Surveying: Principles and Applications

Prentice Hall
Barry Kavanagh / Tom Mastin  
Total pages
December 2012
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For all surveying courses in programs including civil engineering; civil engineering technology; survey engineering; resources engineering and technology, agricultural engineering, and forestry.


This is the clearest, easiest to understand, and most useful introduction to surveying as it is practiced today. It brings together expert coverage of surveying principles, remote sensing and other new advances in technological instrumentation, and modern applications for everything from mapping to engineering. Designed for maximum simplicity, it also covers sophisticated topics typically discussed in advanced surveying courses. This edition has been reorganised and streamlined to align tightly with current surveying practice, and to teach more rapidly and efficiently. It adds broader and more valuable coverage of aerial, space and ground imaging, GIS, land surveying, and other key topics. An extensive set of appendices makes it a useful reference for students entering the workplace.




Easy to read, user-friendly approach. Gives students the clearest presentation available, supporting easy-to-read text with clear illustrations and realistic examples.


Brings together coverage of all the subjects students need to master, from traditional surveying to cutting edge technologies. Covers everything from traditional highway geometrics, and construction surveying to state-of-the-art GIS, satellite imaging, and other innovations.


Helps students clearly understand the connections between theory and real-world applications. Reflects the authors’ extensive real-world experience, illuminating the ways modern surveying is actually performed in a wide variety of environments.


Focuses on student success throughout. Provides proven pedagogical tools including chapter questions, problems, worked examples, and many current weblinks for further exploration.


Gives students easy access to all the terminology and definitions they need. Contains a complete and accessible glossary: a feature rarely included in surveying texts.


Provides reference material students can use throughout their careers. Includes appendices covering random errors, trigonometric definitions and identities, weblinks, typical field projects, a color photo gallery, and more.


Simplifies conversion between English and metric units, preparing students to work with either, or both. Provides both English and Metric units in all examples and problems.

New to this Edition

This edition has been reorganized, streamlined, and updated to fully reflect the way surveying is performed today, and includes expert coverage of the field’s latest technological innovations.


Improved! Reorganized to reflect modern surveying practiceincluding changes associated with rapid recent advances in technological instrumentation, applications, and techniques
  • Helps students quickly appreciate the field’s new realities while still absorbing the traditional theory that remains foundational.   

Improved! Streamlined to teach more rapidly—including the unification of optical theodolites, total stations, and total station applications in one chapter; and the integration of all engineering work into another single chapter

  • Enables students to learn more quickly and efficiently

New! Broader coverage of allied topics—including aerial, space and ground imaging; remote sensing; geographic information systems (GIS); and many new real-world engineering surveying applications

  • Prepares students to work in spatial data gathering and management, and to utilize the new science of geomatic
  • Enables students to be effective immediately, no matter where they are hired or what technologies they are expected to use 

New! Supported by a new Instructor’s Manual—including solutions to all text problems, sample tests and exams, typical subject outlines, selected instrument procedures, and PowerPoint presentations for all topics

  • Gives instructors comprehensive and powerful tools to help their students learn more quickly and gain deeper mastery

Revised! Rewritten chapter on land surveys—includes many new techniques and extensive recent real-world experience

  • Helps students become far more effective as land surveyors 

Updated! Contains new, updated, and refreshed questions—at the end of every chapter

  • Helps students practice with the latest techniques, mastering skills that will be more relevant in today’s surveying environments 

Updated! Includes new web references—in many chapters

  • Gives students reliable and up-to-date web sources for further explanation 

New! Draws on the extensive expertise of new co-author Tim B. Mastin (California Polytechnical State University)—reflecting Mastin’s many years of experience in academics, land surveying, and engineering surveying

  • Offers students important new insights from another of the field’s leading experts

Table of Contents


1. Basics of Surveying

2. Leveling

3. Distance Measurement

4. Angles and Directions

5. Total Stations and Theodolites

6. Traverse Surveys and Computations

7. Satellite Positioning Systems

8. Topographic Surveying and Mapping

9. Geographic Information Systems

10. Control Surveys



11. Satellite Imagery

12. Airborne Imagery



13. Engineering Surveys

14. Land Surveys



Appendix A. Random Errors

Appendix B. Trigonometric Definitions and Identities

Appendix C. Glossary

Appendix D. Answers to Selected Chapter Problems

 Appendix E. Internet Websites

Appendix F. Examples of Current Geomatics Technology

Appendix G. Typical Field Projects

Appendix H. Early Surveying



Field Note Index