This field course takes place over three weeks in June during the summer vacation at the end of the 1st year, and also comprises three days of lectures and practicals in the week leading up to it. Students are taught the principles and practice of surveying through lectures and practicals, and undertake a series of engineering tasks in and around the campus of the University of Wales Trinity St David and a local dam at Llyn Brianne.
This field trip provides students with first-hand experience of a range of activities, equipment, and software commonplace in Geomatic Engineering.
Students undertake tasks in detail mapping, setting out for road curve construction, and deformation monitoring of a local dam. Students also engage in activities to test water quality in the lake, measure discharge in a local river using standard stream gauging techniques, develop their ability to solve mathematical problems in coordinate geometry, and are introduced to the fundamental concepts of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS).
Alongside these practical skills, students will also work in teams and gain experience in working on projects under time pressure, improving their proficiency in report writing, statistical analysis and cartography. The field trip is assessed through two modules: CEGE206P Surveying & Field Studies and CEGE204P Scenarios & Civil Engineering.
This field trip also gives students a good grounding for the Constructionarium at the end of the 2nd year and for summer work placements.
While most field trip costs (including academic staff supervision, transport, facilities, and equipment) are met by the department, students are required to pay approximately £250 towards the trip which contributes to accommodation and food.