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Surveying (SUR)

SUR 162 Methods in Large Scale Mapping (3) CAD applications in mapping; data collection using traditional and satellite techniques; map compilation; COGO.

SUR 162 Methods in Large Scale Mapping (3)

SUR 162 is the basic mapping course in the curriculum. The concept of reference datum is introduced; the US national spatial reference system is described. Map design considerations such as scale are introduced. Map compilation emphasizes computer aided drafting. Basic standards and procedures of control and mapping surveys are introduced. Basic concepts of coordinate geometry are introduced. Laboratory exercises incorporate practice in control and mapping surveys, in map compilation and in application of coordinate geometry.

As a result of completing the classroom component of the course students will be able to (1) describe hardcopy and softcopy maps, (2) describe the standard series of maps in the US National Mapping Program, (3) describe US national map accuracy standards, (4) apply map design considerations such as map clarity, order and balance, (5) calculate scale and map layout, (6) apply procedures of interpolation to calculate positions of contours, (7) describe the use of triangulated irregular networks to create contours, (8) describe components of the US national spatial reference system, (9) describe design considerations for triangulation, trilateration, traverse and precise leveling, (10) describe the survey procedures used to locate contours, (11) describe procedures to make a digital elevation model, (12)design a survey to collect mapping data using a data collector to enable efficient drawing, (13) use coordinate geometry to calculate position and elevation of a feature, to calculate direction and distance of a line, to calculate coordinates of a station using intersection, to calculate coordinates of an occupied station using resection.

As a result of completing the laboratory component of the course students will be able to (1) set up a new map compilation project in a mapping program, (2) create and use blocks for standard map features (eg borders, title boxes), (3) use mapping program COGO features, (4) use mapping program contouring capabilities to create a digital terrain model, (5) use mapping program features to load collected positional data and draft a manuscript, (6) design and conduct a control traverse, and a mapping survey to collect data using an electronic data collector.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: SUR 111, EDSGN 100

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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