Basic Surveying


202 Hugo Dr.

Seneca, SC

When: Oct 10, 2019

This Class is for Non-SCDOT Employees. Surveying classes for SCDOT will be offered in the winter/spring of 2020.

Course Description: 

This course will cover an introduction to surveying, stationing and offsets, methods of defining slope and how to compute grades.  Topics will also include defining elevation and associated terms and how to perform the process of profile leveling associated with roads and drainage systems.  Field portion will include how to perform a “Peg Test” on a level and a hands-on exercise performing a profile level survey associated with a road or drainage system.

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Speaker Bio

Peter Messier has 40 years of professional level experience in performing and managing a wide range of surveying and civil engineering projects.  During his career he has also taught surveying and civil engineering courses, either full or part-time at several institutions, most recently at Clemson University.  He provides specialized survey training including the use of levels, total stations and RTK-GPS equipment and the use of Carlson SurvCE field software for construction personnel of the SCDOT.  Peter also provides construction surveying training to various county and municipal road and bridge departments.

Peter holds a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University majoring in the Survey Engineering Graduate Program, and he is a Professional Land Surveyor in the States of Tennessee, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maine, and is a Professional Engineer in the State of Tennessee.


Class registration is from 8:00-8:30am. The class will begin at 8:30. Lunch will be provided. We should adjourn around 4:00pm.

Course Fee

The registration fee for the workshop is $195.00 per person. All South Carolina city, county, or state employees receive a LTAP scholarship registration fee of $95.00. The fee includes course materials, break refreshments, and the noon luncheon.

This course has a maximum of 21students, and will be capped at this number. Advanced registration is encouraged so that an accurate estimate of the number of workshop participants can be obtained. Workshops with low advanced registration will be subject to cancellation.

Who Should Attend

State, municipal and county employees involved with construction of public works, roads and drainage systems; engineers, engineering technicians and surveying technicians wanting to expand their knowledge of surveying; and construction company field personnel involved with construction staking.

Payment Policy

Payment must be received no later than 5 business days prior to the workshop. If your registration payment is not received by then, you will not be guaranteed your slot in the class.

Checks should be made payable to “Clemson University” and mailed with the invoice number and/or a copy of your invoice to:

Clemson University
202 Hugo Dr.
Clemson, SC 29634

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your registration more than 72 hours before a class, your registration fee will be refunded, less a $35 processing fee. If you do not cancel before the 72 hour deadline your registration fee will not be refunded. You may send a substitute in your place, provided that you inform us of the substitute’s name no later than 24 hours before the training.  No-shows will not have their registration fee refunded.

If you have questions regarding workshop registration please email Summer Chandler or call 864-656-4183.

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