Cadastral Surveying

Subject GEOM90041 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2015.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours of lectures and 24 hours of lab exercises
Total Time Commitment:

200 hours


Students must complete this subject prior to enrolment:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Mohsen Kalantari Soltanieh

Subject Overview:


Cadastral surveying relates to the laws of land ownership and the definition of property boundaries and is a core responsibility for the surveying industry and profession. This subject introduces the legal framework of cadastral surveying, the land tenure system in Victoria, and the methods of performing cadastral surveys, including computations and documentation, as it is required for land acquisition, land compensation and land subdivision procedures. This subject builds on students’ knowledge of property law and complements other spatial subjects that can lead to a graduate becoming a licensed surveyor.


Surveying Software, Graphic Language and Design, Map and Plan Systems, Standardization and Calibration, Survey Information Sources, Survey Marks, Descriptions of Occupation, Levelling, Feature Surveys and Plans, Quality Assurance, Surveying using Global Navigation Satellite Systems Units, Symbols and Conversion Factors, Surveying Act and Regulations.

Learning Outcomes:


Having completed this unit the student is expected to:

  1. Identify the legal and technical requirements for making a cadastral survey in Victoria;
  2. Explain the preparation of the corresponding documentation in the form of plans and reports;
  3. Practically perform a cadastral survey;
  4. To perform survey computations with programmable calculators and computer software and to produce cadastral survey documents using computer aided drafting;
  5. Discuss the concepts of SPEAR and ePlan as mechanisms for the digital processing of cadastral plans in Victoria.
  • Four cadastral surveying practical assignments with preparation of resulting computations and survey documents, each of a workload of 20 hours (approx. 1000 words per item) spread equally over weeks 1 - 9 (20% each, 80% in total) , Associated with Intended Learning Outcomes 1-5;
  • One 30 hour (approx. 1500 words) assignment due at the end of semester (20%), Associated with Intended Learning Outcomes 1-5.
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution;
  • Understanding of social, cultural, global, and environmental responsibilities and the need to employ principles of sustainable development;
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance;
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, and commitment to them;
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, as a team leader or manager as well as an effective team member.


The subject is based principally on presentations by an academic lecturer and an experienced industry professional who present theoretical and practical aspects of the subject. In addition each student prepares a written report based on practical surveying assignments. A computer laboratory will be used by students to prepare resulting computations and survey documents of the practical assignments.


Script and reading materials will be provided by lecturers.


The subject is primarily delivered by an experienced industry professional that has an extensive knowledge in cadastral surveying. Working as a cadastral surveyor you acquire knowledge of the laws and procedures relating to land ownership and development.

Related Course(s): Master of Philosophy - Engineering
Ph.D.- Engineering

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