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AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF

ENGINEERING AND

TECHNOLOGY

**AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
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CE6304-SURVEYING-I

UNIT-I

INTRODUCTION AND CHAIN SURVEYING

DEFINITION:

Surveying is the art of determining the relative positions of points on, above or beneath

the surface of the earth by means of direct or indirect measurements of distance, direction &

elevation.

Plane Survey:

Surveying which the mean surface of earth regarded as plain surface and not

curve it really is known as plain surveying.

A following Assumption are made:

(i) A level line is considered a straight line thus the plump line at a point is parallel plump line

at any after point.

(ii) The angles between two such lines that intersect is a plain angle and not a sphere angle.

(iii) The meridian through any two points parallel.

(iv) When we deal with only a small portion earths surface the above assumptions can justify.

(v) The error induced for a length of an 18.5 kms it‘s only 0.0152 ms greater than sub

dented chord 1.52 cm.

Geodetic survey :

Survey is which the shape (curvature) of the earth surface is taken in the account a

higher degree of precision is exercised in linear and angular measurement is tanned as Geodetic

Survey. A line connecting two points is regarded as an arc. Such surveys extend over large areas.

PRINCIPLES OF SURVEYING

Location of a point by measurement from 2 points of reference

Working from whole to part.

Location of a point by measurement from 2 points of reference

There should be 2 points of reference say P & Q P, Q are the ground reference points

and permanent points. Point R can be located by any one of the following direct methods:

Distance PR and QR can be measured and point R can be plotted by swinging the Two

arcs of the same scale to which PQ has been plotted. The principle is very much used in

chain surveying.

Perpendicular RS can be dropped on the reference line PQ and the lengths PS and SR are

measured. The point R can be plotted using this set square. This principle is used for

defining details.

The distance QR & the angle PQR can be measured and point R is plotted either by

means of protractor or trigonometrically. The principle is used in traversing.

In this distance PR and QR are not measured but angle RPQ are measured with an angle

measuring instrument. Knowing the distance PQ point R is plotted either by means of

protrctor or by solution of triangle PQR. This principle is used in triangulation.

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** Angle RQP & distance PR are measured & point R is plotted either by protracting an
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angle & swinging an arc from P or plotted trigonometrically.

Working from whole to part.

First establish a system of control points & to fix them with higher precision.

Minor control points can then be established by less precise methods & the details can

then be located using these minor control points by running minor traverse etc.,

This method followed to prevent t the accumulation of errors & to control & localize

minor errors.

CLASSIFICATION

(a)Classification based upon the nature of survey of field survey:

(1) Land surveying

Topographical surveys

Cadastral surveys

City surveying

Topographical surveys: This consists of horizontal & vertical location of certain points by

linear & angular measurements. To determine natural features of a country such as rivers,

railways, canals, towns & villages.

Cadastral surveys: Fixing of property lines, calculation of land area or transfer of land property

from one owner to another. To fix boundaries of municipalities & of state & federal jurisdictions.

City surveying: construction of streets, water supply system sewers & other works.

(2) Marine/ Hydrographic survey:

Bodies of water for purpose of navigation, water supply, harbour works or for

determination of mean sea level. Measurement of discharge of streams, making topographic of

shores & banks, taking& locating soundings to determine depth of water, fluctuations of the

ocean tide.

(3) Astronomical survey:

To determine absolute location of any point & direction of any line on the surface of the

earth.

(b) Classification based on the object of survey:

(1) Engineering survey:

Determination of quantities or to afford sufficient data for the designing of engineering

works such as road s& reservoirs, also sewage disposal or water supply.

(2) Military survey:

Points of strategic importance.

(3) Mine Survey:

Exploring mineral wealth

(4) Geological Survey:

Different strata in the earth‘ s crust

(5) Archaeological survey:

Unearthing relics of antiquity.

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5. Measuring distance along the angles between the survey lines. A. o Use a sharp 2H or 3H pencil. streets. 2. 7.E. Establishing stations & bench marks of points of reference & thus to establish a system of horizontal & vertical control. plain letters & figures. Locating details of survey with respect to stations & lines between stations. o Use a liberal number of carefully executed sketches. 10.. roads. Making observations on the sun or a star to determine the meridian latitude or longitude or to determine the local time. & list of equipment used. details such as boundary lines. o Make the notes for each day‘s work on the survey complete with a title of the survey. 2. boundaries. o Follow a consistent simple style of writing. establishing parallel lines & perpendicular lines 8. 6. 4.. Taking measurements to inaccessible points. Giving lines & elevations for great variety of construction work such as that for buildings. roads. Surveying contours of land areas in which the field work involve both horizontal & vertical control. Carrying out miscellaneous operations such as.Surveying past the obstacles & carrying on a great variety of similar field work that is based on geometric or trigonometric principles.I. streams. date. Determining elevations of some existing points or establishing points @ given elevations.M. A. bridges & other natural & artificial features of area surveyed.MUKKANNAN M. buildings. FIELD NOTES 1. Never use soft pencil or ink. personnel of the crew. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 3 . 9.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY ( c) Classification based on instrument used: 1) Chain survey 2) Theodolite survey 3) Triangular survey 4) Triangulation survey 5) Tachometric survey 6) Plane table survey 7) Photographic survey 8) Aerial survey Field work & office work: Field work: 1. written in clear. bridges. Rules for note-keepers: o Record directly in the field book as observations is made. 3. concise & comprehensive. sewers & water supply schemes. Field notes are written a record of field work made @ the time of work is done.E. weather conditions. culverts. Field notes should be legible.

o Sign the notes Field notes divided into 3 parts NUMERICAL VALUES o It includes the records of all measurements such as lengths of lines & offsets.. SCALES Scale is the fixed ratio that every distance on the plan bears with corresponding distance on the ground. All significant figures should be recorded.01m is measured it should recorded as 342. OFFICE WORK Drafting: Drafting consists of preparation of the plan and sections and to prepare topographic maps. Computing: It is of 2 kinds: 1. staff readings & angles or directions. o Always make a sketch it will help to settle any ought. that done for purpose of plotting 2. relative locations & topographic features. Make sketches large. & to record such information concerning important features of the ground cover & the work done as might be of possible use later.30m & not 342.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY o Never erase..3m. make it clear where they belong.E. Scale can be represented by following methods: A. o If length nearest to 0. A.MUKKANNAN M. rule one line through the incorrect value and the correction above the mistake. If a mistake is made. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 4 .E.I. o If measurements are put directly on the sketches. record angles as 08 06‘ 20‖ using @ least 2 digits for each part of the angle. SKETCHES o Sketches are made as records of outlines. that done for determining areas & volumes Designing: The surveyor may also be called upon to do some design works especially in case of route surveying. o Sketches are almost never made to scale. EXPLANATORY NOTES It is make clear that which is not perfectly evident from numerals & sketches. open & clear.M.

At Q draw a line QR perpendicular to PQ and of any convenient length. Vernier scale (a) Direct Vernier (b) Retrograde Vernier A. meters and decimeters. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 5 . This type of sale is called engineer‘s scale. 5. 3 etc. 2-2 represents 2/10 PQ …….MUKKANNAN M... (2) Choose as small as scale as is consistent with a clear declination of the smallest details to be plotted.E. For example let a short length PQ be divided into 10 parts. From each of the divisions. This ratio of map distance to the corresponding ground distance is independent of units of measurement and is called representative fraction. 2. 1/1000. Diagonal scale 3. Graphical scale: It is a line sub-divided into plan distance corresponding to convenient units of length on the ground. the extent of territory to be represented The following 2 rules should be followed: (1) Choose a scale large enough so that in plotting or in scaling distance from the finished map. Types of scales: 1. feet and inches etc. Choice of scale of a map The preliminary considerations in choosing the scale are: 1. A..9-9 represents 9/10 PQ etc. Plain Scale 2. etc. decimeters and centimeters. 3. Join the diagonal PR.M. it is possible to measure three dimensions such as metres. such as units and lengths. A short length is divided into a number of parts by using the principle of similar triangles in which like sides are proportional. yards.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY NUMERICAL SCALE Engineer’s scale: One cm on the plan represents some whole number of meters on the ground.E. tenths and hundredths. the use to which the map will be put & 2. units.2. etc. such as 1cm=10cm etc. Scale of chords Plain scale: A plain scale is one in which it is possible to measure two dimensions only. Thus 1-1 represents 1/10 PQ.25mm. Diagonal scale: on a diagonal scale. 4. thus dividing the diagonal into 10 equal parts. Representative Fraction one unit of length on the plan represents some number of same units of length on the ground. miles & furlongs. 1. it will not be necessary to read the scale closer than 0. Divide it into ten equal parts.I.. Vernier scale 4. 1..

E.E.I. 2. Let A & B be the two points at the ends of a survey line. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 6 .MUKKANNAN M. The surveyor at A then signals the assistant to move transverse to the chain line. two ranging rods are fixed at the ends A &B. Direct ranging b. Direct ranging is done when the two ends of the survey lines are intervisible. 5. In such case. To range a point P. 4. A. RANGING AND CHAINING The process of fixing or establishing intermediate points is known as ranging. The lower prism abc receives the rays from A which are reflected by the diagonal ac towards the observer. ranging can either be done by eye or through some optical instrument such as a line ranger or a theodolite. A line ranger consists of either two plane mirrors or two right angled isosceles prisms one above the other. the surveyor at P holds the line ranger very near to the line AB. b. The diagonals of the two prisms are silvered so as to reflect the incidental rays. Two methods of ranging: a. 3. Retrograde vernier A retrograde vernier is the one which extends or increase in opposite direction as that of the main scale and in which the smallest division of the vernier is longer than the smallest division on the main scale. The assistant then goes with another ranging rod and establishes the rod at a point approximately in the line with AB at a distance not greater than one chain length from A d.. A handle with a hook is provided at the bottom to hold the instrument in hand to transfer the point on the ground wit the help of plumb-bob. A. Indirect ranging Direct ranging a. RANGING BY LINE RANGER 1. c. One ranging rod is erected at the point B while the surveyor stands with another ranging rod at point A holding the rod at about half metre length.M..AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY Direct vernier A direct vernier is the one which extends or increase in the same direction as that of the main scale and in which the smallest division on the vernier is shorter than the smaller division on the main scale. till he is in line with A & B.

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**6. (vi) similarly, the upper prism dbc receives the rays from B which are reflected by the
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diagonal bd towards the observer. Thus, the observer views the images of ranging rods at

A & B.

7. the surveyor then moves the instrument sideways till the two images are in the same

vertical line.

8. the point P is then transferred to the ground with the help of a plumb bob.

Indirect or reciprocal ranging

Indirect or reciprocal ranging is resorted to when boththe ends of the survey line are not

intervisible either due to high intervening ground or due to long distance between them. In such

case, ranging is done indirectly by selecting two intermediate points M1 and N1 very near to the

chain line in such a way that from M1 both N1 are visible and from N1, both M1 and A are

visible.

1. Two surveyors station themselves at M1 and N1 with ranging rods. The person at M1 then

directs the person at N1 to move to a new position N2 in line with M1B.

2. The person at N2 then directs the person at M1 to move to a new position M2 in line N2A.

Thus, the two persons are now at M2 and N2 which are nearer to the chain line than the positions

M1 and N1.

3. The process is repeated till the points M and N are located in such a way that the person at M

finds the person at N in line with MB, and the person at N finds the person at M in line with NA.

