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A short introduction to surveying produced by the University of Wisconsin-Madison chapter of Engineers Without Borders. Basic techniques are described for engineers and students who may need them when working in developing countries.

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Engineers Without Borders

University of Wisconsin Madison Student Chapter

Editors

Eyleen Chou

Scott Hamel

Contributors

Kira Langree

Tyler Lark

Maria Selk

Miranda Scheiber

Table of Contents

1.1 What is Surveying? ...................................................................................................................... 1

1.2 Why is Surveying is Important ..................................................................................................... 1

1.3 Surveying Concepts ..................................................................................................................... 1

1.4 What will I survey? ....................................................................................................................... 3

2.0 Surveying Methods .......................................................................................................................... 4

2.1 Basic Surveying Equipment/Tools ............................................................................................... 4

2.2 Surveying Terminology ................................................................................................................ 5

2.3 Finding Distances ........................................................................................................................ 6

2.4 Finding Elevations ....................................................................................................................... 7

2.5 Finding Horizontal Angles ............................................................................................................ 9

2.6 Putting It All Together ................................................................................................................ 10

2.7 Traverse ..................................................................................................................................... 11

2.8 Using Gathered Data ................................................................................................................. 12

3.0 Field Practices................................................................................................................................ 13

3.1 How to keep a field notebook .................................................................................................... 13

3.2 Setting up the theodolite and tripod ........................................................................................... 15

3.3 Setting Hubs and Control Points , ............................................................................................. 16

3.4 Taking a Compass Bearing ....................................................................................................... 16

3.5 Measuring Distance ................................................................................................................... 17

3.6 Graduated Rod .......................................................................................................................... 19

3.7 Auto-Level .................................................................................................................................. 19

3.8 Theodolite .................................................................................................................................. 20

3.9 Establishing other landmarks..................................................................................................... 22

4.0 Math Review .................................................................................................................................. 23

4.1 Surveying Trigonometry............................................................................................................. 23

4.2 Angle Calculations ..................................................................................................................... 25

4.3 Unit Conversions ....................................................................................................................... 25

5.0 Exercises (Eyleen) ...........................................................................Error! Bookmark not defined.

6.0 Appendix A: More Stadia Information ............................................................................................ 26

7.0 Appendix B: More Field Book Techniques ..................................................................................... 28

8.0 Appendix C: Resources ................................................................................................................. 31

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1.0 Introduction to Surveying

This section will present a basic understanding of the concepts and tools of Land Surveying.

Surveying is a method of determining the three-dimensional position of points and objects. These

positions are usually, but not always, on the surface of the Earth. The established points are sometimes

used to create land maps and determine boundaries for ownership or governmental purposes. They are

also used to produce a topographic model that is useful in civil engineering and construction. In order to

accomplish their task, surveyors use trigonometry, physics, and practiced skill.

Surveying is a great skill to learn. In the United States, people go to school just to get a job in surveying.

As a surveyor, you will become valuable to your community. Hopefully in the future, surveying in Haiti will

be a paid job. Also, your surveying skills will be very valuable to Engineers Without Borders.

Engineers Without Borders has been working with OFCB to create projects that will help the community of

Bayonnais. Some of these future projects require a large amount of surveying.

As mentioned in Section 1.1, Surveying establishes the spatial position (location) of points and objects.

These locations are recorded as numerical data in the form of 3-D Cartesian coordinates, which means

that each point has an X,Y and Z coordinate. In general, these coordinates are aligned with the earth’s

gravity. That is, the Z direction is parallel to gravity (a vertical line) and the X-Y plane is perpendicular to

gravity (a horizontal plane). It should be noted that for large surveys, the coordinate system must account

for the curvature of the earth (X-Y is not a flat plane), but that is beyond the scope of this document.

The easiest way to find the coordinates of a point is to start with a known location and measure the

difference in X, Y and Z between the known location and the new point. These measured differences in

the coordinates are refered to as ΔX, ΔY and ΔZ. For measuring purposes, it is convenient to separate

the Z coordinate (vertical coordinate, or elevation) from the X and Y (Horizontal Plane). In most surveying

methods, the “known point” is the location at which the instrument is placed. This will be discussed

further in sections 2.7 and 3.3.

The following sections will give a conceptual description of how to measure the difference between a

known and an unknown point in both elevation (ΔZ) and in the horizontal plane. .

There are two ways to measure the difference in elevation between two points: Direct Leveling and

Trigonometric Leveling. Both require starting with two perpendicular lines, one that is perfectly level

(horizontal) and one that is vertical (parallel with gravity). The horizontal line can be a "line of sight"

through a scope (either hand held or tripod mounted), or a line projected by a laser. In Direct Leveling,

once the horizontal line is established between the two points, a scale (or tape measure) is held vertically

and the vertical distance between the two points is measured. This is illustrated in Fig XX.

In some cases, the vertical distance cannot be measured, perhaps because the elevation of the known

point is underground at the new point, or the distance is too large. In this case, Trigonometric Leveling is

used. In this technique, the angle between the horizontal line and a line directly to the new point (slant

line) is measured. If the slant distance between the two points is also known, simply trigonometry can be

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used to find the vertical distance. This technique is discussed in more detail in Section 2.4 and illustrated

in Fig XX.

1.3.2 Horizontal Location (X-Y coordinate)

Horizontal locations, or coordinates, are determined by measuring the Polar Coordinates of a point using

the known point as the origin. Polar coordinates are determined by measuring an angle and a distance.

In order to measure an angle, one must have a reference point to measure from, or a “zero point”. There

are two methods of determining your reference point depending on the equipment that is being used. If a

magnetic compass is being used to determine your angles, then the reference point is always the same,

magnetic north.

If an instrument that measures horizontal angles, such as a theodolite, is being used, then usually the

surveyor may choose what to use as the “zero point” In general, the surveyor will set this point as a

“backsight”, which is discussed further in Sections Error! Reference source not found. and 3.3.

Polar coordinates (θ,d) can be converted to Cartesian Coordinates (x,y) using the following formulas:

x = d * Sin (θ)

y = d * Cos (θ)

GPS or Global Positioning System is a system of determining a location on the surface of the earth using

a handheld electronic device. The device passively receives data from satellites that orbit the earth and

calculates its position.

