California Civil Survey Spec Comparison Chart

  Previous exam As of Oct. 2012 Summary of changes
Sections Engineering surveying equipment and field activities (15%) Equipment and uses (8%) Less focus
Engineering surveying field measurements (11%) Field measurements (28%) More focus
Engineering surveying calculations (33%) Calculations (33%) No change
Engineering surveying office procedures (41%) Standards of practice (6%) Topic division
Data application procedures (25%)
 
Standards of practice N/A Practice in accordance to laws regulating engineering surveying and limits of practice Repurposed section (from T19, office procedures)
 
Equipment and uses Recognize purposes of different types of surveys Distinguish purposes and procedures of different survey types No change
Recognize field survey instruments and equipment required to perform engineering surveying measurements Identify capabilities and limitations of survey instruments and equipment Topic consolidation
Recognize common construction surveying methods and procedures
 
Field measurements Perform measurement of horizontal distances Perform measurement of horizontal distances No change
Perform measurement of angles Perform measurement of angles No change
Perform measurement of elevations Perform measurement of elevations No change
N/A Perform construction surveying (e.g., construction staking) New topic
 
Calculations Perform basic geometric and trigonometric calculations Perform traverse survey calculations Update to topic
Perform leveling calculations from field data to determine elevations Perform leveling calculations from field data to determine elevations No change
Perform rectangular coordinate system calculations Perform rectangular coordinate system calculations Topic consolidation
Determine properties of a horizontal circular curve
Determine properties of a vertical curve
Perform calculations to determine quantities of construction materials Perform calculations to determine quantities of construction materials No change
 
Procedures Perform reduction of field data for plotting Perform processing of field data No change
Recognize information from legal boundary and easement data pertinent to engineering surveying projects Obtain information from legal descriptions and easement data pertinent to engineering surveying projects No change
Recognize use of datums for horizontal and vertical control Use of datums for horizontal and vertical control No change
Prepare topographic and planimetric maps Prepare topographic and planimetric maps No change
Interpret maps Interpret maps Topic consolidation
Determine physical site conditions
Recognize laws regulating engineering surveying/limits of practice N/A Repurposed topic (to Section I, Standards of Practice)

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