4. After having established M & N, other points can be fixed by direct ranging.

CHAINING

Two chainmen are required for measuring the length of a line which is greater than a

chain length.

Follower: The more experienced of the chainmen remains at the zero end or rear end of the

chain and is called the follower.

Leader: The other chainmen holding the forward handle is known as the leader.

Unfolding the chain

a. To unfold the chain, the chainmen keeps both the handles in the left hand and

throws the rest of the portion of the chain in the forward direction with his right

hand.

b. The other chainmen assists in removing the knots etc. and in making the chain

straight

Lining and marking

1. The follower holds the zero end of the chain at the terminal point while the leader

proceeds forward with the other end in one hand and a set of 10 arrows and a ranging rod

in the other hand.

2. When he is approximately one chain length away, the follower directs him to fix his pole

in line with the pole.

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3. When the point is ranged, the leader makes a mark on the ground, holds the handle with

both the hands and pulls the chain so that it becomes straight between the terminal point

and the point fixed.

4. Little jerks given for his purpose but the pull applied must be just sufficient to make the

chain straight in line.

5. The leader then puts an arrow at the end of the chain, swings the chain slightly out of the

line and proceeds further with the handle in one hand and the rest of the arrows and

ranging rod in the other hand.

6. the follower also takes the end handle in one hand and a ranging rod in the other hand,

follows the leader till the leader has approximately traveled one chain length.

7. The follower puts the zero end of the chain at first arrow fixed by the leader, and ranges

the leader who in turn, stretches the chain straight in the line & fixes the second arrow in

the ground and proceeds the further.

8. The follower takes the first arrow and the ranging rod in one hand and the handle in the

other & follows the leader.

9. At the end of ten chains, the leader calls for the ‗ arrows‘.

10. The follower takes out the tenth arrow from the ground, puts a ranging rod there & hands

over ten arrows to the leader.

11. The transfer of ten ten arrows is recorded by the surveyor.

12. To measure the fractional length at the end of a line, the leader drags the chain beyond

the end station, stretches it straight and tight the reads the links.

CHAINING ON UNEVEN OR SLOPING GROUND

Two methods

a. Direct Method

b. Indirect Method

Direct method:

1. In the direct method the distance is measured in small horizontal stretches or steps.

2. for example to measure the distance between the 2 points A & B

3. The follower holds the zero end of the tape at A while the leader selects any suitable

length l1of the tape and moves forward. The follower directs the leader for ranging.

4. The leader pulls the tape tight, makes it horizontal and the point 1 is then transferred to

the ground by a plumb bob.

5. A special form of drop arrow is used to transfer the point to the surface. The procedure is

then repeated.

6. The total length D of the line is then equal to (l1+l2+l3 ……). This method followed in

case of irregular slopes.

Indirect method:

o Angle method

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**Let l1= measured inclined distance between AB and ɵ = slope of AB
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withhorizontal. The horizontal distance D1 is given by D1 = l 1cos ɵ1.

Similarly for BC, D2 = l 2cos ɵ2

The required horizontal distance between any two points= l cos ɵ

The slopes of the lines can be measured with the help of a clinometer.

A clinometer, in its simplest form essentially consists of a line of sight, a

graduated arc, a light plumb bob with a long thread suspended at the

centre.

A plumb is suspended from C, the central point. When the clinometer is

horizontal, the thread touches the zero mark of the calibrated circle. To

sight a point, the clinometer is tilted so that the line of sight AB may pass

through the object. Since the thread still remains vertical, the reading

against the thread gives the slope of the line of sight.

2. Difference in level measured

1) Sometimes, in the place of measuring the angle , the difference in the level between the points

is measured with the help of a leveling instrument and the horizontal distance is computed.

2) Thus, if h is the difference in level, we have D= l2-h2

3. Hypotenusal Allowance

1) In this method, a correction is applied in the field at every chain length and at every point

where the slope changes.

2) When the chain is stretched on the slope, the arrow is not put at the end of the chain but is

placed in advance of the end, by an amount which allows for the slope correction.

3) BA‘ i s one chain length slope. The arrow is not put A‘ , the distance AA‘ being of

such magnitude that the horizontal equivalent of BA is equal to 1 chain.

TRAVERSING

Traversing is that type of survey in which a number of connected survey lines form the

framework and the directions and lengths of the survey lines are measured with the help of an

angle measuring instrument and a tape respectively.

Method of traversing:

1. Chain traversing

2. Chain and compass traversing

3. Transit tape traversing:

(a) By fast needle method

(b) By measurement of angles between the lines

4. Plane-table traversing

Chain traversing

1. In this method the whole of the work is done with the chain and tape. No angle measuring

instrument is used and the direction of the lines are fixed entirely by linear

measurements.

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At A. This method is unsuitable for accurate work and is generally not used if an angle measuring instrument such as compass. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 10 .5cm only. the perpendicular =base x tanɵ where ɵ is the angle. PLOTTING Two principle methods of plotting are 1. or theodolite is available. 4. Angles fixed by linear or tie measurements are known as chain angles. The ordinary protractor is seldom divided more finely than 10‘ or 15‘ which accords with the accuracy of compass traversing but not of theodolite traversing.E.. sextant. bearings and azimuths requires no explanation. prior to plotting. Chain used was 9cm short. the length of the perpendicular being equal to basex tan ɵ. PROBLEMS: 1.The area of plane of an old survey platen to a scale of 10m = 1cm now measured as 19. A note on the plane also states that the 20m.M. The station point is joined to the point so obtained. The plan is found to have shrunk that a line originally 10cm long now measures 9. the co-ordinate method Angle & Distance method: In this method.I. the line so obtained includes ɵ with the given side. and a1d1. using the perpendicular as a base. If the angle is little over 90 . The biggest advantage in this method of plotting is that the closing error can be eliminated by balancing. A. deflection angles. The direction may also be fixed by external measurements such as at station B. This method is accurate one for plotting traverses or any other extensive system of horizontal control. (b) The tangent method The tangent method is a trigonometric method based upon the fact that in right angled triangle. the direction AB and AD are fixed by internal measurements Aa1. Diameter of a good form of protractor is 10 to 60 cm. distance between stations are laid off to scale and angles are plotted by one of the methods (1) By protractor (2) By the tangent of the angle (3) By the chord of the angle (a) The protractor method The use of the protractor in plotting direct angles. 90 of it is plotted by erecting a perpendicular and the remainder by the tangent method. From the end of the base.5cm2 as found by plane meter. 5..MUKKANNAN M. The values of tan ɵ are taken from the table of natural tangents. Ad1. Find true area of the survey? SOLUTION: Measured Area = 19.E. Co-ordinate method: Survey stations are plotted by calculating their co-ordinates.5cm2 A. 3. the angle & distance method 2. a perpendicular is set off.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY 2.

Later it was found that the chain is 15 cm too short calculate the true area. Data: True area = (true length/ measured length) ² X measured area A = 320 m² LE = 30 – 0.M.91m True area = (19.15 = 30.85m LA = 30.8m² A chain (L) = 20m Error (L1) = 20 – 0.A = 316.8 m² Correction = 30 +0. = 10m x 10m = 100m2 2 17. A.15 = 30. The area was calculated as 320m² after applying correction.MUKKANNAN M.15 /30)² x Measured Area (M.cm = 17. Measured error length -> 9.8m² Area is field when measured with = 1759.00 m = (30.A) M.00 m True area 320 m² = (30.9 m² 2.85 /30)² x Measured Area (M.15 / 30)² x 316.15 m LA = 30.E.E.A field was measured using 30 m chain which was 15m too short. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 11 .. Later it was found that the chain is 15 cm too long calculate the true area.91 / 20)² x 1759.00 m True area 320 m² = (29.15 m LA = 30.8 = 1743.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY Actual length of paper -> 10cm.9 = 19.. 1cm2 = 1 x 1cm. = (9.5 = 17.15 = 29.8 True area = 319. 99 m² 3.A) M.5/10)2 x 19. Data: A = 320 m² LE = 30 + 0.59 cm2 Scale -> 10cm = 1.59 x 100 m² = 1759.A = 323. The area was calculated as 320m² after applying correction.cm.21m² A.I.A field was measured using 30 m chain which was 15m too long. True Area = (L1/L)2 x measured Area.5cm.

…. CT = α (Tm – To) L Tm is mean Temp during measurement To is Temp at which the tape is sodalist A. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 12 .AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY Correct = 30 -0.1 x 105 N/m² for steel L is the tape length` Correction for Temp :The tape length changes due to changes with temperature while take a measurements.. E = young‘s modulus 2. A.M.. CP = (P – PO / AE) X L Were PO is standard pull P = pull applied during measurement A = Area of Cr s of tap.. the distance is measured on the slope it must be immediately reduced to its corresponding horizontal distance.E. If the axial tape button is not equal to the value. Hence correction for pull. A correction will have to be applied to the measured length. True length = (L1/L) X Measured length Where L1 is corrected length of chain or tape L is observed length of chain or tape Correction for slope :The distance measured along the slope is always greater than the horizontal distance between the print.15 = 29.00 m = (29. Correction for slope CSL = h2/2L Correction for slope CSL = L – D Cos θ = D /L D = L cos θ Correction for tension (or) pull :It the pull applied the tape during measurement is more than the standard pull at which the tape was standard is length increases take the distance measured becomes less than the actual.MUKKANNAN M.85 / 30)² x 323.21 True area = 319. 99 m² Tape corrections that can be applied for the measured length: Corrections :Depending on the accuracy requires certain correction are to be made to the original measurements correction for Error in chain Length : Before using tape the axial length is ascertain by comparing with the std tape of known length.I.85 m LA = 30. The fare temperature cared.E.

157 kg/cm True length = 1650 + 0. CSC = W² L1 / 24P² W = weight of tap P = pull apply in new tan‘s spans L1 = measurement length of tape between spans Sag correction will be always negative ie it has to be always subtracted from the measured length. It takes be form d catenae. And the co-efficient expansion being 11.0000032 m/oc for steel = 0.71 kg/cm = 0.1 x106) 1650 x 102 = 15. A. of tape was 0. Ct= ∂ (Tm -To ) L = 3.I.057775 + 0.00000122 m/oc for invar. Sag Correction : When the tape is stretch between two points.S.157 = 1650.MUKKANNAN M.11 x 105N /n2 Given: L = 30M Correction for temperature: CT = ∂ (Tm -To ) L A.065cm² total weight 15.8N. The three supports being at the same level.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY α = co-efficient of thermal expansion α = 0. tin the true length of live C.215m 2. the measure length 1650 m.A.025 Cm². CP = P – PO /AE x L = 15 – 10 /(0.5 x 10-6 M/sec. Calculate axial level between the ends it temperature during measurement is 25°c pull a the tape 100N and E=2. The measured length is more than the actual length.M. The tape its stretch on two support 30M append it‟s also supports in the tape.025 x 2..5x10-6 x (30°c -20°c )1650 = 0.025 Cm² & = 40°c is 3.A steel tape is 30 m long between the end graduation 30m long between the at a temp 15°c when its horizontal and the ground when sectional area = 0..1 x 106 Kg/Cm².05775 ms.E.E. temperature during measured 30°c and pull apply was 15 Kg. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 13 .1 x 106 Kg/Cm2 A = 0. Assure to a parabola considerately. Given:Lt = 30 To = 20°c Tn =30°c Po = 10kg Pr = 15Kg Pm = 1650 ∂ = 3. A line was measured with a steel tape which exactly 30m at a temperature 20°c and pull of 10 Kg.5 x 10-6°c.5 x 106 and E is of take 2. E = 2. 1.

I. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 14 . A. (iv) Not applying temperature correction. the it is called Perpendicular offset or simply offset. By method of offsets.219 = 29. which are liable to occur in both the direction and tend to compensate.MUKKANNAN M. Compensative Error.065 x 271 x 105 x 30 = 0. The length of the offset is the shortest distance from the object to the chain obtained by swinging the tape about the object as Centre.0034 + 0.. (ii) Bending of links. The position of the offset on the chain is located by the point where the arc is t a n g e n t i a l to the chain. Perpendicular offset When the angle of offset is 90°. A. knot‘s.. (iii) Not applying slope correction to the length measured in the slopes.9)2 x 15 / 24 x (1002) = 0. These error may be caused an (i) The length of chain is shorted then the standard length.M. These errors may be caused due to. Offsets:An offset is the lateral distance of an object or ground feature measured from a survey line.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY = 11. In this method. bad starting and wrong lining. links removal of links. These are errors.0039M Pull Correction: CP = (P – PO) / AE x L = 100 – 0 / 0.E. the leader holds the zero end of the tape at the point „P‟ to be located and the follower carry the tape box and swing the tape along the chain. (i) Incorrect holding & marking of the arrows (ii) Incorrect plumbing while chaining on slopes.0039 x 2 + 0. Compensating errors are proportional to the square route of length of the line. (v) Bad range. the point or object is located by measurement of a distance and angle from a point on the chain line.E.219m True length = 30 – 0.5x10-6 (25°c -15°c )30 = 0. During the adjustment of chain etc. Therefore the actual length can be found by separating the error from measure. which are liable to occur in the same direction and to accumulate.00034M Sag Correction: C sag = (7.99 m Cumulative Error:These are errors. When temperature will churn measurement is different from temperature during calends.

etc. Natural Error The Error due to Variations in Natural phenomena such as Temperature. Lack of perfection in human sight.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY Oblique offset when the angle is other than 90° then it is called an oblique offset Well conditioned Triangle:The triangles having internal angles between 30° & 130° are known as well condition triangle.MUKKANNAN M.I. The Error due to. Closed Traverse and Open Traverse: When the survey lines form a circuit which ends at the starting point. Personal Error. (i) Chain Traversing.F): If. A..M.. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 15 .E. the incorrect graduation. is called Closed Traverse.E. SOURCES OF ERRORS IN CHAIN SURVEYING: Instrumental Error The Error due to. Representative Fraction (R. such as 1/1000. Well-conditioned Triangle:The triangles having internal angles between 30° & 130° are known as well condition triangle ILL conditioned Triangles:The triangles having angles less than 30° and more than 130° are known ill condition triangle. refraction and magnetic declination are called Natural Error. (ii) Chain and compass traversing(loose needle method) (iii) Transit Tape Traversing: (a) By fast needle method. one unit of length on the plan represents some number of same units of length on the ground. enlarging and reducing the maps. (b) By measurement of angles between the lines. This ratio of map distance to the corresponding ground distance is independent of units of measurement and is called Representative Fraction. humidity. (iv) Plane –table traversing. it is called open traverse. The improper adjustments of the plate level are called Instrumental Error. A. Imperfection in construction and adjustment of the instrument. Methods of Traversing. gravity. Lack of perfection in and setting the instruments are called personal Error. Ill conditioned Triangles:The triangles having angles less than 30° and more than 130° are known ill condition triangle. If the circuit ends elsewhere. It is based on the principle of similar triangles. Pantograph: Pantograph is an instrument used for reproducing ..

DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 16 . If angle of slope 10° D = L cos θ = 250 cos 10° D = 246..M.22 = 12°24‘‘ CSL = h² /2L = 35² / 2x 250 = 2. (b) By measurement of angles between the lines.E.17m θ = tan-1 0.E.5 (3) the differential elevation.22 D = 250 cos 12°.5 tan θ = opp x d / adjust x d = 1 / 4. A.45 D = L – 2.5 tan θ = 0.54 = 244.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY Methods of Traversing: (i) Chain Traversing. If (1) Angle of slope 10° (2) slope is 14..I.55 A.20M Slope is 14. (iv) Plane –table traversing.45 = 247. (ii) Chain and compass traversing(loose needle method) (iii) Transit Tape Traversing: (a) By fast needle method. PROBLEM The distance P & Q measured along a slope is 250M fink horizontal distance between P.MUKKANNAN M.

DIP When a magnetic needle is suspended freely it always points north. A. The 0°or 360° reading is. 9. A triangular prism is fitted below the eye slit having suitable arrangement for focusing to suit different eye sights. Prismatic compass is the most convenient and portable of magnetic compass which can either be used as a hand instrument or can be fitted on a tripod. When the needle is on the pivot it will orient itself in the magnetic meridian and. the sight vanes wilt rotate with respect to the NS end of ring through an angle which the line makes with the magnetic meridian. THE PRISMATIC COMPASS 1. it points at a direction away from north called magnetic north. the N and S ends of the ring will be in this direction.MUKKANNAN M. Due to certain factors magnetic needle may not point true north.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY UNIT-2 COMPASS SYRVEYING AND PLANE TABLE SURVEYING COMPASS SURVEY The branch of surveying in which direction of survey line are determine by a compass and their length by a chain or tape is called compass surveying. a non. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 17 . The area below the magnetic needle is graduated between 0 to 360 degrees.. the South end ring comes vertically below the horizontal face of the prism. The magnetic needle is attached to the circular ring or compass card made up of aluminum. The object vane consists of a vertical hair attached to a suitable frame while the eye slit consists of a vertical slit cut into the upper assembly of the prism unit.I. A. When the line of sight is also in the magnetic meridian. This type of survey can be used to measure large areas with reasonable speed and accuracy. so that bearing of the magnetic meridian is read as 0°.M. 8. It consists of a magnetic needle pivoted at the center and is free to rotate.E. The included angle between magnetic north and true north is called dip or declination. 6. therefore. The prism has both horizontal and vertical faces convex. 4. 2. The instrument cover consists of a sighting vane and vertical hair to align the compass along the instrument station and the staff station. so that a magnified image of the ring graduation is formed. PRISMATIC COMPASS Prismatic compass is a instrument used to measure the bearing of a line. both being hinged to the box. 7. When an object is sighted. The object vane presses against a bent lever which lifts the needle off the pivot and holds it against the glass lid. therefore.. engraved on the South end of the ring.magnetic substance. 5. The line of sight is defined by the objective vane and the eye slit. both attached to the compass box. 3.E.

passing that point and the north and south pt.I. thus.E. the graduated card or ring is not oriented in the magnetic meridian. by looking vertically through the top glass.. TEMPORARY ADJUSTMENTS Centering: Centering is the process of keeping the instrument exactly over the station. Levelling: If the instrument is a hand instrument.E. The object vane is similar to that of prismatic compass.M. PERMANENT ADJUSTMENTS 1. cannot be straightened. A meridian is any direction such as : · True meridian · Magnetic Meridian · Arbitrary Meridian. By pressing knob or break pin placed at the base of the object vane. The eye vane consists of a simple metal vane with a fine slit. Focusing the Prism: The prism attachment is slided up or down for focusing till the readings are seen to be sharp and clear. The greatest advantage of prismatic compass is that both sighting he object as well as reading circle can be done simultaneously without hanging the position of the eye. the pointer appears to move by 90 from the 0° N graduation in anti-clockwise direction. Bearing of a line is its direction relative to a given meridian. Let us take the case of a line AB which is in NorthEast quadrant. 2. the North and south ends of the needle will be over the 0° N and 0° S graduations. A. 1.. passes through the north and south. as was the case in the prismatic compass. When line of sight is in magnetic meridian. The meridian through a point is the line in which . the pointer of the needle remains fixed in position while 0° N graduation of the card moves in a clockwise direction. In order to sight the point B.MUKKANNAN M. 2. The circle is read at the reading at which the hair line appears to cut the graduated ring.The sight vanes are generally not adjustable THE SURVEYOR‟S COMPASS The graduated ring is directly attached to the box and not with needle.a plane. The card is graduated in quadrant system having 0 at N and S ends and 90East and West ends. The permanent adjustments of prismatic compass are almost the same as that of the surveyor‘s except that there are no bubble tubes to be adjusted and the needle. a light spring fitted inside the box can be brought into the contact with the edge of the graduated ring to damp the oscillations of the needle when about to take the reading. (1) True Meridian. It. it must in hand in such a way that graduated disc is swinging freely appears to be level as judged from the top edge of the ease. A. Taking when the line has a bearing of 90° in East direction.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY 10. the object is to be sighted first with the object and eye vanes and the reading is then taken against the North end of the needle. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 18 . BEARING. The edge bar needle freely floats over the pivot. intersects with surface of the earth. Thus. Since no prism is provided. 11. the box will have to be rotated about the vertical axis. In doing so.

180 & 270 W. INTO R..C.B 270 & 360 “Add the measured clockwise angles to the bearing of the previous line.B NE 90 & 180 R.= 360 .= 360 -W.= 180 -W.C.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY True Bearing.B.C.C. NW CONVERSION OF R.I.C.B. 0 & 90 R.B.B= R. (2) Magnetic Meridian Magnetic meridian through a is the direction shown by a freely floating and balanced magnetic needle free from all other attractive forces.B.180 SW 270 & 360 R.B 90 & 180 W.B. such as a church spire or top of a chimney.B.R.B. Magnetic Bearing The magnetic bearing of a line is the horizontal angle which it makes with the magnetic meridian passing through one of the extremities of the line.. Arbitrary meridian is any convenient direction towards a permanent and prominent mark or signal.B 0 & 90 W.= 180 .R. CONVERSION OF W.E. True bearing of a line is the horizontal angle which it makes with the true meridian through one of the extremities of the line.B. W.C.B SE 180 & 270 R.B. If the sum is less than 180°. add 180°” EXAMPLES ON ANGLES AND BEARINGS Example : (a) Convert the following whole circle to quadrantal bearings (i) 22°30‘ (ii) 170º 12‘ A. (3) Arbitrary Meridian. A.C.=W.B.M.MUKKANNAN M.=180 +R.B. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 19 .C. INTO W. Arbitrary bearing Arbitrary bearing of a line is the horizontal angle which it makes with any arbitrary meridian passing through one of the extremities. deduct 180°.B.C. If the sum is more than 180.=W.B. the true bearing of a line is a constant quantity..C.B. Since the direction of true meridian through a point remains fixed.E.

