Link to syllabus and lecture schedule for last offering (2010)
Many curricula at ESF are designed to train students in designing solutions to problems associated with managing and developing land resources. A basic tenet of this training is that the engineer or manager must be able to locate and quantify the resource(s) being managed or problem(s) being solved. In addition professionals involved with the design and construction of facilities must acquire knowledge of construction surveying principles and practices. ERE 371 introduces surveying for these and other tasks associated with forest engineering or construction management practice.
At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Use the principles and procedures of plane surveying for data quantification and collection, mapping, and construction layout
- Analyze and reduce survey field measurements to produce a topographic map
- Assess the accuracy and precision of field measurements, evaluate the sources of systematic and random errors in those measurements, and determine the suitability for calculating derived quantities
- Perform, as a member of a team, many of the procedures of surveying field data collection (including the use of many types of equipment), professional documentation and communication, surveying computations and adjustments, and surveying data representation.
Through the course, students will gain practice in:
- Performing surveying field procedures as a member of a team
- Preparing professional documentation and graphical communications
Within the context of the course purpose and objectives presented above, this course will contribute to graduates having the following specific outcomes:
- Are competent to perform in an engineering environment
Participate in a semester-long project that is presented in a professional context
- Have sufficient backgrounds/tools to function effectively
Demonstrate mathematical preparation for problem solving
Exhibit skills in computation and communication
Function in situations with higher expectations for personal responsibility
- Can communicate their ideas and expectations effectively
Learn and master effective recording of field data collection results and methods
Demonstrate graphical communication by producing a professionally acceptable and effective topographic map
Practice professional communication by composing transmittal and project conclusion memorandums
- Exhibit attributes of a competent professional
Knowledge: understand and apply basic mathematical and spatial principles to creatively solve problems
Skills: utilize analytical and computation approaches; become accomplished users of a variety of data collection tools
Attitude: professional ethics, documentation, self-discipline, and perseverance
- Can function effectively in a multidisciplinary team/environment.
Work with other students to carry out a semester-long project
TEXTS AND EQUIPMENT
Required: Elementary Surveying by Wolf and Ghilani (twelfth edition)LECTURE NOTES
- available at Orange Book Store, Marshall Square Mall
- on reserve in Moon Library
Recommended: GPS for Land Surveyors by Van Sickle (third edition)
- on reserve in Moon Library
A scientific calculator
A pencil with hard (3H or harder) and sharp lead but no eraser.
A study guide containing an outline of the lecture notes can be purchased through the ESF booksale. Students must complete the booksale form, make their payment at the Cashiers Office (102 Bray) and then can pick up a copy of the study guide from the ESF copy center in the basement of Bray Hall (4 Bray).
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Last updated 27 October 2010