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S E 311

Introduction to Geomatic Engineering

Department of Civil Engineering

King Saud University

Course Description:

S E 311

Introduction to Geomatic Engineering

Basic components of optical and electronic theodolites. Total station. Vertical

and horizontal angles measurement. Electronic distance measurements, Stadia measurements, Traversing. intersection and resection, Vertical and horizontal curves,  introduction to Photogrammetry

Group project. 2 (2,0,2)



SE  211  PRINCIPLES OF SURVEYING and  Math 107 (Algebra and Analytic Geometry)

Course learning Objectives

Students completing this course successfully will have a good background and Knowledge about:

1.       Instrumentation, angular measurements, electronic distance measurements.

2.       Horizontal control system.

3.       Observation, computation and adjustment of traverse.

4.       Determination of coordinates using intersection and resection.

5.       Road surveying: horizontal and vertical curves.

6.       basics of Photogrammetry;


Topics Covered

  1. Main parts of optical and digital theodolites, centering and levelling the instrument.

2.       Electronic distance measurement theory and field application.

3.       Total station instrument: parts and measuring procedure.

4.       Angle and distances measurements

5.       Traverses calculations and adjustment

6.       Intersection and resection problems

7.       Calculations for setting out road horizontal and vertical curves.

8.       Determination of coordinates ofground points from areal photos.

9.       Introduction to Space imageries

Class/ tutorial  Schedule

Class is held Tow times per week in 50-minute lecture sessions. There is also a 2 hour weekly lab with this course.

Computer Applications


  Lab Project

  1.  Performing field measurements for distances and angles for closed

2.       traverse.

3.       Calculation and setting out of horizontal and vertical curves.

Contribution of Course to Meeting the Professional Component

  1. Students learn how to construct surveying control  systems: measurement.

2.       computation and adjustment.

3.       Students learn planning and setting out the route surveying components.

4.        Students improve their writing, communication and presentation skills.

5.       Students can analyze the precision and accuracy of the observations results.

6.       practicing team work in surveying applications.

Relationship of Course to Program Outcomes

  1. . Students apply algebra, elementary calculus, and principles of mechanics.

2.       . Students are able to identify and formulate an engineering problem and to develop a solution.

3.       Students recognize the importance of data analysis and solving surveying problem.

4.       Students are encouraged to submit accurate field observation and computations in an efficient and professional way.

5.        Students are encouraged to recognize the different surveying control and  their range of applications.

6.       Students recognize the ethical and professional responsibility in achieving

Textbook(s) and/or Other Required Material

  1. Surveying With Construction Applications, Barry F. Kavanagh.
  2. Elementary Surveying, an Introduction To Geomatics (Eleventh Edition), Paul R. Wolf and Charles D. Ghilani.

Grade Distribution

1st Mdt=15% ,  2nd Mdt=10%, Attend & Hw =5%, Lab=20%, Final= 50%