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Land Surveying

Land or 'Site' Surveying forms a part of several programmes of study including civil engineering, 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.

Detailed Information

Kit List

  • 1no. Leica Viva TPS/GNSS Smartpole system; 10no. Nikon NPL352 reflectorless Total Station theodolites; 5no. Leica TS02 reflectorless Total Station theodolites; 10no. Trimble Recon loggers with Geosite software; 15no. Leica CS20 Captivate loggers; 10no. Nikon AC-2s automatic levels; 8no. Leica NA724 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.


9.00am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

Where possible and with prior arrangement, staff will work flexibly during the working day to accommodate specific support requirements which do not fit into the specified timetable.


The Land Surveying can be found in 127 of the Harris Building

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