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CS2004 - Surveying and Construction

[Offered in odd-numbered years]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

General principles of surveying, methods used in surveying. Recording and plotting detail. Principles of construction and adjustment of instruments. Levelling and contouring. Theodolite and compass traversing. Precise levelling, tacheometric surveying. Setting out engineering works, excavations for foundations. Areas and earthwork quantities. Application of computers in surveying. Particular civil engineering applications, route locations, tunnelling, hydrographic surveying. Remote sensing including aerial and terrestrial photogrammetry. Construction introduction to civil construction equipment and methods; construction techniques, tendering and estimating.

Learning Outcomes

  • communicate with professionals and community at large;
  • use basic surveying instruments and discuss various construction techniques;
  • work both individually and as part of team in undertaking engineering surveys and managing construction activity;
  • demonstrate basic understanding of civil construction equipment and techniques;
  • explain the use of various surveying techniques in a wide range of civil engineering applications;
  • keep systematic records of traverses, levelling jobs and tachometric surveys.


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Siva Sivakugan
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 65 hours - Lectures, tutorials, demonstrations, practicals, site visits and/or seminars. Refer to Subject Outline for details.
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (50% - 70%); on-course assessment, some of which may be invigilated (30% - 50%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.