THE THEODOLITE
AIM: To study the parts of the theodolite.
DEFINITION:
It is an intricate instrument used mainly for accurate measurement of horizontal and vertical angles
up to 20, 10, and 1 depending upon the least count of the instrument.
TYPES OF THEODOLITE
1) Based on rotation of telescope.
2 Types Transit theodolite and Nontransit theodolite.
2) Based on vernier.
2 Types Vernier theodolite and Micrometer theodolite.
PARTS OF THEODOLITE
a) Trivet:
It is a plate having a central threaded hole for fixing the theodolite on the tripod stand.
It is also called base plate. 3 foot screws have screwed to this plate by means of ball & socket
arrangements.
b) Foot screws:
It is meant for leveling the instrument. The lower is fixed to the trivet & upper part is threaded
passing through tribrach plate.
c) Tribrach plate:
It is a triangular plate carrying 3 foot screws.
d) Leveling head:
Trivet, tribrach & foot screw constitute the leveling head.
e) Spindle or Axis:
There are 2 spindles or axis i.e. inner & outer axis, the inner is solid & conical & outer is hollow.
The 2 spindle are coaxial.
f) Lower plate:
It is attached to the outer axis & is also known as scale plate. The size of theodolite is designed by
diameter of the lower plate.
g) Upper plate:
The upper plate contains vernier scale A & B, it is attached to inner axis.
h) Plate bubble:
It is provided on the upper surface of the vernier plate. It is used to identify whether the instrument is
leveled or not.
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i) Standard or A Frame:
2 frames are provided on the upper plate to support the telescope, vertical circle & vernier scale.
j) Telescope:
It is provided between the standard frames, it can be rotated about horizontal axis in
Vertical plane & is also provided with a focusing screw, clamping screw & tangent screw.
k) Vertical circle or vertical angle:
It is rigidly fixed to the telescope & moves with it.
l) Index bar or TFrame:
It is provided on standard in front of vertical circle which carries 2 verniers i.e., C&D.
The vertical edge of the index bar is provided with a dip screw at the lower end which
is used to bring the altitude bubble to the centre.
m) Compass:
It is mounted on vernier scale between standards.
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Exp. No: MEASUREMENT OF HORIZONTAL ANGLE
AIM:
To measure the horizontal angles by repetition method
APPARATUS:
Theodolite with tripod, ranging rod.
PROCEDURE:
The method of repetition is used to measure a horizontal angle to a finer degree of accuracy
than that obtainable with the least count of the vernier.
To measure the angle PQR
1. Set the instrument at Q & level it. With the help of upper clamp & tangent screws, set 0
0
reading
on vernier A. Note the reading of vernier B.
2. Loose the lower clamp & direct the telescope towards the point P, clamp the lower clamp &
bisect point P accurately by lower tangent screw.
3. Unclamp the upper clamp & turn the instrument clockwise about the inner axis towards R.
Clamp the upper clamp & bisect R accurately with the upper tangent screw. Note the reading of
verniers A&B to get the approximate value of the angle PQR.
4. Unclamp the lower clamp screw & turn the telescope clockwise direction & bisect P again.
Bisect P accurately by using the lower tangent screw. It should be noted that the vernier readings
will not be changed in this operation, since the upper plate is clamped to the lower.
5. Unclamp the upper clamping screw & turn the telescope clockwise & sight R. Bisect R
accurately by upper tangent screw.
6. Repeat the process until the angle is repeated the required number of times.
The average of horizontal angle with face left will be equal to final reading divided by 3.
7. Change face and make 3 more repetition as described above. Find the average angle with face
right, by dividing the final reading by 3.
8. The average horizontal angle is then obtained by taking the average of the 2 angles obtained with
face left & face right.
Any numbers of repetitions may be made. However, 3 repetitions with the telescope normal
& 3 with the telescope inverted are quite sufficient for anything except very precise work.
RESULT:
Average of horizontal angle by repetition method =
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Average
Horizonta
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Ver A Ver B Mean
Horizontal
Angles
Ver A Ver B Mean
Horizontal
Angles
o
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o
o
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o
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A
B
C
D
E
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Exp. No: MEASUREMENT OF HORIZONTAL ANGLE
AIM:
Measurements of horizontal angles by direction method or reiteration method
APPARATUS:
Theodolite with tripod, ranging rod, arrow.
PROCEDURE:
The method known as direction method or Reiteration method or Method of series is suitable for
the measurement of the angles of a group having a common vertex point. Several angles are
measured and finally the horizon is closed.
To measure angles AOB, BOC, COD, DOA by reiteration method.
1. Set the instrument over O & level it. Set the vernier to zero & bisect point A accurately.
2. Release the upper clamping screw & turn the telescope clockwise, bisect the station B using the
upper tangent screw. Read the verniers. The mean of the vernier readings will give the angles AOB.
3. Similarly bisect successively C, D, thus closing the circle. Read both the verniers at each bisection.
Since the graduated circle remains in a fixed position through out the entire process, each included
angle is obtained by taking the difference between two consecutive readings.
4. On final sight to A, the reading of the vernier should be the same as the original setting. If not, note
the reading & find the error due to slips etc.& if the error is small, Distribute it equally to all angles.
If large, repeat the process and take a fresh set of reading.
5. Repeat steps 2 & 4 with the other face.
RESULT:
Average horizontal angle by reiteration method =
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B
A
D
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Horizonta
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Ver A Ver B Mean
Horizontal
Angles
Ver A Ver B Mean
Horizontal
Angles
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D
E
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Exp No: MEASUREMENT OF VERTICAL ANGLES
AIM:
To find the vertical angles using theodolite.
APPARATUS:
Theodolite with tripod, arrows
PROCEDURE:
1. Level the instrument with reference to the plate level, as already explained.
2. Keep the altitude level parallel to any 2 foot screws & bring the bubble central. Rotate the
telescope through 90 degree till the altitude bubble is on the third screw. Bring the bubble to
the centre with third foot screw. Repeat the procedure till the bubble is in central in both the
positions. If the bubble is in adjustment it will remain central for all pointings of the telescope.
3. Loose the vertical circle, clamp & rotate the telescope in vertical plane to sight the object, use
vertical circle, tangent screw for accurate bisection.
4. Read both verniers (ie, C & D) of vertical circle and take the mean of two vertical angles and
same observations may be made for other face.
RESULT:
Measurement of vertical angle is ..
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Vertical
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Ver C Ver D Mean
Vertical
Angles
Ver C Ver D Mean
Vertical
Angles
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B
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Exp. No: TACHEOMETRIC SURVEYING
AIM:
To determine the tacheometric constants using horizontal and inclined line of sight.
APPARATUS:
Theodolite fitted with stadia hairs, leveling staff, arrows, chain or tape, ranging rods.
THEORY:
Tacheometry is a branch of surveying in which horizontal & vertical distances are determined by
taking angular observation with an instrument known as tacheometer.
The method is very rapid & convenient. The accuracy of the tacheometry is less compared to
chaining, but it is best adopted in steep or broken ground or in water, where chaining is difficult.
PROCEDURE:
To determine the tacheometric constants K & C.
1 Measure a line about 60m long on fairly leveled ground and drive pegs at interval of 20m.
2 Keep the staff on the pegs and observe the corresponding staff interval with Line of Sight
horizontal.
3 Knowing the value of D & s for different points, a number of simultaneous equation are formed
by substituting values D in the formula D = Ks + C.
4 Solution of successive pairs of equation will give values of K & C.
To find the distance and elevation of the point when Line of Sight is horizontal.
1 Hold the staff on given point and take the staff reading corresponding to top, middle and bottom
cross hairs and staff intercepts calculated.
2 Values of K, C and s are substituted in distance formula, D = Ks + C and distance of that point
from instrument is objected.
3 If staff reading on BM is known elevation of point is also calculated as shown in calculation.
To find the distance and elevation of the point when Line of Sight is inclined.
1 Hold the staff on elevated point on ground and observe the staff reading corresponding to all the
3 hairs and staff intercepts is observed.
2 The values of K, C and s are substituted in distance formula, D = K.s. Cos
2
+ C. Cos and
then the distance is obtained.
3 The staff reading is taken on BM and by calculating vertical intercept v the elevation of point
is calculated.
RESULT:
1 Tacheometric Constants
i). Multiplying constant K =
ii). Additive constant C =
2 Distance and elevation of the point when Line of sight is horizontal
i). Distance =
ii). Elevation =
3 Distance and elevation of the point when Line of sight is inclined
i). Distance =
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ii). Elevation =
OBSERVATION:
To determine the tacheometric constants K & C.
Staff
Station
Distance
Staff Reading
Staff Intercept
Top Middle Bottom
Distance Formula
D = Ks + C
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To find the distance and elevation of the point when Line of Sight is horizontal.
Staff reading on BM , h =
Staff intercept, s =
Satff reading corresponding to middle hair, r =
The horizontal distance of the point from the instrument, D = Ks + C
Elevation of point = RL of BM + h r
To find the distance and elevation of the point when Line of Sight is inclined.
Staff reading on BM , h =
Staff intercept, s =
Satff reading corresponding to middle hair, r =
Vertical intercept, v = Ks Cos . Sin + C Sin
The horizontal distance of the point from the instrument, D = K.s. Cos
2
+ C. Cos
Elevation of point = RL of BM + h + v r
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Exp. No. : ELEVATION OF OBJECT WHEN BASE IS ACCESSIBLE
AIM:
To determine the elevation of an object using single plane method when base is accessible.
APPARATUS:
Ranging rods, arrows, theodolite, tripod, tape & leveling staff.
PROCEDURE:
1) Level the instrument with reference to the plate level.
2) Keep the altitude level parallel to any 2 foot screws & bring the bubble centre. Rotate the
telescope through 90 degree till the altitude bubble is on 3
rd
foot screw. Repeat the procedure till
the bubble remains in centre in both the position. If the bubble is in adjustment it will remain
centre at all the points of telescope.
3) Losing the vertical circle clamp, sight the B.M & the staff reading is noted. (Make the vernier
reading C & D =0 & clamp).
4) Rotate the telescope to the object whose vertical distance has to be determined. Use tangent
screw for accurate bisection.
5) Read both the vernier C & D of the vertical circle.
6) The mean of 2 gives vertical angle. Similar observation has to be made with other face. The
average of 2 will give the required vertical angle.
7) Measure the distance between instrument station & object. Calculate the RL of the point.
RESULT:
1. The elevation of the object =
2. The height of the object =
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OBSERVATION:
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Vertical Angle
Ver C Ver D Mean Ver C Ver D Mean
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A
CALCULATION:
Horizontal distance of object from instrument D=
Vertical angle to top of object, =
Staff reading on B.M, s =
Staff reading at base of object, s
1
=
In figure,
tan =
h = D tan =
R.L of A= R.L of B.M +s + h =
Height of object = s
1
+h =
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Exp. No. : ELEVATION OF OBJECT WHEN BASE IS INACCESSIBLE
AIM:
To determine the elevation of an object using single plane method when base is inaccessible.
APPARATUS:
Ranging rods, arrows, theodolite, tripod, tape & leveling staff.
PROCEDURE:
1) Set up a Theodolite at P and level it accurately with respect to altitude bubble.
2) Direct the telescope towards Q and bisect it accurately. Clamp both the plates & read the vertical
angle
1.
3) Transit the telescope so that the line of sight is reversed. Mark the second instrument station R
on the ground. Measure the distance RP accurately.
4) Repeat the step 2 for both face observation and the mean value of
1
is obtained.
5) With the vertical vernier set to zero reading and altitude bubble to the centre, take the reading on
the staff kept near benchmark.
6) Shift the instrument at R. Set up instrument and then measure vertical angle
2
for both the face
observation.
7) With the vertical vernier set to zero reading and altitude bubble centre of its run. Take the
reading on the staff kept near benchmark.
8) Values entered in tabular column and elevation of object is calculated.
RESULT:
Case 1: when s
2
> s
1
1. Horizontal distance between instrument station and tower =
2. Elevation of tower =
Case 1: when s
1
> s
2
1. Horizontal distance between instrument station and tower =
2. Elevation of tower =
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OBSERVATION:
Case (i) s
2
> s
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CALCULATION:
Staff intercept when instrument at A, s
1
=
Staff intercept when instrument at B, s
2
=
Staff intercept s= s
2
s1
D =
=
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=
h
1
= D tan
1
R.L of Q= R.L of B.M +s
1
+ h
1
Case (ii) s
1
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P
b
R
A B
h
BM
S
D
Staff intercept when instrument at A, s
1
=
Staff intercept when instrument at B, s
2
=
Staff intercept s= s
1
s
2
D =
Case (ii) s
1
= s
2
=
=
h
1
= D tan
1
R.L of Q= R.L of B.M +s
1
+ h
1
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Exp. No: DOUBLE PLANE METHOD
AIM:
To determine the distance and difference in elevation between two inaccessible point using
double plane method.
APPARATUS:
Theodolite with tripod, arrows, ranging rods, tape & leveling staff.
PROCEDURE:
1) Let P and R be the two instrument station & Q is the object. Set the instrument at P and level it
accurately with respect to the altitude bubble. Measure the angle of elevation
1.
2) Sight the point R with reading on horizontal scale as zero and measure the angle
1
at P.
3) Take back sight s
1
on the staff held at benchmark when line of sight is horizontal.
4) Shift the instrument to R and measure
2
and
2
.
5) The readings are tabulated and distance and elevation can be obtained as shown.
RESULT:
1. Distance between P and Q=
2. Elevation of top of station Q=..
3. Distance between Q and R=
4. Elevation of top of station R=..
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OBSERVATION:
CALCULATION:
In
le
PQR,
Apply sine rule,
Tabulation for Horizontal angle:
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Tabulation for Horizontal angle:
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Vertical Angle
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Exp. No:
SETTING OF CURVE BY PERPENDICULAR OFFSETS FROM LONG CHORD
AIM:
To set out a simple curve by perpendicular offsets from long chord.
APPARATUS:
Ranging rods, cross staff, tape, chain & arrows.
PROBLEM:
Give length of long chord 80m and Midordinate 4m interval along long chord is 10m.
PROCEDURE:
1. Set T
1
and T
2
at distance of 80m on level ground and divide T
1
and T
2
and locate mid point.
2. Measure 10m distance on either side of mid point along long chord and locate points.
3. Calculate the Radius using the formula,
O
0
=
2 2
(L/2)  R  R
4. Calculate the ordinates of remaining points using the formula,
O
x
=
) O (R x  R
0
2 2
5. Knowing the value of the perpendicular offsets (ordinate) from each of offset points on ground
by using cross staff at various points. i.e O
10
, O
20
, O
30
etc are located at a distance of 10, 20,
30.etc. from mid point of long chord.
6. Join ends of all these perpendicular offsets to get smooth simple curve.
RESULT:
Hence a simple curve set on the ground and observed
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OBSERVATION:
Distance from mid of
long chord in m
Perpendicular Offset in
m
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Exp. No: CHORD PRODUCED
AIM:
Set out a simple curve by the method of deflection distance (offset from chords produced).
APPARATUS:
Ranging rods, cross staff, tape, chain & arrows.
PROBLEM:
Two tangents intersect at chainage=1000m, the deflection angle 50
0
. Set out a curve of 100m
radius to connect the tangents by the method of deflection distance. Take peg interval of 20m
PROCEDURE:
1) Locate the tangent point T
1
and obtain its chainage as per the calculation. Calculate the length of
first subchord(C)
2) With zero at T
1
spread the chain along first tangent point A
1
on its such that T
1
A
1
= C= length of
first subchord.
3) With T
1
as center, T
1
A
1
as radius. Swing the chain such that arc A
1.
A=O
1
, O
1
=
R 2
C
2
1
Fix the point
A on the curve.
4) Now stretch the chain along T
1
A & pull it straight in the direction point B
2
such that zero of
chain at A and distance
2 2
AB C C = =
5) With zero of chain center at A and AB
2
as radius, swing the chain to point B. Such that B
2
B=
O
2
= Length of second offset of point B on the curve.
O
2
=
R 2
) C (C C
2 1 2
+
.
6) Now stretch a chain along AB and repeat the step 4 and 5 till tangency T2 is reached
RESULT:
Hence setting of simple curve by successive bisection of chords can be done.
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OBSERVATION:
CALCULATION:
Tangent Length , T= R tan
Length of curve, L=
Given chainage of point of intersection=
Chainage at T
1
= Chainage of P.I Tangent Length
Chainage at T
2
= Chainage at T
1
+ Length of curve
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No. of intermediate chords=
Total No. of chords=
Length of 1
st
sub chord, C
1
=
C
2
= C
3
= C
4
= C
5
C
6
=
Formula Length of offset
O
1
=
R 2
c
2
O
2
=
R 2
C) (c C +
.
O
3
= O
4
= O
5
=
R
C
2
O
6
=
.
Where c = First Subchord
C = Intermediate Chords
c = Last Subchord
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Exp. No: RANKINES DEFLECTION ANGLES MEHOD
AIM:
To set out simple curve by using Rankines deflection angles method.
APPARATUS:
Theodolite, Ranging rods, arrows, tape, etc.
PROCEDURE:
1) Set the theodolite at the point T
1
with both the plates clamped to zero, direct the theodolite to
bisect the point of intersection (V). The line of sight is thus in the direction of the rare tangent.
2) Release the verniers plate. Set the angle
1
on the vernier. The line of sight is thus directed along
T
1
A.
3) With the zero end of the tape pointed at T
1
and arrow held at distance T
1
A=C
1
along it. Rotate
the tape around T
1
, till arrow is bisected by the crosshair. Then the first point A is fixed.
4) Set the second deflection angle
2
on the vernier so that, the line of sight is directed along T
1
A.
