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An art and science of determining the relative position of point on above or beneath the
surface of the earth by means of angular and linear measurements is defined as Surveying. It
is the most important subject matter before and during all engineering works like civil
engineering works such as designing and construction of highways, water supply systems,
irrigation projects, buildings etc. The application of surveying requires the knowledge of
mathematics, physics, and to some extent, astronomy. Surveying basically consists of
collecting data and information about the terrain of the topography of the proposed area, land
use, property and the state boundaries, the charting of coastlines and navigable streams and
lakes, the location of valuable mine deposits etc. It is a framework for the conception, design
and execution of any engineering work. The information about these features are gathered by
measuring the horizontal and vertical distances between the objects, by measuring the angle
between the lines and by establishing points by predetermined angular and linear
measurements. The actual measurements are accompanied by mathematical calculations for
determining distances, angles, directions, locations, elevations, areas and volumes. The
information thus collected is then portrayed graphically by the construction of maps, profiles,
cross-sections and other diagrams.
The main objectives of surveying courses allocated for civil engineering students is to
promote them the basic knowledge of different surveying techniques relevant to civil
engineering works in their professional practice. The completion of all surveying courses
including 15 days survey camp work organized by the Department of Civil Engineering,
Khwopa Engineering College will give better enhancement to students to use all surveying
technique covered in lecture classes.
Survey Camp is a part of the third-year Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering course,
third year first semester, carrying a total of 100 marks. The total duration of the survey camp
was 10 days, from 12
Kartik to 26
Kartik 2069 . The work done during the camp duration
can be categorized into three main projects:
1. Topographical survey
2. Bridge site survey
3. Road alignment survey

This is a detail report of the
works, which were performed by

group no. B3, having five members, during the camp period. It briefly explains the working
procedures and technique used by this group during that camp period. In addition, it also
contain observations, calculations, methods of adjustment of error, main problem faced
during work and their solution, results of all calculations and their assessments with some
comments is presented in a concise form.
The main objective of this survey camp allocated for civil engineering students is to
consolidate and update their basic knowledge of different surveying techniques relevant to
civil engineering works. Working in actual field conditions enhances their theoretical and
practical knowledge and increases their confidence that is beneficial to their professional
practice in the near future.
The main objectives of the survey camp are as follows:
- To become familiar with the surveying problems that are arise during the field works.
- To became familiar with the parts of the instruments, their functions and handling the
surveying instruments for its use in surveying.
- To become familiar with the spirit and importance of teamwork, as surveying is not a
single person work.
- To complete the given project in scheduled time and thus knows the value of time.
- To collect required data in the field in systematic ways.
- To compute and manipulate the observed data in the required accuracy and present it
in diagrammatic and tabular form in order to understand by other engineers and
related personnel easily.
- To tackle the mistake and incomplete data from the field while in office work.
- To know the complete method of report preparation.


The methodology of the surveying is based on the principle of surveying, which includes:

Working from Whole to the Parts
Independent Check
Accuracy Required
Consistency in Work



The description of the project area is as follows:
Nepal Electricity Authority Training Center (NEATC), Kharipati,Bhaktapur is about 18 km
North East of Kathmandu. The area to us for survey is about 200 ropanis of land with
varieties of land (i.e. jungle, vegetation, human settlement etc)
.The details of the area is as follows
Country: Nepal
Region: Central Development Region
Zone: Bagmati
District: Bhaktapur
Location: NEATC premises for Topographical Survey Nagarkot,
Dolalghat of Kavre for Bridge Site Survey
NEATC premises for Road Alignment Survey



Our Survey Camp site was located near about 2741'16"N and 8527'20"E, at the altitude of
1362 m and about 16 km East of Kathmandu. The area allocated to us for survey is about
292065.62 sq m. of land with variable land features and almost all the man made mentors like
road, sports ground building and pond etc.
It took about twenty minute drive to reach Kharipati from Libali, Bhaktapur. The project site
is situated in the range of about 1330 m. above mean sea level.
i) Region: Kharipati VDC and Nagarkot VDC
ii) District: Bhaktapur
iii) Zone: Bagmati
Kharipati has gentle and steep topography differing from places to places. The area contains
ground features ranging from steep slopes to flat grounds. These features were shown by
contours. The geological structure is in good condition, so there is no any geological disasters
and eruption. Soil types are found similar to any other part of Bhaktapur i.e. soft clay,
irrigated by river and well suitable for cultivation. And the bridge site, Cha Khola perennial
however the flow decreases considerably during dry seasons. Different types of rock
exposure are seen most of them are amphibolites, gneiss, sandstones, schists etc.

The weather is moderate between autumn seasons. During the camp period temperature was
fluctuating from maximum to minimum of it just similar to the annual temperature variation
and rain fall around Kathmandu valley is:-
Temperature: maximum 25
C to minimum 4
Rainfall: - 200mm (approx. annually)
The atmosphere was cool in the morning with high value of humidity.
Most of the empty spaces of the project area were full of vegetation but without cultivated
land except for some land around canteen area. Ordinary grassland covered most of the areas.
Presence of few plants, trees and bushes made environment green and pleasant.


Topographic Survey: -
Objective: To make the topographic map with engineering requirements.
Location: premises of NEATC
Salient Features: Total Numbers of major traverse stations = 14
: Total numbers of minor traverse stations = 2
: Contour Interval = 1m
: Scale of map = 1:1000 in major, 1:500 in minor
: Detailing = Total Station
Check: Plane Table

Leveling: -
Objectives: Two peg test was carried out. As our auto level was within precesion no
correction was needed.
Location: premises of NEATC
Silent Features:
Transfer of RL from BM to CP1
Transfer of RL from CP1 to major station
Transfer of RL from major station to minor station

Bridge Site Survey:
Objectives: To fix the bridge axis and topographic map of the existing site along with the L-
section,X-section of river.
Location: Dolalghat, Kavre
Salient Features:
No. of stations used :Topographic map at 1:200
: Contour Interval 1m

:Cross section upto 150m on upstream and 75m on downsream at 10m
Road alignment:
- Objectives: to make L-section, X-section and topographic map of area of the site-
- Location: premises of NEATC
- Salient feature:Map scale = 1:1000
Profile : Cross section at every BC, EC & MC and 20m interval with minimum of 5m
and 10m left and right details.