It is means of making a manuscript map in the field while the ground can be seen by the topographer and without intermediate steps of recording and transcribing field Notes. (b) Convert the following quadrantal bearing to whole circle bearings (i) N12°24‘E (ii) S31°36‘ E (iii) S 68 6‘W (iv) N5°42‘W Referring to fig above and tables given: (i) R.CB =22°30‘=N22°30‘E (ii) R.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (iii) 211°54‘ (iv) 327°24‘ .= 360° — R.= 180° —W.B.. — 180°=211° 54—180 °=S 31° 54‘W (iv) R.E. The angle which these lines of force make with the surface of the earth is called the angle of dip or simply the dip of the needle.I. These values are usually reduced from observed whole circle bearing for the ease of calculation of included angles and plotting. if it to be the left side (or western side).B. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 20 .170 12‘=S 9° 48‘ E (iii) R.= 180° + R. A.E. = 360° — 5°42‘ = 354°18‘ EARTH‟ S MAGNETIC FIELD AND DIP The horizontal projections of the lines of force define the magnetic meridian. declination is said to be eastern or positive.B.MUKKANNAN M. WHOLE CIRCLE BEARING (WCB) In this method bearings of lines are observed from magnetic north and are observed directly from the prismatic compass.C. =180° . QUADRENTAL BEARING (QB ) These are bearings of lines from north or south towards east or west.C.= 180° + 68° 6‘ = 248º 6‘ (iv)W.B. It can be used to tie topography by existing control and to carry its own control systems by triangulation or traverse and by lines of levels. B.B. C. the declination is said to be western or negative. C. Plane Table Surveying Definition Plane tabling is a graphical method of survey in which the field observations and plotting proceed simultaneously.= W.=360° —327° 24‘ =N 32° 36‘ W (i)WCB= RB=12°24‘ (ii) WCB = 180° — RB = 180° — 31° 36‘ =148º 24‘ (iii)W.M.B.. A.C. If the magnetic meridian is to the right side (or eastern side) of the true meridian.B.B.= 360° —W. B. MAGNETIC DECLINATION Magnetic declination at a place is the horizontal angle bet the true meridian and the magnetic meridian shown by the ne at the time of observation.= W.B.

Plain Alidade. f.E. 2. When the upper screw is free. The table can be turned about the vertical axis and can be fixed in any direction very accurately with the help of a clamp and tangent screw. The plane table with levelling head having arrangements for (a) levelling. Alidade A plane table alidade is a straight edge with some form of sighting device.. The head consists of a ball-and-socket joint and a vertical spindle with two thumb screws on the underside.M. Spirit level. A. the table may be rotated about the vertical axis and can thus be oriented. The table is levelled by adjusting tripod legs. and (c) clamping in any required position. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 21 . A. The clamp is then tightened to fix the board in a horizontal position. Johnson Table This consists of a drawing board usually 45x60cm or 60x75 cm.I. The Plane Table Three distinct types of tables having devices for levelling the plane table and controlling its Orientation are in common use: Traverse Table The traverse table consists of a small drawing board mounted on a light tripod in such a way that the board can be rotated about the vertical axis and can be clamped in any position.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY Instruments used The following instruments are used in plane table survey a. o It generally consists of a metal or wooden rule with two vanes at the ends. Compass. the table may be tilted about the ball-and socket for levelling. d.E. The balland-socket joint is operated by the upper thumb screw.MUKKANNAN M. usually by eye-estimation. Alidade for sighting c. Two types are used: (i) Plain alidade (ii) Telescopic alidade. The Coast Survey Table The table is superior to the above two types and is generally used for work of high precision. When the lower screw is loosened. e. o The two vanes or sight are hinged to fold down on the rule when the alidade is not in use. The levelling of the table is done very accurately with the help of the three foot screws.. Drawing paper with a rainproof cover. o It is used for ordinary work. (b) rotation about vertical axis. Plumbing fork and plumb bob. b.

Both the slits thus provide a definite line of sight which can be made to pass through the object to be sighted. is meant for centring the table over the point or station occupied by the plane table when the plotted position of that point is already known on the sheet. o The telescopic alidade is used when it is required to take in lined sights. 3. o Sometimes. o The alidade is not very much suitable on hilly area since the inclination of the line of sight is limited. to facilitate calculation work.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY o One of the vanes is provided with a narrow slit while the other is open and carries a hair or thin wire.E. o Also the accuracy and range of sights are increased by its use. a Beaman stadia are may be provided as an extra. o All the parts are finally supported on a heavy rule.M.E. the observer can very quickly and easily obtain the true horizontal distance from the plane table to a levelling staff placed at the point and the difference in elevation between them. Plumbing Fork o The plumbing fork is used in large scale work. o Thus. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 22 . one side of which is used as the working edge along which line may be drawn. o It is essential to have the vanes perpendicular be the surface of the sheet.. o A string joining the tops of the two vanes is sometimes provided to use it when sights of considerable inclination have to be taken. o The horizontal axis rests on a A-frame fitted with vernier fixed in position in the same manner as that in a transit. but the adjustments are somewhat modified in accordance with the lower degree of accuracy required. o The same geometric principle apply to the alidade as to the transit. o The horizontal distance between the instrument and the point sighted can be computed by taking stadia readings on the staff kept at the point. The inclination of the line of sight can be read on the vertical circle. Telescopic Alidade. o In the beginning of the work it is meant for transferring the ground point on to the sheet so that the plotted point and the ground station are in the same vertical line. o The elevation of the point can also be computed by using usual tacheometric relations. o It essentially consists of a small telescope with a level tube and graduated arc mounted on horizontal axis.MUKKANNAN M. o A line is then drawn against the working edge (known as the fiducial edge) of the alidade.I.. o The alidade can be rotated about the point representing the instrument station on the sheet so that the line of sigh passes through the object to be sighted. A. A.

o The table being centred when the plumb-bob hangs freely over the ground mark and the pointed end of the upper arm coincides with the equivalent point on the plan. in which a plumb-bob is suspended from the end of the lower-arm. Compass o The compass is used for orienting the plane table to magnetic north. essentially with a flat base so that it can be laid on the table and is truly level when the bubble is central. 6. fibre glass sheets or paper backed with sheet aluminium are often used. sometimes two sheets are mounted with their grains at right angles and with a sheet of muslin between them. A. 5. A. o The table is levelled by placing the level on the board in two positions at right angles and getting the bubble central in both positions. Spirit Level o A small spirit level may be used for ascertaining if the table is properly level. an ordinary spirit level may be used.I. Drawing Paper o The drawing paper used for plane tabling must be of superior quality so that it may have minimum effect of changes in the humidity of the atmosphere. o To overcome this difficulty. o The compass used with a plane table is a trough compass o In which the longer sides of the trough are parallel and flat so that either side can be used as a ruler or laid down to coincide with a straight line drawn on the paper.E. levelling is done by estimation. sighting the points Levelling o For small-scale work.M.E. o Single sheet must be seasoned previous of the use by exposing it alternatively to a damp and a dry atmosphere.. 4. o The changes in the humidity of the atmosphere produce expansion and contraction in different directions and thus alter the scale and distort the map.MUKKANNAN M. Setting : (i)Levelling the table (ii)Centring (iii)Orientation. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 23 . o For work of accuracy. o The level may be either of the tubular variety or of the circular type.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY o The fork consists of a hair pin-shaped light metal frame having arms of equal length. o The fitting can be placed with the upper arm lying on the top of the table and the lower arm below it. AJUSTMENTS OF COMPASS Three operations are needed Fixing : Fixing the table to the tripod. o For work of high precision..

Intersection. (b) When it is not possible to set the plane table on the point. Resection. 3. 2.. (c) When the traverse is so long that accumulated errors in carrying the azimuth forward might be greater than orientation by compass. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 24 . a Johnson Table or Coast Survey Table may be used. the table will not be parallel to itself at different positions resulting in an overall distortion of the map. (d) For approximate orientation prior to final adjustment (e) In certain resection problems.. the table will have to be rotated about its vertical axis.MUKKANNAN M. The operation is known as centring the plane table. 2. (b) When there is no second point available for orientation. o For more precise work. Orientation by means of back sighting (i) Orientation by trough compass The plane table can be oriented by compass under the following conditions (a) ) When speed is more important that accuracy. Orientation Orientation is the process of putting the plane-table into some fixed direction so that line representing a certain direction on the plane is parallel to that direction on the ground. If precise work requires that the plotted point should be exactly over the ground point. Radiation. 4.E.E. For orientation. If orientation is not done. (ii) Orientation by back sighting Orientation can be done precisely by sighting the points already plotted on the sheet. The processes of centring and orientation are dependent on each other.M. METHODS OF PLANE TABLING Methods of plane tabling can be divided into four distinct 1. A. repeated orientation and shifting of the whole table are necessary. Traversing. A. Two cases may arise (a) When it is possible to set the plane table on the point already plotted on the sheet by way of observation from previous station. Centring The table should be so placed over the station on the ground that the point plotted on the sheet corresponding to the station occupied should be exactly over the station on the ground. Orientation by means of trough compass.I.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY o The table is levelled by placing the level on the board in two positions at right angles and getting the bubble central in both directions. thus disturbing the centring. There are two main methods of orienting the plane table 1.

c. thus getting point t representing T. Measure AB and plot it along the ray to get b. than that of the base line is made. No linear measurement other. TC. TE etc..M.MUKKANNAN M. (5) Shift the table at B and set it there. (6) Pivoting the alidade about b. E etc. in the field and plot their distances to some scale along the corresponding rays. TB. intersection is also sometimes known as graphic triangulation. sight different points B. A. mark the north direction on the sheet. D. table stations. (4) Pivoting the alidade about a. thus getting a. 2. d. level it and transfer the point A on to the sheet by way of plumbing fork. the method is more suitable when the distances are small and one single instrument can control the points to be detailed.E. (3) Pivoting the alidade about a.. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 25 . The positions of the points are thus mapped by way of intersection. It is therefore very essential to have at least two instrument stations to locate any point. RADIATION In this method. The intersection of these rays will give the position of the object. The following steps are necessary to an instrument station to locate the points from an instrument station: 1. sight it to B. and the point is located by plotting to some scale the distance so measured. The method has a wider scope if the distances are obtained tacheometrically with the help of telescopic alidade.. C. and draw the corresponding rays along the edge of the alidade to intersect with the previously drawn rays in c. b. Procedure The following is the procedure to locate the points by the method of intersection: (1) Set the table at A. The base line ab is thus drawn. d. A. Join these if needed. D. 3. E etc. D. e etc. Draw the ray along the fiducial edge of the alidade.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY The first two methods are generally employed for locating the details while the other two methods are used for locating the plane table stations. sight the details C. TD. The location of an object is determined by sighting at the object from two plane table stations and drawing the rays. Clamp the table. and draw corresponding rays. a ray is drawn from the instrument station towards the point. Set the table at T. e etc. level it and transfer the point on to the sheet by means of plumbing fork. (2) With the help of the trough compass. Keep the alidade touching t and sight to A. Orient the table roughly by compass and finally by back sighting A. sight the details C. the distance is measured between the instrument station and that point. Measure TA. and draw the corresponding rays. The point of intersectior of the two rays forms the vertex of a triangle having the two rays as two sides and the base line as the third line of the triangle. Due to this reason. Evidently.. The distance between the two instrument stations is measured and plotted on the sheet to some scale. E etc. INTERSECTION (GRAPHIC TRIANGULATION) Intersection is resorted to when the distance between the point and the instrument station is either too large or cannot be measure accurately due to some field conditions. Similarly. The line joining the two instrument stations is known as the base line. Clamp the table.E.I.

