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Key Info

  • Course CodeCR_CDLSU_7
  • Field of StudyCivil & Structural Engineering
  • Type of CourseCertificate
  • Type of QualificationSpecial Award
  • Type of Study Part time
  • Application Closing Date31st January 2020
  • Level7
  • LocationCIT Bishopstown Campus

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


Course Fee: €600

Duration & Delivery

The course is typically offered over a number of days, including Saturdays. Exact dates and timetable arrangements are available on the programme webpage. 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.

Applicants may also be interested in the Practical Land Surveying short course which occurs in the autumn each year).


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

  • establish survey control of determined accuracy using GPS equipment and OSI reference
  • compute setting out data from survey and design information
  • manipulate field survey data and incorporate design data using specialised software
  • critically evaluate the use of advanced positioning
    instrumentation for setting out


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


  • Applications is closed for course commencing 6th March 2020
  • 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 the course fee of €600 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.



















The course is based on the Module Descriptor CIVL7005 Digital Land Surveying and GPS. The full Module Descriptor may be viewed here

Ordnance Survey

Coordinate systems: Irish National Grid, Irish Transverse Mercator. Heights & Elevations, Geoid Models, Site Adjustments. OSI services.

Global Positioning Systems

Fundamentals of operation for surveying. Correction and sources of error. Radio regulations. Real time kinematic (RTK), Static and Faststatic operation. Field techniques, RTK and Setting Out.

Data Processing

Data capture. Setup data. Feature codes, strings and digital ground modelling. Software and hardware requirements. Data formats. Software systems. Data transfer, Real time and Post processing systems. Adjustments, data export and reports.

Setting Out

Principles of setting out. Coordinate positioning, total stations and GPS, Controlling verticality, Laser instruments, Machine Control, Quality assurance and accuracy.

Course Details

Part-time Information

  • All part-time programmes at CIT 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 2020-2021 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only. 


  • Registration fees for professional bodies etc. are payable separately to these institutions. Students will be notified of their fees by email to their CIT email account and in all cases, course fees must be paid before attending lectures.  For more information on Fees, please visit fees/students

  • Some candidates may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning based on previous academic or work experience. If you think you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning, please check out www.cit.ie/rpl
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