Chapter 2
The survey in which the position of natural and artificial features on both plan and
elevation are determined is known as topographical survey. From the survey data,
topographic maps that depict these natural and cultural features are produced using various
types of lines and conventional symbols. Topographic is simply the graphical representation
of positions of the earth's surface. In other words topographical surveying is the process of
determining the positions of natural and artificial features of the locality by means of
conventional signs up on a topographical map. Topographic surveys are three-dimensional;
they provide the techniques of plane surveying and other special techniques to establish both
horizontal and vertical control. Hence the fieldwork in a topographical surveying consists of
three parts.
It establishes both horizontal and vertical control.
It locates the contours.
It also locates the details such as rivers, streams, lakes, roads, houses, and trees

The main objective of topographical survey is to prepare the topographical map of the
given area with horizontal control and vertical control on required accuracy.
The area, where surveying was performed, is situated at NEA training center,
Kharipati, Bhaktapur. The major traverse was run throughout the land area, which cover the
full area of the NEA. Our objective was to prepare a topographic map of the given small area,
which is a part of the NEA area. So, we were assigned to prepare the topographic map of the
area including the two Dormitories, Teacher's Quarter, Guest house, and all the natural and
man made features that may come in the general survey work. The two identical and
symmetrical Dormitories were situated at southern side of NEA Training Center building,
Teacher's Quarter is north of it, Guest house is east of the two. The rest of the area includes
grassland with bushes near the walls of the site and backyard of the dormitories. The far
south-west area consists closed exit gate with an guard house and a drain pond opposite to it.
o Reconnaissance was conducted at first. A close traverse (major and minor) around the
perimeter of the area was formed by making traverse stations. In the selection of the
traverse station, it was made sure that the stations were inter-visible and maintained
the ratio of maximum traverse leg to minimum traverse leg 3:1 for minor traverse and
2:1 in the case of major traverse.
o The traverse legs were measured in the forward and reverse directions by Total station
note that discrepancy between forward and backward measurements should be greater
than 1:2000.

o Traverse angles were measured on two sets (both 0 set and 90) of reading by Total
station. Note the difference between the mean angles of two sets reading should be
within 1.

o Determined the R.L. of traverse stations by fly leveling from the given arbitrary B.M.
Perform two-peg-test before the start of fly leveling. Note the collimation error should
be less than 1:10000. Maintain equal foresight and back sight distances to eliminate
collimation error. Permissible error for fly leveling is 25k mm, Where k =distance
o R.L of B.M. = 1340.000 m
o Balance the traverse. The permissible angular error for the sum of interior angles of
the traverse should be less than n x 1 minute for Major Traverse and n x 1.5
minutes for Minor Traverse (n = no of traverse station). For major and minor traverse
the relative closing error should be less than 1: 2000 and 1: 1000 respectively.
o After computing the coordinate of the control points, they are ready to be plotted. Full
size drawing sheets i.e. A1 size is divided into gridlines of 5cm square. The gridlines
are made with the help of beam compass. Both the major and minor traverse is plotted
to 1:1000 for major traverse and 1:500 for minor traverse. The plotted traverse is
made at the centre of the sheet with the help of least coordinates and high coordinates.
o Then detail survey of the given sub area was carried out by tachometry with reference
to the major and minor traverse, which have been already plotted. Use conventional
symbols for plotting.
- Theodolite
- Staffs and ranging rods
- Tapes
- Plumb bob
- Level
- Compass
- Plane table
- Alidade
- Compass
- Spirit level
- Marker
- Hammer
- Pegs
- Arrows
- Total Station


The methodology of surveying is based on the principle of surveying which
are listed as below:-
Working from whole to a part
Independent check
Consistency of work
Precision maintained
Recce means the exploration or scouting of an area. In survey, it involves
walking around the survey area and roughly planning the number of stations and the position
of the traverse stations. Recce is primarily done to get an overall idea of the site. This helps to
make the necessary observations regarding the total area, type of land, topography,
vegetation, climate, geology and inter-visibility conditions that help in detailed planning. The
following points have to be taken into consideration for fixing traverse stations.

- The adjacent stations should be clearly inter-visibility
- The whole area should include the least number of stations possible.
- The traverse station should maintain the ratio of maximum traverse leg to minimum
traverse leg 1:2 for major and 1:3 for minor.
- The steep slopes and badly broken ground should be avoided as far as possible, which
may cause inaccuracy in tapping.
- The stations should provide minimum level surface required for setting up the instrument.
- The traverse line of sight should not be near the ground level to avoid the refraction.
Taking the above given points into consideration, the traverse stations were fixed. Thus, permanent
fixing of the control points completes recce. So for better planning, detailed inspection of the area to
be surveyed (NEA) was performed by the method known as RECONNANISSANCE (RECCE)
Traversing is a type of surveying connecting number of survey lines forming the framework.
It is also a method of control surveying. This survey consists of the measurement of :
o Angles between successive lines or bearings of each line.
o The length of each line.

The directions and the lengths of the survey lines are measured with the help of total station.
If the co-ordinates of the first station and the bearing of the first line are known, the co-
ordinates of all successive points can be computed as follows:
= X
+ L Cos
= Y
+ L Sin
Where, L=Length of traverse leg
=Bearing of that leg
There are two types of traverse. They are as follows:

If the figure formed by the lines closes at a station i.e. if they form a polygon
or it starts and finishes at the points of known co-ordinates then the traverse is called
closed traverse.
If a traverse starts and finishes at points other than the starting point or point
of known co-ordinates, then the traverse is called open traverse.

(i) Closed Loop Traverse (ii )Closed (Linked) Traverse (iii) Open Traverse
Fig: Types of Traverses
During the computation of the traverse, we need to balance the traverse because of the
different errors in the field measurement. There are different methods of adjusting a
traverse such as:
Bowditch method
Transit method
Graphical method
Axis method

The basis of these methods is on the assumptions that the errors in linear
measurements are proportional to L and that the errors in angular measurements are
inversely proportional to L where L is the length of a traverse leg.
The Bowditchs Rule is commonly used to balance a traverse where linear and
angular measurements are of equal precision. The total error in latitude and in the departure is
distributed in proportion to the lengths of sides. The Bowditch rule gives the correction as,
Traverse that of Perimeter
Leg That of Length Dept or Lat in Error Total
Dept or Lat To Correction
_ _ _
) _ _ _ ( * .) _ .( _ _ _
_ _ . _ _ =