Each GPS satellite transmits data that indicates its location and the current time. The satellites are

synchronized so that these repeating signals are transmitted at the same instant. The signals, moving at

the speed of light, arrive at a GPS receiver at slightly different times, allowing the receiver to determine

the distance to each satellite. Once the receiver knows the location of the satellites (contained in the

signal) and the distance to each satellite, it can calculate its position using triangulation. Using 3

satellites, the position in 2-dimensions can be determined (location on the surface of the earth). Using 4

satellites, a GPS device can determine it position in 3-dimensions, (location and elevation).

owned and operated by the US Air Force. They each circle the earth

two times a day (12 hour period) and arranged such that at least four

satellites can be seen from anywhere on earth at all times. In some

locations, up to 12 satellites can be seen at once. Because a GPS

device must receive a signal from multiple satellites, they work best

when there is a clear line of sight to the sky. They do not work well in

canyons and dense forests. The accuracy of the device is dependent

on how many satellites the device can “see”. The more signals a

device is receiving, the more accurate the position. In addition, the

time sent by the satellites is produced using onboard atomic clocks.

Thus, your position will be most accurate if your GPS device is also synchronized to the atomic clock at

the US Naval Observatory (also known as the “Master Clock”).

Positions are displayed as a latitude and longitude, both in degrees, minutes, seconds and sometimes

decimals of a second. Elevations are displayed as meters above sea level. Accuracy can range from a

several hundred meters to with a few meters.

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1.3.4 Barometric Altimeter Surveying

An altimeter survey is one in which ONLY the altitude (or elevation) is recorded. Horizontal locations are

not determined or recorded. This is useful in situations where the surveyor is only interested in an

elevation (such as the top of a mountain) or in a change of elevation (such as the height of a waterfall).

As altitude increases, the barometric pressure (ie- air pressure) of the atmosphere decreases. A

barometric altimeter measures the atmospheric pressure, and the corresponding elevation is read directly

off the instrument.

Normal weather patterns cause the air pressure at any altitude to fluctuate slightly throughout the day.

Thus, even if the altimeter is at a point, the elevation reading may increase and decrease by several

meters throughout the day. Such pressure variations must be measured and accounted for when

conducting a barometric altimeter survey.

Latitude and Longitude are angular measurements (in degrees, minutes and seconds) that specify a

location on the surface of the earth. Latitude lines are imaginary lines parallel to the equator (usually

horizontal on a map) and measure the north/south location of a place, ranging from 0° at the equator to

90° at the poles. Longitudinal lines (also called Meridians) run from the north pole to the south pole

(usually vertical on maps) and measure the east/west position of a place. 0° Longitude is an (arbitrary)

line that runs through Greenwich, England and is called the Prime Meridian. Longitude is measured east

or west of the Prime Meridian, up to 180°, which is exactly opposite the Prime Meridian. It is important,

when denoting position to also note the latitude direction from the equator (north or south) and the

longitude direction from the Prime Meridian (east or west). For example, the bridge in Bayonnais is at

45°10’23” N, 45°10’23” W. The location of Madison, WI is 45°10’23” N, 45°10’23” W.

In general, there are two types of surveys: Geographic and Topographic. In a Geographic Survey, also

called a Property Survey, the surveyor is locating objects and/or property lines. The finished product is a

map of an area including whatever the surveyor recorded. This would be referred to as a 2D survey,

since no topography is recorded or displayed. A Geographic survey is frequently used for government,

legal or business purposes involving land management. For example, property surveys record and define

the exact location, size and shape of a piece of property. This helps to alleviate land disputes and allows

for accurate and fair tax assessment.

In a Topographic survey (or 3D survey), much of the same information as a Geographic Survey is

recorded, and in addition, elevations are measured. The finished product is a map of general features

(such as roads and rivers) along with contour lines and spot elevations (the exact elevation of a point,

such as a mountain top). These surveys are used more for engineering purposes. It is helpful for civil

engineers to know the contour of the land when building roads, bridges, structures, canals and dams, or

installing power lines, or irrigation systems. Since Topographic surveys are for a different purpose, the

level of detail recorded may be lower for a topographic survey. For example, a Topographic Survey may

cover an entire river valley and only record large buildings, the centerlines of roads and location of large

rivers, while a Property Survey might locate every small structure on the property along with the

boundaries (edges) of every roads and river or stream.

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2.0 Surveying Methods

Chapter 1 provided an introduction to the concepts used to locate objects and points in space. The

following sections describe some of the equipment and methods used to employ these concepts.

Theodolite

an optical instrument for measuring horizontal and vertical

angles in land-surveying

instrument; consisting of an alidade with a telescope and an

accurately graduated circle; and equipped with the necessary

levels and optical-reading circles. The glass horizontal and

vertical circles, optical-reading system, and all mechanical parts

are enclosed in an alidade section along with 3 leveling screws

contained in a detachable base or tribrach.)

Automatic Level

An automatic level is another piece of sighting equipment used

in surveying. It can be used in place of the theodolite.

Automatic levels are designed so that they are sighting

horizontally; they cannot measure vertical angles. Data

collection when using the automatic level will be easier

(because you always know the vertical angle is zero). However,

the shots may be closer together especially on slopes.

Abney Level

An abney level is a surveying instrument that consists of a spirit

level and a sighting tube. It is used to measure the angle of

inclination of a line from the observer to the target point.

Tripod

a three-legged rack to hold the theodolite

Tape

a measuring tape used to measure distances between two

points (oftentimes, the theodolite and graduated rod)

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Graduated rod

a telescoping pole used to measure height. The height is

sighted with the theodolite.

There is a large amount of terminology that is specific to surveying. Here is a brief list.

Axe de visée, axe de collimation (Line of Sight): ligne passant par les foyers de l’objectifs d’une lunette et

le point de mesure en correspondance avec le réticule.

Basculement (Swing/Turn an angle): la lunette du théodolite est tournée de 200 gr autour de l’axe

horizontal pour éliminer les erreurs instrumentales.

Calage et mise en station (Locate and Level Station) : opération effectuée par l’opérateur pour amener

l’axe vertical de l’appareil à l’aplomb d’un repère sur le sol.

Correction : valeur algébrique à ajouter à une valeur observée ou calculée pour éliminer les erreurs

systématiques connues.

Croisée du réticule (Crosshairs): croix dessinée sur le réticule représentant un point de l’axe de visée.

Erreur de fermeture (Error): écart entre la valeur d’une grandeur mesurée en topométrie et la valeur fixée

ou théorique.

Fils stadimétriques (Stadia): lignes horizontales marquées symétriquement sur la croisée du réticule.

Elles sont utilisées pour déterminer les distances à partir d’une échelle graduée placée sur la station.

Hauteur de l’appareil (Height of scope/instrument) : distance verticale entre l’axe horizontal de l’appareil

et celle de la station.

éléments de l’ouvrage à construire.

