CAD Surveying

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Course Description:
This course will provide instruction in the various commands, methods, and techniques of computer aided drafting systems for surveying especially using AutoCAD and the Civil 3D software. Operations will be stressed and the student will complete a series of exercises, drawings, and projects in the classroom and in the field.


Course Details


ETD 1320





Required textbooks/ course materials:

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 For Surveyors by ASCENT for SDC Publications.  ISBN 9781585037957


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

Program Learning Outcome: Understand basic surveying principles, construction sites, and equipment.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Produce site, subdivision, and plat type drawings using computer aided drafting software.

Generate boundary survey drawings based on metes and bounds description.

Understand the survey data collection and processing needed for subdivision developments and roadway projects.

Define the basic terminology used in surveying and civil engineering.

Use a level, total station, and other surveying equipment with hands-on experience.

Make use of technology to organize, acquire, convey, and present information.

Communicate with clarity and precision regarding basic surveying concepts.

Demonstrate mastery of computer aided drafting (CAD) by constructing engineering, mechanical, and geometrical drawings. 

Demonstrate ability to sketch, letter, and generate line-work to describe various objects.

Demonstrate ability to read and produce drawings involving orthographic projection, sections, pictorial and auxiliary views.

Demonstrate a wide range of mathematical skills including plane trigonometry, strength of materials, technical, and other engineering problems, including theories learned in engineering mechanics.

Demonstrate ability to use standard surveying equipment to make measurements and calculations to run a traverse, establish levels, keep notes and produce required drawings.

Demonstrate ability to analyze physical and mechanical properties of soil and concrete.

Demonstrate ability to solve basic hydraulic problems using the theory of incompressible fluids.

Demonstrate on-site skills required to establish grades, locate property lines and utilities and produce plots and calculate cut and fill by average-end-area.

Unit Tests, Quizzes, Final Exams, Skills Performance and Skills Demonstration, Projects



Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

Learning outcomes are determined by measuring the ability of each student to retain the learning objectives of the course. Performance-based methods, such as completion of assigned projects, general knowledge tests, oral and written presentations of assignments, group discussions, observation of mastery of critical skills and analysis of the final product will determine the final grade on this course.


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