Setting Out Course (5 days)

Setting Out For Construction is an Approved Training Organisation

  • CITB Assured
  • Eligible for Flexible Workforce Development fund, GRANT BACK fund, CITB Skills and Training fund and/or levy grants.
  • 3-part payment plan available


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About This Course

The 5-day Setting Out course is our most popular course. People who attend it find that a transformation takes place. Before the course they may feel unsure of the job they are doing and some even feel anxious or stressed because they feel they don’t have all the information they need. They have a niggling feeling that they are not aware of the potential pitfalls. They may have been thrown in at the deep end and so feel unprepared, in the dark or limited to certain tasks.  They may feel like they have picked up bad habits but are not even aware what they are.

Once they have attended the course and learnt how to follow the correct procedures, delegates feel confident and inspired. When they go back to work after the course, they see their tasks in a different light. They feel empowered because they are in possession of the theory and knowledge they need to do their job correctly. The quality of tuition and practical experience they get on the course lets them feel that they can be a flexible, productive and rounded site engineer, directly adding value to their employer. They leave the course feeling enlightened and energised!

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By the end of the course, delegates will be able to:

  • Record work correctly and in the industry standard way*
  • Record work correctly and in the industry standard way
  • Incorporate robust checks into all levelling
  • List the possible sources of error in levelling
  • Carry out a level survey (existing features or as-built)
  • Set elements out to a fixed level
  • Measure the reduced level of ceilings and soffits
  • Transfer a TBM (install a vertical control point network from scratch)
  • Set up profile boards for level excavation
  • Set up profile boards for drainage
  • Set up batter rails for cut and fill


By the end of the course, delegates will be able to:

  • List the sources of error in taping
  • Incorporate checks when setting out using a tape measure
  • Set out on sloping ground
  • Set out right angles and rectangles

Total Station

By the end of the course, delegates will be able to:

  • Set up the total station over a point
  • Carry out the relevant calibration checks (horizontal and vertical collimation error, trunnion axis, prism constant, optical/ laser plummet, diaphragm orientation)
  • List the possible sources of error when using a total station
  • Use techniques for improving and checking your accuracy and precision
  • View, edit, add and delete data
  • Install a network of primary control points from scratch (traverse)
  • Install accurate secondary control points (retro targets) using the correct procedure
  • Create a local coordinate system for a building on gridlines
  • Use the correct procedures for measuring and setting out reduced levels with the total station
  • Describe a range of methods for plumbing columns and walls
  • Set-up the position and orientation of the total station using the resection or occupied point programs
  • Take a topographical survey and record the results systematically
  • Measure the horizontal distance and level differences between points using the tie-distance function
  • Set out points of known co-ordinates using the stake out function
  • Set out points in relation to a baseline using the reference line function
  • Set out points at given chainages and offsets along a radius e.g. road centrelines using the reference arc function
  • Measure irregular areas and volumes
  • Transfer large amounts of data from the total station to the computer and vice versa
  • Describe the capabilities of robotic total stations


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