Lunette (scope/lens): instrument optique muni d’une croisée de réticule ou d’un réticule, utilisé pour

établir un axe de visée par l’observation d’un objet de mesure.

Nivelle (Level, bubble): tube en verre scellé, presque entièrement rempli d’un liquide (alcool) dont la

surface intérieure a une forme bombée obtenue par moulage, de sorte que l’air enfermé forme une bulle

qui prend différentes positions suivant l’inclinaison du tube.

Nivellement (Leveling, v.): opération consistant à mettre une ligne ou une surface dans la position

horizontale, ou mesurage de différences de niveaux.

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Repères (Reference Points) : points dont on connaît les coordonnées.

Réticule (Eye piece): disque transparent portant des traits ou des échelles. Il permet d’effectuer

correctement des lectures.

Signal, balise (Control Point): dispositif auxiliaire pour indiquer l’emplacement d’une station (par un jalon).

Station : tout point à partir duquel ou vers lequel on effectue une mesure. Cela peut être un point spécifié

sur un bâtiment ou un point marqué dans la zone d’étude.

Stadia Ratio : The ratio of the viewed length between the stadia lines using an objecta t a distance and

the distance from the scope to the object.

Backsight :

Azimuth: a horizontal angle measured clockwise from any fixed reference plane or base line (in land

navigation measured from a north base line or meridian).

Zenith Angle: the vertical angle between an object or a point and the Zenith (90° to level or horizontal

plane)

Elevation: the height of a geographic location above a fixed reference point (often the reference point is

sea level)

Tri-brac: Triangular piece of equipment placed on a tripod beneath a theodolite used to level the

instrument,

Cartesian Coordinate System : A coordinate system in which the coordinates of a point are its distances

from a defined set of perpendicular lines (called axes) that intersect (the intersection point is called “the

origin”), In 2-d, there are two axes and two coordinates (usually denoted x and y), while in 3d, there are

three axes and three coordinates (x,y, and z).

Polar Coordinate System : A 2 dimensional coordinate system in which the coordinates of a point are

determined by an angle and distance from a specified origin or reference point.

“Pick up”: Picking up means determining the location and orientation of an object by surveying multiple

points on the object as necessary. For example, if one is going to “pick up the school”, this would include

taking points at the corners of the building, the height of the roof, etc.

“Taking a shot”: Taking measurements to point. That is, recording the distance, horizontal angle, and

possibly vertical angle of that point. This term comes from the fact that the surveying instrument, such as

a theodolite, is usually referred to as a “gun”.

This section describes methods of determining ground or “sloping” distances. They increase in accuracy,

starting with the least accurate.

2.3.1 Pacing

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Pacing is the technique of determining a distance by walking between the two points and counting the

number of steps that it takes. A single pace is the distance travelled in two steps, that is if you are

counting paces, you would count each time you take a step with your right foot (or if you prefer, your left).

If one knows the distance travelled in a single pace, it is easy to find a distance. This method is of course

not accurate, but it will provide a good estimate of a distance. The accuracy increases if the distance is

paced several times and the results are averaged. See section Error! Reference source not found. for

techniques on pacing,

2.3.2 Stadia

Stadia is a method of determining distance by using optical magnification. Many surveying instruments

have indicator lines overlayed on the lens (similar to the cross hairs) that are a preset distance from the

cross hairs. Because there is a known magnification of the lens, the measured length of the stadia lines

using an object at a distance is a specified ratio of the distance from the scope to the object. More

simply, if you look through the scope with a 1:100 stadia ratio at a rod with markings (or a tape measure)

and read a distance of 0.142 m between the stadia lines, then the rod is 14.2 meters away.

2.3.3 Tape

Taping is the technique of using a calibrated measuring device to determine a distance. This is not

necessarily limited to a tape measure; string, sticks, anything can be calibrated and then used to measure

distance. In most cases, however, this takes the form of using a tape measure. The tape can be steel or

cloth. Practices of taping are discussed further in section 3.5.3

A Total Station is a device used in modern surveying that encompasses both a computerized Theodolite

(see section Error! Reference source not found.), and a laser that calculates distance. A prism

(reflective object) is placed on top of the rod (see section 3.6) and the Total Station, shoots a laser beam

at the prism. The beam is reflected back to the station, which uses the time it took to travel to accurately

calculate the distance traveled.

As discussed in section 1.3.1, there are two methods of determining the difference in elevation between a

known point and an unknown point. It should be noted that Direct Leveling will yield more accurate

results than Trigonometric Leveling. This is because the measurement is limited only by the graduation

of the scale (1 cm) and the precision of the level line. Trigonometric leveling is less accurate, but it can

be very useful to determine the elevation of an inaccessible point.

Trigonometric leveling is slightly more complicated than described in Section 1.3.1 because the surveyor

must account for the height of the instrument HI) and the height of the rod (vertical scale). This is

illustrated in Fig XX.

ZB = ZA + HI + d*sin(a) - HR

where :

ZA = elevation of known location

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d = slant distance between points

HI = Height of instrument

HR = Height of rod

a = vertical angle between points

The Abney Level is a hand held tool that determines the vertical angle of a target that can be sighted.

Trigonometric Leveling can then be used to determine the elevation of the target. The Abney is similar in

principle to the theodolite vertical angle (see section 2.4.3), but far less accurate. It is useful for certain

types of surveys where a high degree of accuracy is not required.

The Abney is a small square tube with an eyepiece at the observer’s end and horizontal cross-hair at the

objective end. Near the center of the tube is a 45 mirror, which reflects half the line-of- sight upwards

through an aperture in the tube, Mounted above the aperture is a bubble level which is affixed to a

movable index arm. The index arm can be adjusted and indicates an angle using gradations on the arc of

the index arm. To use the Abney, the instrument is held to the eye and sighted on a target, centering the

cross-hair against the target. The index arm is then adjusted until the bubble (visible in the right half of

the field-of-view) is centered against the target and the cross-hair. The vertical angle can then be read off

the index

The Autolevel is a device that uses Direct Leveling, which is discussed in section 1.3.1. The Autolevel

has a magnifying scope and is placed on a Tripod (legs) and leveled. Once properly leveled, the

surveyor looking through the scope is sighting along a line that is exactly level, At the location of interest,

a graduated rod is placed vertically and the surveyor at the Autolevel can then read the exact difference

in elevation between the location and the scope.

The Theodolite is an instrument that can measure both vertical and horizontal angle. When measuring

vertical angles, the Theodolite uses Trigonometric Leveling (see section 1.3.1). In the special case where

the angle is set to 90° (level), the Theodolite is employing Direct Levling. See section 3.8 for more

information on Theodolites.

