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SVY3400 Advanced Surveying

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: Advanced Surveying
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 031101 - Surveying
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Zahra Gharineiat


Pre-requisite: (SVY2106 and SVY2105) or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCNS or GCST or GDNS or GDST or MSPT or MENS

Other requisites

Recommended prior or concurrent study: SVY3202 and SVY3107

Students will require reliable and regular access to email and Internet for communication, video conferencing (desirable), and for access to UConnect for this course.


During their careers surveyors are relied upon to measure, set out and certify structures to a high precision. Students need to develop the ability to evaluate or design measurement regimes that guarantee that the measurements are fit for purpose or comply with required standards. This course examines a broad range of surveying tasks that require rigorous understanding of measurement and error assessment.


This course covers a range of surveying tasks that require the surveyors to take a rigorous approach to measurement and error assessment. The course will cover specialist measuring technologies that are not necessarily available in all survey practices. Topics focus on industrial measurement, control and engineering surveys.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse the accuracy of survey data, measure the degree of compliance with current standards and evaluate the potential causes of measurement error.
  2. Evaluate aspects of metrology including both theoretical and practical solution techniques to precisely determine flatness, verticality and shape.
  3. Justify survey monitoring methods and measurements to model movement or change in structures or features in the surrounding area.
  4. Develop procedures and techniques used for surveys during and after the construction of high-rise buildings.
  5. Apply the principles of inertial survey systems, field operation to solve computational methods for position determination, Kalman filters, applications and accuracies and discuss the use of artificial satellites to observe and define the geoid, land and ocean surface.
  6. Analyse the use and application of close range photogrammetry, including, planning, image acquisition and processing and apply knowledge of laser scanning technology for calibration, registration, geo-referencing and 3D point cloud generation.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Survey accuracy assessment and standard compliance 10.00
2. Satellite Geodesy 15.00
3. Metrology: Precise determination of flatness, verticality, shape, and deformation 20.00
4. Monitoring surveys 15.00
5. High rise construction techniques 10.00
6. Inertial Surveying Systems 10.00
7. Close Range Photogrammetry 10.00
8. Laser Scanning 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Luhmann, T., Robson, S., Kyle, S. and Harley, I 2006, Close range photogrammetry: Principles, methods and applications, Whittles.
Vosselman, G. and Maas, H.G 2010, Airborne and terrestrial laser scanning, Whittles Publishing.
Groves, P.D., 2013. Principles of GNSS, inertial, and multisensor integrated navigation systems. Artech house.Queensland. Department of Natural Resources and Water. 2008, Survey control 2008 [cartographic material] / Queensland Government, Natural Resources and Water.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 43.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 60.00
Tutorials 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Individual Assignment 1 200 20 26 Aug 2019 1,2,5
Individual Assignment 2 200 20 14 Oct 2019 3,4,6
2 Hour Restricted Examination 600 60 End S2 1,2,3,4,5,6 (see note 1)

  1. This will be a Restricted exam. The total working time for the examination is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and tutorials) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item. To be eligible for an incomplete grade students must submit all assessment items, therefore it is highly recommended that all students submit and participate in all assessments. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    RESTRICTED: Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); a hand held battery operated programmable calculator.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. This guide can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. forms part of the Bachelor of Spatial Science(Honours) and Bachelor of Spatial Science Technology and is benchmarked against the [choose one or all of the following]
o internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.
o professional accreditation standards of the Surveyor’s Board of Queensland.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at .

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.