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LEI107 Engineering Surveying

Course description for academic year 2018/2019

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 and equipment used to plan and perform surveying tasks in which the engineer plays a part.

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

Learning Outcome

  • Describe characteristic properties of relevant datum and projection systems.
  • Describe surveying techniques for accurate determination of coordinates by the use of TPS, GPS/GNSS and levelling equipment.
  • Explain and evaluate the results of a coordinate estimation and network adjustment.
  • Describe basic geodetic tasks for the civil engineering professional.

  • Plan simple surveying and stakeout tasks.
  • Use different surveying equipment such as TPS, GNSS, leveller and laser scanner (basic skills).
  • Estimate coordinates in the projection plane and heights based on collected data.
  • Estimate accuracy and evaluate the results according to achievement of objective.

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

Entry requirements

See recommended prerequisite knowledge.

Recommended previous knowledge

Knowledge corresponding or similar to BYG102 Statistics and Land Surveying.

Teaching methods

Lectures, excises and practical field work.

Compulsory learning activities

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.

More about examination support material

Course reductions

  • LOJ212 - Ingeniørlandmåling - Reduction: 10 studypoints