Introduction to Surveying and Leveling (Hybrid)
This course introduces land surveying, which allows us to determine the location of points or objects in space. Simple or differential leveling is conducted by placing a leveling instrument between points whose elevation is to be determined and a point of known elevation. Leveling rods are placed at the point of unknown elevation and sighted through the leveling instrument.
Students will learn about the equipment, procedures, and note-taking required to conduct both a simple level loop and to determine side-shot elevations of any points in the area.
This course is being delivered in a hybrid format that includes two elements: online preparatory coursework and an in-person field lab workshop. Students must complete the required online coursework prior to the field lab workshop. The online coursework will be available two weeks before the field lab workshop and will take approximately five hours to complete.
All students will use their own (agency-supplied) survey equipment and must bring the following to the in-person field lab workshop:
- Differential level
- Level rod
Course Dates and Locations
The next session of this workshop is scheduled to be held in spring 2024. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
After completing this course, students will be able to:
- Set up a survey tripod.
- Operate a differential level.
- Read a survey rod.
- Record and reduce level notes.
- Determine the elevatioin of unknown points using a differential level.
Who Should Attend
This course is meant for public agency personnel or anyone interested in learning the basics of land surveying and differential leveling. It is designed for anyone who performs construction inspection or civil design data collection. The techniques covered are applicable for field data collection for roadway or civil design, construction inspection, and sewer installation and construction.
Eric Johnson has most recently worked as a construction inspector for Professional Engineering Services. Over the last 20 years, Eric has served as an inspector on many local municipal projects, including the Guthrie Theater, Target Field, Highway 212, the Central Corridor and Southwest Corridor Light Rail projects, the 35E MnPASS project, Highway 610, various Metropolitan Council sewer rehab projects, and the Saint Paul Metro Wastewater Treatment Plant renovation. He carries multiple MnDOT inspection certifications as well as the national CIPP inspection certification through NASSCO. Eric is a 1993 graduate of the University of Wisconsin−Eau Claire with a BA in secondary English education.
Ted Johnson has taught classes for MnDOT as part of ADA training and in the MnDOT Technical Certification Program. He’s worked extensively for MnDOT for the last 15 years and is currently a grading inspector on the Highway 14 Expansion Design Build. Ted spent the first part of his career as a high school teacher, teaching art and industrial education. He has a degree in secondary education.
Online Coursework Access and Technical Requirements
A portion of this training is offered via the course management system Canvas. Upon completing your online registration, you will receive an email confirmation. To access the course, please visit Canvas and log in with your University of Minnesota internet ID and password. Once you have been enrolled, your course will appear on your Canvas dashboard.
If for any reason you do not have access to the course after enrolling, please contact Katherine Stanley at email@example.com for assistance.
Because it's built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer work best for this course.
- 1.0 Roads Scholar Program Civil Tech Level I Certificate credit.
- To the best of our knowledge, this course meets the continuing education requirements for 11.0 PDHs as outlined in Minnesota Statute 326.107. More information concerning continuing education for professionals is available on the Minnesota Board of AELSLAGID website.
This course is offered by the Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) at the Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota. Minnesota LTAP is sponsored by the Minnesota Local Road Research Board (LRRB) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).