The error (e) in a closed traverse due to bearing may be determined by comparing the
two bearings of the last line as observed at the first and last stations of traverse. If the closed
traverse, has N number of sides then,
Correction for the first line = e/N
Correction for the second line = 2*(e/N)
And similarly, correction for the last line = N*(e/N) = e
In a closed traverse, by geometry, the sum of the interior angles should be equal to
(2n-4)*90 where n is the number of traverse stations. If the angles are measured with the
same degree of precision, the error in the sum of the angles may be distributed equally
among each angle of the traverse.
In order to measure the lengths of the sides of the traverse, two ways measurement (forward
and backward) is done with the help of total station.
The difference in values obtained by forward and backward measurement is called
The reciprocal of mean of the two measurements divided by the discrepancy is called
Both the discrepancy and the precision for each traverse leg should be within the given limits.
Discrepancy = Forward length - Backward length
&, Linear precision = 1 / (Mean length / Discrepancy)

Traversing is a type of survey in which a number of connected survey lines
form a framework enclosing the area to be surveyed. Working from whole to part is the
principle. So, the whole area is enclosed by number of control points of which details are
necessary. The skeleton of lines joining those control points, which covers the whole entire
area, is called Major Traverse. Work on Major traverse must be precise. So two-set of
reading should be taken for Major Traverse. For convenience, the readings are taken by
setting the theodolite at 0
0'0" for one set and 90
00'00" for the second.
In the KHEC Survey Camp, two traverses - major and minor had to be established. The
major traverse had 14 control stations including two given control points and the ends of the
given control line. The control stations were named as M1,M2 and so on CP1 and CP2
were the two given control points and the leg ratio of maximum traverse leg to minimum
traverse leg was maintained within 1:2. The discrepancy in length between the forward
measurements and the backward measurements of all the traverse legs was within 1:2000.
Four sets of total station readings were taken for measuring the horizontal traverse angles.
The difference between the mean angles of two sets of readings was within a minute 1 or all
the angles.

It is not sufficient to detail the area by enclosing with the help of major
traverse. Minor traverse is that one which runs through the area to make detailing easy. Minor
Traverse covers only small area. Less precise work than that of major traverse is acceptable
so that single set reading is sufficient minor traverse. The minor traverse had 2 control
stations and enclosed the dormitories and its premises. The control stations were named as
m1 and m2 on along with two control stations common for both the major and the minor
traverses. The leg ratio of maximum traverse leg to minimum traverse leg was maintained
within 1:3. The discrepancy in length between the forward measurements of all the traverse
legs was within 1:1000.

Chapter 3
A total station is an optical instrument used a lot in modern surveying and
archaeology and, in a minor way, as well as by police, crime scene investigators, private
accident re-constructionists and insurance companies to take measurements of scenes. It is a
combination of an electronic theodolite (transit), an electronic distance meter (EDM) and
software running on an external computer known as a data collector


With a total station one may determine angles and distances from the instrument to
points to be surveyed. With the aid of trigonometry and triangulation, the angles and
distances may be used to calculate the coordinates of actual positions (X, Y, and Z or
northing, easting and elevation) of surveyed points, or the position of the instrument from
known points, in absolute terms.
Some total stations also have a GPS interface which combines these two technologies
to make use of the advantages of both (GPS - line of sight not required between measured
points; Traditional Total Station - high precision measurement especially in the vertical axis
compared with GPS) and reduce the consequences of each technology's disadvantages (GPS -
poor accuracy in the vertical axis and lower accuracy without long occupation periods; Total
Station - requires line of sight observations and must be set up over a known point or within
line of sight of 2 or more known points).
Most modern total station instruments measure angles by means of electro-optical scanning
of extremely precise digital bar-codes etched on rotating glass cylinders or discs within the
instrument. The best quality total stations are capable of measuring angles down to 0.5 arc-
second. Inexpensive "construction grade" total stations can generally measure angles to 5
or 10 arc-seconds.
Measurement of distance is accomplished with a modulated microwave or infrared
carrier signal, generated by a small solid-state emitter within the instrument's optical path,
and bounced off of the object to be measured. The modulation pattern in the returning signal
is read and interpreted by the onboard computer in the total station. The distance is
determined by emitting and receiving multiple frequencies, and determining the integer
number of wavelengths to the target for each frequency. Most total stations use a purpose-
built glass Porro prism as the reflector for the EDM signal, and can measure distances out to a
few kilometers, but some instruments are "reflectorless", and can measure distances to any
object that is reasonably light in color, out to a few hundred meters. The typical Total Station
EDM can measure distances accurate to about 3 millimeters or 1/100th of a foot.
Some modern total stations are 'robotic' allowing the operator to control the
instrument from a distance via remote control. This eliminates the need for an assistant staff
member to hold the reflector prism over the point to be measured. The operator holds the
reflector him/herself and controls the total station instrument from the observed point.
The basic principle of Total Station is that the distance between any two points can be
known once the time light takes to travel the distance and back and the velocity of light is
known. Then the following relation, which is already programmed in the memory of the
instrument along with other correction factors, calculates the required horizontal distance and
is displayed on the LCD screen.


1. Place tripod approximately over a known point locking legs at a convenient height so
machine will be at or lower than eye level and the legs are at equal distances from
each other. Eyeball the head of the tripod so it is as close to level as possible.
Be sure the legs of the tripod are firmly planted into the ground.
For smooth surfaces (such as concrete, asphalt, or tile), use folding metal
tripod footing to secure the legs.
2. Remove instrument carefully from casing with both hands. Place on top (supporting
with top handle) of tripod and tighten centering screw below platform into instrument,
aligning the three corners of machine and platform. Use sight tangent screw on back
side of LCD display to center the instrument over the exact known point to be

a. Attach one of the batteries to the side of instrument with the clamp side up. Press any
one of the five buttons below the display to turn on machine. It shall beep and the
display should indicate the instrument is not level and must be leveled and indexed
(precisely level internal components).
To switch power off, hold ESC button and press indicated button that
corresponds to OFF on the display.
If the battery is at a low level, the following will be displayed, Battery is
low!-switch batteries and charge the drained one using provided jack.
Prior to storing the instrument for its next use, check the status of both
provided batteries. If either is only ENTIRELY drained, charge overnight
using given equipment.
b. Locate the horizontal level bubble above the LCD display. Rotate instrument by
loosening the horizontal clamp and align the display with any two of the leveling
screws. Tighten or loosen the left screw so bubble is in center. Rotate instrument
clockwise to the next two screws and again use the left one to center bubble. Rotate to
the final two pair of screws and center bubble. Check stationary leveling bubble to see
if it is center. If not, repeat previous leveling process.
If the error message Tilt out of range is displayed, it is indicating the
instrument is off-level. Relevel the instrument.
c. To index the vertical circles, loosen the vertical clamp, and manually rotate the
telescope either way twice. The beep should be heard and the zenith angle (ZA
vertical angle) will appear on the LCD display.
d. Loosen the horizontal clamp and rotate the instrument clockwise twice to index the
horizontal circles. The beep is heard again and the horizontal angle (HAR) is
Vertical and horizontal indexing has now been completed.
e. Note the menus displayed. Each option shown on the home page (reached by pressing
ESC) opens a section which contains several (up to 3) pages. To scroll through these
pages to reach other options, press button left of the yellow ESC button that reads
f. Set the target and instrument height by pressing Ht. in S-O mode. Measure the target
height by reading the measurement on the reflector pole at the clamp (set at any
arbitrary height suitable for job). Measure the instrument height by taping the distance
from the black point on side of instrument (level with center of telescope) to the
known point on ground.

Be sure to note the units used (currently default set at feet and decimal
fractions of feet; see manual to change to metric units) and height of
instrument and target in the field book.
When using two reflecting poles, be sure to set each at same height.

1. Sight the first point (focus with eye piece and align center hairs with center of
reflector) using the horizontal clamp and the fine motion screw. Set the angle to zero
by pressing 0SET in THEO mode. Sight the second target and read the HAR on the
If you wish to read the angle by rotating the instrument to the left, press R/L in
THEO mode (display will read HAL or HAR for left or right respectively).
2. For higher accuracy, the average of a number of readings can be taken using
repetition. Sight the first target and press REP in THEO mode. Press BS (back sight)
then sight the second target. Press FS (fore sight) and the angle between the two will
be displayed. Sight the first target again, presses BS, and site the second target again
and press FS. The average of the two readings will be displayed. Repeat up to 10
times for higher accuracy.
3. The slope of the line being shot can be displayed as a percentage by pressing ZA% in
THEO mode. This is read as VA and gives the percentage grade of the line. Press it
again to return to the ZA reading.

VA% will be displayed when the parameter is set to Horizontal 0 instead of
Zenith 0 but performs the same function.

Fig:Total Station


This is the most useful and suggested method. The working procedure is described as
1. Sight target and select for slope, horizontal, or height (SHV) measurement. Press
Sdist to start the measurement and STOP to end. The distance, vertical, and horizontal
angle are displayed. Press SHV to view the other measurements (Horizontal distance
or Height difference).
2. To measure the horizontal distance several times and display the average, sight the
target and press H-dist in THEO mode. Three measurements are taken and the
average (H-A) is displayed after a few seconds.
* The most recently taken data can be recalled and displayed by pressing RCL
in the EDM mode.
This is not much more useful. So co-ordinate measurement is not suggested for use.
1. In order to begin the coordinate measure, set the initial coordinates of the station. This
is done by pressing the S-O button at the main menu. Then press the Stn-P button on
the second page of the S-O menu. Choose the Input button, then set the initial
coordinates and press ENTER.
2. Sight the target and press COORD in S-O mode, then press STOP to end the
measurement. The coordinates of the target are given with respect to the initial
starting position (0,0,0) and designated direction to be North.
1. Sight the first position and press either Sdist, Hdist, or Vdist in EDM mode to start the
measurement. Stop the measurement by pressing the STOP and sight the next point.
Press MLM on the same page to start the measurement, the press STOP to stop the
measurement. The slope, horizontal, and height difference between the two points is
displayed. This can be repeated as many times as necessary.
2. The slope may be read as a percentage by pressing S% in the same mode after the
missing line measurement has finished. This displays the percent grade between the
two points.

1. To find the direction and distance of a point set out a wanted distance from the
instrument station, sight the reference direction and press 0SET in THEO mode to set
the HAR at 0. Turn theodolite until the required angle is displayed and locks the
horizontal movement.
2. Press ESC to go to basic mode and go to S-O mode. Go to S-O_D for the data and
input the desired distance to set out. Set the reflecting prism in the sighting line and
press SO_Hd to start the distance measurement. The difference between the desired
distance and the measured distance is displayed on the 1
3. Move the reflecting prism towards or away from the Instrument until H distance
becomes 0m to determine the point at the desired distance.
* If there is negative (-) data: Move prism away from Instr.
* If positive (+) data: Move prism towards Instr.

* Press STOP to end the measurement.
a. Set the station coordinates and initial azimuth angle. Press S-O_P in S-O mode and
input the desired coordinates for N and E and press YES to store the data. Press
SO_HA in S-O mode to start the angle measurement. The setting-out horizontal angle,
dHA is displayed. Use the horizontal clamp and fine motion screw to turn theodolite
until dHA reads 0 00 00 and lock the clamp.
b. Sight the reflecting prism on the sighting line and press SO_HD and move reflecting
prism until H reads 0m as in part 3 of the distance setting-out measurement.

Leveling is a branch of surveying, the objectives of which are:
To find the elevation of given points with respect to a given or assumed datum.
To establish points at a given elevation or at different elevations with respects to a
given or assumed datum.
Two types of leveling are used in general Engineering practices, namely direct
leveling (spirit leveling) and in-direct leveling (trigonometric leveling).
It is the branch of leveling in which the vertical distances with respect to a horizontal
line (perpendicular to the direction of gravity) may be used to determine the relative
difference in elevation between two adjacent points. A level provides horizontal line of sight,
i.e. a line tangential to a level surface at the point where the instrument stands. The difference
in elevation between two points is the vertical distance between two level lines. With a level
set up at any place, the difference in elevation between any two points within proper lengths
of sight is given by the difference between the staff readings taken on these points. By a
succession of instrument stations and related readings, the difference in elevation between
widely separated points is thus obtained.
Following are some special methods of direct (spirit) leveling:
It is the method of direct leveling the objective of which is solely to determine the
difference in elevation of two points regardless of the horizontal positions of the points with
respect of each other. This type of leveling is also known as fly leveling.
It is the method of direct leveling the objective of which is to determine the elevations
of points at measured intervals along a given line in order to obtain a profile of the surface
along that line.

Cross-sectioning or cross leveling is the process of taking levels on each side of main line at
right angles to that line, in order to determine a vertical cross-section of the surface of the
ground, or of underlying strata, or of both.
At every 20m chainage the readings were taken for cross sectioning. The RL were taken
where the change in slope was noticed or remarkable points were noticed or else at 5m and
10m both left and right. Autolevel was used for this purpose. Cross sectioning was plotted on
the graph.
Reciprocal leveling
1For transferring the RL across the bridge reciprocal leveling was performed. This method
eliminates the error due to focusing, collimation, earths curvature and refraction of
atmosphere etc.
True difference in elevation between A and B = H = h
- (h
Also the true difference in elevation = H = (h
'- e)-h

Taking the average of the two differences we get the difference in elevation between A and


Indirect method or trigonometric leveling is the process of leveling in which the
elevations of points are computed from the vertical angles and horizontal distances measured
in the field, just as the length of any side in any triangle can be computed from proper
)] ' ' ( ) [(
b a b a h h h h H + =

trigonometric relations.
The first operation is required to enable the works to be designed while the second
operation is required in the setting out of all kinds of engineering works. Leveling deals with
measurements in a vertical plane.
TEMPORARY ADJUSTMENT OF LEVEL: The temporary adjustment for a level
consists of the following:
Setting up the level: The operation of setting up includes fixing the instrument on
the stand and leveling the instrument approximately.
Leveling up: Accurate leveling is done with the help of foot screws and with
reference to the plate levels. The purpose of leveling is to make the vertical axis
truly vertical and horizontal line of sight truly horizontal.
Removal of parallax: Parallax is a condition when the image formed by the
objective is not in the plane of the cross hairs. Parallax is eliminated by focusing
the eyepiece for distinct vision of the cross hairs and by focusing the objective to
bring the image of the object in the plane of cross hairs.

To check for the permanent
adjustments of level two-peg test method
should be performed. Two staffs were placed
at A and B of known length (about 60 m).
First the instrument was setup on the line near
B and both staff readings (Top, Middle, and
Bottom) were taken. Then, the instrument was
setup at the middle C on the line and again
both staff readings on A and B was taken.
Then computation was done in order to check
whether the adjustment was within the
required accuracy or not.
The error obtained was within the
given permissible error. So, the permanent
adjustment was not required.

There are two methods of booking and
reducing the elevation of points from the observed staff reading:
Height of the Instrument method
Arithmetic Check: BS F.S. = Last R.L. First R.L.


Rise and Fall method
Arithmetic Check: BS F.S. = Rise fall = Last R.L. First R.L.

The RL of Given TBM1 point was found by transferring the level from Known BM.
In this method auto level was used and the level was transferred directly by taking BS and FS
at every Turning Point.
For transferring the RL across the bridge reciprocal leveling was performed. This method
eliminates the error due to focusing, collimation, earths curvature and refraction of
atmosphere etc.
True difference in elevation between A and B = H = h
- (h
Also the true difference in elevation = H = (h
'- e)-h

Taking the average of the two differences we get the difference in elevation between A and

The R. L of the temporary benchmark was then transferred to the control stations of
the major and minor traverse. The closing error was found to be within the permissible limits.
The misclosure was adjusted in each leg of the leveling path by using the following formula:
Permissible error = 25\K mm.
Where k is perimeter in Km
Actual Error (e) = BS F.S. = Last R.L. First R.L.
Correction i
leg=-(e x (L
+ L
+.+ L
Where L
, L

are Length of 1
,.. i
P is perimeter
Relative Precision= 1/(p/e)
)] ' ' ( ) [(
b a b a h h h h H + =

Tachometry is a branch of angular surveying in which the horizontal and vertical
distances of points are obtained by optical means. Though it has less accuracy, about 1/300 to
1/500, it is faster and convenient than the measurements by tape or chain. It is very suitable
for steep or broken ground, deep ravines, and stretches of water or swamp where taping is
The objective of the tachometric survey is the preparation of the topographic map
or plan with both horizontal and vertical controls. For the survey of high accuracy, it
provides a check on the distances measured by tape.
The formula for the horizontal distance, for the tachometer with the additive constant
0.00 and multiplying constant 100.00 is,
H= K S Cos

The formula for the vertical distance is,
V = (K S Sin2)/2 = H Tan
Where, S = staff intercept =Top Reading Bottom Reading
K = Multiplying Constant (Generally = 100)
= Vertical angle on Theodolite.
Thus knowing the V value, reduced level (R. L.) of instrument station, Height of
instrument (H. I.) and central wire reading (R) the R. L. of any point under observation can
be calculated as:
R. L. of Point = R. L. of Instrument Station + H. I. + V- R

A contour is an imaginary line, which passes through the points of equal elevation. It
is a line in which the surface of ground is intersected by a level surface. Every fifth contour
lines must be made darken. While drawing the contour lines, the characteristics of the
contours should be approached.
The characteristics are as follows:
Two contours of different elevations do not cross each other except in the case of an
overhanging cliff.
Contours of different elevations do not unite to form one contour except in the case of
a vertical cliff.
Contours drawn closer depict a steep slope and if drawn apart, represent a gentle

Contours equally spaced depict a uniform slope. When contours are parallel,
equidistant and straight, these represent an inclined plane surface.
Contour at any point is perpendicular to the line of the steepest slope at the point.
A contour line must close itself but need not be necessarily within the limits of the
map itself.
A set ring contours with higher values inside depict a hill whereas a set of ring
contours with lower values inside depict a pond or a depression without an outlet.
When contours cross a ridge or V-shaped valley, they form sharp V-shapes across
them. Contours represent a ridgeline, if the concavity of higher value contour lies
towards the next lower value contour and on the other hand these represent a valley if
the concavity of the lower value contour, lies toward the higher value contours.
The same contour must appear on both the sides of a ridge or a valley.
Contours do not have sharp turnings.

Taking the reading at the change point on the ground does the indirect method of
locating contours. The interpolation method is used to draw the contour lines. Interpolation of
contours is done by estimation, by arithmetic calculations or by graphical method. The eye
estimation method is extremely rough and is used for small-scale work only.

There are two method of locating contour:
i) The Direct Method:
In this method, the points of equal elevations are found directly on the field. The
horizontal control of the point is found by the help of plane table.
ii) The Indirect Method:
In this method, some suitable guide points need not necessarily be on the contour.
There are some of the indirect methods of location the ground points:
a) Square Method
b) Cross- Section Method
c) Tachometric Method
Interpolation is the process of spacing the contours proportionately between the slopes
of the ground between the two points is uniform. The interpolation of contour cans be done
on following three ways:

Generally, arithmetic calculation method of interpolation is used to draw the contour
lines and is performed as follows:

. _ _ _ _ . _ _
) _ _ . _ . ( * .) _ . Re _ _& . _ _ _ . _ _ . (
int _ _ _ .
Pts Known Two of RL in Difference
Scale in Dist Hz Pt qd Pt One of RL in Diff
Po Contour of Dist =

Generally, we use arithmetic method of interpolation to draw the contour line.
For the calculations as well as plotting, we applied the coordinate method (latitude
and departure method). In this method, two terms latitude and departure are used for
calculation. Latitude of a survey line may be defined as its coordinate lengths measured
parallel to an assumed meridian direction. The latitude (L) of a line is positive when
measured towards north, and termed Northing and it is negative when measured towards
south, and termed Southing. The departure (D) of a line is positive when measured towards
east, and termed Easting and it is negative when measured towards south, and termed
Westing. The latitude and departures of each control station can be calculated using the
Latitude = L Cosu
Departure = L Sinu
Where, L=distance of the traverse legs
u=Reduced bearing
If a closed traverse is plotted according to the field measurements, the end of the
traverse will not coincide exactly with the starting point. Such and error is known as closing
Closing error (e) = {(EL)
+ (ED)
Direction, tan = E D/EL
The sign of EL and ED will thus define the quadrant in which the closing error lies.
The relative error of closure = Error of Closure / Perimeter of the traverse
= e / p = 1 / (p / e)

The error (e) in a closed traverse due to bearing may be determined by comparing the
two bearings of the last line as observed at the first and last stations of traverse. If the closed
traverse, has N number of sides then,
Correction for the first line = e/N
Correction for the second line = 2e/N
And similarly, correction for the last line = Ne/N = e
In a closed traverse, by geometry, the sum of the interior angles should be equal to
(2n-4) x 90 where n is the number of traverse sides. If the angles are measured with the same
degree of precision, the error in the sum of the angles may be distributed equally among each
angle of the traverse.
The Bowditchs method or the compass rule is mostly used to balance a traverse
where linear and angular measurements are of equal precision. The total error in latitude and
in the departure is distributed in proportion to the lengths of the sides.
- Correction in departure of a side of traverse
= (Total Dept. Misclosure / Traverse Perimeter)*(length of that side)
- Correction in latitude of a side of traverse
= (Total Lat. Misclosure / Traverse Perimeter) * (length of that side)
In order to measure the lengths of the sides of the traverse, two ways taping (forward
and backward) is done. In difficult areas where taping is not possible, other methods like the
subtense bar is used. The difference in values obtained by forward and backward taping is
called discrepancy. In addition, the reciprocal of the discrepancy divided by the mean of the
two measurements is called precision. Both the discrepancy and the precision for each
traverse leg should be within the given limits.
Discrepancy = | Forward length - Backward length |
And Linear precision = 1 / (Mean length / Discrepancy)
The coordinates of traverse station were found out by resection. The resection point was
selected at the top of hostel building from where all the known points can be sighted. The
coordinates of known points are given below.
The traverse was made closed in order to check the sum of interior angles, which
should be equal to (2n-4)*90 degrees, where n= number of control points. (Traverse stations
or legs).
The bearing of the one of the stations with another adjacent station was found out compass.
The bearing of other traverse legs were obtained from the help of bearing of preceding line

and the included angle at the particular station.
After computing the co-ordinate of each of the control points, they were made ready
to plot in grid paper. Both major and minor traverses were plotted to 1:1000 scales. The
plotted traverse was made at the center of the sheet with the help of least co-ordinates and
highest co-ordinates.
The site for survey camping was NEA Training Center. The pattern was very
suitable because all the facilities for engineering work were available with the good
environment of doing work. The arrangements of the survey instruments were appreciable
although there were some faulty instruments that made the fieldwork time consuming.
Some instruments like theodolite, levels etc. do not given the accurate reading. Some
other problems during the field works were during fly leveling during transferring the
R.L. from given benchmark to the CP due to the by traffics disturbances.
The given Topography survey camp work was finished within the given span of time.
The subject survey needs practice as much as possible. For surveying, theory can only
taken as the introduction but if there is practice, there will be much gain of knowledge
about the techniques of surveying. Thus, this camp helps us by practicing the survey work
to gain the much essential knowledge as far as possible. It is better to say that it provides
us a confidence to perform survey and apply the techniques at any type of problem facing
during the actual work in the future career. The whole area of NEA Training Center was
divided in number of plots. A single group had to complete a single plot following the
routine provided. Then from the control stations details were taken by tachometry.
Recorded data's were established by MS-excel and the drawing was prepared. After
computing the co-ordinate of each of the control points, they were plotted in grid paper.
Both major and minor traverse were plotted to 1:1000 and 1:500 scale respectively. The
plotted traverse was made at the center of the sheet with the help of least co-ordinates and
highest co-ordinates. Contouring was done with the help of arithmetic interpolation.



This part of the Survey Camp deal with the bridge site survey at Dolalghat where a narrow
river flowed. The structures that are constructed with the objective of connecting two places
separated by deep valleys or gorges or rivers and streams are basically known as BRIDGES.
The bridges are usually a part of roads making the roads shorter and hence economical. In
countries like Nepal, where there are a lot of uneven lands and plenty of rivers, bridges are
the most economic and efficient ways to join two places by road in a convenient way. The
bridge site surveying was conducted in a Dolalghat.
Following are the objectives of Bridge site survey:
- To select the best location in terms of convenience, economy and geological stability.
- To calculate the length of the bridge axis via triangulation.
- To take sufficient data of the details including the spot heights, around the bridge in order
to prepare a topographical map of the area, cross section of the river at certain intervals
and longitudinal section of the river.

Bridge site survey was done over cha khola river. The site is surrounded with stepped
grassy fields. Its flow direction is north to south. There is plain ground as well as highly
sloping ground on some places surrounding. There is big and small stones on the river.
In both sides of the river there was steep slope that was the main obstacle. The river
was seasonal where water flow in high speed during rainy season and less at dry season.
The following norms were followed while performing the bridge site survey:
- Determining the length of the bridge axis and control point fixing was done by the
method of triangulation. While forming triangles none of the angles of the triangle
were greater than 120
or less than 30
- The triangulation angle was measured on two sets of readings by theodolite and the
difference between the mean angles of two sets of readings had to be within 1.
- Transferring the level from one bank to another bank had to be done by the method of
reciprocal leveling.
- The scale for plotting of our topographical map is 1:500.
- In order to plot the longitudinal section of the river, data had to be taken along the river
bed upto 150 m upstream and at least 75 m downstream. However it was not possible in
our case.

- The plot for the longitudinal section along the flow line was done in a scale of 1:50 for
vertical and 1:500 for horizontal.
- For the cross section profile, data had to be taken at 10 m intervals both upstream and
downstream, and one at the bridge axis.
- Total station
- Tapes
- Auto Level
- Compass
- Hammer
- Pegs
- Tripod

The various methods were performed during the bridge site survey such as
triangulation, leveling, Tachometry, cross section, L-section etc. The brief descriptions of
these methodologies are given below
For the purpose of the shortest span, the stations were set perpendicular to the flow
direction. The riverbanks were not eroded and were suitable for bridge construction. The
chance of change of direction of river on the selected axis line was nominal.

The sites was chosen such that it should be laid on the very stable rocks or hill slope
at the bed of river as far as possible and not affect the ecological balance of the flora and
fauna of the site area. The bridge axis should be so located such that it should be fairly
perpendicular to the flow direction and at the same time, the river width should be narrow
from the economical point of view and the free board should be at least 5m. The starting
point of bridge axis should not in any way lie or touch the curve of the road.
For the determination of the approximate span of the bridge axis Triangulation was
performed. The triangulation stations were taken as the control points for detailing.
Following criteria is met in this process:
Two points on either bank of the river were fixed as control points and one of the
sides of the triangle was taken as the bridge axis.
The base line was measured accurately measured by two-way tapping and interior
angles were measured by taking two sets of reading by theodolite.
The accurate span of bridge was computed by applying sine rule.
To minimize the plotting error well-conditioned triangles were constructed i.e. the
angles greater than 30 degree, less then 120 degrees and nearer to 60 degree. The best
triangle is equilateral triangle.


Fig: Bridge Triangulation


- A total of 4 control stations were selected along the banks. Thus a traverse was
formed running across the river, covering a distance of 150m upstream and 75 m
- The method of triangulation was used for the determination of the bridge axis as well
as the traverse legs, which also served as checks on our work.
- And the triangulation angles with two sets of reading were taken using a theodolite.
Details of the objects around the bridge along with their spot heights were taken from
these control stations by tachometric method.
- While transferring the R.L. from the given benchmark to the control stations, fly
leveling was done. And for transferring the R.L. from one point to another point
across the bridge axis, reciprocal leveling was done.
- All the internal angles were measured using Totalstation. Then Sine Law was used to
calculate the lengths of the other legs of the triangulation series along with the
proposed bridge axis.


The L-Section of the river is required to give an idea about the bed slope, nature of the
riverbed, and the variation in the elevations of the different points along the length of the
river. Keeping the instrument at the control (triangulation) stations on the river banks, the
different detailing points along the center line of the river at an interval of about 10 m up-to a
150 m upstream and 75 m downstream is taken.
The R.L.s of the traverse stations being known previously by reciprocal leveling; the levels of
the different points on the river were calculated.


Cross sectioning of river at a point extends laterally on either side of the center line of the
river at right angle to the L-section.
At every 10m chainage the readings were taken for cross sectioning. The reading were taken
where the change in slope was noticed or remarkable points were noticed or at 10m interval.
Totalstation was used for this purpose.
Cross sectioning was plotted on the graph at a scale of 1:100 vertically and 1:100 horizontally

Transferring R.L. from B.M. to control points:
The R.L of benchmark BM = 622.00 m was given and was transferred to the triangular
stations from the B.M. by fly leveling along the road turning points by taking the back sight
reading to the bench mark which should be within the given accuracy. Reciprocal leveling
transferred the R.L. to the opposite bank of the river.
For transferring the RL across the bridge reciprocal leveling was performed. This method
eliminates the error due to focusing, collimation, earths curvature and refraction of
atmosphere etc.


True difference in elevation between A and B = H = ha- (hb-e)
Also the true difference in elevation = H = (ha '- e)-hb'
Taking the average of the two differences we get the difference in elevation between A and B
is given by H=1/2[(ha-hb) + (ha-hb)]

The bridge site survey was performed to gain idea for selecting the bridge axis.
Triangulation was performed to get the length of the proposed bridge. Similarly, the cross-
section and longitudinal section were performed. The X-section was performed at the interval
of 10m. The longitudinal section was about 150m upstream and 75m downstream. In
addition, details were taken from the respective stations. The cross-section was taken at the
banks of river and at the middle of the river to get the profile of the flowing river. In addition,
we marked the high flood level and low flood level. Similarly, we transferred the reduced
levels of the stations from the known benchmark.


Chapter 5


Roads are specially prepared ways between different places for the use of vehicles,
people and animals. It is an accepted fact that of all the mode of transportation, road transport
is the nearest to the people. The passengers and the goods have to be first transported by road
before reaching a railway station or a port or an airport. The road network alone could serve
the remotest villages of the vast country like ours. In countries like Nepal, where there are
less chances of airways and almost negligible chances of waterway, roads form a major part
of the transportation system. Therefore, it would not be an exaggeration in saying that the
roads have an utmost importance.
This part of the survey Camp dealt with road alignment survey done at in Nepal Electricity
Authority Training Center, Kharitapi. The duration of the survey was two days.
Road Alignment Survey was done to accomplish the following objectives:
- To choose the best possible route for the road such that there were a minimum number of
Intersection Points (I.P.) thereby decreasing the number of turns on the road.
- To design smooth horizontal curves at points where the road changed its direction, in
order to make the road comfortable for the passengers and the vehicles traveling on it.
- To take sufficient data of the details including the spot heights, around the road segment
in order to prepare a topographical map of the area, cross section of the road at certain
intervals and longitudinal section of the road segment, hence making it convenient to
determine the amount of cut and fill required for the construction of the road.

The starting point of the route was the P8 major station. The site is surrounded with
various type of ground features with grass in most of the part. The route selected by our
group A3 with 9I.P. and minimum grade of 0.1% and maximum grade of 12%. There are
several rise and fall along the route needing lots of cutting, and filling.
The road alignment survey was done at Nepal Electricity Authority Training Centre
Bhaktapur. The area was having steep slopes as well as plane land. The area was ideal for
survey for hill road. Steep slopes and drastic change in alignment made the work more
challenging and more interesting. The area was full of clay and exposed rocks particularly of
metamorphic type. The area having steep slopes, but few slopes were unstable and there was
chance of slide, so slope protective works are necessary.

The road had to go along a damp route that was much undulated. The place was damp
and clayey. There were no large boulders or rocks of any kind along the proposed site. SOIL:
When the soil surface is inclined, there is a component of gravity that tends to
move the soil downward. If along the potential slip surface in the soil the stress produced by
gravity exceeds the shear strength of the soil along the potential failure surface, the slope will
become unstable. Obviously, the shear strength of soil is largely depends upon the type of
soil. Cohesive soil has more shear strength than others do. The hard and dense soil is best for
slopes. Other kinds of soils were not found along our proposed route.
While performing the road alignment survey, the following norms were strictly
- Simple horizontal curves had to be laid out where the road changed its direction,
determining and pegging three points on the curve - the beginning of the curve, the
middle point of the curve and the end point of the curve along the centerline of the road.
- The radius of the curve had to be greater than 12 m and
- The gradient of the road had to be maintained below 12%
- Cross sections had to be taken at 20 m intervals and also at the beginning, middle and end
of the curve, along the centerline of the road - observation being taken on either side of
the centerline.
- Plan of the road had to be prepared on a scale of 1:500.
- L-Section of the road had to be plotted on a scale of 1:1000 horizontally and 1:100
- The cross section of the road had to be plotted on a scale of 1:100 (both vertical and
- The amount of cutting and filling required for the road construction had to be determined
from the L-Section and the cross sections.

- Theodolite
- Staffs
- Ranging rods
- Tapes
- Level
- Compass
- Hammer
- Pegs

The reconnaissance survey was carried out starting from the main road to the low elevated
region along the graveled road. Pegging was done at different places and the possible I.P.s
were also numbered and pegged. The condition of inter-visibility was checked at each step.

The locations of the simple horizontal curves were determined carefully considering factors
like the stability of the area, enough space for the turning radius, etc. The I.P.s was fixed so
that the gradient of the road at any place was less than 7 - 12% . After determining the I.P.s
for the road, theodolite was stationed at each I.P. and the deflection angles measured. The
distance between one I.P. and another was measured by two way taping.
The horizontal curves were set out by angular methods using theodolite at I.P. and tape.
Horizontal alignment is done for fixing the road direction in horizontal plane. For this, the
bearing of initial line connecting two initial stations was measured using compass. The
interior angles were observed using Theodolite at each IP and then deflection angles were
Deflection angle = (360 or 180) - observed angle

Fig: Simple circular horizontal curve
BC: Beginning of curve
EC: End of curve
MC: Midpoint of curve
IP: Apex distance
If +ve, the survey line deflects right (clockwise) with the prolongation of preceding line and
deflects left if ve (anti-clockwise). The radius was assumed according to the deflection
Tangent Length, BC
IP = R Tan A/2
Apex distance, IPMC
= R(secA/2-1)
Length of chord, BC

IPBC= IPEC: Tangent length
A : External deflection angle
R: Radius of curve


angle. Then the tangent length, EC, BC, apex distance along with their chainage were found
by using following formulae,
Tangent length (T L) = R x tan (A/2)
Length of curve (L.C) = 3.142 x R x A/180
Apex distance = R x 1/ (Cos (A/2)-1)
Chainage of BC = Chainage of IP TL
Chainage of MC = Chainage of BC +LC/2
Chainage of EC = Chainage of MC + LC/2

The BC and EC points were located along the line by measuring the tangent length
from the apex and the points were marked distinctly. The radius was chosen such that the
tangent does not overlap. The apex was fixed at the length of apex distance from IP along the
line bisecting the interior angle.
After performing the necessary calculations, the points T1 and T2 were fixed at a distance
equal to the tangent length from I.P. using a tape. Then the line bisecting the internal angle at
the I.P. was found out with the help of a theodolite. And on this line, a peg was driven at
point M at a distance equal to the apex distance (VM) from the I.P. Then the necessary
calculations were done, thus giving the required numerical values of the different parameters.
Vertical profile of the Road alignment is known by the vertical alignment. In the L-
section of the Road alignment, vertical alignment was plotted with maximum gradient of 12
%. According to Nepal Road Standard, Gradient of the Road cannot be taken more than 12
%. In the vertical alignment, we set the vertical curve with proper design. Vertical curve may
be either summit curve or valley curve. While setting the vertical alignment, it should keep in
mind whether cutting and filling were balanced or not.
The method of fly leveling was applied in transferring the level from the given B.M.
to all the beginnings, mid points and ends of the curves as well as to the points along the
center line of the road where the cross sections were taken. After completing the work of one
way leveling on the entire length of the road, fly leveling was continued back to the B.M.
making a closed loop for check and adjustment. The difference in the R.L. of the B.M. before
and after forming the loops should be less than 25\k mm, where k is the total distance in km.
The L-Section of the road is required to give the road engineer an idea about the
nature of the ground and the variation in the elevations of the different points along the length
of the road and also to determine the amount of cutting and filling required at the road site for

maintaining a gentle slope. In order to obtain the data for L-Section, staff readings were taken
at points at 20 m intervals along the centerline of the road with the help of a level by the
method of fly leveling. And thus after performing the necessary calculations, the level was
transferred to all those points with respect to the R.L. of the given B.M. Then finally the L-
Section of the road was plotted on a graph paper on a vertical scale of 1:100 and a horizontal
scale of 1:1000.
Cross sections at different points are drawn perpendicular to the longitudinal section
of the road on either side of its centerline. Cross sections are also equally useful in
determining the amount of cut and fill required for the road construction. Cross sections were
taken at 5m intervals along the centerline of the road and also at points where there was a
sharp change in the elevation. While doing so, the horizontal distances of the different points
from the centerline were measured with the help of a tape as well as staff and the vertical
heights with a measuring staff. The R.L. was transferred to all the points by performing the
necessary calculations and finally, the cross sections at different sections were plotted on a
graph paper on a scale of 1:100 both vertical and horizontal.
After the work of taking the data was completed, all the necessary calculations were
done and tabulated in systematic order. The calculations were done in order to compute the
Chainage of the different distinct points of the road using the following relations:
Chainage of beginning of curve, BC
= Chainage of I.P. - Tangent length
Chainage of mid point of curve, MC
= Chainage of BC
- 1/2* Curve length
Chainage of end of curve, EC
= Chainage of BC
- Curve length

Chainage of an I.P. = Chainage of previous I.P. + I.P. to I.P. distance.
The R.L. of the different points was also computed using this formula.
R.L. of a point = R.L. of station + Height of Instrument + H * Tan u - Mid wire reading
Where, u = Vertical Angle
Hence, with the required calculated data regarding the road site in hand, the plan was plotted
on a scale of 1:500, L-Section on a graph paper on a scale of 1:1000 horizontal and 1:100
vertical and the cross section at different points also on a graph paper on a scale of 1:100
(both vertical and horizontal).
All the data, calculation (in a tabulated form) and the drawings of the necessary plan,
longitudinal section and the cross section of the road are attached with this report.

In spite of the different kinds of obstacles in the field, our group was successful in
completing the fieldwork as well as the office work in time. In the field, we had spent quite
some time discussing the route of the road and also in designing the curves, which led to

good results, The grade change was very sharp which created nuisance in working with the
Auto Level. However, all the group members were very cautious and tried their best to get
error free data and calculations. The road had to be designed on a sloping ground, so our
group members felt the restrictions during the cutting and filling.

Moreover, after performing this road alignment survey, we were able to build up our
confidence in designing roads at difficult terrain taking factors like economy, convenience
and its use into consideration.