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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CIVE1260 Engineering Surveying and Construction Technology

20 creditsClass Size: 200

Module manager: Dr Michal Drewniok

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Module replaces

CIVE1201 - Engineering Surveying and Setting OutCIVE1901 - Principles of Construction Management I

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should be able to ...

1. To introduce plane surveying techniques to students and to show how they can be used to produce survey plans and set out structures.

2. To introduce construction processes to students and to highlight codes of practice and industry standards applicable to construction processes.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will be able to ...
1. Identify surveying instruments used to measure heights, angles and distances and to locate detail.
2. Use surveying instruments to establish a control network.
3. Use surveying instruments to set out a range of civil engineering and building structures on site.
4. Compute areas of parcels of land and volumes of embankments, cuttings, deep excavations and reservoirs from surveying data.
5. Discuss latest surveying techniques including GNSS, laser instruments and laser scanning.
6. Explain the framework of the legal requirements governing civil engineering and building activities.
7. Discuss codes of practice and industry standards applicable to construction sites.

In addition, students completing this module will also have gained the knowledge, understanding, skills or abilities that contribute to achieving the following ARB General Criteria for Part 1:
• The ability to understand constructional and structural systems, the environmental strategies and the regulatory requirements that apply to the design and construction of a comprehensive design project; GC1.2.
• An understanding of the nature of professionalism and the duties and responsibilities of architects and engineers to clients, building users, constructors, co-professionals and the wider society; GC6.1.
• An understanding of the role of the architect and the engineer within the design team and construction industry, recognizing the importance of current methods and trends in the construction of the built environment; GC6.2.

Skills outcomes
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In this module, students are introduced to the principles of construction site management; demolition; measures to deal with saturated ground conditions; earthworks including excavations; temporary works; piling; steel fixing; concrete construction; steel building frame erection processes; cladding and finishes of buildings. The lectures on construction technology also provide students with an introduction to the principal professional roles and responsibilities that exist in the construction industry relating to design and construction. Students are also given an introduction to the legislation relating to the construction industry such as the Health and Safety at Work Act and many of the associated regulations including the Construction Design and Management Regulations (2015). This module includes an introduction to surveying techniques, setting out and construction technology.

* Levelling and its applications;
* Use of theodolites and total stations for the measurement of horizontal and vertical angles;
* Distance measurement using tapes and total stations;
* Establishing control using traverses;
* Detail surveying;
* Measurement of regular and irregular shaped areas and the computation of volumes of earthworks; and
* An introduction to GNSS and Laser Scanning.

* Principles of setting out: aims, good practice, methods of horizontal and vertical control, accurate positioning techniques;
* Setting out engineering projects: to include pipelines, buildings, columns, piling, controlling vertically, transferring height, accuracy;
* Setting out using laser instruments;

Two mornings are devoted to practice in the use of instruments and there is a concentrated 1-week practical residential field course during which the students undertake a range of surveying and setting-out projects.

Construction Site Management; Demolition; De-watering; Earthworks; Temporary Works; Piling; Steel Fixing; Concreting; Erecting Structural Frames; Cladding and Finishing.

Typical reading materials for this module include:
Bannister, A., Raymond, S. and Baker, R. (1998) Surveying. 7th Ed. Longman.
Barton, S. (2015) Making sense of ... CDM 2015. 1st Ed. Alpha PFM Limited.
Chudley, R. and Greeno, R. (2012) Advanced Construction Technology. 5th Ed. Pearson Education Limited.
Chudley, R. and Greeno, R. (2016). Building construction handbook (11th Edition). Routledge.
Dawson, S. et al (ed.) (1989–2005). Architects Working Details Volumes 1-10 BRE/ CRC.
Emmitt, S. and Gorse, C.A. (2010) Barry's introduction to construction of buildings. 2nd Ed. Wiley-Blackwell.
Emmitt, S. and Gorse, C (2010). Barry's advanced construction of buildings. Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell.
Irvin, W. and Maclenannan, F. (2006) Surveying for Construction. 5th Ed. London: McGraw-Hill.
Perry, P. (2015) CDM 2015 questions and answers: a practical approach, ICE Publishing.
McLeod, V. (2007). Detail in Contemporary Residential Architecture. Laurence King.
Uren, J. and Price, W.F. (2010) Surveying for Engineers. 5th Ed. Palgrave Macmillan.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment11.501.50
Class tests, exams and assessment12.002.00
Private study hours85.50
Total Contact hours114.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

* The students are given 6 example sheets, which they are expected to complete in their own time. These are not assessed but are intended as learning aids. It is estimated that each sheet requires up to 5 hours to complete, giving a total of 30 hours for this activity.
* A sample MCQ test is provided - it should take about 2 hours to complete.
* A specimen examination paper is provided - it should take about 1.5 hours to complete.
* Throughout the lectures, reference is made to a particular reference text and the students are directed to study particular sections. This activity should take up to 30 hours of study.
* In order to absorb the material provided in lectures, the students are expected to spend time at home learning and reviewing the topics covered. This activity should take up to 22 hours of study.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress is monitored during the delivery of the module by the use of example sheets, which they are encouraged to attempt. Practical ability is monitored both by reviewing the booking sheets completed by the students during the field sessions and by assessments of their ability to use surveying equipment during the residential field courses.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group ProjectHeld during residential field course30.00
PracticalInstruments tests - held during residential field course7.50
PracticalPractical in Leeds7.50
In-course AssessmentClass Test at end of Field Course30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)75.00

The University has a strict rule regarding a resit for the Engineering Surveying element of this module. Attendance at the residential fieldcourse is compulsory and only students who have met the attendance requirement are allowed to externally resit the Engineering Surveying element. The external resit requirement for this element is a University Exam (MCQ) held in Leeds weighted at 75%. Students who fail to attend the residential fieldcourse and who are permitted to resit this module internally must retake the whole of the Engineering Surveying element of the module.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment5 hr 00 mins25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)25.00

1. Unseen Exam in May/June 2. Re-sits in August Students must achieve a minimum mark of 40% in both the Engineering Surveying element (i.e. at least 30 out of 75) and the Construction Technology element (i.e. at least 10 out of 25). If they do not they will be required to resit whichever element(s) they have failed.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/11/2022


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