Land Surveying (Practical)

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  • Field of Study

    Civil & Structural Engineering

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  • Type of Study:

    Part time

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Course Summary

This is a short CPD course for those who have certified competence in Land surveying, linear surveying and levelling. It is particularly suited to construction personnel who are involved with the organisation of surveying and setting out on construction sites.


Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering

All part-time programmes at MTU Cork will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.


Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2021-2022 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only.

Course fees must be paid before attending lectures. For more information on Fees, please visit fees/students


Course Fee


Applicants may also be interested in the Digital Land Surveying & GPS short course which occurs in spring each year).

Information updates may be obtained by contacting the Department of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering.


Having completed this module, an individual would expect to be able to:

  • Organise resources, record and process survey data using specialised equipment (e.g. Total Station, GPS, Digital Level)
  • Use computer applications to process and manipulate survey data
  • Use specialised equipment (e.g. Total Station, GPS, Digital Level) to set out construction works
  • Process and present in an appropriate format the outcomes of survey or setting out exercises
  • Work as the leader in a team carrying out surveying exercises

Detailed module information

Electromagnetic Distance Measurement
Construction and use of equipment. Sources of error and accuracy. Checking adjustment. Field procedures.


Total Stations
Data capture. Setup data. Feature codes, strings and digital ground modelling. Coordinate systems. Software and hardware requirements.


Setting out
Accuracy specification. Stages in setting out. Generation of setting out data. Methods of marking and referencing.


Data Processing
Data formats. Software systems. Digital Terrain Modelling. Data presentation, plans, sections and models. Calculation of volumes.


Global Positioning Systems
Introduction to practical Applications of Global Positioning Systems. Principles of operation. Space, control and user segments. Differential GPS.


Duration & Delivery

The course is typically offered over a number of days, including Saturdays. Typically, the hours may be 6pm – 9pm Friday evenings and 9am – 4pm Saturdays for a total of four weekends. Information updates may be obtained by contacting the Department of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering



MTU Single Module Certification (5 ECTS credits at Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications)

  • Online applications is currently closed.
  • Delivery of this programme is subject to sufficient number of applicants. Eligible candidates will be considered on a first come first served basis.
  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay the course fee of €650 online if a place on a course is offered. You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply now' button, you are only asked to pay the course fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.
  • Please attach and upload any documents such as transcripts, CV, other details relevant to the application.








Mr Jim O'Byrne, Chartered Engineer
021 4326761

Carmel Collins, Secretary, Department of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering
021 4335950

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