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Course overview

In this subject a student learns the skills required to use appropriate survey equipment to collect survey data at monitoring sites and to process and manage the data for hydrometric moniroting purposes.

The content applies to hydrographers employed by the water industry and involved in the monitoring of all the elements of the water cycle and their impact on the related environment.

You will need to apply skills and knowledge described in this subject within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Your employer’s policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to, particularly those relating to WHS, Bureau of Meteorology, World Meteorological Organisation and Australian Standards.

Those undertaking this subject would work autonomously, supervising staff, while performing complex tasks in a broad range of contexts, that could be unpredictable, including remote, confined spaces, near water and/or at heights.

The student will gain an understanding of relevant National Industry Guidelines.

At the completion of this subject you will know how to:

  • assess a surveying site for hazards and take actions to mitigate their effects
  • accurately perform calculations to determine survey from measured data
  • use current meters to determine water velocity at a point
  • use current meters to determine mean water velocity in a vertical
  • safely use other equipment required to perform surveys
  • check for the correct operation of surveying equipment
  • assess and adjust for factors that may affect accuracy of measurements
  • comply with WHS requirements and procedures.


The syllabus of this course meets and exceeds the requirements of the following unit of competency: NWPHYD015 Undertake surveying of monitoring sites . This unit of competency is a requirement of the Diploma of Water Industry Operations NWP50715 (superseded) and Diploma of Water Industry Operations NWP50118