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Site surveying and setting out

Cost: £895
Duration: 5 days
Locations: Kings Norton (in Birmingham), Bircham Newton (Norfolk), Inchinnan (Scotland)
Dates: Various
Mandatory Entry Requirements: See Mandatory Entry Requirements below
Funding: See Grants and funding below
Course code: SSSO5

This 5-day practical course teaches the principles and practices of setting out, using the level and total station, which can be applied to all aspects of construction including earthworks, roads, buildings, foundations, piles, structural steel, structures, reinforced concrete, houses.

This 5-day course combines the content of the 2-day Levelling and setting out and the 3-day Total station for construction courses into a single course.

Book this course now

Please make sure that you have read and understood the entry requirements (see below) and booking terms and conditions for this course.

Who should attend

Suitable for:

  • trainee engineers
  • graduate engineers
  • construction managers
  • site managers who would like to be able to supervise, recruit for, check or carry out setting out activities
  • people with previous experience of setting out but have been working in a different role for some time and would like to return to setting out
  • overseas site engineers and construction managers who are seeking employment in the UK but do not have setting out experience due to differing division of responsibilities in the country where they trained.

Course content

This course teaches the principles of setting out which can be applied to all aspects of construction including earthworks, roads, buildings, foundations, piles, structural steel, structures, reinforced concrete, houses.

The equipment used for the training is the Leica TS06, but the lessons can be applied to any total station.

Real construction drawings are used for all practical exercises.

Levelling and taping (Mon–Tue)

By the end of the course, delegates will be able to:

  • Record work correctly and in the industry standard way
  • Incorporate robust checks to all levelling
  • List the sources of error in levelling
  • Carry out a level survey (existing features or as-built)
  • Check that the level is in correct calibration
  • Set elements to a fixed level
  • Measure the reduced level of ceilings and soffits
  • Transfer TBMs (install temporary benchmarks from scratch)
  • Set up profile boards for level excavation
  • Set up profile boards for drainage
  • Set up batter rails for cut and fill
  • List the sources of error in taping
  • Incorporate checks when setting out using a tape measure
  • Set out on sloping ground using a tape measure
  • Set out right angles and rectangles using a tape measure

Total station (Wed–Fri)

By the end of the course, delegates will be able to:

  • Set up the total station over a point
  • Carry out the relevant calibration checks (horizontal and vertical collimation error, trunnion axis, prism constant, optical/laser plummet, diaphragm orientation)
  • List the sources of error when using a total station
  • Use techniques for improving and checking your accuracy and precision
  • View, edit, add and delete data
  • Install accurate primary control points from scratch (traverse)
  • Install accurate secondary control points (retro targets)
  • Create a local coordinate system for a building on gridlines
  • Use the total station for measuring and setting out reduced levels
  • Describe a range of methods for plumbing columns and walls
  • Set-up the position and orientation of the total station using the resection or occupied point programs
  • Take a topographical survey and record the results systematically
  • Measure the horizontal distance and level differences between points using the tie-distance function
  • Set out points of known co-ordinates using the stake out function
  • Set out points in relation to a given line using the reference line function
  • Set out points at given chainages and offsets along a radius, e.g. road centrelines using the reference arc function
  • Measure irregular areas and volumes
  • Transfer large amounts of data from the total station to the computer and vice versa
  • Describe the capabilities and limitations of GNNS equipment
  • Describe the capabilities of robotic total stations

Mandatory Entry requirements

  • You will need a reasonable level of mobility and the ability to lift and move loads. Please tell us beforehand if you have a medical ailment that may affect your ability to do manual work.
  • You will also need a good understanding of spoken and written English. Please contact us if you have any concerns in this area.
  • You will need to have a good understanding and working knowledge of maths, specifically:
    • falls and gradients
    • whole circle bearings
    • working with degrees, minutes and seconds
    • basic geometry
    • basic angles
    • basic trigonometry
    • Pythagoras
    • co-ordinates

By booking a course, you are agreeing to abide by our Terms and Conditions.

Equipment you need to bring

  • Hard hat EN397
  • Hi-visibility vest to BS EN471, class 3 (in good order)
  • Gloves
  • Safety boots EN345-S3 or EN345-S5
  • Clothes for all weather conditions

What will be provided for you

  • All writing and drawing equipment
  • Calculator
  • All tools and equipment for practical sessions
  • All reference materials and assessment paperwork

Qualifications you gain

CITB National Construction College Certificate.

Grants and funding

Grants may be available for eligible employers. For further information please visit our grant pages.

Book this course now

Please make sure that you have read and understood the entry requirements and booking terms and conditions for this course.

Need more information?

Call 0344 994 4433 for more information about this course

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