This class provides an introduction to land surveying in general, which allows us to determine the location of points or objects in space. Construction staking is the process of taking information from project plans, and then actually mapping them out on the site where construction will take place. This class will focus on plan reading, basic survey techniques, and marking and reading survey stakes.  

All students will use their own (agency-supplied) survey equipment, and MUST bring the following to the in-person field lab workshop:

  • Total station,
  • charged batteries
  • tripod
  • tribrach
  • prism
  • survey rod

Class Objectives

After completing this class, student will be able to:

  • measure linear distances using their pace and survey tapes
  • set up a survey tripod
  • operate a differential level and total station
  • read a survey rod
  • read civil plans and scale distances
  • transfer data from plans to field stakes
  • set project control

Who should take this class

This class is meant for public agency personnel or anyone interested in  learning the  basics  of land surveying and construction staking. The techniques covered are applicable for basic field layout, construction inspection, and sewer installation and construction. The course is designed for anyone who performs construction inspection or field verification.


Dates & Location

  • Online self-paced content: Starting May 2, 2023; the online content will take approximately 6 hours to complete.
  • In-person field lab workshop: Tuesday, May 16, 2023 from 8:00-3:00 pm at 4200 Park Glen Road in St. Louis Park, MN.


  • Register
  • Cost: $150
  • Registration contact: Samantha Redmond at redmo062@umn.edu
  • 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 redmo062@umn.edu when you register to help us provide you with the best access.

Class Instructors

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 Class

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 course, 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 sell0146@umn.edu for assistance.

Technical Requirements

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 course meets the continuing education requirements for 14.0 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).

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