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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Carry out basic surveying and calculations in surface excavations 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
257095  Carry out basic surveying and calculations in surface excavations 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Mining and Minerals 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Fabrication and Extraction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
230014  Carry out basic surveying and calculations in quarries  Level 3  NQF Level 03   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will be useful to people who are responsible for basic surveys and layouts.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic surveying in surface excavations.
  • Perform basic surveying tasks.
  • Transfer data from quarry plans into the field.
  • Conduct basic calculations in surface excavations. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 2.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2.
  • Computer Literacy at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain basic surveying practices in surface excavations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose of conducting basic surveying is explained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Survey instruments and equipment are described and their purpose explained in accordance with operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Dumpy level.
  • Theodolite.
  • Tapes and chains.
  • Staff and ranging rods.
  • Compass.
  • Clinometer.
  • Distance and depth measuring equipment.
  • GPS equipment.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Basic terminology used in surveying is explained in context of the minerals mined. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Typical errors made in basic surveying are described and appropriate preventive and corrective action explained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Perform basic surveying tasks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Surveying equipment is checked and set up in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Linear and angular measurements are conducted within acceptable parameters. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Triangulation and leveling are conducted within acceptable parameters. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Super elevation is conducted within acceptable parameters. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Measurements are recorded in accordance with relevant practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Field measurements are transferred to quarry plans in accordance with the relevant techniques. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Spot heights/elevations.
  • Outlines.
  • Positions.
  • Contours.
  • Plans and cross-sections.
  • Features.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Transfer data from excavation plans into the field. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Features on the plan are interpreted in terms of scale and position. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Locations on the plan are established in the field. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Features are marked in the field in accordance with specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Conduct basic calculations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Volumes of stockpiles are calculated in accordance with the relevant method. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Volumes of excavations are calculated in accordance with the relevant method. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Trigonometric functions are used to calculate coordinates and determine angles and volumes in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Areas are calculated by means of the relevant formulas and techniques in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Gradients are calculated in accordance with the relevant method. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA`s policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge will be assessed in an integrated way in the context of the unit standard.

    Knowledge relating to the method of conducting basic surveying and calculations:
  • Purpose of conducting basic surveying and calculations.
  • Face profiling and drill hole survey principles and methods.
  • Typical equipment used and their applications.
  • Relevant terminology.
  • Possible non-conformances, their consequences and mitigating actions.

    Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Issues:
  • Significant hazards and risks related to carrying out basic surveys and calculations, their consequences and mitigating actions.
  • Safety measures related to carrying out basic surveys and calculations.
  • PPE requirements and the reason for each.
  • Impact on the environment and mitigating actions.
  • Emergency procedures.

    Applicable statutory requirements:
  • Relevant clauses from applicable acts and regulations.
  • Codes of practice.
  • Competency requirements and restrictions of personnel carrying out basic surveying and calculations.

    Communication:
  • Reporting requirements and ability.
  • Communicating with relevant personnel.
  • Liaison with associated operations and personnel. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations.
  • The learner is expected to perform calculations, present information and make records of observations either orally or in writing. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 230014, "Carry out basic surveying and calculations in quarries", Level 3, 8 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  65549   National Certificate: Mining Technical Support  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 
    Elective  62869   National Certificate: Rockbreaking: Surface Excavations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 
    Elective  74490   Further Education and Training Certificate: Mining Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 
    Elective  20486   National Certificate: Surveying  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  90655   National Certificate: Small Scale Mining  Not Applicable  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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