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Module Learning Outcomes assessed in this piece of coursework
- Undertake control, detail, setting-out and levelling surveys using standard equipment incl. GPS.
- Calculate spatial data from field survey measurements accurately and with a full understanding of what they represent.
- Prepare and present survey data and supporting documentation in a clear and professional manner
- Use (design and interpret) maps, plans and original survey data to communicate spatial information for use in design or construction.
- Undertake a risk assessment and hazard analysis for a project site to be surveyed.
This report should be presented as a report by your (imaginary) company to Kingston University regarding the existing layout of the university land within the specified area and an outline design for the underground car park approach road. As such it must include the following sections:
- Introduction – a brief statement of the survey project – who and what was it for, where was it done, why was it necessary, who was contracted to do it (make up something sensible), and what factual information is presented in this report. [ 5 marks]
- Methodology – a brief description (not a set of instructions) of how each exercise (Parts 1-4) was carried out, including: (i) dates and times of practical work (the survey planning and the detailing survey), (ii) personnel involved (i.e. other group members),
(iii) weather conditions, and
(iv) any other relevant details.
Present the information as if you have done everything in the correct order (i.e. Parts 1-4 at the top of the ‘Survey Planning and Utility’ practical handout). [ 8 marks]
- Refer to ‘Planning Engineering Surveys’ lectures in TB2
Survey planning – a brief introductory paragraph explaining what information is being presented in this section, then: (i) using Sections 1, 2 and 4 of the Specification Guidance document as a guide, write a
statement of the scope, specifications, requirements, methods and products of your
(ii) insert the ‘draft plan’ of the survey area and ensure that it is referred to as appropriate,
(iii) add text to highlight any particular issues or possible difficulties carrying out
the required survey (with reference to details marked on the ‘draft plan’ as
appropriate). [12 marks]
- Refer to ‘Health and Safety – Risk Assessment’ lecture in TB1
Risk Assessment – a detailed risk assessment (as in the ‘Surveying Health & Safety’ lecture in TB1) for the work, specifying any controls deemed necessary (on the basis of the assessment) and identifying any other safety issues. Anything in this section concerns potential harm (illness/injury) to people only, not difficulties in doing the work. [10 marks]
Refer to ‘Detailing’ lecture in TB2
Survey results – a brief introductory paragraph explaining what information is being presented in this section, then: (i) insert a copy (scan or photocopy, not neatly rewritten) of the data and any sketches etc.
that were recorded during your practical,
(ii) show your calculations of the true bearing (i.e. direction with respect to North) of your
‘horizontal angle = zero’ line from your set-up point to your sight point, using the GPS
coordinates of Points A and B, and include the E-N coordinates of all the surveyed points (insert
the Excel spreadsheet and show one example full set of calculations for one surveyed point).
(iii) insert the final neat, detailed hand-drawn scale map that you produced from the GPS-Detailing
Practical (i.e. the actual survey of the site), and
(iv) provide a detailed analysis of all (a) practical difficulties encountered, (b) actual and possible
errors in the survey, and (c) any limitations on the utility of the final map given the errors
identified (including GPS). [15 marks]
- Refer to ‘Earthworks’ lectures in TB1
Use the map to plan the access road design and earthworks –
(i) decide where the entrance to the underground car park will be, and explain why you think it
should be in that location based on (a) future access issues to/between all other buildings for
pedestrians and/or vehicles and (b) space needed for excavation of loose gravels and
construction of any retaining structures (if required), [ 6 marks]
(ii) decide what gradient the access road will have and explain this decision, and so determine where
the top of the ramp will be (i.e. where it starts to drop below the existing car park level), 
(iii) using the length of the access ramp that you have determined, the maximum depth of 3.0 m and
road width of 3.0 m, calculate (a) the volume of soil requiring disposal off-site (i.e. the
volume of the access road if vertical concrete retaining walls are used) and (b) the additional
volume of soil that might need to be excavated in order to construct the access road and
retaining walls, and then backfilled behind the walls (i.e. assume 1(v) in 2(h) temporary side
slopes). [ 6 marks]
Professional presentation – clear, concise and accurate information; appropriate and correctly
labelled/captioned illustrations/diagrams; correct referencing/citations; relevant content. [15 marks]
- As an Appendix to the report, calculate the coordinates of the main stations of a traverse for which the ‘raw’ survey data will be provided. [20 marks]
The report will be marked according to the extent to which the above elements are included as specified, and how well they are done (e.g. clarity of explanations, good quality scans if relevant) according to the stated requirements. For example, a bullet-point list is not adequate if ‘detailed explanations’ are required.
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