Morrisville State College

Dr. Walid H. Shayya
School of Agriculture and Natural Resouces



Course Outline for AGEN 135

CONSTRUCTION SURVEYING

 

Fall 2017

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INSTRUCTOR:

Dr. Walid H. Shayya

Instructor Contact Information


GENERAL COURSE DESCRIPTION:

AGEN 135 covers the basic concepts of construction surveying as it relates to agricultural, natural resources, and residential applications.  Such applications include field work in land drainage, pipeline stakeout, building stakeout, and road construction.  In addition, review is made of survey planning and associated survey computations.  Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on the operation of modern land measurement equipment including the laser and automatic levels as well as the digital and optical theodolites.

3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), fall semester


EXPECTED COURSE OUTCOMES:

At the successful completion of AGEN 135, the student is expected to have:
  1. Developed an understanding of construction surveying principles.

  2. Understood the basic skills of surveying work including distance and angle measurements.

  3. Developed skills in using construction surveying instrumentation.

  4. Understood how to collect, document, and analyze construction surveying measurements.

  5. Learned how to conduct a variety of surveying exercises (with emphasis on layout surveys).

  6. Developed an understanding of applying basic construction surveying techniques in the field.

  7. Demonstrated an understanding of how to perform basic surveying computations.


OFFICE HOURS:

The instructor has the following designated office hours per week:

If necessary, students are also encouraged to make appointments to see the instructor at other times.


CONTACT HOURS AND CLASS SCHEDULE:

AGEN 135 is a three-credit hour course.  It includes five contact hours per week (two for lectures and three for the laboratory).  One section of the lecture and one section of the laboratory are offered during the 2017 Fall semester.  The schedule of the offered sections is as follows:


TEXTBOOK(S):

The following represent the required textbook and two manuals for AGEN 135 which may be purchased from the campus bookstore:
  1. Kavanagh, B.E.  2015. Surveying with Construction Applications (8th  edition).  Prentice Hall, New Jersey.
  2. Shayya, W.H. 2017.  Introductory Surveying Lecture Manual (8th edition).  School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Morrisville State College. 
  3. Shayya, W. and J. Cronn.  2016.  Introductory Surveying Laboratory Manual (7th edition).  Environmental Sciences Department, Morrisville State College.

REQUIRED MATERIALS:


STUDENTS WITH DISABILITY:

Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Disability Services (DS) office immediately to register for services and receive a Notification of Disabilities form. Once you have this form, we will meet privately, to discuss your specific needs.   Although you may register for services at any time, please attempt to make arrangements within the first two weeks of the semester so all appropriate academic accommodations can be set. 


CLASS POLICIES:


GRADING/EVALUATION OF STUDENT:

Evaluation is a shared responsibility between the teacher and the student. The purpose of the evaluation is to demonstrate how well the professor has taught and the student has learned specific course materials, the principles, concepts, and terms relevant to the covered topics.  Evaluation is also intended to assess the student's ability to utlize the acquired knowledge and how s/he can use this knowledge in problem-solving.

The breakdown of grading in this course will be as follows:

The distribution of grades in this course will be based on the A-F College grading scheme. The letter grades correspond to the following percentage scale: A (90-100%), A- (87-89.9%), B+ (83-86.9%), B (80-82.9%), B- (77-79.9%), C+ (73-76.9%), C (70-72.9%), C- (67-69.9%), D+ (63-66.9%), D (60-62.9%), and F (<60%).


OUTLINE OF TOPICS:

Week

Lecture Topic*

Date Textbook
Chapter
1 Introduction to AGEN 135
Surveying: An Overview
Aug. 28
Aug. 30
Outline
1
2 Surveying: Basic Concepts
Surveying Mathematics and Methods of Measurement (& problems)
Sep. 4
Sep. 6
1 & 2
2
3 Distance Measure and Review of Significant Digits
Taping Techniques 
Sep. 11
Sep. 13
3 & Handout
3
4 Taping Errors & Corrections/Working with Angles
Area Computations/Review of Exam 1 Study Guide
Sep. 18
Sep. 20
2 & Handout
19/Handout
5    Progress Examination 1
Introduction to Leveling
Sep. 25
Sep. 27

4
6 Review of Exam 1/Equipment for Leveling
Differential Leveling
Oct. 2
Oct. 4
4
4
7    October Break (no lecture)
Profile Leveling
Oct. 9
Oct. 11

4
8 Profile Leveling Application in Pipeline Construction/X-section Leveling
Theodolites (and Transits)
Oct. 16
Oct. 18
4
6 & 8
9 Angles and Directions/Field Operations with Theodolites
Topographic Surveys/Review of Exam 2 Study Guide
Oct. 23
Oct. 25
6
Handout/Handout
10    Progress Examination 2
Review of Exam 2/Basic Trigonometry
Oct. 30
Nov. 1

2 & Handout
11 Trigonometric Leveling
Stadia Principles
Nov. 6
Nov. 8
4
Handout
12 Electronic Distance Measurement (EDM)
EDM and GPS (multimedia presentation)

Nov. 13
Nov. 15
5
5 & 9
13 Overview of Traverse Surveys
   Thanksgiving Break (no lecture)
Nov. 20
Nov. 22
8
 
14 Open Traverse Surveys
Closed Traverse Surveys
Nov. 27
Nov. 29
8
8
15 Review of Practicum/Exam 3 (Study Guide)
   Laboratory Practicum (Part 1)  
Dec. 4
Dec. 6
Handout
16    Progess Examination 3 (scheduled during the finals week)    
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Week/Date

Laboratory Topic*

1/Aug. 30 Laboratory Procedure, Note-keeping, Standardization of Length of Pace
2/Sep. 6 Taping on Level Ground (introduction to the 100-foot steel tape)
3/Sep. 13 Horizontal Taping on a Slope (breaking tape)
4/Sep. 20 Taping Survey of a Five-sided Polygon (area calculations)
5/Sep. 27 Introduction to Leveling (using the dumpy level)
6/Oct. 4 Differential Leveling (using the automatic level)
7/Oct. 11 Setting Grade Stakes for a Pipeline (using the laser level)
8/Oct. 18 Closing the Horizon (using the repeating optical and digital theodolites)
9/Oct. 25 Prolongation of a Straight Line (using the digital theodolite)
10/Nov. 1 Angles (using the digital theodolite)
11/Nov. 8 Locating Points by Radiation, Intersection, and Resection (using the digital theodolite)
12/Nov. 15 Finding Distances, Elevations, and Measuring Heights (using the digital theodolite)/
Total Station Demonstration
13/Nov. 22    Thanksgiving Break (no laboratory)
14/Nov. 29 Layout of a Building (using the digital theodolite)
15/Dec. 6    Laboratory Practicum (Part 2)
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*The topics and corresponding dates listed in the tables above are tentative and may be subject to change during the semester.