Course code GMLM102

GMLM102 Geodetic Surveying Basics

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Course responsible: Vegard Ophaug
Teachers: Ola Øvstedal, Jon Glenn Omholt Gjevestad, Ivar Maalen-Johansen
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2017-2018
Preferential right:


  • students who have the course as mandatory in their study plan
  • students on the following study programmes: M-GEOM and B-GEOM
  • 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:

Introduction to methods for modern data collection in geomatics.

In a definition by FIG, the land surveyor has the academic qualifications and technical expertise to conduct one or more of the following activities: (1) to determine, measure and represent land, three-dimensional objects, point-fields and trajectories, (2) to assemble and interpret land and geographically related information, (3) to use this information for the planning and effecient administration of the land, the sea, and any structures thereon, and (4) to conduct research into and development of the above activities.

This combination of skills allows the land surveyor not only to collect and analyze data affected by climate change, but also to interpret complex interactions between climate change and sustainable infrastructure and affect planning and administration processes. The land surveyor thus contributes to local monitoring of the impact of climate change on existing infrastructure (e.g., landslides, ground stability, change in groundwater level, deformations and vibrations, 3D position changes) as well as sustainable adaptation of future infrastructure projects to climate change.

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:
Weekly lectures and practical exercises.
Teaching support:
Will be announced in Canvas.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Laboratory and exercises.
Final written exam, 3 hours.
Nominal workload:
125 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in science
Type of course:
Lectures: 26 hours. Exercises: 26 hours.
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: B1 Calculator handed out, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: Letter grades