Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course presents the theory and practice of surveying equipment including electronic distance measurement devices, theodolites (total stations), and global navigation satellite system.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify a range of surveying instrumentation, both past and present.

2. Demonstrate the application and capabilities of these instruments.

3. Test and calibrate the surveying instruments.

4. Reduce raw observations data from surveying instruments to a useable form.

5. Analyse the results obtained and portray them in a cogent manner.

6. Implement the theory, practice and management issues with the use of electronic distance measurement.

7. Implement the theory, practice and management issues with the Global Navigation Satellite System.


  • Working principles, design, and error of theodolite
  • Electronic distance measurement¬†instruments
  • Global navigation satellite system
  • Practice with surveying equipment

Assumed knowledge

SURV1200 Introduction to Surveying; SURV2210 Engineering Surveying; Math and Physics courses in Year 1 (calculus, matrices, algebra, optics).

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Theodolite Testing and Calibration

Written Assignment: EDM Velocity Corrections

Written Assignment: EDMI Calibration

Written Assignment: GNSS Baseline Determination

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

There are two 2-hour long lectures per week. For some weeks, they will be used for fieldwork. The above distribution of contact hours may alter on a weekly basis and will be confirmed in the course outline handed to students in Week 1.

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.