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2.5 Finding Horizontal Angles

As discussed in section 1.3.2, horizontal angles, along with distance, are used to determine

horizontal location (x, y coordinates). There are several techniques, which are covered in the

sections below, beginning with the least accurate.

2.5.1 Compass

The compass is a simple instrument that utilizes the earth’s magnetic field. When held level, the needle

of a compass points to Magnetic North, which is not the same as True North (or the north pole). When

surveying with a compass, one must account for this difference and adjust appropriately. This is

discussed further in section 3.4. Since the compass always points in essentially the same direction, one

can measure horizontal angles by determining the angle between the object that is being sighted, and

Magnetic North. This is called a “Compass Bearing” and is illustrated in Fig XX. While this method is

simple, it is only accurate to within a few degrees.

The Autolevel, which is primarily for determining elevation (see section 2.4.2), usually also contains a

horizontal circle with labeled angles. This circle, which rotates on the vertical axis, allows the surveyor to

determine the horizontal angle between any two points. As discussed in section 1.3.2, when a compass

is not being used, a surveyor can choose what to use as a zero angle (or backsight). This is the case for

the Autolevel and once a backsight is chosen, the horizontal circle is rotated such that the backsight is at

0°. The angles for subsequent points can then be read off the circle once the scope is rotated to view the

point or object. Since the horizontal circle does not involve any magnification or fine adjustment, it is only

accurate to about 1°.

As discussed in section 2.1, a theodolite accurately measures both horizontal and vertical angles. Similar

to the Autolevel, the surveyor must choose a backsight from which to measure angles. Most theodolites

have an adjustable scale so that the backsight may be set at 0°. Some do not allow this adjustment and

the backsight angle must be recorded and later subtracted from all other angles measured from that

station. Once the backsight has been established, the surveyor must simply read and record the

horizontal angles of each desired point using the theodolite. Depending on the instrument used, a

theodolite can be have an accuracy anywhere from 20” to 2” (1/1800 of a degree). The basic principle of

the theodolite is illustrated in Fig XX.

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2.6 Putting It All Together

Recall that in order to locate new points, all three coordinates must be defined (or two if elevation is not

considered). To do this, a complete set of information must be gathered about each point. Combining

the various methods discussed in this chapter is necessary to get the appropriate survey in the least

amount of time with the equipment available. However, remember that you must use enough methods to

ensure that you have gathered all the required data. For example, if you only record a horizontal angle to

a point, but not the distance, you cannot locate it in the XY plane. Below is a list of combinations that can

be used to complete the indicated survey.

• Compass, Pacing and Abney Level (3d)

• Compass and Tape (2d)

• Compass, Tape and Abney Level (3d)

• Elevation Difference (Autolevel), Compass and Tape (3d)

• Elevation Difference (Autolevel), Compass and Stadia (3d)

• Elevation Difference (Autolevel), Horizontal Angle and Stadia (3d)

• GPS (2d or 3d)

• Theodolite Vertical Angle, Compass and Tape

• Theodolite Vertical Angle, Compass and Stadia

• Theodolite Vertical Angle, Theodolite Horizontal Angle, and Stadia (Theodolite)

• Theodolite Vertical Angle, Theodolite Horizontal Angle, and Tape (Theodolite)

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In addition, note that it is best to use methods with similar accuracy, such as compass and pacing, or

Theodolite and Tape. It does not make sense to measure a horizontal angle to a precision of 10

seconds, and then pace the distance.

2.7 Traverse

In the previous sections, most of the surveying methods assumed that the surveyor determines the

relationship of a new point to a “known point”. This “known point” is usually the place where your

instrument is set up (also known as a setup location, or Station). But what if the surveyor cannot see all

the required points or objects from one setup location? Or what if the location of the Station is unknown?

This is where a Traverse will come in. A Traverse is simply a series of Stations that starts from a known

location and extends to wherever the surveyor needs it to go. Many times a traverse is along a road, path

or river. Commonly a traverse is linear, that is the stations form a single line. Sometimes however, the

traverse must branch off to cover other areas, similar to a fork in a road.

As discussed further in Chapter 3, the best way to setup an instrument over a known location is to create

a semi-permanent marker in the ground over which to set your tripod legs. This is usually referred to as a

“hub”. Many times, hubs are given a special symbol on the map of a completed survey and a traverse is

displayed as a line of hubs. See section 3.3 for more information on setting up hubs.

As stated above, hubs are semi-permanent markers. They may be lost or change location. If you are

setting hubs in a road, a truck’s tire may move the hub, especially if it has recently rained. A good

surveyor should always double check the location of a hub if it has not been used recently. The method

of doing this is by setting, and then later locating, “Control Points”. Control points are precise and

permanent points (or points on an object) that can be found and relocated at a future time. Multiple

control points should be placed at each hub for two reasons: accuracy of relocating your hub increases

with more points, and your control points might disappear (trees can get cut down, large rocks moved,

etc.). Control points are discussed further in Chapter 3, but some common ones are a nail in a tree

(called a Tree Bench Mark or TBM), plate embedded in a concrete slab, or an iron pipe buried in the

ground.

The key to a traverse is accurately determining the location of the next “known point”. The next hub to be

used in a traverse is called a Foresight. The hub that was used previous to the one now being used is

called a Backsight. To locate the Foresight, determine where this point will be, install a hub (called

“setting a hub”), then determine the location of the hub using the same methods used to determine other

points. Special care should be taken to record the location of the foresight as accurately as possible

because all future points taken from that hub will depend on it.

Backsights are generally used as the “zero point” for determining Horizontal angles from a new Station.

This is arbitrary, as technically any point can be used as a “zero point”, but this is a convention and can

make the math easier when the survey is completed. Determining the relative location of the Backsight,

also called “Sighting the Backsight”, also provides a check to the location of the hub that the Station is set

up on (also called “Occupying the Hub”). Sighting the Backsight is essentially the same as locating the

Foresight, just in reverse.

2.7.3 Loop

One possible configuration of doing a traverse, or “running a traverse”, is to set the hubs such that the

first hub can be sighted from the last Station. This is called a “Closed Loop” because it will look like a

closed shape (instead of a line) on a map. There are many advantages to doing a Closed Loop, usually

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called just a loop, but the primary one is that the error of the survey can be determined. This is done by

comparing where the first hub is predicted to be, to where it is measured to be. Using all of the data from

the Traverse, a surveyor should be able to predict the relative location of the first hub (angle and

distance) from the Station, when occupying the last hub. (In fact, a surveyor should be able to predict the

location of the first hub from ANY hub, but this may be a very large distance.) Then, if the traverse is a

loop, the surveyor can MEASURE the distance from the Station to the first hub. Inevitably, these will not

be the same. If the traverse has been done well, the difference in the locations will be off by a few

centimeters. Traverse errors are generally expressed in centimeters or millimeters (or inches).

