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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform distance measurements using a tape and Electronic Distance Measurement (EDM) equipment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14271  Perform distance measurements using a tape and Electronic Distance Measurement (EDM) equipment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Surveying 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Physical Planning, Design and Management 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
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 does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard has been developed for the surveying occupational area and is intended for persons who aim to achieve career advancement by gaining surveying skills leading to a qualification based on unit standards. A person who has successfully completed this unit standard is able to perform distance measurements using a tape and Electronic Distance Measurement (EDM)) equipment.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge related to Tape and EDM instruments and planning required for distance measurement
  • Prepare to perform Tape and EDM distance measurement in accordance with task specific requirements
  • Perform Tape and EDM distance measurement in accordance with task specific standards
  • Complete the work sequence for distance measurement 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    NQF level 4, and numeracy and literacy that will facilitate better understanding and proficiency in this unit standard. The ability to obtain information from a plan and to reduce basic distance measurements (Tape and EDM) for use in Surveying will also facilitate better understanding and proficiency in this unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Range statements are included with specific outcomes as necessary. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge related to Tape & EDM instruments & planning required for distance measurement 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Tape and EDM 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Principles associated with distance measuring equipment are understood and explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Measuring chains, Survey bands, soft and steel tape;
    AND
    Electronic distance measuring instruments (EDM).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Source information such as locality sketches, benchmark information, and any other relevant data, is gathered in support of the task. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to perform Tape and EDM distance measurement in accordance with task specific requirements. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Tape and EDM 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Distance measuring equipment (Tape and EDM) and auxiliary equipment required for the task are verified for use in accordance with manufacturer's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Task specific personal protective equipment is verified for use in accordance with manufacturers' specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Permission to enter the workplace, if necessary is obtained in accordance with task specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are understood and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Workplace hazards and sub-standard conditions are understood and explained and if found during continuous examination, dealt with in accordance with task specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are understood and explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Perform Tape and EDM distance measurement in accordance with task specific standards. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Tape and EDM 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Work related hazards and associated risks are understood and explained, and if found, dealt with in accordance with legal and task specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are understood and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Personal protective equipment is used throughout in accordance with task and manufacturers' specifications. The consequences of non-compliance are understood and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Instrument errors are determined in accordance with task specific standards and where necessary the instrument or measurement is adjusted accordingly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Factors associated with distance measurements are determined, verified and recorded in accordance with task specific requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Temperature, Slope (Tape and EDM)
  • Tension (Tape)
  • Relative Humidity, Atmospheric pressure (EDM)
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Reconnaissance is conducted to ensure effective execution of the task. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Environmental aspects, such as protected vegetation, driving and working in ecologically sensitive areas, not littering etc., are considered. The consequences of non-compliance are understood and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Distances are measured, verified and recorded in accordance with task specific requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Measurements are recorded manually or electronically
  • Evidence is required of manual recording
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Complete the work sequence for distance measurement. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Tape and EDM 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Distance measuring equipment (Tape and EDM) and auxiliary equipment is collected and accounted for before leaving the workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Distance measuring equipment (Tape and EDM) and auxiliary equipment is maintained in accordance with manufacturer's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Distance measuring equipment (Tape and EDM) and auxiliary equipment found defective are dealt with in accordance with managerial instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Reporting requirements are dealt with in accordance with managerial instructions. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
    2. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or will assess this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA and registered with FE / HE registrar.
    3. Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures.