Similarly draw a ray towards E. A. sight to C. Clamp the table. the table can be set at other stations and the traverse is completed. Let A and B be two visible stations which have been plotted on the sheet as a and b. (iii) Resection after orientation by three-point problem. the table will have to be set on at least (n — 1) stations to know the error of closure though the traverse may be closed even by setting it on (n — 2) stations. of the two resectors will give c. Resection after orientation by compass The method is utilized only for small-scale or rough mapping for which the relatively large errors due to orienting with the compass needle would not impair the usefulness of the map.MUKKANNAN M. RESECTION Resection is the process of determining the plotted position of the station occupied by the plane table.M. locations of which have been plotted. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 26 . Procedure. Set the table at C and orient it with compass. Measure AB and scale off ab to some scale. (1) Set the table at A. Clamp the table. (3) Shift the table to B and set it. sight B from b and draw a resector. A. by means of sights taken towards known points.E. sight it to B and draw the ray. (2) Pivoting the alidade about a.I. (4) Pivoting the alidade about b. the required point. measure AE and plot e. The intersection of the two resectors will give c. (ii) Resection after orientation by back sighting. Measure BC and plot it on the drawn ray to the same scale. Resection after orientation by backsighting If the table can be oriented by backsighting along a previously plotted backsight line. Draw the direction of magnetic meridian with the help of trough compass. Use plumbing fork for transferring A on to the sheet. the station can be located by the intersection of the backsight line and the resector drawn through another known point. (iv) Resection after orientation by two-point problem. similarly. (2) With the alidade pivoted about a.E. The only difference is that in the case of radiation the observations are taken to those points which are to be detailed or mapped while in the case of traversing the observations are made to those points which will sub sequently be used as instrument stations..AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY TRAVERSING Plane table traverse involves the same principles as a transit traverse. the required point. (1) Let C be the instrument station to be located on the plan. The following are the four methods of orientation: (i) Resection after orientation by compass.. (5) It is to be noted here that the orientation is to be done by back sighting (6) If there are n stations in a closed traverse. draw a resector (ray) towards A. Similarly. Orient the table accurately back sighting A.

it is required to orient the table at the station with respect to three visible points already located on the plan. the first method is rarely used as the errors due to local attraction etc. c respectively on the plan.MUKKANNAN M.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (1) Let C be the station to be located on the plan and A and B be two visible points which have been plotted on the sheet as a and b. in three-point problem. are inevitable. (b) Two visible points and their plotted positions (The two point problem). there. THE THREE-POINT PROBLEM Statement: Location of the position. Estimate roughly the position of C on this ray as c1 (3) Shift the table to C and centre it approximately with respect to c. sight C and draw a ray. The following are some of the important methods available for the solution of the problem (a) ) Mechanical Method (Tracing Paper Method) (b) Graphical Method (c) Lehmann‘ s Method (Trial and Error Method) 1.fore.. (2) Pivoting the alidade at a. o Let P be the instrument station and A. the data must consist of either (a) Three visible points and their plotted positions (The three. c is the location of the instrument station. Clamp the table which has been oriented.E. it is necessary to set the table on one of the known points and draw the ray towards the station to be located. o The intersection of the three resectors in a point gives the location of the instrument station. MECHANICAL METHOD (TRACING PAPER METHOD) The method involves the use of a tracing paper and is.M.point problem). b. A. (4) Pivoting the alidade about b. of the station occupied by the plane table by means of observations to three well-defined points whose positions have been previously plotted on the plan o In other words. Resection by Three-point Problem and Two-point Problem Of the two methods described above.I. Set the table at A and orient it by backsighting B along ab. B. In the second method. o Thus. o The table is said to be correctly oriented at P when the three resectors through a. Keep the alidade on the line c1 a and orient the table by back-sight to A. Thus. also known as tracing paper method. C be the points which are located as a. A.E.. sight B and draw the resector bB to intersect the ray C1a in c. orientation and resection are accomplished in the same operation.. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 27 . In the more usual case in which no such ray has been drawn. b and c meet at a point and not in a triangle. on the plan.

p‘ b‘ and p‘ c‘ on the tracing paper. this method is known as ― Bessel‘s Method of Inscribed Quadrilateral‖. C in turn and draw the corresponding lines p‘ a‘. The table is correctly oriented. (3) Keep the alidade along ab and rotate the table till B is bisected. Draw the ray.E. sight to B. c be their plotted positions. B. (6) To test the orientation. loose the clamp and rotate the plane table so that the line of sight pass through A. Hence. L P be the position of the instrument station to be located on the map. The line of sight will not pass through A as the orientation has not yet been corrected. the three rays will meet at one point. sight to C. b. Clamp the table. C be the known points and a. (1) Set the table on P. (4) Loose the tracing paper and rotate it on the drawing paper in such a way that the lines p‘ a‘. and c as the orientation is approximate.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY Procedure Let A. If the orientation is correct. To correct the orientation. (2) Fix a tracing paper on the sheet and mark on it p‘ as the approximate location of P with the help of plumbing fork. but the method given by Bessel is more suitable and is described first. sight A. Similarly. Clamp the table. c and p form a quadrilateral and all the four points lie along the circumference of a circle. (4) Pivoting the alidade about a. Orient the table approximately with eye so that ab is parallel to AB. GRAPHICAL METHODS There are several graphical methods available. b. (5) Keep the alidade on pa. the line of sight will pass through B. (2) Keep the alidade pivoted about a and sight A. if alidade is pivoted about a and A is sighted. sight to C and draw the ray xy along the edge of the alidade . p‘ b‘ and p‘ c‘ pass through a. LEHMANN‟S METHOD Procedure: (1) Set the table at P and orient the table approximately so that ab is parallel to AB.MUKKANNAN M. (2) Pivoting the alidade about b. Draw the ray along the edge of the alidade to intersect the ray xy in c‘ Join cc‘ (5) Keep the alidade along C‘ C and rotate the table till C is bisected. Clamp the table. Similarly. Transfer p‘ on to the sheet and represent it as p. Remove the tracing paper and join pa. Bessel‟ s Graphical Solution (1) After having set the table at station P. Similarly.I. A. draw rays from b and c towards B and C respectively. The points a. pb and pc. A. These lines will not pass through a. the ray will pass through p if the work is accurate. they will meet in three points forming one small triangle of error. The table is thus oriented. If the orientation is correct. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 28 .. (6) Pivoting the alidade about b. Clamp the table. the line of sight will pass through C when the alidade is kept on pc. If not. Clamp the table. b and c respectively. b.M.E. keep the alidade along pb.. keep the alidade on ba and rotate the table so that A is bisected. (3) Pivoting the alidade at p‘ . Draw the ray to intersect cc‘ in p . B. 2.

c is the point representing the station C.I. C (or a. B. the size of which will be smaller than the previous triangle of error. (4) Keep the alidade along p‘ a and rotate the table to sight A. the plotted positions of which are known. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 29 . Thus. Clamp the table. Draw the ray. (7)The angle between ab and ab‘ is the error in orientation and must be corrected for. with reference to the approximate orientation made at D. Mark a point c on the ray by estimation to represent the distance DC. sight B. the same as it was at D. orient it (tentatively) by taking backsight to D and centre it with reference to c The orientation is. Thus b‘ is the approximate representation of B with respect to the orientation made at D. by successive trial and error. The final and correct position of the table will be such that the rays Aa. Draw the ray to intersect with the previously drawn ray from D in c. To do this. c) form a triangle known as the Great Triangle.MUKKANNAN M. Set the table at D in such a way that ab is approximately parallel to AR (either by compass or by eye judgment). (6)Pivoting the alidade about c. The whole problem is to orient the table at C. Similarly. TWO-POINT PROBLEM Statement: Location of the position on the plan. the triangle of error can be reduced to a point. Similarly. the degree of accuracy of which depends upon the approximation that has been made in keeping at‘ parallel to AR. to assist the orientation at C. (5) Keep the alidade at b to sight B and draw the ray. The whole problem.E. draw a resector from b and B to intersect the previous one in c The position of d is thus got. (6) Thus. The orientation will be correct only when the triangle of error is reduced to one point. (5)Keep the alidade pivoted at a and sight it to A. B. Similarly. These rays will again meet in one triangle.M. Procedure (1) Choose an auxiliary point D near C. This will give next approximate orientation (but more accurate than the previous one). of the station occupied by the plane table by means of observation to two well defined points whose position have been previously plotted on the plan. Draw the ray. The approximate choice of the position may be done with the help of Lehmann‘ s Rules described later.. keep the alidade at c and sight C.‖ Let us take two points A and B. if p‘ has been chosen judiciously keeping in the view the Lehmann‘ s Rules. (3)Keep the alidade at d and sight C. thus. b. giving the point p. b. Draw the resector. c) is known as the Great Circle. Clamp the table. thus..AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (3) The triangle of error so formed will give the idea for the further orientation. (4) Shift the table to C. A.E. C or (a. involves a fair knowledge of Lehmann‘ s Rules for the approximate fixation of p‘ so that the triangle of error may be reduced to a minimum. Let C be the point to be plotted. Transfer the point d to the ground and drive a peg. the circle passing through A. choose the point p‘ as shown. (2) Keep the alidade at a and sight A. Bb and Cc meet in one single point. Draw the ray to intersect with the ray drawn from D to B in b‘ . The lines joining A. In order that ab and ab‘ may coincide (or may become parallel) keep a pole P in line wih ab‘ and at a A.

if telescopic alidade is used. (e) ) Defective or inaccurate centring. the system adopted and upon the degree to which accuracy is deliberately sacrificed for speed. A.I.E. (a) Non-horizontality of board The effect of non-horizontality of board is more severe when the difference in elevation between the points sighted is more. Clamp the table. 3. (8) After having oriented the table as above. the table may be disturbed between any two sights resulting in the disturbance of orientation. (d) Movement of board between sights Due to carelessness of the observer. 2. (d) Movement of board between sights.M. (c) ) Defective orientation. These include (a) Non-horizontality of board. rotate the table till P is bisected.E. Error due to manipulation and sighting. The table is thus correctly oriented. as there is every possibility of local attraction.. as it avoids unnecessary waste of time in setting up the table by repeated trials. the intersection of which will give the position C occupied by the table. Erroneous orientation contribute to wards distortion of the survey. The various sources of errors may be classified as 1. ERRORS IN PLANE TABLING The degree of precision to be attained in plane tabling depends upon the character of the survey. Keeping the alidade along ab. the clamp should be firmly applied. (b) Defective sighting The accuracy of plane table mapping depends largely upon the precision with which points are sighted. (c) Defective orientation Orientation done with compass is unreliable.MUKKANNAN M. the quality of the instrument. Instrumental Errors : Errors due to bad quality of the in strument. A. This includes all errors described for theodolite. The plain alidade with open sight is much inferior to the telescopic alidade in the definition of the line of sight. Errors of plotting.. (b) Defective sighting. It is always advisable to check the orientation at the end of the observation from a station. draw a resector from a to A and another from b to B. (e) Inaccurate centring It is very essential to have a proper conception of the extent of error introduced by inaccurate centring. To reduce the possibility of such movement. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 30 .AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY great distance. This orientation should be checked at as many stations as possible by sighting distant prominent objects already plotted.

DA = 179° 15‘ Fore bearing Back bearing Inc Angle 258° 30‘ 29° 25‘ 310° 5‘ 129° 30‘ 79° 15‘ 129° 238° 45‘ 58° 45‘ 108° 40‘ 289° 71° 20‘ 129° 45‘ A = 108° 40‘ .MUKKANNAN M. S. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 31 .I. AB 80° 45‘ 2. SDA 260° 290° 30‘ 110° 10‘ BC => 130° 30‘ ~ 311° 35‘ = 181° 5‘ DA => 290° 30‘ ~ 110° 10‘ = 180° 20‘ Magnetic error 1° 30‘ w 9. BC 3.E. A.B B.80° 45‘ S. Both the bearings expressed in whole circle bearing deter each other by 180°. Compute the included angles. AB => 260° . AB 2.. The bearing of the line in the direction of progress of survey is called fore or Forward bearing while the bearing opposite to the direction of the progress of survey is known as reverse of Back bearing.E.M.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY Fore and Back bearing: A line may be expressed by two bearings observed from the either end of the line. Station 1..289° = 129° 45‘ Sum of included angles = 360° A. CD 240° 15‘ 60° 15‘ 4.No.238° 45‘ = 71° 20 D = ( 360° +58° 45‘) .B 1.No. BC 130° 30‘ 311° 35‘ 3. CD 4.129° =129° 30‘ C = 310° 5‘ . PROBLEMS Compute magnetic declination for the following observations. Station F.79° 15‘ = 29° 25‘ B = 258° 30‘ .

AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY UNIT – III LEVELLING LEVELLING The principle of level lies in furnishing a horizontal line of sight and finds the vertical distance of the points above or below the line of site. A. and a graduated leveling staff provides the vertical height of a station with reference to the level line. A line of sight is provided with a level. A..M. The difference in elevation of two stations is equal to the difference of the staff readings.. A line of sight is provided with a level.E. SPECIAL TERM AND THEIR ABBREVIATIONS USED IN LEVELING INSTRUMENT STATION:A point where instrument is set up for observations is called instrument station. This should be checked often since slight disturbance of the instrument affects the line of sight to a large extent. Sources of errors in leveling Errors in leveling may be categorized into Personal error Errors due to natural factors and Instrumental error PRINCIPLE OF LEVELLING:The principle of level lies in furnishing a horizontal line of sight and finds the vertical distance of the points above or below the line of site. (ii) Focusing of telescope to a distant object (iii) Adjustment of eye piece to have a clear view of the cross hairs Reciprocal leveling A method of differential leveling is based on the fact the instrument kept equidistant from the back and forward station. By setting the level midway the error due to the curvature and refraction and also the collimation error is eliminated. TEMPORARY ADJUSTMENTS OF A LEVEL Temporary adjustments are done before the beginning of the survey and after each shifting of the instrument.MUKKANNAN M. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 32 . and a graduated leveling staff provides the vertical height of a station with reference to the level line.E. (i) Centering of bubble to align the line of sight horizontal using foot screws.I.

MUKKANNAN M.M. FORE SIGHT (F. (i) Centering of bubble to align the line of sight horizontal using foot screws. A.P): The point at which both a fore sight and back sight are taken during the operation of levelling is called a change point. INTERMEDIATE SIGHT:The F.. Fore site enables surveyor to obtain the elevation of the point. CHANGE POINT OR TURNING POINT (C.I. A. It ascertains the amount by which the line of sight is above or below the elevation of the point.E.S) The site on a level staff held at a point of unknown elevation to ascertain by what extent the point is above or below the line of site is called fore site. ADJUSTMENT OF LEVEL:A leveling instrument needs two types of adjustment. It does not mean the height of telescope above the ground level were the level is setup. BACK SIGHT (B.E.S) A first site taken on a level staff held at position of known elevation is called back site.S taken on a level staff held at points between two turning points to determine the elevation of points is known as intermediate sight. It may be noted that for one setting of the level there will be only a back sight and fore sight but there can be a number of intermediate sights.. (1) Temporary adjustment (2) Permanent adjustment Temporary adjustments are done before the beginning of the survey and after each shifting of the instrument. The change point is always selected on a relatively permanent point. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 33 . Back site enable the surveyor to obtain the height of instrument. This should be checked often since slight disturbance of the instrument affects the line of sight to a large extent.P OR T.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY HEIGHT OF INSTRUMENT (Hi) The elevation of line of site with respect to assumed datum is known as height of instrument. Sights are taken from two different instrument station a fore sight ascertains the elevation of point to establish the height of instrument at the new instrument station.

170 2.750m rule out a page of level book an enter above readings carry out reduction of height by collimation method and apply arithmetic checks. 1.L 80. A following readings are taken with the level with a 4m leveling staff on a continuously slope ground at 30m interval.840 75.600 = .380 1.540 0.570 H. 1.MUKKANNAN M. this ensures that if the bubble tube is centered the line of sight is perfectly horizontal.S 0.250 The R.855.C 81. 2.835 3.680.170 = 74. The difference in elevation of two stations is equal to the difference of the staff readings.245 76.575 78. 3.570 – 9.430 81.150 – 80.430 79.530 & 2.265 0.430 81.105 79.330.855.380. 3. A. 1.055. 2.455.430 81. 1.I..400 76.150 Arithmetic check BS - FS = RL of last point – RL of first point 2.835.L of starting point was 80.M.050 77. A.455 74.975 79.400 R.S 1.100 78.400 76.565 75.430 81.455 1.6.330 2.6.540.680 I.105 76.860.945 1. 0.870 74.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (ii) Focusing of telescope to a distant object (iii) Adjustment of eye piece to have a clear view of the cross hairs Permanent adjustments include orientation of bubble tube axis parallel to line of sight of the telescope.945. Station A B C D E F G H I J K L SUM B. 1.105 79.055 3.. Determine gradient of the line joining 1st and last point.750 79. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 34 .S F.855 2.0.250 9.575 79. 2.E.E.860 2. 0.530 2.855 1.265.430 81.750 .600 RECIPROCAL LEVELLING: A method of differential leveling is based on the fact the instrument kept equidistant from the back and forward station.

(iii) Transfer instrument to B and set it very near to B when the bubble is centered observe the readings at A & B as a2 and b2. Let A & B be two points on opposite banks of the lake the differents of level of A & B may be determine as follows: (i) Set up the level very near to A Keeping the bubble of the level tube centre . A. When it is not possible to set up the level midway between two points as in the case of leveling across large water bodies the reciprocal leveling is employed to carry forward a levels on the other side of the obstruction. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 35 . Due to curvature of the earth reading taken on a leveling staff held vertically is always more than what these would have been if the earth has a plan surface.MUKKANNAN M. Difference in elevation between A and B is (b1 – a1) + (b2 + a2) h = ----------------------------2 CURVATURE CORRECTION:A line of sight is the straight line Assumed to be free from effect of curvature a level live is a curve line having its concave surface towards the earth. CC = 0..take reading on the staff held at A & B.. PROCEDURE: (b1 – a1) + (b2 – a2) h = ----------------------------.E. A true difference in elevation between A & B is equal to the mean of the two apparent difference of levels.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY By setting the level midway the error due to the curvature and refraction and also the collimation error is eliminated. A pencil may be pointed on the staff till it is see through the telescope a connect reading is noted.M.I.Readings as A is usually taken through the objective as a field of view is very small.m 2 H = Different in elevation.E.0785d² A. (ii) Let the staff readings are A & B be a1 and b1.

A convenient scale is assumed and the difference of elevation of each point and the datum are plotted along the perpendicular. The instrument should be set up on a firm ground and carefully leveled. (ii) Error in manipulation:- This is due to careless setting up of the level neither the telescope nor the tripod should be disturbed while taking readings. To avoid the error the observer should develop the habit of checking the bubble before and after taking reading. In order to minimize the error due to the curvature of line of sight a correction is applied. PLOTTING OF CROSS SECTION:A Horizontal line is draw and different cross section are plotted on a convenient Scale keeping the central peg of the profile in the centre. If the bubble is not centered a Horizontal axis telescope gets inclined affecting the staff readings. In the sectioning profile a Horizontal & vertical scales are generally kept the same. The corrector of refraction is always add to the staff reading..Instrumental error PERSONAL ERROR:Personal error include the following (i) Error in sighting: This is caused when it is difficult to see the exact coincide of the crosshairs and the staff graduation. The points so obtained are joining to get the desired sectional elevation. Errors due to natural factors 3.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY REFRACTION CORRECTION As line sight passes through the atmosphere it passes through regions of different density. Some times atmospheric air. It may be noted that the elevation of cross datum lines for different section may be different to have the ordinates fairly short.M.I. ERRORS IN LEVELLING:Errors in leveling may be categorized into 1. Take care that the bubble is centre when the readings are observed. A.Personal error 2. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 36 . This error is accidental and may be classified as compensative. atmospheric condition also cause on error in sighting. The error is more for long sights & less for short sights. A. This causes the line of sight to bend instead of traveling straight.E.E.MUKKANNAN M. This may be either due to long sights or due to poor focusing of the crosshair..

The correction of the curvature has to be subtracted from the observe staff reading to get correct reading.003m for a sight of 300 m length. (iv) Reading the inverted staff as a vertically held staff.I. (iii) Omitting on entry.S reading in the I. The wind is also responsible for small disturbance in the instrument level..S reading instead of subtracting with and subtracting a B. In strong winds it‘s always advisable to suspend the work.MUKKANNAN M. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 37 . (iii) Error due to wind & sun:Due to strong winds it is always difficult to hold the staff vertical due to non-verticality of the staff the observed reading is higher.S or F. Error is reading the staff : These error generally committed are (i) Reading the staff upside down. (iii) Concentrating the attention on decimal part of reading and entering the whole value wrongly.E. In case of ordinary leveling error due to curvature in negligible that is only 0. (iv) Adding the F. (ii) Reading top or bottom hair instead of center hair. This is negligible for short sites and it‘s generally ignored in ordinary leveling. (ii) Error due to refraction:The effect of refraction on the observe readings is opposite to that of the curvature. A.S reading instead of adding. The staff should be held vertical using a plumb bob.M. Refraction rise the elevation of the station on the error is also professional to the square of the horizontal distance of the station from the level. (ii) Recording the reading with digits inter change.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (iii) Non Vertically of staff: If the staff is not held vertical during observation of the staff reading the observed value will be higher than the actual value..E. Error is recording & computation:Common errors is recording are (i) Entering the reading in the wrong column that is B.S column. A. Errors due to natural causes :Errors due to curvature :The curvature of the earth surface lowers the elevation of the station and it is directly proportional to the square of the horizontal distance between the staff position and the point of observation.

AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY The sun causes a considerable trouble. In case of leveling an steep slopes. A. But in the case of inter mediate site the distance reading are thrown into error by a different amount. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 38 . The effect of sun in also cause’s elongation of the staff due to increased temperature but in ordinary leveling the changing in length is negligible. Irregularly of curvature of the tube is also a series defect.In a perfected adjusted level a line of collimation remains horizontal when the bubble of the level tube occupies the central position.M.E. (v) Smoothness of the internal surface A. Such errors get compensative. SENSITIVITY OF LEVEL TUBE:The ability of level tube to express small deviation from the horizontal axis is termed as sensitivity of level tube.MUKKANNAN M.If the bubble of level tube is sluggish. (ii) The diameter of the level tube that is larger the diameter greater is the sensitivity of the level tube.S & F. Sensitiveness of a l e v e l tube is either expressed in terms of minimum angle required by t h e bubble to move the smallest division on the angled scale.I. If the B. (iv) The viscosity and the surface tension of the bubble also affect sensitiveness of the level tube. When adjustment is not perfect the line of collimation is either inclined upwards or downwards or observed reading are either more a less.E. It will remain centre even if the bubble axis is not horizontal or on the other hand if its two sensitive a reasonable time is spent to bring a bubble centre. Instrumental error:(i) Imperfect adjustment of level: . The sensitivity of the level tube depends on (i) The radius of curvature of the internal surface that is higher the radius greater the sensitivity of the tube.S distance are kept equal as in the case of the leveling.. (iii) The length of the vapor bubble that is greater the length of the bubble more is the sensitivity of the tube. It‘s recommended to protect the objective by an umbrella. (ii) Defecting level tube: .. The effect of deflective level tube also gets neutralized if the sights are of equal length.

DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 39 .E.I. the height of the instrument (Hi) is calculated for each setting of the instrument by adding back sight (plus sight) to the elevation of the B. The figures for ‗ rise‘ and ‗ fall‘ worked out thus for all the points give the vertical distance of each point above or below the preceding one.L. Example: Arithmetic check: The difference between the sum of back sights and the sum of fore sights should be equal to the difference between the last and the first R.L. normal to the plumb line at all points. the height of instrument is not at all calculated but the difference of level between consecutive points is found by comparing the staff readings on the two points for the same setting of the instrument. A. of those points is calculated by subtracting the intermediate sight (minus sight) from the height of the instrument for that setting. HEIGHT OF INSTRUMENT METHOD In this method.M (First point).F. Horizontal Line It is straight line tangential to the level line at a point.L. of the last point (a fore sight) is obtained by subtracting the staff reading from height of the last setting of the instrument. the R. For the next setting of the instrument.. Level Line A level line is a line lying in a level surface.S taken on T.M. of last and first point. and if the level of any one point is known the level of the next will be obtained by adding its rise or subtracting its fall.MUKKANNAN M. The difference between their stall readings indicates a rise or fall according as the staff reading at the point is smaller or greater than that at the preceding point. the H is obtained by adding the B. It is. RISE AND FALL METHOD In rise and fall method. If there are some intermediate points. The process continues till the R. It is also perpendicular to the line defined by a plumb line.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY UNIT-IV LEVELLING AND APPLICATIONS LEVELLING Levelling is a branch of surveying the object of which is : (1) To find the elevations of given points with respect to a given or assumed datum. as the case may be. The elevation of reduced level of the turning point is then calculated by subtracting from Hi the fore sight (minus sight).L. I to its R. (2) To establish points at a given elevation or at different elevations With respect to a given or assumed datum. A.. Example: Arithmetic Check: The difference between the sum of back sights and sum of fore sights should be equal to the difference between the sum of rise and the sum of fall and should also be equal to the difference between the R. BOOKING AND REDUCING LEVELS methods of booking and reducing the elevation of points from the observed staff readings (1) Collimation or Height of Instrument method (2) Rise and Fall method.E.L. therefore.

any number of intermediate sights may be obtained on points along the line from each set up of the instrument It is generally best to set up the level to one side of the profile line to avoid too short sights on the points near the instrument. A contour passing through any point is perpendicular to the line of steepest slope at that point. when the vertical profile of the ground is regular or gradually curving. Contour lines close together indicate steep slope.I. The level is then set up in an advanced position and a back is taken on that turning point. It is a line in which the surface of ground is intersected by a level surface.MUKKANNAN M. However.M. They indicate a gentle slope if they are far apart. two different contours of the same elevation may approach very near to each other. requires the establishment of turning points on which both back and foresights are taken.E. like differential levelling. This is evident because the single line would. levels are taken on points at equal-distances apart and generally at intervals of a chain length. Similarly. For each set up. A. The length of cross-section depends the nature of work. Plotting the profile Contouring A contour is an imaginary line on the ground joining the points of equal elevation. CROSS SECTIONING Cross sections are run at right angles to the longitudinal profile and o either side of it for the purpose of lateral outline of the ground Surface.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY LONGITUDINAL SECTIONING PROCEDURE Profile levelling. Contour lines of different elevation intersect only in case of overhanging cliff or a cave. the crossstaff or the optical square and the distances are measured left and right from the centre peg Cross-section be taken at each chain. The position of the intermediate points on the profile are simultaneously located by chaining a along the profile and noting their distances from the point of commencement. a single contour cannot split into two lines. Contour lines of different elevations can unite to form one line only in the case of a vertical cliff. similarly.. otherwise. Characteristics of contours Two contour lines of different elevations cannot cross each other.E. The cross-sections are numbered consecutively from the commencement of the centre line and are set out at right angles to the main line of section with the chain and tape. They provide the data for estimating quantities of earth work and for other purposes. intermediate sights should be taken after the foresight on the next turning station has been taken. indicate a knife-edge ridge or depression which does not occur in nature. A closed contour line with one or more higher ones inside It. represents a hill.. In addition. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 40 . A. a closed contour line With one or more lower ones inside it indicates a depression without an outlet To contour lines having the same elevation cannot unite and continue as one line.

The staff is kept on the B.I. Contour lines cross a watershed or ridge line at right angles. turning upstream. Horizontal control After having located the points on various contours.E. METHODS OF CONTOURING 1.8m means the staff reading will be 1.By square ii. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 41 . though not necessarily within the limits of the map. The elevations of the corners of the square are then determined by means of a level and a staff. The size of the square may vary from 5 to 20 m depending upon the nature of the contour and contour interval. They form sharp curves of V-shape across it with convex side of the curve towards the higher ground If there is a stream. The area is divided into a number of squares.E.MUKKANNAN M.Indirect method Direct method: The field work is of two-fold Vertical control Horizontal control Vertical control The points on the contours are traced either with the help of a level and staff or with a help of a hand level. may disappear in coincidence with the edge of the stream and cross underneath the water surface. A.M.80m are obtained every time. For small area chain survey may be used and points may be located by offsets. The contour lines may then be drawn by interpolation. In a work of a larger nature a traverse may be used.80m Taking one contour at a time the staff man is directed to keep the staff on the point on contour so that readings of 1. they are to be surveyed with a survey control system. They form curves of Vshape round it with the concave side of the curve towards the higher ground Contour lines cross a valley line at right angles. A. the same size. the contour on either side. INDIRECT METHOD The following are some of the indirect methods: i.M..By tacheometric method By square The method is used when the area to be surveyed is small and the ground is not very much undulating.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY A contour line must close upon itself. The same is true of the lower horizontal plane that cuts a valley. and the height of the instrument is determined. Calculate the staff reading For example if height of the instrument is 101.By cross-section iii. Direct method 2. It is not necessary that the squares may be of.. for the highest horizontal plane that intersects the ridge must cut it on both sides. The same contour appears on either sides of a ridge or valley.

E. A. the points marked with dots are the points actually surveyed in the field while the points marked with x on the first cross-section are the points interpolated on contours. The horizontal distances need not be measured since the tacheometer provides both horizontal as well as vertical control.. Thus. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 42 . The staff intercept s is then obtained by taking the difference between the readings against the top and bottom wires. yet small enough to conform to the inequalities of the ground and to the accuracy required. The cross-section and the points can then be plotted and the elevation of each point is marked. cross-sections are run transverse to the centre line of a road.MUKKANNAN M.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY Sometimes.I. rectangles are also used in place of squares.M. The method is also known as spot leveillng. By Cross Section In this method. A. Thus if ɵ is the inclination of the line of sight with horizontal the horizontal distance (D) between the instrument axis and the point in which the line of sight against the central wire intersects the staff are given by: D=K1s cos2ɵ + K2 cos2ɵ V= D tan ɵ K1 & K2 are instrumental constants.E. The contour lines are interpolated on the assumption that there is uniform slope between two points on two adjacent contours. A tacheometer is a theodolite fitted with stadia diaphragm so that staff readings against all the three hairs may be taken. The method is most suitable for railway route surveys. as in ravines or on spurs. When there are appreciable breaks in the surface between corners. The line of sight can make any inclination with the horizontal the range of instrument observations. By tacheometric method In the case of hilly terrain the tacheometric method may be used with advantage.. The squares should be as long as practicable. railway or canal etc. The cross-sections should be more closely spaced where the contours curve abruptly. guide points in addition to those at corners may also be used.

setting out curves etc. A. THE ESSENTIALS OF THE TRANSIT THEODOLITE The Telescope The telescope is an integral part of the theodolite and is mounted on a spindle known as horizontal axis or trunnion axis The telescope may be internal focusing type or external focusing type. Theodolites may be classified as Transit theodolite. Transit theodolite It is the one in which the line of sight can be reversed by revolving the telescope through 180º in the vertical plane. For adjustment purposes. however. Glass magnifiers are placed in front of each vernier to magnify the reading .. The Index Frame (or T-Frame or Vernier Frame) The index frame is a 1-shaped frame consisting of a vertical leg known as clipping arm and a horizontal bar known as vernier arm or index arm.MUKKANNAN M. By means of vertical circle clamp and its corresponding slow motion or tangent screw the telescope can be set accurately at any desired position in vertical plane. establishing grades. A long sensitive bubble tube. the vertical circle moves relative to the verniers with the help of which reading can be taken. Non-transit theodolite It may be either plain theodolites or Y-theodolites in which the telescope cannot be transited.I.M.E.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY UNIT V THEODOLITE SURVEYING The Theodolite The measurement of horizontal and vertical angles and it is the most precise instrument designed for points on line. A. The index arm is centered on the trunnion axis in front of the vertical circle and remains fixed When the telescope is moved in the vertical plane. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 43 .E. determining difference in elevation.. prolonging survey lines. Non-transit theodolite. The Vertical Circle The vertical circle is a circular graduated arc attached to the trunnion axis of the te1escope consequently the graduated arc rotates with the telescope when the latter is turned about the horizontal axis. the index arm can be rotated slightly with the help of a clip screw fitted to the clipping arm at its lower end. At the two extremities of the index arm are fitted two verniers to read the vertical circle. sometimes known as the altitude bubble is placed on the top of the index frame.

A. A. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 44 .M. In some instruments.E. The upper tribrach has three arms each carrying a levelling screw The lower tribrach plate or foot plate has a circular hole through which a plumb bob may be suspended.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY The Standards (or A-Frame) Two standards resembling the letter A are mounted on the upper plates The trunnion axis of the telescope is supported on these.. The T-frame and the arm of vertical circle clamp are also attached to the A frame. for levelling screws are provided between two parallel plates. The Levelling Head.E. The levelling head usually consists of two parallel triangular plates known as tribrach plates..I.MUKKANNAN M.