It is important for a good surveyor to understand how the data that he or she will be gathering will be

used. The finished product of a surveyor, that which is delivered to the client is NOT pages of numbers

that represent the survey (though this is important), it is the map that the data is used to produce, In this

section there are a few tips and figures to give insight into the map making process.

Object defined in a survey come in three varieties: points, linear and polygonal. Point objects are

obviously those that can be defined by a single point, such as a tree, fence post, or boulder. Point

objects sometimes require further notation, such as “600mm Diameter Tree”. If an object is linear, such

as a road or stream, it can be defined by either determining its centerline and noting its width (easier), or

by recording both its edges. Remember when defining linear objects that any points that are “picked up”

will be connected by straight lines. Thus, if the stream or road is straight for a long distance, the points

can be far apart, but if the object is curved, there must be enough points to define the curve.

Points defining a polygonal object will also be connected using straight lines. Thus, if picking up an object

with straight sides (like a building), it is best to locate the corners. For a square building, if the corners

are roughly 90 angles, only three corners are necessary. For circular objects like a water tank, at least 3

points are also required to define the circle.

Contour lines are imaginary lines on a map that represent a constant elevation. They can also be defined

as lines perpendicular to the flow of water (water always flows down hill in the steepest direction).

Creating contour lines on a map is the easiest method to display the three dimensional topography of

land. The surveyor should note that in general, a straight line will be drawn between two points (and thus

the contour lines will be evenly spaced). Therefore, care should be taken to record enough points to

define the topography. If a hill or grade has a constant slope, points only need to be taken at the top and

bottom of the slope. But if the slope is constantly changing, topography points must be taken at regular

intervals,

One example of this is if a stream has a wide flat bottom and then high, steep banks. If the surveyor only

records points at the stream centerline and top of the banks, then the stream will be recorded as a v-

shaped ravine. However, if the surveyor records the edge of the stream at the bottom and the top of the

bank, then the stream will be accurately recorded. This can be seen in Fig XX.

In addition, when conducting a 3D survey, it is important to remember that any objects that are picked up,

such as buildings, also provide an elevation at that point. This may be necessary and useful, such as

when locating the centerline of a road, or unnecessary. In some cases, the surveyor is interested in the

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elevation, such as the top of a water tank, but should not be included in the topography map. These

points should be noted as such in the field notes.

In this section, how to survey in the field is outlined. Sections include how to keep a field notebook,

setting up hubs, and taking various measurements.

3.1 How to keep a field notebook

You must keep accurate notes and data to get good results while surveying. Thus, it is important to keep

a neat and detailed field notebook. All of your data, sketches, and notes need to be written down in your

field notebook.

Any notebook can be a field notebook. Be sure to follow this format:

Title Page

Index Page

Data/Notes/Sketches/Diagrams

Here is an example title page. Anything that is underlined would be changed according to what surveying

work you are doing.

Survey Field Notebook

Location: North of the water source

Project: Surveying for EWB-OFCB-Bayonnais Hydroelectric

Book: 1 of 5

Instruments used: T2 Theodolite

Name: Kenold

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For the Index Page, you must have columns for page number, date, and title of each of the pages in your

notebook. When you begin, you will only have one line in your index. As you collect more data, you will be

adding more lines to your index.

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The remaining pages in your notebook should be very detailed. You must write down as much as you can

about what you are surveying. Recorded field notes consist of a combination of tabulated data, sketches,

and descriptions. The total record of any survey in the field notebook should provide a clear and concise

picture of the survey performed. This information will include descriptions of the starting and closing

stations, a description of any principal station established, the area or locality in which the work is

performed, the purpose of the survey, and general remarks on weather, terrain, or other conditions that

may be factors in evacuating the results. The information in the field notes must be complete enough that

anyone not familiar with that particular survey operation can take the notebook, return to the locality, and

recover or reconstruct any portion of the survey.

Note that the students recorded the date, location, and weather in the upper right hand corner. In

addition, each student’s name was written next to a symbol of what their job was during the survey. For

example, W. Doolittle has an open book next to his name, so he was recording data. R. Rodgers was

sighting (tripod symbol). D. Evans and H. Trigger were taking measurements (Φ).

There are more examples of how to take field notes for different types of surveys (e.g. triangulation,

traverse, etc.). However, this will be covered in a later section Appendix E: More Field Book Techniques

Setting up the tripod and plumb bob

• Unfold and extend legs to desired length; then tighten the leg screw to secure in place

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• Tighten clamp nut in the middle of the leg.

• Remove the plumb bob from tripod accessory case. Insert bayonet socket into bridge screw.

Secure by turning clockwise ¼ turn.

• Position tripod so that plum bob is 1/2 inch from station point.

• Set legs in ground, push down firmly with your foot

• Remove plumb bob assembly and return to tripod accessory case.

• Remove head cover and stow it on the bracket

• Remove the theodolite from the carrying case

• Loosen the three nuts and pull levers away from carrying case base

• Grasp the right-side axle bearing with one hand and place your other hand below the main

housing to lift the theodolite from the carrying case base.

• Install the theodolite on the tripod

• Position theodolite on tripod head and secure it loosely with the bridge screw

• Center the circular level bubble using leveling screws.

• Look through the optical plummet eyepiece and adjust eyepiece until the circular marks are

clearly visible

• Adjust the theodolite on the tripod head until the station point is centered on the eyepiece circular

marks

• Tighten down the bridge screw to secure the theodolite in place.

• Install the illumination system

• Install the telescope eyepiece sunglass filter as necessary

• Proceed on to leveling the theodolite

NOTES:

If you’re on a slope, have 2 legs on the downhill side.

Once you’re close to level, plant one leg and move the 2 others while watching the optical plumb.

As discussed in section 2.7, a surveyor must set Hubs and Control Points in order to run an effective

traverse, Both Hubs and Control Points must be a precise location, such as a nail or a tack (not an object

corner or an object that is 10cm wide). Requirements for a good hub location are:

• Line-of-sight and Backsight (last hub)

• View of all points and objects that need to be picked up

• Placed in a reasonably immobile object

• Placed where it can be found again in the future

• If located in a road, placed off to the side so that it is not disturbed by vehicles or livestock

If placing a hub in a solid object, such as a tree, root, concrete or pavement, a nail will usually be

sufficient. If placed in the soil, obviously a nail will not be immobile or easy to find again. Thus, the nail is

usually placed in a wooded stake after the stake has been driven into the ground.

