Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces students to elementary field and office surveying theory and practice especially in relation to engineering surveying works. It covers topics including areas and volumes, horizontal circular and transition curves and vertical curves, long sections and cross sections, and traverse calculation.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): SURV1120. Students who have successfully completed SURV1120 are not eligible to enrol in SURV2210.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Apply the fundamental concepts used for the surveying of sites for road and/or rail curves.

2. Execute the calculations to permit the setting out of circular and transition horizontal and parabolic vertical road or rail curves.

3. Produce surveys and drawings for long sections and cross sections which allow for the calculation of areas and volumes for earthworks for road and rail curves.

4. Implement the concepts and practicalities of traversing, especially for control relating to the above matters.


  • Levelling
  • Distance and Angular Measurement
  • Use of Total Station
  • Construction Surveying
  • Traversing and Calculations
  • Missing Data in Traverses
  • Areas and Volumes
  • Contouring
  • Long Sections and Cross Sections
  • Detail Surveys/Route Surveys/Underground Surveying
  • Circular Curves
  • Transition Curves
  • Vertical Curves


This course replaces SURV1120. If you have successfully completed SURV1120 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

SURV1200 Introduction to Surveying

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Construction Survey

Written Assignment: Traverse Control Survey

Quiz: In Class Quiz

Written Assignment: Road Design

Written Assignment: Set Out

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact hours


Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Field Study

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks

The above distribution of contact hours may alter on a weekly basis and will be confirmed by communications via Blackboard. A preliminary timetable will be provided during the lectures or on the course Blackboard site.


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.