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AG1818 Geodetic Surveying 6.0 credits

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

Target group

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Part of programme

Degree Programme in Civil Engineering and Urban Management, åk 3, GIT, Mandatory


P1 (6.0 hp)


26 Aug 2024
27 Oct 2024

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Places are not limited

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

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For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AG1818 (Autumn 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Instruments and methods for geodetic measurement with total station, principles and practical measurement
  • Geodetic infrastructure in Sweden: control networks and reference system
  • Setting-out and detail surveying: planning, calculation of coordinates, practical measurement
  • Height determination: instruments and methods
  • Surveying in control networks: determination of coordinates for new control points
  • Evaluation of quality of measurements and results: uncertainty analysis
  • Planning and management of surveying projects

Intended learning outcomes

The general aim of the course is to give an understanding of the methods and processes for geodetic measurement. This understanding implies that after the course the student should be able to:

  • choose an appropriate method and instrument for a given task
  • control and adjust measuring instruments
  • plan, carry out and lead surveying project
  • calculate coordinates, areas, volumes and draw map based on geodetic measurements
  • evaluate the quality of various types of measurements (distance, angles, height differences) and the quality of the quantities that have been calculated from the measurements (coordinates, areas, volumes, etc.)

The students will also train and improve their general computer knowledge and skills in carrying out numerical calculations.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Basic knowledge in Geodetic Surveying corresponding to the content in AG1314 GIS and Surveying

Recommended prerequisites

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Lantmäteriet m.fl.: Geodetisk och fotogrammetrisk mätnings-och beräkningsteknik

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory work, 2.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project work, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 2.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

  • written examination, TEN1, 2.0 credits, AF
  • approved laboratory reports, LAB1, 2.5 credits, PF
  • approved project report, PRO1, 1.5 credits, PF
  • attendance on practical surveying exercises

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

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Education cycle

First cycle

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