Here’s how you take a compass bearing (Tyler)

A compass is primarily used to take bearings. A bearing is the horizontal angle measured clockwise from

north (Note: this can be either magnetic north or true north. The needle on the compass points to

magnetic North. For our main purpose of measuring a horizontal angle between two points, it is easiest

to just use magnetic north. Since both bearings will be compared to the same reference point (magnetic

north), this will not affect accuracy of the horizontal angle between points.)

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To use a compass to take bearings off a real point on the landscape (as opposed to a map) use your

compass to measure the angle clockwise from magnetic north to this point on the landscape. This is

called magnetic bearing. Remember that the bearing is measured clockwise. Thus, if you think of north

as 12 O’clock on a watch, then a bearing to the right of that (say 1 o’clock) is greater than north, and a

bearing to the left of north (like 11 o’clock) is less than north. To determine the horizontal angle between

two points, simply subtract the two bearings. This difference will be the number of degrees between the

two points, referenced from where you are standing.

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In this section, you will learn how to measure ground distance using measuring tape and pacing.

3.5.1 Pacing

As discussed in Error! Reference source not found., pacing is using one’s normal steps to measure

distances. The following paragraph outlines how to do this.

Accurately measure a pacing course on level ground. Repeatedly pace off the course, counting off the

number of paces it takes to complete the distance. Keep a natural comfortable pace that can be held all

day. Don’t try to adjust to even standard, but try to count your pace to the course distance. It is easier to

measure the number of paces per meter (for example, 46 paces per 100 meters) than measuring number

of meters per pace. Measure your pace against different terrains and at different times of day, because

your pace may change between the morning and afternoon or when walking on different terrains

There are many methods to keep track of the distance traveled when using the pace count. Some of

these methods are: put a pebble in your pocket every time you have walked 100 meters according to your

pace count; tie knots in a string; or put marks in a notebook. Do not try to remember the count; always

use one of these methods or design your own method.

Certain conditions affect your pace count in the field, and you must allow for them by making

adjustments.

a) Slopes. Your pace lengthens on a downslope and shortens on an upgrade. Keeping this in mind,

if it normally takes you 120 paces to walk 100 meters, your pace count may increase to 130 or

more when walking up a slope.

b) Winds. A head wind shortens the pace and a tail wind increases it.

c) Surfaces. Sand, gravel, mud, snow, and similar surface materials tend to shorten the pace.

d) Elements. Falling snow, rain, or ice cause the pace to be reduced in length.

e) Clothing. Excess clothing and boots with poor traction affect the pace length.

f) Visibility. Poor visibility, such as in fog, rain, or darkness, will shorten your pace.

3.5.2 Stadia

The extra two cross hairs in the scope can tell you a horizontal distance. The

stadia distance (SD) is the distance between these two cross hairs. In this

example, SD= 15-13.45=1.55 ft. To get horizontal distance (HD ) the formula is

SD=100 HD. (This will be off by more if the vertical angle is very large) Then

there is the formula that sin^2 of the zenith * SD gives you your vertical angle.

One Person holds the metal clip at the end of the measuring tape at the first

location. Another person takes the body of the measuring tape and walks

to the next location. The second person reads the number on the

measuring tape and records the distance. Make sure to keep the

measuring tape taut and measure the distance from the ground to where

the tape is being held. When reading the tape, be sure to check the feet

and inches markers twice. The "foot" markers are close to the "11th inch"

marker and sometimes an extra foot is mistakenly added to the

measurement.

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3.6 Graduated Rod

You must be able to sight readings on the graduated rod with the theodolite to take vertical

measurements. You can make the graduated rod taller by extending or telescoping the inner tubes of it.

Be sure to extended the largest diameter telescoping parts before the smaller diameter telescoping parts,

otherwise the numbers will be off. You can try this on your own and notice the difference between

measurements when you extend different parts of the rod.

From the vertical angle set up, the number on the graduated rod that falls between the crosshairs of the

viewer is the vertical height. Both the number read from the rod and the height of the eyepiece of the

scope should be recorded.

3.7 Auto-Level

3.7.1 Nivellement direct ou géométrique

Les méthodes de nivellement direct constituent l’arsenal le plus efficace pour déterminer l’altitude de

points particuliers. La précision des déterminations dépend du matériel employé (cf. §Error! Reference

source not found.) mais aussi et surtout, des méthodes, ce que nous allons aborder maintenant :

• Nivellement par rayonnement : la première mesure est effectuée sur un point d’altitude connue, de

façon à déterminer l’altitude du plan de visée. A partir de là, toutes les altitudes sont déterminées par

différence par rapport à ce plan. Cette méthode permet de lever rapidement un semis de points

matérialisés (sondages, points de berges, de fonds…). Elle présente néanmoins l’inconvénient de n’offrir

aucun contrôle sur les déterminations : toute erreur de lecture est indétectable et fatale.

• Nivellement d’itinéraires par cheminement :

c’est la méthode la plus couramment employée

pour déterminer les altitudes de points matérialisés,

non situés à une même distance d’une seule

station d’appareil. Elle est également plus sûre,

quant aux éventuelles erreurs de lecture, et plus

intéressante du point de vue de la précision des

déterminations : on dispose de méthodes de

compensation des erreurs très efficaces. Plusieurs

règles sont appliquées pour minimiser l’influence

des erreurs systématiques et accidentelles : les

portées équidistantes, les contrôles de marche, le

contrôle sur fermeture…

• Nivellement de franchissement : cette

méthode est beaucoup plus difficile à mettre en

œuvre et s’applique dans le cas de franchissement

de vallées, où le principe des portées équidistantes

est inapplicable. On travaille dans ce cas simultanément avec deux appareils, de part et d’autre de

l’obstacle (le cas idéal étant de pouvoir les aligner avec les mires), afin de minimiser les erreurs

instrumentales et atmosphériques.

• Nivellement d’auscultation : cette dernière méthode a pour objectif de déterminer la cote d’un repère

et ses variations dans le temps (barrage, pont, bâtiment). Elle nécessite l’application de tous les principes

énoncés précédemment, et plus encore : équidistance, réglage optimal du niveau, mires en invar,

contrôles, problèmes de réfraction accidentelle (intérieur/extérieur d’un bâtiment), sûreté des repères…

Pour résumer :

Le principe du nivellement géométrique est la mesure d’une différence d’altitude, ou d’une

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succession de différences, par rapport à un plan ou un point connu. Il est réalisé au niveau, et

la précision des mesures peut aller de 1/10ème de mm à quelques mm, selon les matériels et

protocoles mis en œuvre.

