Course code GMLM102

GMLM102 Geodetic Surveying Basics

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Course responsible: Jon Glenn Omholt Gjevestad
Teachers: Inge Revhaug
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel, June block, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2004-2005
Last time: 2017V
Preferential right:


1.            students who have the course as mandatory in their study plan

2.            students on the following study programmes: M-GEOM and B-GEOM

3.            students with most ECTS credits

It there are not enough slots in group one the students will be ranked by their ECTS credits.

Students taking the course for the first time have lab priority.

Course contents:
Theory: Units and definitions in Surveying. A short introduction to coordinate systems, reference frames and map projections. Instruments: Total stations (theodolite and electronic distance measurer), levels and satellite receivers. Simple coordinate calculations. Exercises: Levelling. Tachymetry. Setting out. Traversing. GPS. Surveying software. Size in the block period: 6 days.
Learning outcome:
To give an introduction to modern geodetic surveying. The students should learn the basic principles and methods. In addition, the students should be able to use standard instruments and software.
Learning activities:
In the spring parallel, there are weekly lectures and practicals. The practicals take place in the surveying laboratory. In June, we have one week of outdoor training. We use Fronter, and there is also a web page for the course.
Teaching support:
Web page and computer-assisted learning (Fronter).
Consult the list of lectures in Fronter. Textbook: Charles D. Ghilani og Paul R. Wolf: Elementary Surveying. An introduction to geomatics. In addition some notes and Powerpoint files accesible on Fronter.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Laboratory exercises. Field course, 5 days.

Written examination mid semester (25%).

Written exam in June.

Nominal workload:
300 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in science
Type of course:
Lectures: 26 hours. Exercises: 52 hours. Field course: 5 days.
The external and internal examiner jointly prepare the exam questions and the correction manual. The external examiner reviews the internal examiner's examination results by correcting a random sample of candidates exams as a calibration according to the Department's guidelines for examination markings.
Allowed examination aids: All types of calculators, all other aids.
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått