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Surveying Fundamentals for Civil Engineers

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    Course Dates: September 21 – December 11, 2020     Register Now

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    Purpose & Background

    This course will provide an overview of the fundamentals of surveying engineering for practicing civil engineers that either did not get exposed to surveying engineering in their civil engineering education or would like a refresher to review the latest surveying practice as it relates to civil engineering projects. This course will draw upon the topics contained in the ASCE Engineering Surveying Manual, on the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering exam, and the Professional Engineering Construction Depth exam.

    The majority of civil engineering programs in the United States today have one surveying course available to civil engineering students. It’s becoming increasingly apparent that the surveyor and civil engineer need to be able to communicate effectively. This course will provide the terminology and background that a civil engineer needs to know to work with the surveyor and surveying data.

    This course provides knowledge of surveying engineering fundamentals as they apply to a rapidly changing, digital world. Satellite systems, laser scanning, construction control, and the use of the least squares adjustments are just some of the topics that are part of the transportation from 2D to 3D surveying.


    Carol Morman, P.E., P.S., P.L.S., M.ASCE, Joseph V.R. Paiva, Ph.D., P.S., P.E., and Marlee Walton, P.E., P.S., M.ASCE

    Course Benefits and Learning Outcomes

    At the end of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Explain how surveying engineering relates to the civil engineering and construction professions.
  • Perform plane surveying computations such as inverses, area computations, and volumes.
  • Perform horizontal and vertical curve computations.
  • Describe the basics of geodesy and be able to calculate 2D and 3D, horizontal and vertical positions with respect to the appropriate geodetic datums.
  • Explain the strengths and weaknesses of various map projection systems.
  • Perform basic calculations for coordinate conversion and transformation using various geodetic datums.
  • Explain and perform least squares adjustments, error propagation theory, and calculations and be able to perform basic closure computations.
  • List the available global satellite systems (GNSS).
  • Explain the degree of accuracy required for various leveling and total station surveys and check the results.
  • Explain and specify the deliverables for a terrestrial laser scanning survey, a mobile laser scanning and mapping survey, hydrography, and an aerial laser scanning and photogrammetry survey.
  • Describe the equipment and field-to-finish software used for a terrestrial laser scanning survey, a mobile laser scanning and mapping survey, and an aerial laser scanning and photogrammetry survey.
  • Specify and/or identify control for a civil engineering project, including validation of benchmarks.
  • Perform construction surveying calculations for radial construction stakeout, area computations, and earthwork and volume computations.
  • Explain where to find and the importance of keeping detailed survey records.
  • Describe how geospatial survey data should be managed in a GIS or BIM for infrastructure data management system.
  • Explain the importance of establishing detailed survey contracts.
  • Who Should Attend?

    • Civil engineers
    • Surveying engineers and technicians
    • Land surveyors and technicians
    • Construction managers
    • Utility engineers
    • Construction engineers
    • Construction managers
    • CAD technicians
    • GIS technicians

    Course Outline


    2.4 CEUs / 24 PDHs


    Early Bird Rate (Until September 7): Member $1395 | Non-Member $1695
    Regular Rate (After September 7): Member $1695 | Non-Member $1995