Land Surveying

UCLan offers a good range of modern survey equipment for students to use as part of a variety of programmes of study

A Student using a Total Station Theodolite

Land or 'Site' Surveying forms a part of several programmes of study including architecture, construction, surveying, geography, environmental management, forensic science and archaeology.

The purpose of studying surveying techniques is to familiarise students with the range of survey methods & equipment that are available today to enable them to either carry out a survey themselves, or to deal effectively with the commissioning of professional surveying services.

A range of survey equipment is available for students to use primarily consisting of a sufficient number of sets of equipment to allow practical sessions in the following topic areas; linear surveying, levelling, and Total Station theodolite surveying. A number of items of survey equipment are also available for class demonstration purposes such as a combined robotic total station/GPS system.

Typically students are introduced to the basic concepts involved in surveying at level one and will be required to take part in a series of practical sessions starting with a simple linear or 'chain' survey and including levelling techniques and concluding with angular measurement using a theodolite.

The focus at level two is modern developments in surveying and subject specific applications, such as setting out for building works. Modern developments primarily features electronic Total Station theodolites, and associated computer software such as CAD and ground modelling packages. Other survey developments such as GPS (Global Positioning System) are discussed, but the practical sessions are based on surveying using a Total Station theodolite.

The electronic survey equipment is also used for on-going research projects undertaken by staff and students in the field of Archaeology.

Students land surveying 

Students land surveying

A student land surveying 

A student land surveying

Students land surveying 

Students land surveying

Key equipment available

  • 1no. Leica Viva TPS/GNSS Smartpole system
  • 10no. Nikon NPL352 reflectorless Total Station theodolites
  • 10no. Trimble Recon loggers with Geosite software
  • 10no. Nikon AC-2s automatic levels
  • 10no. 50 metre tapes
  • 10no. 30 metre tapes
  • 10no. 5 metre tapes
  • Assorted individual items including ranging poles, site squares, optical squares, traverse prism sets, trundle wheels, Leica Distos, etc.

Contact Staff

James Hewell | Senior Technician
+44 (0)1772 89 3213 | Harris Building HB129

LIS Customer Support Team
+44 (0)1772 89 5355

Industry Support (IGA work)


Harris Building HB127

Opening Times, Guides and Charges

Official workshop hours are: 9:30 to 12.30 and 13.30 to 16:30 (in practice technicians are often available outside of these times)

A student land surveying 

Students land surveying