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NABLUS                                                                               CIVIL ENG. DEPARTMENT

Surveying I: CE 61222: 2 credits.

Course Outline

Instructor: Dr. Najeh Tamim                                                          Second Semester 2009/2010


TEXTBOOK:      Surveying for Engineers by: Dr. Najeh S. Tamim, 2nd edition, 2006.


GOALS:               This course aims to teach the students the principles of plane surveying and map making.  This can be achieved by taking the needed survey measurements for the area to be mapped (whether using basic or modern surveying instruments), and then representing these measurements on a plan using a suitable scale.  Students will also learn the opposite process which includes staking out on the ground what engineers have designed and represented on a plan.


1.  Introduction: definition of Surveying, definition of a Surveyor, importance and uses of Surveying, historical connection between civil engineering and surveying, the figure of  the earth and its relation to survey measurements, types of surveying, units of measurement, scale of surveys, basic geometric principles of  surveying.


2. Errors in surveying: types of errors, mean, standard deviation and standard error of the mean, probable error and maximum error, precision and accuracy, relative precision, repeated measurements, propagation of random errors, weights and weighted mean, significant figures.


3. Chain surveying: equipment used in chain surveying, processes in chain surveying, mapping details using chain surveying, chaining obstacles, errors in chaining and their correction.


4.  Leveling:basic definitions, equipment used in differential leveling, procedure in differential leveling, general notes, errors in differential leveling, reciprocal leveling, closure error, classes and accuracy of leveling, applications of leveling: longitudinal Sections, cross-sections and contouring.


5.  Angles, Directions and Angle Measuring Equipment: Types of angles, directions, theodolite and its applications; measurement of angles, measurement of object heights, and Tacheometry.


6.  Electronic Distance Measurement (EDM): basic principle of electromagnetic measurements, index of refraction, equipment, errors and their correction, trigonometric leveling.


7.  Coordinate Geometry and Traverse Surveying: the inverse problem, Location by: angle and distance, distance and offset,  two angles and  two distances, resection, mapping details using EDM, transformation of coordinates. Traverse Surveying: purpose of  the traverse, types of traverse, choice of traverse stations, traverse computations and correction of errors, allowable errors in traverse surveying.


FIELDWORK:   to be covered in CE61223.


GRADING:              - First  exam      25%

                                   - Second exam  25%

                                   - Final exam      50%     ÞTotal = 100%