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Cadastral Surveying (GEOM90041)

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeGEOM90041
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


Cadastral surveying relates to the laws of land ownership and the definition of property boundaries and is a core responsibility for the surveying industry and profession. This subject introduces the legal framework of cadastral surveying, the land tenure system in Victoria, and the methods of performing cadastral surveys, including computations and documentation, as it is required for land acquisition, land compensation and land subdivision procedures. This subject builds on students’ knowledge of property law and complements other spatial subjects that can lead to a graduate becoming a licensed surveyor.


Surveying Software, Graphic Language and Design, Map and Plan Systems, Standardization and Calibration, Survey Information Sources, Survey Marks, Descriptions of Occupation, Levelling, Feature Surveys and Plans, Quality Assurance, Surveying using Global Navigation Satellite Systems Units, Symbols and Conversion Factors, Surveying Act and Regulations.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Identify the legal and technical requirements for making a cadastral survey in Victoria
  2. Explain the preparation of the corresponding documentation in the form of plans and reports
  3. Practically perform a cadastral survey
  4. To perform survey computations with programmable calculators and computer software and to produce cadastral survey documents using computer aided drafting
  5. Discuss the concepts of SPEAR and ePlan as mechanisms for the digital processing of cadastral plans in Victoria.

Generic skills

  • 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
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, and commitment to them
  • 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.

Last updated: 12 April 2019