Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. develop reading and interpretation of a range of local, national and global maps and be familiar with key concepts such as scale, latitude and longitude, map projections, vertical and horizontal datums and coordinates
  2. examine the basics of surveying, cartography, remote sensing and GIS to recognise their practical applications and limitations particularly in relation to an appreciation of accuracy and precision and the relationship between engineering design and survey measurement
  3. work in a team environment to assemble and present information on surveying methodologies and their application within an engineering context
  4. perform an elementary GIS analysis within a civil engineering setting, communicate a solution through a map and written format and then critically reflect upon the process to further professional development.
  • Topics
    • Introduction to surveying/levelling
    • Levelling applications/angle measurement
    • Distance measurement/traversing/surveying computations
    • Areas and volumes/curves in road design
    • Construction site surveying
    • Introduction to GIS, data models & data types - Pt. 1
    • Data models & data types - Pt. 2, coordinate systems
    • Spatial data processing, census data analysis
    • Geo coding and network analysis
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Glossary
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Virtual Classroom
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Audio headset with microphone are required to access weekly consultation and help desk facilities.

The subject provides a practical background to the use of geographic information systems and basic surveying in the practice of civil engineering. Geographic Information Systems are used in an enormous range of applications where there is geographic data to be stored, queried, analysed and displayed. 

The subject incorporates working with maps, coordinate systems, projections, spatial analysis, raster and vector data and database systems. Familiarisation with GIS software (ArcGIS), including generation maps, interpretation and analysis and tabular outputs using data from urban planning, transport planning, demography, environmental and civil engineering studies will be taught. 

  • Assignment 1 - GIS assignment (35%)
  • Assignment 2 - Surveying assignment (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - Test (45%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

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