De manière générale, la relation entre l’altitude du point de départ R1 et le point d’arrivée R2

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d’un nivellement par cheminement est donné par la relation :

Z R2 =Z R1 +∑(AR− AV) Eq. 1

où AR représente les lectures Arrière (en rapport à la direction de l’itinéraire), et AV les lectures Avant.

Lorsque les altitudes des points de départ et d’arrivée sont connus, on peut alors calculer la fermeture du

cheminement :

f =ΔH obs −ΔH th Eq. 2

3.8 Theodolite

3.8.1 Theodolite Usage Tips

Convenient Horizontal Angle Measurement Method for Theodolites equipped with dual swiveling

horizontal plates:

1. align the top part of the theodolite with the lower swiveling plate such that an angle of zero

appears in the viewing window.

2. Tighten the upper plate such that the theodolite is locked to the lowering swiveling plate and

proceed to point this to the reference object which you wish to measure the horizontal angle from.

3. Tighten the lower swivel plate such that it locks the coordinate plane with zero aligned on the

reference point.

4. Loosen the upper plate and rotate the theodolite, aiming it at the desired object to measure the

horizontal angle between the object and reference point.

To use the horizontal fine adjustment knobs, the rough adjustment knobs must first be tightened

Once the theodolite is appropriately placed the person at the theodolite will need to read the vertical

angle, the horizontal angle, the vertical height, and use the stadia to get the horizontal distance.

3.8.2 Vertical Angles

1. Unlock the vertical clamp and tilt the eyepiece until the point of interest is aligned on the

horizontal lines. Lock the clamp in place. The point of interest will be whatever number on the

graduated rod is easiest to read.

2. Looking through the small eyepiece, use the minutes and seconds adjuster to align one of the

degrees on the vertical scale with the double lines just below it.

3. The reading is the degree that has been aligned and the minutes and seconds is read from the

right hand scale. See accompanying figure.

4. To complete the reading, it may be necessary to measure the distance from the theodolite to the

point of interest.

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3.8.3 Horizontal Angles Using a Theodolite

2. Rotate the theodolite until the arrow in the upper or lower rough sight points to the feature of

interest and lock the clamp.

3. Look through the main eyepiece and use the upper horizontal adjuster to align the vertical lines

on the feature of interest.

4. The reading is taken by looking through the small eyepiece. Using the minutes and seconds

adjuster set the one of the degrees on the horizontal scale so the single vertical line on the

bottom scale is between the double vertical lines under the selected degree.

5. The reading is the degree which has been aligned and the minutes and seconds read from the

right hand scale and is the horizontal angle from the reference line.

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This view through the small eyepiece shows the vertical and horizontal degree scales and the minutes

and seconds scale.

• It is important to keep the theodolite dry and free from humidity. It should not be

used during wet weather.

• Make sure the theodolite is clean and free from dirt and dust before storing the

device.

• Before adjusting, turning, or twisting any component of the theodelite, be sure

that the appropriate adjustment knob is loosened. If adjustment is difficult, do not

forcefully twist the device as this may strip or damage the tightening screws.

Check again to ensure the adjustment knob is loose.

• Keep the theodolite stored in its case whenever it is not in use.

• Always store the device with all adjustment knobs loosened in order to prevent

stripping or damage while placing and removing the device from the case.

Using a double prism optical square is a good way to establish landmarks that are at right angles to each

other.

• First, you will want to establish a landmark directly in front of you. This will be your reference

point to find objects which are at relative right angles.

• Hold the optical square close to your face and set this object in the center of the center window.

• The landmarks that line up in the top and bottom windows are at right angles to the first landmark.

• Things to Remember

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• Look for landmarks that will be permanent, you don’t want to include something in your survey

data that will not be able to be referenced later on.

• Pegging trees is possible, the peg will not move up while tree grows.

After surveying data has been collected, one still needs to translate it into useful numbers. This sections

outlines how to do the calculations to find the X, Y, and Z coordinates of points found in a survey.

If you were point A (0,0,0), the horizontal angle to point B, the vertical angle to point B, and the ground

distance between points A and B, could you calculate (x,y,z) of point B?

x-distance

x-distance

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z-distance

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y-distance

Ground Distance: 50m

Vertical Angle

Horizontal Distance: Ground Distance x cos(θ), x-distance = 50m x cos(60°) = 25 m

Vertical Distance: Ground Distance x sin(θ), z-distance = 50m x sin(60°) = 42.86 m

Horizontal Angle

Vertical Distance: Horizontal Distance x sin(θ) / cos(θ), y-distance = 25 m x sin(17.6°)/ cos(17.6°) = 8.00

m

-Also- Vertical Distance: Horizontal Distance x tan(θ), y-distance = 25 m x tan(17.6°) = 8.00 m

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4.2 Angle Calculations

Recording data in surveying requires precise angle measurements. Angles are usually expressed in

degrees, minutes and seconds (57° 42’ 30”). Sometimes, a precise angle is expressed in degrees with

many decimals (57.70833°), or as degrees, and minutes with decimals (57° 42.5’). If minutes are

expressed, the degrees must be an integer, and if seconds are expressed, the minutes must be an

integer. Seconds are typically expressed in integers.

One minute ( ′ ) is divided into 60 seconds ( ″ ).

One second ( ″ ) is normally divided into decimals (when divided).

It is important to be able to convert degrees in both directions. To convert from degrees, minutes and

seconds (dd.mm.ss), to degrees (dd.dddd):

d = D + M/60 + s/3600

58° 39’ 13” = 58° + 39’/60 + 13”/3600 = 58° + 0.65° + 0.00361° = 58.6536°

To convert decimal degrees (dd.dddd) to degrees, minutes and seconds (dd.mm.ss), subtract the integer

part and multiply the remainder by 60 to get minutes, then repeat for seconds.

Seconds = [Minutes – Int(Minutes)]*60

Example: D = 49.5125°

Seconds = (30.75 – 30)*60 = 45 seconds

There are 3.28084 feet (ft) in 1 meter (m).

To convert meters (m) to feet (ft), multiply by 3.28084.

