Surveying is the technique, profession, and science of accurately determining the terrestrial or three-dimensional position of points and the distances and angles between them, commonly practiced by licensed surveyors, and members of various building professions. Civil Engineering students will be expected to conduct a land survey such as those commonly practiced by licensed surveyors in an area chosen by the conference hosts.



Event #1: Level Loop

This competition is intended to test the student’s basic surveying skills associated with establishing elevations.  All procedures and results will be manually tabulated and recorded in a standard surveying field book for review by the judges.  Accuracy of the calculations, results and completeness/neatness will figure into the final score.  Equipment required:  Automatic level, tripod, level rod, field book, pencil, and scientific calculator.


Event #2: Traverse Loop

This competition is to test the student’s ability to run an open traverse given one known point (northing/easting) and a basis of bearings.  Students will be required to calculate traverse point coordinates from measured angles and distances, calculate coordinates of remote points from measured angles only and calculate the closing bearing and distance back to the point of beginning.  Completeness/neatness of field notes, sketches, time and accuracy of the computed coordinates will factor into the final score.  Equipment required:  Total station w/ batteries, tripod, field book, pencil, scale, rod with prism and scientific calculator.  No data collectors or programmable calculators/software/apps are allowed.


Event #3:  Surveying estimates

This competition will test the ability of the students to estimate horizontal distances between two set points by pacing and estimate the horizontal angle between two distant objects without using any tools, instruments or accessories.  In addition, it will test the time to set up an instrument over a traverse point.  Differences from the student’s results to the true value and time will determine the score.  Equipment needed:  total station, tripod, field book with pencil.


Equipment needed:

Total station, field book, pencils, F.E. approved calculator, level, level rod, rod with prism, point setting equipment, tripod, safety equipment.


Usage of any equipment not listed above is grounds for disqualification from the event unless specifically requested prior to the event.  Allowance of additional equipment, software, hardware etc. will be at the judge’s discretion.

All decisions by the judges are final.


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