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Higher Surveying

By Prof. Ajay Dashora   |   IIT Guwahati
Conventional survey techniques are all about measuring 2D or 3D coordinates of a point for mapping of a surface. Though accurate, these techniques are time consuming for topographic mapping. With development of various hard and soft technologies in last two decades, advanced mapping techniques have evolved. It gives a paradigm shift as conventional surveys are superseded by advanced surveying techniques, which are not only accurate and flexible but require minimum time to acquire large amount of 3D data. Therefore, these techniques have been extensively used in many areas of engineering by students, researchers, and industries. On the other hand, the fundamental concepts of most of the advanced surveying techniques are not clear to all users. This course on Higher Surveying discusses about the modern techniques of advanced surveying, their fundamental concepts, data acquisition, data processing, and applications.

INTENDED AUDIENCE  : All UG and PG degree students of Civil Engg, Geoinformatics, Geomatics, Remote Sensing; All                                                               practitioners in above fields.
PRE-REQUISITES   A course on “Basic Surveying” is pre-requisite
INDUSTRY SUPPORT   : All companies involved in advanced practices of Survey Engineering value this course.

Learners enrolled: 2133


Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 27 Jan 2020
End Date : 17 Apr 2020
Exam Date : 26 Apr 2020
Enrollment Ends : 03 Feb 2020
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
  • Level : Postgraduate
    This is an AICTE approved FDP course


    Week 1 : 1. Introduction to course(1) 2. Fundamental Requirements of Higher Surveying(1) 3.Coordinate System and Transformations(1)
    Week 2 : 1. Coordinate System and Transformations(2) 2. Adjustments Computations(1)
    Week 3 : Adjustments Computations (3)
    Week 4 : 1.Position and Direction surveys (2) 2. Photogrammetric Survey (1)
    Week 5 : Photogrammetric Survey (3)
    Week 6 : Photogrammetric Survey (3)
    Week 7 : LiDAR Survey (3)
    Week 8 : LiDAR Survey (3)
    Week 9 : 1. LiDAR Survey (1) 2. Sounding and Bathymetric Surveys (2)
    Week 10 : 1. Sounding and Bathymetric Surveys(1) 2. Radar Interferometry survey(2)
    Week 11 : Applications of Higher Surveying (2)
    Week 12 : Applications of Higher Surveying (3)


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    Prof. Ajay Dashora

    IIT Guwahati
    Dr Ajay Dashora is a faculty member in Earth Science Group of Dept of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. He completed his Masters and PhD degrees in Geoinformatics discipline from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. While pursuing his academics, he worked extensively on modern surveying techniques, like GPS, Photogrammetry, and LiDAR for topographic mapping. For research and teaching of modern surveying techniques for mapping at IIT Guwahati, he has been conducting various field related activities that require modern surveying technologies. His main interests are to develop low cost 3D mapping methods. 


    • The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
    • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
    • Date and Time of Exams: 26th April 2020, Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
    • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
    • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
    • Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

    • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments
     given in the course. 
    • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
    • Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

    • If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
    • Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Guwahati. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
    • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.