Site surveying, setting out and site engineering syllabus



Please see below just some of the topics you would be learning in our advanced and enhanced setting out and site surveying course.



Practical exercises




  • Reading and understanding construction drawings
  • Establishing control networks
  • Checking instruments for calibration
  • Setting out points, lines, arcs and planes including ramps
  • Carrying out as built site surveys
  • Using a range of instruments, levelling, Total stations, robotic instruments, GPS, lasers
  • Checking if two lines are parallel or at right angle to each other
  • Checking a column or a wall for plumb
  • Two peg tests
  • Measuring internal angles between two lines
  • Entering, editing and deleting data in Total Stations
  • Topographic survey of a road
  • Application of distance measuement tools to every day situations
  • Various distance measurement methods
  • GPS surveys







Theory lessons


  • Understanding sequence of operations on a building site
  • Global and local coordinates creation and transformation
  • Traverses, creation and adjustment
  • Checking an existing traverse for movement or accuracy
  • Mathematics of surveying
  • Reading and understanding construction drawings
  • Reinforcement and bending schedules
  • Accuracy and precision in setting out and surveying
  • Levelling methods, height of collimation, inverted and negative levels
  • Starting new jobs, small, medium or large and their differences
  • Control points and markers, their accuracy and reliability
  • Naming jobs and points in Total Station memory
  • Difference between fixed and measured points
  • Site Survey methods











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