Postgraduate taught 

Land & Hydrographic Surveying with Work Placement MSc

Engineering Survey GEOG5007

  • Academic Session: 2018-19
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course is an introduction to Engineering Surveying


Classes will be held on 1 day of the week during the first 1/2 if semester 2, normally Tuesdays.

Requirements of Entry



GEOG5017 - Principles and Practice of Land Surveying


Coursework, including practicals in engineering surveying and an assessed practical- 40%.

Final examination - 60%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below.


Most survey practical exercises cannot be repeated and must be attended for credit.
The Set Exercises and Setting Out cannot be reassessed.

Course Aims

This course is an introduction to Engineering Surveying, i.e. control surveys, geometric design of engineering projects (roads, rail, etc), setting out of construction projects (buildings, roads, etc.), and Building Information Modelling (BIM).

The course aims to:

■ Introduce the basic techniques for control surveys as applied to engineering projects

■ Outline the professional role of the surveyor in engineering works

■ Introduce the geometric design of engineering projects

■ Introduce Building Information Management (BIM)

■ Explain the setting out of construction projects

■ Give practical experience in Engineering surveying techniques

■ Introduce aspects of deformation monitoring in engineering surveying

■ Discuss engineering applications and survey output requirements

■ Introduce the concept of Risk and Health and Safety in the engineering survey industry

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On completing this unit students will be able to:

■ Describe the surveyor's potential roles and outputs in construction projects

■ Relate the principles of surveying to engineering surveying tasks.

■ Compute basic earthworks areas and volumes using topographic and engineering data

■ Justify the technical and economical feasibility of a road project using projects evidences

■ Organise and perform the setting out of construction of a basic construction task in the field

■ Explain the role of the surveyor in BIM

■ Assess survey practice, hardware and software in the context of BIM and wider UK BIM policy

■ Prepare suitable risk assessments for proposed surveying tasks.

■ Propose economically viable survey workflows for a variety of engineering surveying projects.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

 Attendance at all practical classes and all summative assessment must be completed.