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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Undertake basic seismic interpretation 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
11643  Undertake basic seismic interpretation 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Surveying 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
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 Undertake Basic Seismic Interpretation in any working environment.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Interpret Geological Information Maps.
  • Interpret Side Scan Sonar images.
  • Interpret Chirp Seismic images. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    NQF Level 3 numeracy and literacy. Computer literacy. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Interpreting Geological Information Maps. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Job instruction received from appropriate personnel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Check that map data concurs with mine plan data. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Confirm scales and orientation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Understand and confirm resolution of acquisition for interpolation data. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Consult region geologist for data not understood. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Obtain accuracy tolerances of map from Geologists. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Compile regular reports to enable briefing of ship personnel from data supplied by Geologists. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Basic understanding of survey and cartographic techniques.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    8. Applicable task specific legal and safety requirements are understood and explained 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Interpreting Side Scan Sonar Images. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Confirm single channel Side Scan Sonar mosaic so that shadow features concur. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Request obstacle heights from Geologists if needed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Obtain age of map and reason for map (pre or post mine surveys). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Keep marine and mining personnel informed daily of immanent obstacles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Correlate Side Scan Sonar with hazards database. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Provide feedback to Geologists via mine surveyor with respect to suitability and format of data and provide correlation between mined areas and SSS mosaic. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Good communications, organisation and computer literacy.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Interpreting Chirp Seismic Images. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Obtain date of data collection. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Inform vessel staff of interpolation resolution. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Inform vessel staff of bedrock types. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Update vessel staff regularly on sediment thickness and other factors that can influence mining methods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Provide Geologists with feedback on stability and format of data and the comparison of mine data to map data. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Good written and verbal communications.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.

    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 the FE / HE registrar.

    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. 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Solve problems. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team/group/organization or community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organize and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, organize and critically evaluate information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematics and language skills in the modes of oral and written presentations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically (showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full development of each learner and the social and economic development of society at large. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant needs:
  • A minimum of 2 (two) years` practical, relevant occupational experience.
  • Declared competent in all the outcomes of the National Assessor Unit Standards as stipulated by SAQA.

    Detailed documentary proof of educational qualification, practical training undergone, and experience gained by the applicant must be provided (Portfolio of Evidence). 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Essential embedded knowledge is dealt with under the specific outcomes section where Display KNOWLEDGE and UNDERSTANDING" is required.

    Range statements are included with specific outcomes as necessary.

    Supplementary Information:

    The relevant information for Theory and Principles are contained in one or more of the following documents:
  • Training manuals
  • Survey Codes of Practice
  • Managerial Instructions
  • Manufacturers` manuals
  • Standard Task Procedures
  • Risk Assessment Documentation
  • Working Guides
  • Manufacturers` Manuals and Specifications
  • Professional Publications
  • United Kingdom Offshore Operators Association guidelines

    The appropriate Statutory and Legal sections are contained in one or more of the following documents:
  • Surface Surveying

    - Land Survey Act and Regulations
    - Professional and Technical Surveyor`s Act
  • Minerals Surveying

    - Mine Health and Safety Act 29/1996
    - Mineral Act (Act 50 of 1991)

  • Personal protective equipment means, but is not limited to, overall, hard hat, safety footwear, hand protection and harness or lifelines.
  • Hazardous and sub-standard conditions mean, but are not limited to, strong wind, rough sea, low visibility and low temperature.
  • Work related hazards and associated risks mean, but are not limited to, water on deck, slippery deck, cluttered deck, ropes and lines stored on deck, heavy moveable objects, power points and anything that might compromise good seamanship.
  • Survey point means, but is not limited to, survey station, beacon, stakes, marks, topography, features, transponder, transducer, responder or combinations of these.
  • Communicated means, but is not limited to, verbal communication, radio transmission and telephone. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  20487   National Certificate: Hydrographic Surveying  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 


    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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    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.