The Upper Plate (or Vernier Plate) The upper plate or vernier plate is attached to the inner axis and carries two verniers with magnifiers at two extremities diametrically opposite. however. On clamping the upper and unclamping the lower clamp. The lower plate carries a horizontal circle at its levellel edge and is. The upper plate supports the standards it carries an upper clamp screw and a corresponding tangent screw for purpose of accurately fixing it to the lower plate. If. One of the plate level is kept parallel to the trunnion axis. The inner spindle is also called the upper axis since it carries the vernier or upper plate The outer spindle carries the scale or lower plate and is. also known as the scale plate. the lower plate is fixed to the upper tribrach of the levelling head. The plate level can be centred with the help of foot screws A. therefore. its corresponding clamp screw must be tightened. the lower plate can be rotated slightly. When the clamp is tightened. On turning the tangent screw. known as the lower axis.I. The Plate Levels The upper plate carries two plate levels placed at right angles to each other. (c) To provide a mean for levelling the theodolite..E. the lower clamp is clamped and upper clamp unclamped. The Lower Plate (or Scale Plate) The lower plate is attached to the outer spindle. The Two Spindles The inner spindle or axis is solid and conical and fits into the outer spindle which is hollow and ground conical in the interior. therefore.M. In some theodotites only one plate level is provided. For using any tangent screw. The lower plate carries a lower clamp screw and a corresponding slow motion or tangent screw with the help of which it can be fixed accurately in any desired position. Both the axes have a common axis which forms the vertical axis of the instrument. the upper plate and the instrument can rotate on the inner axis with a relative motion between the vernier and the scale. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 45 .E. the instrument can rotate on its outer axis without any relative motion between the two plates. also.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY A levelling head has three distinctive functions: (a) To support the main part of the instrument. A.. (b) To attach the theodolite to the tripod.MUKKANNAN M.

it is know as the left swing. Swinging the telescope.. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 46 . If the telescope is rotated in clock-wise direction.E. At the lower ends.I. This is the axis about which the lower and upper plates rotate. The axis of the level-tube is horizontal when the bubble is central. it is known as right swing. The Compass Theodolites are provided with a compass which can be either tubular type or trough type.E. Small flat curve scales of only a few degrees are provided on each side of the trough.. Striding Level Some theodolites are fitted with a striding level. The axis of level tube The axis of the level tube or the bubble line is a straight line tangential to the longitudinal curve of the level tube at its centre.. it is also known as plunging or reversing. The horizontal or trunnion axis is the axis about which the telescope and the vertical circle rotate in vertical plane. Transiting. the theodolite is supported on a tripod which consists of three solid or framed legs. It is used to test the horizontality of the transit axis or trunnion axis. Since the line of sight is reversed in this operation. A. If telescope is rotated in the anti-clockwise direction. The Plumb pob A plumb bob is suspended from the hook fitted to the bottom of the inner axis to centre the instrument exactly over the station mark. the legs are provided with pointed steel shoes. The line of sight or line of collimation It is the line passing through the intersection of the horizontal and vertical cross. It is the process of turning the telescope in vertical plane through 1800 about the trunnion axis.MUKKANNAN M.M. The horizontal axis. A trough compass consists of a long narrow rectangular box along the longitudinal axis of which is provided a needle balanced upon a steel pivot. It is the process of turning the telescope in horizontal plane.hairs and the optical centre of the object glass and its continuation. The tripod head carries at its upper surface an external screw to which the foot plate of the levelling head can be screwed.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY Tripod When in use. The process of setting the theodolite exactly over the station mark is known as centring. DEFINITIONS The vertical axis The vertical axis is the axis about which the instrument can be rotated in a horizontal plane. Centring. A.

the plumb bob is shifted in the direction of the leg while by moving the leg circumferentially or sideways considerable change in the inclination is effected without disturbing the plumb bob. Telescope normal A telescope is said to be normal or direct when the face of the vertical circle is to the left and the ―bubble (of the telescope) up‖.E. If the face of the vertical circle is to the left of the observer. A. The temporary adjustments are : (1) Setting over the station. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 47 .. therefore. The approximate levelling is done either with reference to a small circular bubble provided on tribrach or is done by eye judgment. Levelling up After having centred and approximately levelled the instrument. (2) levelling up (3) Elimination parallax. SETTING UP The operation of setting up includes Centring Centering of the instrument over the station mark by a plumb bob or by optical plummet. Some instruments are provided with shifting head with the help of which accurate centring can be done easily.M. Face Right Observation If the face of the vertical circle is to the right of the observer. TEMPORARY ADJUSTMENTS Temporary adjustments or station adjustments are those which are made at every instrument setting and preparatory to taking observation with the instrument. The purpose of the levelling is to make the vertical axis truly vertical. Telescope inverted A telescope is said to inverted or reversed when of the vertical circle is to the right and the ―bubble down‖..MUKKANNAN M. the observation of the angle (horizontal or vertical) is known as face left observation. Turn the upper plate until the longitudinal axis of the plate level is roughly parallel to a line joining any two of the levelling screws A. accurate levelling is done with the help of foot screws and with reference to the plate levels.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY Face left observation.I. Changing face It is an operation of bringing the face of the telescope from left to right and vice versa. By moving the leg radially.E. the observation is known as face right observation. Three Screw Head. The manner of levelling the instrument by the plate levels depends upon whether there are three levelling screws or four levelling screws. and Approximate levelling with the help of tripod legs. The second movement is. effective in the approximate levelling of the instrument.

. ELIMINATION OF PARALLAX Parallax is a condition arising when the image formed by the objective is not in the plane of the cross-hairs. Turn the upper plate through 90 degree until the spirit level axis is parallel to the other two diagonally opposite screws (such as A and C) Centre the bubble as before. Return the upper plate through 90 degree to its original position and repeat step (2) till the bubble is central. provided it is in correct adjustment.. Now rotate the instrument through 180 degree. Turn back again through 90 degree and repeat step (4). accurate sighting is impossible. Parallax can be eliminated in two steps: A. A.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY Hold these two levelling screws between the thumb and first finger of each hand and turn them uniformly so that the thumbs move either towards each other or away from each other until the bubble is central. Four Screw Head Turn the upper plate until the longitudinal axis of the plate level is roughly parallel to the line joining two diagonally opposite screws (such as D and B) Bring the bubble central exactly in the same manner as described in step (2) above. Unless parallax is eliminated.M. as for the three screw instrument. Turn through 180 degree to check the permanent adjustment. Repeat steps (2) and (4) till the bubble is central in both the positions. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 48 .I. It should be noted that the bubble will move in the direction of movement of the left thumb Turn the upper plate through 90 degree. Repeat the above steps till the bubble is central in both the positions. until the axis of the level passes over the position of the third levelling screw C Turn this levelling screw until the bubble is central.MUKKANNAN M.E. The bubble should remain in the centre of its run.E.

While entering the reading.E. Release all clamps. The mean of the two such vernier readings gives angle with one face.M. Clamp the upper clamp and bisect R accurately by using upper tangent screw. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 49 . The reading of vernier A gives the angle PQR directly while the vernier B gives by deducting 180 degree. Since both the plates are clamped together. Clamp both the plates together by upper clamp and lower clamp and bring the two zeros into exact coincidence by turning the upper tangent screw.E. Loose the lower clamp and turn the instrument towards the signal at F.MUKKANNAN M. The image so formed is in the plane of cross-hairs. Turn the upper and lower plates in opposite directions till the zero of one of the vernier (say A) is against the zero of the scale and the vertical circle is to the left. minutes and seconds) should be entered while only minutes and seconds of the vernier B are entered. Take both vernier readings. There should be no change in the previous reading. the instrument will rotate about the outer axis. degrees. In some telescopes. A... The reading on vernier B will be 180 degree.e. the full reading of vernier A (i. Bisect point F accurately by using lower tangent screw. By Focusing the objective. Unclamp the upper clamp and rotate the instrument clockwise about the inner axis to bisect the point R. A. Check the readings of verniers A and B.. The telescope is now directed to wards the object to be sighted and the focusing screw is turned till the image appears clear and sharp. if there is no instrumental error. graduations are provided at the eye-piece end so that one can always remember the particular graduation position to suit his eyes. MEASUREMENT OF HORIZONTAL ANGLES To measure the horizontal angle PQR Set up the instrument at Q and level it accurately. Change the face by transiting the telescope and repeat the whole process.I. Read both verniers.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY By Focusing The Eye-Piece To focus the eye-piece for distinct vision of the cross-hairs. point the telescope towards the sky or hold a sheet of white paper in front of the objective and move eye-piece in or out till the cross-hairs are seen sharp and distinct.

Invert the telescope and measure the angle counter-clockwise by 6 repetitions . Note the reading of vernier B. Take as many sets in this way as may be desired. Unclamp the lower clamp and turn the telescope clockwise to sight P again. Bisect R accurately by upper tangent screw. Note the reading of verniers A and B to get the approximate value of the angle PQR. A. The average horizontal angle is then obtained by dividing the final reading by the number of repetitions. For first order work.. „Sets‟ by Method of Repetition for High Precision First Method Keeping the telescope normal throughout. Clamp the upper clamp and bisect R accurately with the upper tangent screw.. Find the average angle with face right. five or six sets are usually required. The average angle with face left will be equal to final reading divided by three. Bisect P accurately by using the lower tangent screw. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 50 .MUKKANNAN M.Obtain the second value of the angle by dividing the final reading by 6. by dividing the final reading by three. To measure the angle PQR Set the instrument at Q and level it.E. Change face and make three more repetitions as described above. Thus an angle reading is mechanically added several times depending upon the number of repetitions. Obtain the first value of the angle by dividing the final reading by 6.I. Clamp the lower clamp and bisect point P accurately by lower tangent screw. The final value of the angle will be obtained by taking the mean of the values obtained by different sets. turn the telescope clockwise and sight R. A.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY REPETITION METHOD It is used to measure a horizontal angle to a finer degree of accuracy than that obtainable with the least count of the vernier.M. Unclamp the upper clamp and turn the instrument clockwise about the inner axis towards R. The average horizontal angle is then obtained by taking the average of the two angles obtained with face left and face right. Unclamp the upper clamp.E. set 00 reading on vernier A. An angle is measured two or more times by allowing the vernier to remain clamped each time at the end of each measurement instead of setting it back at zero when sighting at the previous station. Loose the lower clamp and direct the telescope towards the point P. Take the mean of the first and second values to get the average value of the angle by first set. measure the angle clockwise by 6 repetitions. With the help of upper clamp and tangent screw. Repeat the process until the angle is repeated the required number of times.

. The limit of precision in. however. Take the reading which should theoretically by equal to zero (or the initi l value).AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY Second Method Measure the angle clockwise by six repetitions.E. may be to some extent counter-balanced in different observations. operations such as sighting and clamping are multiplied and hence opportunities for error are multiplied. Errors due to slip. the first three with the telescope normal and the last three with the telescope inverted. by reiteration. Set one vernier to zero and bisect point A (or any other reference object) accurately. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 51 .E. measure the explement of the angle clockwise by six repetitions. the first three with telescope inverted and the last three with telescope normal. Loose the upper clamp and turn the telescope clockwise to point B. Bisect B accurately using the upper tangent screw. the measurement of an angle is ordinarily reached after the fifth or sixth repetition. The result is the corrected value of the angle by the first set Take as many sets as are desired and find the average angle. COD etc. Read both the verniers.. Errors due to in adjustments of line of collimation and the trunnion axis are eliminated by taking both face readings. Errors due to inaccurate bisection of the object.. proceed as follows Set the instrument over 0 and level it. A. eccentric centring etc. If not. The error due to inaccurate graduations are eliminated by taking the readings at different pans of the circle.I.MUKKANNAN M.. Find the first value of the angle by dividing the final by six.. Without altering the reading obtained in the sixth repetition. displacement of station signals. BOC. It should be noted. the initial reading at the beginning of each set may not be set to zero but to two different values. A. and want of verticality of the vertical axis etc. For more accurate work. that in repeating angles. DIRECTION METHOD (OR REITERATION METHOD) To measure the angles AOB.M. note the error and distribute half the error to the first value of the angle. The mean of the vernier readings will give the angles AOB. are not eliminated since they are all cumulative. The following errors are eliminated by method of repetition: Errors due to eccentricity of verniers and centres are eliminated by taking both vernier readings.

Repeat the procedure till the bubble is central in both the positions.M. Two values of each of the angles are obtained. thus closing the circle. A. distribute it equally to all angles. etc. Measure clockwise the angles AOB. The sum of all the average angles so found should be 360°. MEASUREMENT OF VERTICAL ANGLES Vertical angle is the angle which the inclined line of sight to an object makes with the horizontal. unclamp the lower clamp and back Sigh on A. Loose the lower clamp.. repeat the procedure and take a fresh set of readings. etc. DOA. It may be an angle of elevation or angle of depression depending upon whether the object is above or below the horizontal plane passing through the trunnion axis of the instrument.E. The mean of the two gives the vertical circle. Rotate the instrument about its outer axis till the magnetic needle roughly points to north. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 52 .AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY