Department of Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering Fieldwork - CE317

Credits : 3

Prerequisites :CE210

Compulsory/Optional : Compulsory

To apply knowledge acquired in Engineering Surveying for a practical engineering situation, and to expose the students to the real world engineering applications/situations in irrigation engineering, environmental engineering, construction equipment and engineering geology.
Intended Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the course, the students should be able to;

  1. Apply surveying methods to suit the land formation and gather required information of ground features to implement an engineering project.
  2. Process field survey data and prepare maps and plans and setout intended engineering structures.
  3. Identify different types of structures used in water distribution for irrigation purposes.
  4. Observe the field techniques used in Environmental Engineering for treatment of water, wastewater, and solid waste management.
  5. Identify different geological features, rock types and explain their importance in civil engineering.
  6. Select appropriate construction equipment to perform different civil engineering tasks and explain their basic operational and management principles.
Course content/Course description
  1. Survey field camp: The survey field camp which is usually held outside the university for a period of 10 consecutive days consists of a number of discussions followed by daily survey field exercises. Students work in a group of 6-8 students to produce drawings and other information required for a given engineering project. Each exercise involves planning and execution of fieldwork followed by calculations, tabulation, presentation and reporting of the survey information through maps and plans, and setting out of an engineering structure on ground
  2. Field exercises in irrigation engineering: Visit to a major irrigation project and identify field structures, applications and their limitations
  3. Field exercises in environmental engineering: Visit to a treatment plant and identify the methods used to treat water/waste water and manage solid waste
  4. Geological field visit: Visit to sites with different geological formations
  5. Construction equipment training: One day training at heavy equipment training site/ institute
Recommended Texts
  1. Cuomo PA 2003, Surveying Principles for Civil Engineers, Professional Publications
Time Allocation Hours
Lectures -
Tutorials -
Fieldwork 90
Assignments -
Assessment Percentage Marks
Surveying field camp 75
Irrigation field visit 05
Environmental field visit 05
Geological field visit 05
Construction Equipment 10
End-semester -

Department of Civil Engineering