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Surveying Practice KGG505



This unit provides a detailed treatment of the statutory and common law affecting cadastral surveys and cadastral survey practice. The unit includes the following topics: the surveyor and statutory authorities; survey regulations; assessment of survey evidence; the types of survey undertaken by land surveyors and related State and Local Government processes; fieldwork technique including survey preparation (calibration, instrument adjustment, reconnaissance), survey design and fieldwork methodology. The unit includes a substantial field-based project to build understandings of the practical aspects of cadastral field practice for land boundary redefinition.


Unit name Surveying Practice
Unit code KGG505
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Rachael Hurd
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the role and functions of a land surveyor, including their duties and responsibilities in cadastral boundary definition.
  • Explain State and Local Government legislation regarding the work undertaken by land surveyors
  • Describe statutory and common law that applies to cadastral boundary definition in Tasmania
  • Apply professional methodologies to complete a cadastral survey and computations.
  • Evaluate evidence to compile a cadastral survey plan and re-establishment report.
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Teaching Pattern

1 x 3-hour workshop per week, plus independent study. 1 full day field trip. 

AssessmentCadastral survey project (50%)|Written exam
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