Route Surveying Class


Route surveying is a week-long class that includes a review of math fundamentals applicable to survey, project exercises in horizontal and vertical control, and an introduction in the use of total station survey equipment.

Class participants will receive hands-on experience with calculators, note-keeping, and instruments used in performing route survey field exercises. Field exercises will also be performed with total station equipment. Specific topics include note-keeping procedures, percent grades, horizontal and vertical curves, and slope staking.

This class qualifies for 30 credit hours in the Iowa Roads Scholar program.

Class times

  • Monday 9–5
  • Tuesday 8–5
  • Wednesday 8–5
  • Thursday 8–5
  • Friday 8–3

Typical Agenda

  • Day 1: Survey math review / calculations
  • Day 2: Horizontal and vertical control
  • Day 3: Vertical curves / field exercise
  • Day 4: Total station orientation / project exercises
  • Day 5: Total station field exercise

Who should attend?

Technicians at the DOT, county and city engineer’s offices, and survey and consulting firms who work at roadway plan development, construction inspection, and materials management would benefit from attending.

Students should have completed the Mathematics Fundamentals class or be proficient in fractions, percent grade, geometry, and working with angle and distance measurements.


Instructors have included Joe Telgren.


If you have questions about the class, contact Keith Knapp, 515-294-8817,