LEI107 Engineering Surveying

Course description for academic year 2020/2021

Due to Covid-19, changes may occur in course descriptions for the autumn semester of 2020. Changes in each course will be published on Studentweb or Canvas. When a course description has been changed there, the description on web is no longer valid. Examples of such changes could be accomplishment of practice, course type, or whether letter grades or passed/not passed will be used as grading scales.

Contents and structure

This course provides an introduction to basic geodesy, and focuses further on the analysis of surveyed data and the estimation of coordinates. This unit also aims to give an understanding of modern methods used to plan and perform surveying tasks in which the engineer plays a part. Suitability of surveying methods as well as data quality and precision will be emphasized in order to fulfil customer requirements.


Basic geodesy, datum, projections, transformations, networks, parameter and error estimation, propagation of errors, hypothesis testing, rejection of data, reliability analysis, surveying- and stakeout techniques, volume-, area- and mass calculation, simple programming/scripting, reporting and achievement of objectives according to relevant standards.

Learning Outcome


  • Describe basic concepts of geodesy.
  • Describe characteristic properties of relevant datum and projection systems.
  • Explain and evaluate the results of an adjustment computation.
  • Describe basic geodetic tasks for the civil engineering professional.


  • Plan simple surveying and stakeout tasks according to accuracy demands.
  • Estimate coordinates and heights based on collected data by least squares estimation.
  • Estimate accuracy and evaluate the results according to achievement of objective.

General Competence

The student shall demonstrate a basic understanding of planning, execution and calculation of simple surveying and stakeout tasks where high precision and accuracy is vital for the result.

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge

Knowledge corresponding or similar to BYG102 Statistics and Land Surveying.

Teaching methods

Lectures, excises and practical field work.

Course requirements

Mandatory fieldwork and five mandatory assignments in the form of written reports.

The assignments must be submitted within set deadlines and must be approved before examination can take place.

Approved assignments are valid in three subsequent semesters.


4 hour written exam.

Time and place for the examination will be announced at Studentweb and digital assessment system.

The examination is digital and the students bring their own computer. The software used for the examination must be installed and tested by the student before the examination.

Grading scale is A-F where F is fail.

In case of new exam (outside of ordinary), or if there are few registered students, the exam could be oral.

Examination support material

All digital, printed and handwritten notes are allowed. The students use their own computer and calculator on the examination.

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Course reductions

  • LOJ212 (1) - Engineering Surveying - Reduction: 10 studypoints