5) With the zero end of the tape pinned at A and arrow head at a distance AB=C
2
along it.
6) Move the tape around A till the arrow is bisected by crosshair, thus fixing the point B.
7) Repeat the procedure till the last T
2
is reached.
CHECK:
The last point S
0
located must co inside with the point of tangency (T
2
). If the error is small, last few
pegs may be adjusted. If the error is more, the whole curve should be reset.
RESULT:
The desired curve is set on the ground.
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OBSERVATION:
CALCULATION:
Radius of curve =
Deflection angle, =
Tangent Length , T= R tan
Length of curve, L=
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Given chainage of point of intersection (V) =
Chainage at T
1
= Chainage of P.I Tangent Length
Chainage at T
2
= Chainage at T
1
+ Length of curve
No. of intermediate chords=
Length of 1
st
sub chord =
Length of last sub chord =
Points
Chainage
in m
Chord
length in
m
Tangential angle,
n
=
Formulae for
Deflection
angle
n
=
n1
+
n
Deflection
angle
Actual
theodolite
reading
0
0
0
T
1
A
B
C
D
E
F
T
2
CHECK:
1. The Final angle of VT
1
T
2
=
2. Length of T
1
T
2
= 2R sin
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Exp. No: TO SET OUT COMPOUND CURVE WITH ANGULAR METHODS WITH
USING THEODOLITE ONLY
AIM:
To set a compound curve of radius R
S
=30m, R
L
=40m,
1
=40
0
,
2
=50
0
.
APPARATUS:
Theodolite, Ranging rods, arrows, tape, etc.
PROCEDURE:
1) Compound curve we can set using deflection angle method. Set the theodolite at T
1
with vernier
A=0, directed along T
1
B.
2) Set the curve T
1
Das simple curve from radius R
S
.
3) Shift the theodolite to PCC & orient the instrument make vernier A to read an angle (360
1
/2)
and bisect the station T
1
& clamp the bottom screw.
4) Turn the telescope clockwise till the vernier from A reads 0
0
. Now telescope is turned by
1
/2
from the long chord T
1
D, that it is the line of sight is along DD
1
, which is common tangent to the
compound curve.
5) Plunge the telescope. Now the line of sight is along DD
2
which is also common tangent for the
arc DT
2
. Set the second point of the curve using deflection angle method till we get point T
2
.
CHECK:
The observation by measuring the angle T
1
T
2
should be equal to


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\
 A + A
2
180
2 1
or


.

\
A
2
180
RESULT:
The desired curve is set on the ground.
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OBSERVATION AND CALCULATIONS:
Total deflection angle =
1
+
2
Length of back tangent arc T
1
D = D
1
D = t
s
= R
s
tan
Length of tangent arc T
2
D = D
2
T
2
= D
2
D = t
L
= R
L
tan
Tangent distance corresponding to shorter radius T
s
= t
s
+
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Tangent distance corresponding to Larger radius T
L
= t
L
+
Length of curve corresponding to shorter radius L
s
=
Length of curve corresponding to larger radius L
L
=
Chainage at T
1
= Chainage of P.I T
s
Chainage at T
2
= Chainage at T
1
+ L
s
+ L
L
Chainage at P.C.C= Chainage at T
1
+ L
s
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st
curve
Points
Chainage
in m
Chord
length in
m
Tangential angle,
n
=
Formulae for
Deflection
angle
n
=
n1
+
n
Deflection
angle
Actual
theodolite
reading
0
0
0
T
1
A
B
C
PCC
2
nd
curve
Points
Chainage
in m
Chord
length in
m
Tangential angle,
n
=
Formulae for
Deflection
angle
n
=
n1
+
n
Deflection
angle
Actual
theodolite
reading
0
0
0
PCC
D
E
F
G
T
2
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Exp. No: SETTING OUT CENTRE LINE OF COLUMN
AIM:
Set out centre of line for the column of building.
APPARATUS:
Prismatic compass, Ranging rods, arrows, tape, lime powder etc.
PROCEDURE:
1) Prismatic compass is set out at a column A and centre line AA is fixed with respect to North by
stretching string between arrow direction at ends.
2) The centre line 11 which is perpendicular to AA. Setting out right angle by forming a triangle with
345 units along sides (345 by using tape)
3) The other centre line of the column are marked with reference to centre line AA and 11 as per the
plan measurements.
4) The column pits and other lines of the foundation trench of all the walls are set by measuring distance
from centerline on either side of equal to trench width.
5) The column and trench pits are marked on the ground by lime powder.
RESULT:
The centre line of column of given plan is marked and observed on the field