Mesut Pervizpour

CEE-011 Surveying

Course Description:

Theory and practice of basic engineering surveying measurements and analysis. Topics to include field note taking, datums and measurement precision, equipment and techniques for measuring distance, elevation and angles, electronic distance measurement, topographic surveys, GPS and hydrographic surveys. Hands on experience with the use of survey levels, transits/theodolites and a total station will be provided.

Text book: None.

References: Elementary Surveying, An Introduction to Geomatics, 13th Ed. by C.D. Ghilani & P.R. Wolf, Prentice Hall, ISBN# 978-013-255434-3.

Location and Hours: M,W 10:45-12:00 PM, Neville 003
(ZOOM: Link),
Field/Lab: R 12:10-4:15PM, F 9:20AM-12:00Pm (FR 225)

TA: Han Xu
(Office Hrs: ATLSS B226) Friday 3-5PM

Syllabus | Handouts | Assignments | Field | Links

Course Syllabus in pdf Surveying syllabus

  1. Attendance at lectures and field is MANDATORY.
  2. During the semester, one final exam will be given. Quizzes should be expected at the end of the class.The student MUST take the test. NO make-ups are granted unless absence from a test is justified with proper documentation. An unexpected absence will result in a zero grade. Unless otherwise instructed, closed-book tests should be expected. Any grade review you see justified should be brought to my attention within the first week of receiving the grade.
  3. Homework is due at the beginning of class on the specified date. Late submissions will be penalized by 10%. Homework solutions will be posted 24 hours after they are due, and no solutions will be accepted after they are posted.
  4. Homework solutions should conform to the standards of good engineering practice:
    - Work should be done neatly on one side of the paper only.
    - Each problem should begin on a new page, clearly labeled on numbered pages.
    - Work should be done in pencil.
    - Your name, assignment number, and page number should appear on each page.
    - Work should be organized and presented neatly. Assumptions should be clearly stated, units should be noted on answers and key intermediate results, and answers should be clearly identified.
  5. Academic integrity. It has been my experience in the past that when students study in groups, and communicate they perform better. Obviously, this is a generalization and I am sure there are many exceptions. However, please note that your submitted work for this course should be conducted individually. Academic Integrity is expected from all students in all matters related to this course. In particular, a student assumes responsibility for every assignment, project or exam that he/she submits. University Code of Conduct:
  6. Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: Lehigh University is committed to maintaining an equitable and inclusive community and welcomes students with disabilities into all of the University's educational programs. In order to receive consideration for reasonable accommodations, a student with a disability must contact Disability Support Services (DSS), provide documentation, and participate in an interactive review process. If the documentation supports a request for reasonable accommodations, DSS will provide students with a Letter of Accommodations. Students who are approved for accommodations at Lehigh should share this letter and discuss their accommodations and learning needs with instructors as early in the semester as possible. For more information or to request services, please contact Disability Support Services in person in Williams Hall, Suite 301, via phone at 610-758-4152, via email at, or online at
  7. The Principles of Our Equitable Community: Lehigh University endorses The Principles of Our Equitable Community. We expect each member of this class to acknowledge and practice these Principles. Respect for each other and for differing viewpoints is a vital component of the learning environment inside and outside the classroom.
Homework, and Project
Recitation & Field Work
Final Exam
Attendance and Instructor Evaluation


  1. Course Introduction, field notes, units, significant figures, errors, topographic maps
  2. Elevation measurement (leveling)
  3. Angle measurement
  4. Horizontal distance measurement
  5. Global Positioning Systems, Hydrographic Surveys