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Land Surveying (LS)

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JumpLink2010 [CE 2072]. Engineering Surveying Lecture. 2. Principles of measurements of distances, elevation and angles. Basic error theory in measurement and calculations. Basic principles of surveying and map making. Prerequisite: a working knowledge of algebra and trigonometry.

2015 [CE 2073]. Engineering Surveying Laboratory. 1. Field surveying activities consisting of traversing, differential leveling, construction staking and gathering topographic data. Prerequisite: LS 2010 or concurrent.

2020 [CE 2090]. GPS for Land Surveyors. 4. From fundamental theory to practical application and advanced technologies, this class covers all aspects of GPS needed to understand and use GPS as a land surveyor including the basics of GPS technology, common hardware, surveying methods, survey design, planning and observing, real-time kinematics and DGPS. Prerequisite: LS 2400.

2100 [CE 2076]. Records Research for Surveyors. 3. Introduced to the public, quasi-public, and private depositories of recorded and non-recorded documents that establish land ownership boundaries, easement boundaries, and land use rights and restrictions in both the Public Land Survey System and the Colonial States. Assignments will require work to be conducted during depositories’ normal business hours.

2110 [CE 2050]. Real Property Law. 3. Covers all major areas of real property law, including the nature of real property, types of ownership, real estate contracts, title and insurance, financing, landlord and tenant, land use, environmental law and regulation. An understanding of real property law is fundamental to understanding boundary law.

2400 [CE 2089]. Basic Geodesy for Today’s Land Surveyor. 2. The history of geodesy including measurement techniques, coordinate systems, ellipsoids, and datums is reviewed. The modern geodetic and Cartesian coordinates systems, as well as the differences between grid and ground coordinates systems, and the current geodetic and Cartesian coordinate systems available today are discussed. Prerequisite: CE 2070 or LS 2010.

2410 [CE 2083]. GIS in Surveying. 3. Covers the basic concepts of geographic information systems, the methods and software used to implement them, and their applications to surveying and analysis of other surveying problems. Prerequisite: CE 2070 or LS 2010, and ES 1060 or ES 1061.

2499. Sophomore Land Surveying Topics. 1-6 (Max. 6). A study of current sophomore land surveying problems that are applicable to leand surveying for small group classes. Prerequisite: Approval of the Land Surveying Program director.

JumpLink3100 [CE 2088]. Real Property Descriptions. 2. Historical and current issues for land description writing and usage for the practicing surveyor. Relationship between written descriptions and field survey data, interpreting old descriptions and the structure principles of description. Prerequisite: CE 2070 or LS 2010, and LS 2100 and LS 2110.

3110 [CE 3750]. Boundary Evidence. 2. A practical and working guide to understanding survey evidence and the laws of boundary location for efficient, accurate boundary determination. This material aids in the elimination of errors in location of land boundaries. The surveyor’s liability and statutes of limitations are explored in depth. Also included are discussions of the surveyor’s role in court. Normally offered only through the Outreach School. Prerequisite: CE 2070 or LS 2010, and LS 2110.

3120 [CE 3740]. Boundary Principles. 2. This course in boundary law addresses the fundamental principles of real property as applied to land surveying and related professions. Discussion and applications center on practical situations and concepts commonly encountered while conducting boundary surveys and the determination of the extent of ownership rights. Students explore the scope of the surveyors’ judiciary role in real property ownership. Primarily offered through the Outreach School. Prerequisite: CE 2070 or LS 2010, and LS 3100 and LS 2110.

3130 [CE 2085]. Public Land Surveys. 3. Basic fundamentals of the Public Land Survey System (PLSS), dependent and independent resurveys, survey plats, “bona fide rights”, riparian boundaries, non-rectangular entities, corner evidence and the role of the modern day surveyor. Prerequisite: CE 2070 or LS 2010, and LS 2110.

3200 [CE 3710, CE 4710]. Route Surveying. 3. Laying out of super elevation and circular, parabolic, and spiral curves; the difference between highway and railway horizontal curve geometry; offsets to spiral curves as boundaries; area and volumes of earthwork. Prerequisite: CE 2070 or LS 2010, and ES 1060 or ES 1061.

3210 [CE 3720, CE 4720]. Advanced Surveying. 4. Advanced topics in surveying computations and procedures, including traverse error analysis, topographic surveying, mapping, astronomical observations, coordinate geometry applications, and state plane coordinates. Prerequisite: CE 2070 or LS 2010.

3230 [CE 3760]. Applied Least Squares Adjustments. 4. The use of applied statistics in land surveying, error propagation in polygon and link traverses, discussion of positional tolerances and an introduction to least squares adjustments using StarNet and VectorNT software. Prerequisite: CE 3720 or LS 3210.

3300 [CE 2074]. Ethics for the Professional Surveyor. 1. Introduction to the common ethical and moral issues facing professional surveyors in modern practice. Prerequisite: One of LS 3110, LS 3120 or LS 3130.

3400 [CE 4750]. Remote Sensing/Photogammetry for Surveyors. 3. Procedures and methods used for deriving metric information from photographs, analog processes for using aerial photographs in production of topographic maps, flight planning, and cost estimation in aerial mapping work. Introduction to photocoordinate measurement devices and their calibration. Mathematics of modern photogrammetry. Prerequisite: CE 2070 or LS 2010.

3500. Junior Surveying Topics. 1-6 (Max. 6). A study of current junior landsu rveying problems that are applicable to land surveying for small group classes. Prerequisite: Approval of the Land Surveying Program director.

JumpLink4110 [CE 4700]. Coastal Water Boundaries. 3. The physical and legal issues involved with property rights of lands abutting tidal waters, a review of the Public Land Survey System, the Submerged Lands Act and the Swamp and Overflowed Lands Act. Includes case law research. Prerequisite: LS 3110, LS 3120.

4120 [CE 4730]. Inland Water Boundaries. 3. Introduces the physical and legal issues involved in locating property rights associated with lands that abut non-tidal, navigable and non-navigable rivers and lakes. The property rights which attach to, as well as the limitations placed on these riparian parcels will be examined and discussed with respect to statutory, administrative and case law. Prerequisite: LS 4110.

4130 [CE 2086, CE 4740]. Advanced Public Land Surveys. 4. Advanced topics in situations and problems in the Public Land Survey system, with discussion of major court cases involving everyday applications to surveyors. 1975 BLM casebook and other sources of survey reference. Prerequisite: LS 3120 and LS 3130.

4500. Senior Land Surveying Topics. 1-6 (Max. 6). A study of current senior land surveying problems that are applicable to land surveying for small group classes. Prerequisite: Approval of the Land Surveying Program director.

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