This class introduces land surveying in general, which allows us to determine the location of points or objects in space. Simple or differential leveling is conducted by placing a leveling instrument between points whose elevation is to be determined, and a point of known elevation. Leveling rods are placed at the point of unknown elevation and sighted through the leveling instrument.
Students will learn about the equipment, procedure, and note taking required to conduct both a simple level loop and to determine side shot elevations of any points in the area.
All students will use their own (agency-supplied) survey equipment, and MUST bring the following to the in-person field lab workshop:
- Differential level
- level rod
After completing this class, students will be able to:
- set up a survey tripod
- operate a differential level
- read a survey rod
- record and reduce level notes
- determine the elevation of unknown points using a differential level
Who should take this Class
This class is meant for public agency personnel or anyone interested in learning the basics of land surveying and differential leveling. The techniques covered are applicable for field data collection for roadway or civil design, construction inspection, and sewer installation and construction. The class is designed for anyone who performs construction inspection or civil design data collection.
Dates & Location
- Online self-paced content: Starting March 29, 2023; the online content will take approximately 3 hours to complete.
- In-person field lab workshop: Tuesday, April 18th from 8:00-3:00 pm at 4200 Park Glen Road in St. Louis Park, MN.
- Cost: $150
- Registration contact: Samantha Redmond at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please note: You will need to create an account in the University of Minnesota system to register. Please use your most used or accessible email and physical address when setting up your account.
Please let us know how we can ensure that this class is inclusive to you. What accommodations or access needs can we help facilitate? Contact email@example.com when you register to help us provide you with the best access.
Eric Johnson is a 1993 graduate of the University of Wisconsin−Eau Claire with a BA in secondary English education. Eric has most recently worked as a construction inspector for Professional Engineering Services. Over the last 20 years, Eric has served as an inspector on many local municipal projects, including the Guthrie Theater, Target Field, Highway 212, the Central Corridor and SW Corridor Light Rail projects, the 35E MnPASS project, Highway 610, various METC sewer rehab projects, and Saint Paul Metro Waste Water Treatment Plant renovation. He carries multiple MnDOT inspection certifications as well as the national CIPP inspection certification through NASSCO.
Ted Johnson spent the first part of his career as a high school teacher, teaching art and industrial education. He has a degree in secondary education. Ted has taught classes for MnDOT as part of ADA training and in the MnDOT Technical Certification Program. He’s worked extensively for MnDOT for the last 15 years and is currently a grading inspector on the Highway 14 Expansion Design Build.
Accessing the Course
A portion of this training is offered via the course management system Canvas. Upon completing your online registration, you will receive an email confirmation. To access the class, please visit Canvas and login with your University of Minnesota internet ID and password. Once you have been enrolled, your course will appear on your Canvas dashboard.
If for any reason you do not have access to the course after enrolling, please contact Katherine Stanley at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Because it's built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer work best for this course.
- 1.0 Roads Scholar Program Civil Tech Level I Certificate credit.
- To the best of our knowledge, this class meets the continuing education requirements for 11.0 PDHs as outlined in Minnesota Statute 326.107. More information concerning continuing education for professionals is available on the Minnesota Board of AELSLAGID website.
This class is offered by the Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) at the University of Minnesota. Minnesota LTAP is sponsored by the Minnesota Local Road Research Board (LRRB) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).