Study Structure Of the department of Survey Engineering

Introduction:

The department of Survey Engineering at the faculty of Engineering, U of K, was established in 1976 to award the degree of B Sc in Survey Engineering. This was preceded in the Sudan by a study at the level of diploma awarded by the Technological Colleges Institute since 1958. The reason for that was the rapid development in the science of surveying, the multiplicity of its branches and development and diversity of its equipment with the advent of electronic. This in addition to the appearance of the satellites world and the data they provided, including images and digital pictures and grid reference.

All these developments require solid base sciences including mathematics, physics, electronic and computer. This, of course, requires longer study years and different curricula to qualify students who can cope with the rapid developments in this field.

In the beginning the Department was hosted by the faculty of Engineering. A committee was formed the comprising Sudanese staff members and some professor from the Universities of Glasgow and New

Castle to develop the departmentís Curricula and organization structure.

The department used a German loan to procure equipment and tools suitable to the level of B Sc level. 

Academically, the Department of Survey Engineering received help from British Universities, Including Glagow ,New Castle and North East who provided teaching staff to fill in the shortage in the that area. This continued until some students graduated with excellent degree and sent to Britain for post-graduate studies. This assistance arranged by the British Council, include provision of books, periodicals and  equipment.

The first batch of students graduated in 1981. All of them were immediately absorbed by different institution as the demand for their services was very high. Foreign offers present presented to them were numerous and generous and many of them left the country. New batches graduated but very few of them worked in the Sudan .Large numbers of them are to be found in Saudi Arabia UAE and the Sultans of Oman and Others preferred to go to Canada and the USA.

Graduates work in the fields of basic mapping and control points of other engineering activities. Other are engaged in the field of mapping based on aerial and satellite images and remotes sensing. Some of them prefer to engage in geophysical activities and astronomy while others engage maritime surveying. The majority of them prefer to work in the field of roads irrigation, agricultural schemes and urban planning while others preferred military surveying.

The department has seven teaching staff members covering different specialization, including geodesies, aerial surveying, remotes sensing, land surveying, engineering surveying and land registration. The department uses the services of staff from other department to teach subjects such as electronic, computers, hydraulics, mathematics , physics and other basic sciences. Department staff supervises post-graduate students.

The Department of survey Engineering admits about 40 students annually. The Department suffers from abstention of students to join it or their attempts to be transferred to other departments. The reason for that is the nature of field work of surveying and the physical effort it demands. Employment opportunities, however, are abundant both locally and aboad