Professional short courses and master classes

Levelling and Vertical Control/ Setting Out

Course description

Through this course you will get the opportunity to develop theoretical and practical experience on land surveying exercises. Regular fieldwork practice will enable you to produce a portfolio of land surveying work that will demonstrate your skills and personal development towards a completed knowledge on working with land surveying equipment such as levels and other land surveying equipment.

  • Introduction
  • Safety on site
  • Principles of levelling equipment and laser levels – two peg test to check if adjustment of the instrument is required
  • Practical level run to establish a site TBM and the find closing error
  • Background to levelling
  • Levelling theory
  • The level instrument and staff
  • Booking readings
  • Class exercise
  • Practical field levelling exercise
  • Intermediate sights
  • Practical field levelling exercise
  • Inverted readings
  • Sources of error and adjustment of the instrument
  • Two peg test theory
  • Two peg test field practical
  • Level run field practical covering all aspects of levelling or setting out levels for excavation (for construction companies)
  • Rise and fall booking theory
  • Review, questions and close
  • Understanding the principals of gradients for roads, pipes or excavations
  • Practical exercise set out and check construction profiles to the required level (trench excavation) using a tape, level and staff.


  • Demonstrate analytical, practical and interpretative skills with respect to civil engineering surveying.
  • Write a formal report including the use of simple annotated sketches and scale drawings.
  • Tackle and solve calculations related to vertical and horizontal control of structures.
  • Understand and show practical ability and awareness of land surveying.
  • Demonstration of practical theoretical skills related to vertical and horizontal control of structures.


University of West London, 
St Mary's Road,
Ealing, W5 5RF

There are currently no planned courses available to book.

Please contact Dr Junaid Arshad if you have any questions.

Please note that all UWL Short Courses require a minimum attendance number of 7 persons in order for them to be run. Once you have booked a place on a UWL Short Course your card will not be charged until the minimum number of attendees has been reached by the final booking date. You will receive email confirmation of this. Should the minimum number of attendees (7 persons) not be reached then your card will not be charged and you will receive an email to advise you of these developments.