Departments Survey Department

Survey Department

The Department of Survey is amongst the pioneer departments of NUST Institute of Civil Engineering (NICE). All the affairs of the survey team are run and administered under the supervision of the Head of Department (HoD). The NICE Department of Survey is currently imparting Engineering Surveying education to the undergraduate students of not only Civil Engineering but also other disciplines such as Environmental Engineering, Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Presently, it is not offering any postgraduate courses but it is envisaged that in the near future, the postgraduate courses of Surveying with special emphasis on modern techniques will be introduced as well.
The Survey Lab which is being run under the NICE Department of Survey is one of its kind that is successfully operating in Pakistan. It is equipped with state-of-the-art modern Surveying gadgetry such as Total Stations, geodetic quality based Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receivers, Digital Levels, Digi System, Construction Laser Level, Licensed Mapping Software etc.
In collaboration with the Survey of Pakistan, the Survey Training Institute of the Survey of Pakistan, SUPARCO and the Army Survey Group, the NICE Department of Survey organizes frequent study visits and guest speaker lectures to broaden the knowledge of the undergraduate students regarding different commercial and research projects carried out by the above mentioned organizations/institutes. Meanwhile, as the NUST H-12 campus is still under development, the NICE Department of Survey provides continuous Land Survey support to NUST Administration in the planning and execution of various campus expansion projects. For carrying out these projects, the NICE Department of Survey has established its own Baseline and numerous permanent control stations throughout the NUST H-12 campus.
A unique distinction of NICE Department of Survey is its dynamic field training activity which is visible throughout the year in the campus. As survey training support is being provided to a number of Institutes at campus, therefore field work is done on all working days to accommodate their requirements. Extensive training is imparted to students in handling of modern instruments and later on processing of field data on mapping software in the lab followed by printing of maps.
The topography of our campus provides a variety of landscape to perform all the required practical survey tasks under realistic field conditions. There are reasonably high ridges, deep nullahs and other land features which provide ideal conditions for carrying out triangulation, traversing, road alignments, bridge gap measurements, setting out of buildings/sewers/highway curves and making of topographic maps, etc.

Head of Department Message

Associate Professor Dr. Muhammad Usman

I welcome you to the NUST Survey Department web page. We aim at imparting quality survey knowledge and skills to the prospective Civil Engineers, GIS Engineers and Environmental Engineers so that they may meet all the likely professional challenges in their career. To realize this objective we employ the most modern surveying hardware, software and techniques for the education and training of our students. Our program is a unique blend of classic survey techniques and modern survey techniques. The training starts by using the basic instruments for taking different measurements manually in the field. The acquired data is computed and the results are plotted manually to produce the required drawings and maps. These hands on practices are useful to create a mind set of precision and accuracy in field measurements. In the next stage the students use the most modern survey equipment in field. Data acquisition for different tasks is performed by Total Stations and GNSS receivers. The acquired data is processed on computers by using survey/mapping software and hard copy drawings and maps are printed on plotters. Throughout the course, emphasis is laid on giving practical training to each individual student by deploying as many instruments as possible. Having acquired these survey skills, our graduates are expected to carry out Topographic Mapping, Highway Alignment, Leveling and Contouring, Setting Out of civil engineering projects and monitor the quality and the quantity of different projects. Field visits are arranged for students to different construction sites to show them the real-life working conditions and develop bonds with industry. Guest speakers are invited to share their experiences with students. Survey Lab has acquired certification from Survey of Pakistan under Ministry of Defense to carry out commercial surveys. The school’s unwavering commitment to quality and precision is aimed to provide efficient and accurate solution to survey needs.

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The Department of Survey envisions being amongst the best Surveying setups by providing top of the line Surveying education and globally acclaimed research in collaboration with both academia and industry covering all the aspects of both land and air surveys.

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