Surveying, Grade Checking & Staking - Park County (Shawnee)

Event Date: 10/10/2022
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Event Overview
Shawnee Community Center
57 County Road (CR) 64

**Hosted in partnership with Park County**


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Program Topics:

Surveying - determining relative positions of objects or points. These points may be highways bridges, culverts, or drainage inlets. Horizontal positions are calculated from distances and directions, and vertical positions from differences in elevations. Accuracy is important. The class will cover:

     Basic Surveying Terminology:

    •       The Surveying Process
    •       Basic Types of Surveying
    •       Types of Survey Equipment – Tapes, Levels, Total Stations, and GPS
    •       What is meant by “Survey Control”
    •       What is horizontal alignment and stationing
    •       How to specify slope and calculate grades along a gradeline
      •  Elevations and Leveling

      •       Defining Elevation, Vertical Datums, Benchmarks, and TBM’s
      •       Methods of determining elevations – Differential Leveling
      •       Basic use of a level and how to read a rod
      •       Performing basic leveling calculations
      •       Field notetaking for leveling, page check, error of closure, and adjustments
      •       Shooting grades for pipe and ditch inverts
      •       Potential errors associated with leveling
        •  Field Practice – Performing a “Peg Test” on a Level

          •       Practice setting up level and reading the rod
          •       Proper level instrument care
          •       Problems encountered with levels and rods
          •       How do I know if my level is working correctly?
          •       Perform a “Peg Test in the Field
            •  Field Practice – Perform Leveling Associated with Drainage Systems

              •       Review and correct misunderstandings in setting up level and reading the rod
              •       Using or Establishing a BM or TBM
              •       Determining design grades from a set of plans
              •       Determining the field elevation of existing drainage elements
              •       Calculating the grades along a proposed ditch and setting grade stakes
              •       Calculating invert grades along sections of a drainage pipe and setting grade stakes
              •       Setting grade stakes for a proposed catch basin/drain inlet – Rim, inlet & outlet inverts
                • The class is intended for town, village, county and city highway officials, street foremen, construction supervisors, and others. The training provides employees with the knowledge of how to bank a curve, crown a road, check a grade, take elevations on each end of a culvert, and how to determine pipe length.

                  Roads Scholar I - Elective

                  This course is an ELECTIVE in the Roads Scholar I course track. Click above for more RS I program details.

                  Registration Fee

                  The registration fee for this class is $50 per person for employees of government agencies and $75 per person for non-government agencies. Fee includes class handout and lunch. Invoices will be sent upon receipt of registration form. Invoices can be paid by cash, check, money order, or credit card.

                  Cancellation Policy

                  Please be considerate of those on the waiting list, cancel early if necessary. A full refund will be made if you cancel no later than 3 business days prior to the training day; otherwise, you will forfeit the registration fee.

                  Special Notes

                  Equipment List - the instructor has asked that – if possible – each agency bring at least one set of the following equipment that will be used for in-field practice during the class. *At the end of each item is a stock number (SN) in the Forestry Suppliers catalog at This is NOT an endorsement of Forestry Suppliers or the product brands listed in their online catalog. This is only intended to give an example of the item needed, and it may be replaced with an equivalent product. It is important that the level rod, tapes, and rule be graduated in feet & decimal feet and not in feet & inches. Suggested Equipment per Agency Crew:

                • 1 Engineering Grade Automatic Level with Tripod (SN 38725 & 37663)
                • 1 Elevation Rod graduated in feet & decimal feet (NOT feet & inches) (SN 43516)
                • 1 Elevation Rod Level (SN 43052)
                • 1 Folding Rule OR Lever Lock Tape graduated in feet & decimal feet (NOT feet,inches) (SN 71109 OR 39304)
                • 1 100' OR 200' Fiberglass Tape graduated in feet & decimal feet (NOT feet & inches) (SN 39938 OR 39961)
                • 1 Hand Level (SN 43413)
                • 1 3 OR 4 LB Stake Hammer (SN 67233)
                • 12 8" - 2x2 Wood Hub Stakes (SN 39545)
                • 12 24" OR 36" - 1x2 Wood Witness Stakes (SN 39520)
                • 1 Roll of Orange OR Pink Flagging (SN 57925)
                • 1 Supply of Cup Tacks or Small Nails (SN 39197)
                • 1 Chisel Point Felt Tip Marker (SN 45899)
                • 1 Plumb Bob with 6' of braided string (SN 43662)
                • 1 "Rite in the Rain" Field Notebook (SN 49319)
                • 1 6" Straight Edge
                • 1 Clip Board
                • 1 Calculator
                • 2 Wood or Mechanical Pencils
                • If there are any questions about the above equipment list, please feel free to contact Colorado LTAP at 970-204-8294 

                  In order to receive credit for this class, attendees must stay until the end when it is dismissed by the instructor and class certificates are awarded.


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