1-hour, 50-minute comprehensive final examination, weighted 25 percent of course grade
  • Laboratory assignments weighted 30 percent of course grade.
Letter grades are assigned based on the following

Score (%) / Grade
89 -100  =  A
79 - 88   =  B
65 - 78   =  C
50 - 64   =  D
00 - 49   =  F