Route Surveying


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 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Typical Workshop 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.

For More Information

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Keith Knapp at 515-294-8817 or