College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Bryan Knakiewicz, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


This Senior Project examines world of cutting-edge surveying technology which will be implemented into Cal Poly’s Construction Management 239 Construction Surveying course. It creates a field exercise for student learning that mimics the application the of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and how they are used in the construction industry. The new exercise includes the use of GNSS receivers, base hubs, field computers, and a Topcon MAGNET Field application. From the research phase to the training/learning phase to the implementation of the assignment into the course this project embodied the “Learn-By-Doing” philosophy. This project was successful in demonstrating how GNSS base and rover receivers communicate between each other, satellites, and a field computer to survey an area in preparation for or during a construction project. Students were able to set up, collect points, and perform distance and area calculations using the Topcon receivers and Topcon MAGNET Field application for field computers. This project was completed in 6 weeks and was able to be rolled out for CM 239 Construction Surveying course’s Week 10 lab assignment.

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Poster Board