To convert feet (ft) to meters (ft), divide by 3.28084 or multiply by 0.30479999

0.3048 meters

2 feet X = 0.6096 meters

1 foot

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5.0 Appendix A: More Stadia Information

From http://mysite.du.edu/~jcalvert/astro/stadia.htm (edit this)

The Stadia is a method of measuring distances rapidly with a telescope (usually on an engineer's transit

or an alidade) and a graduated rod. When the telescope is focused on the rod, the distance s intercepted

on the vertically-held rod between two stadia hairs seen in the eyepiece gives the distance D as D = ks,

where k, the stadia constant is often made to be 100. Therefore, if 6 ft is intercepted on the rod, then the

distance from the telescope to the rod is 600 ft. There are small corrections to this that will be mentioned

below. If the line of sight is inclined, the vertical angle is also measured and can be used to reduce the

results to horizontal and vertical distances. Stadia can give results correct to about 1 ft under the best

conditions, which is often sufficient, and can also serve as a check on more precise measurements.

The term stadia comes from the plural of the Greek stadion, the word for a distance of 185 to 192 metres

(607-630 ft). A very similar length is the modern furlong, or eighth of a mile, 660 ft. A "stadion" was also

an athletic venue, with lengths laid out for competition and seats for spectators. The Latin stadium, stadia

was a direct borrowing with the same meaning.

Distance over the ground was traditionally measured by long poles or rods laid successively end to end.

The ancient Egyptians used rope for the same purpose. This practice is reflected in the traditional rod,

pole or perch of 16.5 feet. This odd length came from dividing down an English mile of 5280 ft, first into

furlongs of 1/8 mile or 660 ft, then into tenths, or chains, of 66 ft, and finally into quarters of this, or 16.5

feet. Four rods make a chain, ten chains a furlong, and 80 chains a mile. The Gunter's chain of 100 iron

links and length 66 ft was much easier to use and carry than an ungainly pole, and gave more accurate

results. 10 square chains is an acre, so Gunter's chain was closely related to traditional measures of

distance and land areas. The engineer's chain of 100 links, each 1 ft long, replaced Gunter's chain, and

was itself replaced by the 100 ft steel tape, which is an excellent and easily handled way to measure

distances. Doing this is still called "chaining," however, and the people who do it are called chainmen.

Accurate chaining is subject to many errors, which are largely systematic, but with care they can be

overcome. These errors include thermal expansion and elasticity of the tape, as well as ground

irregularities.

Distances are now conveniently measured by timing modulated laser beams returned by retroreflectors.

Large distances can be covered at one leap, and the intervening ground does not have to be traversed on

foot. Stadia shares these advantages. Microwaves were first used for this purpose, but have now been

superseded by lasers. The main errors are in estimating propagation conditions, temperature and

humidity, which affect the velocity of light, and are often poorly known or vary over the path. Even without

consideration of these uncertainties, laser ranging is more accurate than stadia, but is also much more

expensive. We also have Global Positioning System location, which is accurate to roughly 1 metre (with

special care, centimetre accuracy is possible, but it requires work). In spite of these excellent alternatives,

it is still interesting to know the stadia method, which is often applicable in unusual circumstances.

The stadia method is an application of paraxial optics. The telescope consists of an objective (usually one

achromatic lens, but sometimes more) that produces an image of the distant scene close to its focal

plane, which is then examined by the eyepiece. We will be concerned only with the objective. The action

of the telescope objective is described by principal planes, nodal planes and focal lengths. Since the final

and initial media are the same, the nodal planes coincide with the principal planes, and the primary and

secondary focal lengths are equal. The telescope is mounted so that the outer principal plane of the lens

is a distance c from the axis of the instrument, that is vertically over the occupied location. If the distance

of the stadia rod from the instrument axis is D, then the object distance is D - c. The corresponding image

distance d behind the other principal plane is then given by 1/d + 1/(D - c) = 1/f.

Fine lines are etched on a glass reticle placed approximately at the focal point of the telescope objective.

These were once crosshairs made of spider web, and are still called crosshairs for that reason. There are

vertical and horizontal crosshairs for sighting purposes, and two shorter stadia hairs at equal distances

above and below the horizontal crosshair. The separation of the stadia hairs is denoted by i. The

eyepiece is adjusted so that the crosshairs are sharp, and

the telescope then focused so that the object viewed is

also sharp, so that their images occur at the same point.

We now make use of the unit angular magnification

property of the nodal points to establish that the angle

s/(D - c) of the rod intercept as seen from the outer nodal

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point is equal to the angle i/d at the inner nodal point, or 1/d = s/i(D - c). The relations are illustrated in the

diagram. When this is substituted in the lens equation, the result is f + fs/i = D - c, or D = (f/i)s + (f + c),

which is the fundamental stadia formula. The derivation is confused in Breed and Hosmer; the principles

are not clearly stated, and reference is made to a different diagram than the one appearing on the page,

possibly one from an earlier edition. I hope that this derivation will make things clear, since they really

aren't very difficult. Now, f/i will be a constant determined by the construction of the telescope and reticle,

and is usually called k, the stadia constant of the instrument. It is commonly 100, but a more accurate

value can be established by experiment if necessary. k = 100 corresponds to an angle of 0.01 radian, or

0.573°. The correction (f + c) is to be added to ks to find D. If f = 200mm and c = 100 mm, then (f + c) is

30 cm, or about 1 ft. This correction is sometimes ignored.

The formula just derived applies to a horizontal sight on a vertical rod, or to an inclined sight on a rod held

perpendicular to the direction of view. It is not easy to hold a rod perpendicular to the line of sight, so it is

held accurately vertical. If s is the intercept on a vertical rod, then s cos α would be the intercept,

approximately, if the rod were held perpendicular to the line of sight. The slant distance is, then, D' = ks

cos α = (f + c). Now it is easy to find the horizontal distance D = D' cos α and the vertical distance V = D'

sin α. At one time, tables were prepared for performing these calculations, but with pocket calculators

they are no longer necessary. A pocket calculator can reduce the data quickly and accurately, including

the correction (f + c) without any approximation.

References

C. B. Breed and G. L. Hosmer, The Principles and Practice of Surveying, 11th ed. (New York: John Wiley

& Sons, 1977). pp. 100-108.

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6.0 Appendix B: More Field Book Techniques

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7.0 Appendix C: Resources

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/policy/army/fm/3-34-331/ch5.htm

http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/GEOMETRONICS/docs/BasicManual2000_02.pdf

http://www.scribd.com/doc/2963203/BASIC-LAND-SURVEYING-GLOSSARY-ePalmetto

http://books.google.com/books?id=2gB7w9XlNJAC&pg=PA80&dq=surveying+horizontal+vertical+

angles&source=gbs_toc_r&cad=0_0

http://jb.henry.free.fr/cours/Chapitre2.htm

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