    Therefore 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 
    Essential embedded knowledge is dealt with under the specific outcomes section where "Demonstrate KNOWLEDGE and UNDERSTANDING" is required.
    (i) Relevant sections of the statutory and legal requirements that may be required in this unit standard. 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Solve problems - refer to the following assessment criteria:
  • Source information such as locality sketches, benchmark information, and any other relevant data, is gathered in support of the task.
  • Instrument errors are determined in accordance with task specific standards and where necessary the instrument or measurement is adjusted accordingly.
  • Distance measuring equipment (Tape and EDM) and auxiliary equipment found defective are dealt with in accordance with managerial instructions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team/group/organisation or community - refer to the following assessment criteria:
  • Permission to enter the workplace, if necessary is obtained in accordance with task specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are understood and explained.
  • Workplace hazards and sub-standard conditions are understood and explained and if found during continuous examination, dealt with in accordance with task specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are understood and explained.
  • Reporting requirements are dealt with in accordance with managerial instructions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively - refer to the following assessment criteria:
  • Source information such as locality sketches, benchmark information, and any other relevant data, is gathered in support of the task.
  • Distance measuring equipment (Tape and EDM) and auxiliary equipment required for the task are verified for use in accordance with manufacturer's specifications.
  • Task specific personal protective equipment is verified for use in accordance with manufacturers' specifications.
  • Permission to enter the workplace, if necessary is obtained in accordance with task specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are understood and explained.
  • Workplace hazards and sub-standard conditions are understood and explained and if found during continuous examination, dealt with in accordance with task specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are understood and explained.
  • Work related hazards and associated risks are understood and explained, and if found, dealt with in accordance with legal and task specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are understood and explained.
  • Personal protective equipment is used throughout in accordance with task and manufacturers' specifications. The consequences of non-compliance are understood and explained.
  • Instrument errors are determined in accordance with task specific standards and where necessary the instrument or measurement is adjusted accordingly.
  • Factors associated with distance measurements are determined, verified and recorded in accordance with task specific requirements.
  • Reconnaissance is conducted to ensure effective execution of the task.
  • Environmental aspects, such as protected vegetation, driving and working in ecologically sensitive areas, not littering etc., are considered. The consequences of non-compliance are understood and explained.
  • Distances are measured, verified and recorded in accordance with task specific requirements.
  • Distance measuring equipment (Tape and EDM) and auxiliary equipment is collected and accounted for before leaving the workplace.
  • Distance measuring equipment (Tape and EDM) and auxiliary equipment is maintained in accordance with manufacturer's specifications.
  • Distance measuring equipment (Tape and EDM) and auxiliary equipment found defective are dealt with in accordance with managerial instructions.
  • Reporting requirements are dealt with in accordance with managerial instructions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, organise and critically evaluate information - refer to the following assessment criteria:
  • Source information such as locality sketches, benchmark information, and any other relevant data, is gathered in support of the task.
  • Distance measuring equipment (Tape and EDM) and auxiliary equipment required for the task are verified for use in accordance with manufacturer's specifications.
  • Task specific personal protective equipment is verified for use in accordance with manufacturers' specifications.
  • Permission to enter the workplace, if necessary is obtained in accordance with task specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are understood and explained.
  • Workplace hazards and sub-standard conditions are understood and explained and if found during continuous examination, dealt with in accordance with task specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are understood and explained.
  • Work related hazards and associated risks are understood and explained, and if found, dealt with in accordance with legal and task specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are understood and explained.
  • Personal protective equipment is used throughout in accordance with task and manufacturers' specifications. The consequences of non-compliance are understood and explained.
  • Instrument errors are determined in accordance with task specific standards and where necessary the instrument or measurement is adjusted accordingly.
  • Factors associated with distance measurements are determined, verified and recorded in accordance with task specific requirements.
  • Reconnaissance is conducted to ensure effective execution of the task.
  • Environmental aspects, such as protected vegetation, driving and working in ecologically sensitive areas, not littering etc., are considered. The consequences of non-compliance are understood and explained.
  • Distances are measured, verified and recorded in accordance with task specific requirements.
  • Distance measuring equipment (Tape and EDM) and auxiliary equipment found defective are dealt with in accordance with managerial instructions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematics and language skills in the modes of oral and written presentations - refer to the following assessment criteria:
  • Source information such as locality sketches, benchmark information, and any other relevant data, is gathered in support of the task.
  • Instrument errors are determined in accordance with task specific standards and where necessary the instrument or measurement is adjusted accordingly.
  • Factors associated with distance measurements are determined, verified and recorded in accordance with task specific requirements.
  • Distances are measured, verified and recorded in accordance with task specific requirements.
  • Reporting requirements are dealt with in accordance with managerial instructions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically (showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others) - refer to the following assessment criteria:
  • Principles associated with distance measuring equipment are understood and explained.
  • Source information such as locality sketches, benchmark information, and any other relevant data, is gathered in support of the task.
  • Instrument errors are determined in accordance with task specific standards and where necessary the instrument or measurement is adjusted accordingly.
  • Distance measuring equipment (Tape and EDM) and auxiliary equipment found defective are dealt with in accordance with managerial instructions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Display an understanding of the world as a set of related systems - refer to the following assessment criteria:
  • Source information such as locality sketches, benchmark information, and any other relevant data, is gathered in support of the task.
  • Permission to enter the workplace, if necessary is obtained in accordance with task specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are understood and explained.
  • Environmental aspects, such as protected vegetation, driving and working in ecologically sensitive areas, not littering etc., are considered. The consequences of non-compliance are understood and explained. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full development of each learner and the social and economic development of society at large - refer to the following assessment criteria:
  • Principles associated with distance measuring equipment are understood and explained.
  • Source information such as locality sketches, benchmark information, and any other relevant data, is gathered in support of the task.
  • Task specific personal protective equipment is verified for use in accordance with manufacturers' specifications.
  • Permission to enter the workplace, if necessary is obtained in accordance with task specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are understood and explained.
  • Workplace hazards and sub-standard conditions are understood and explained and if found during continuous examination, dealt with in accordance with task specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are understood and explained.
  • Work related hazards and associated risks are understood and explained, and if found, dealt with in accordance with legal and task specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are understood and explained.
  • Personal protective equipment is used throughout in accordance with task and manufacturers' specifications. The consequences of non-compliance are understood and explained.
  • Instrument errors are determined in accordance with task specific standards and where necessary the instrument or measurement is adjusted accordingly.
  • Factors associated with distance measurements are determined, verified and recorded in accordance with task specific requirements.
  • Reconnaissance is conducted to ensure effective execution of the task.
  • Environmental aspects, such as protected vegetation, driving and working in ecologically sensitive areas, not littering etc., are considered. The consequences of non-compliance are understood and explained.
  • Distance measuring equipment (Tape and EDM) and auxiliary equipment is maintained in accordance with manufacturer's specifications.
  • Distance measuring equipment (Tape and EDM) and auxiliary equipment found defective are dealt with in accordance with managerial instructions. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Supplementary Information:

    The relevant information is contained in one or more of the following documents:
  • Training manuals
  • Survey Codes of Practice
  • Survey Instructions
  • Managerial instructions
  • Manufacturer's manuals and specifications
  • Professional Publications

    The appropriate sections are contained in one or more of the following documents:
    * Surface Surveying
  • Land Survey Act 8 of 1997
  • South African Professional and Technical Surveyors Act 40 of 1984
    * Occupational Health and Safety
  • Occupational Health And Safety Act 85/1993


    1. Personal protective equipment means, but is not limited to, hearing protection, hard hat, safety footwear, eye protection, hand protection, life lines, reflective gear.

    2. Workplace hazards and sub-standard conditions may include, but is not limited to high wall, undermined ground, snakes, strong wind, loose ground, wet/muddy conditions, skew beacons, friable/loose side wall, slippery footwall, confined spaces.

    3. Work related hazards and associated risks may include, but is not limited to, traffic, overhead power lines, water, working at elevated positions, veld fires. 

  • 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  20486   National Certificate: Surveying  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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