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About CE 010 A

An introduction to surveying including distance and angle measurements, leveling, traverse surveys, error propagation, topographical mapping, global positioning systems (GPS), and geographic information systems (GIS). Project-based. Prerequisites: MATH 010, MATH 019, or MATH 021; Sophomore standing.


Prereqs enforced by the system: MATH 010 or MATH 019 or 021; Minimum sophomore standing; Register for a lab L01 - L03; Open to Degree and CDE students

Section Description

Geomatics is a field of activities which, using a systematic approach, integrates all the means used to acquire and manage the spatial data required as part of scientific, administrative, legal and technical operations involved in the process of the production and management of spatial information. This course focuses on the tools and methods used in Civil and Environmental Engineering to locate features in spatial terms on the surface of the earth. The central theme of the lectures is the variety of ways to measure location and the level of accuracy and appropriateness of each method for Civil and Environmental Engineering uses. After an introduction to global positioning systems (GPS) and the use of absolute geographic coordinates, the lectures turn to planar surveying, survey control, reference datum, and the calculations needed to establish a control traverse. The remainder of the course focuses on photogrammetry, remote sensing, and geographic information systems (GIS).

Section Expectation

Students will be evaluated in this class (using field survey assignments, homework assignments, mid-term exams, and a final exam) on their ability to accomplish the following course outcomes. 1. To apply mathematics for the purpose of measuring location on the surface of the earth. 2. To analyze field-measured distance, angles and elevations to create a survey document. 3. To understand the difference between various spatial data measurement techniques and the appropriate uses for the resulting data. 4. To work together as a survey crew to collect data and post-process it. 5. To communicate (both create and use) technical graphical information. 6. To appreciate the changing technology and new directions in the field of geomatics. 7. To properly use the following computerized tools: electronic survey instruments, global positioning systems receivers, and geographic information systems.


Mid-term exams (2 at 10% = 20%) Final exam (20%) Homework (20%) Labs and field notebooks (40%)

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