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Advanced Surveying and Mapping (GEOM90039)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeGEOM90039
Summer Term
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In this subject students will be presented with a real world surveying problem which they will be required to solve through the integration, application and advancement of the theoretical and practical knowledge they have acquired throughout their study. The subject builds on the knowledge acquired in GEOM90033 Satellite Positioning Systems and GEOM90040 Adjustment Theory and Practice with regards to survey network design and adjustment as well as fundamental Geodesy and associated computations. Student knowledge of practical field surveying techniques learnt in GEOM20015 Surveying and Mapping, or equivalent from other subjects, forms the basic grounding for the subject. The subject is of particular relevance to students wishing to establish a career in engineering, mining or cadastral surveying. It is also relevant to a range of mapping, spatial, land surveying and engineering disciplines where the capture and processing of spatial or survey measurements to meet a specific performance specification should be considered.


High precision GPS surveying, practical application of Geodetic theory, survey network design and adjustment, least squares adjustment theory, GPS reference station networks, precise levelling, coordinate systems, geodetic datum, geoid.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Plan, schedule, cost and complete an advanced, high precision survey job
  2. Critically assess and apply the appropriate field methodology, equipment and processing techniques for a specific survey task
  3. Use a range of techniques for managing survey errors and biases including results verification, quality control
  4. Design and develop innovative techniques and approaches to solving complex survey problems
  5. Maintain a balance between survey accuracy and the overall cost of the work
  6. Manage a large survey project.

Generic skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
  • Ability to manage information and documentation
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, as a team leader or manager as well as an effective team member
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • Understanding of social, cultural, global, and environmental responsibilities and the need to employ principles of sustainable development
  • Capacity for creativity and innovation
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, and commitment to them
  • Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development.

Last updated: 3 April 2019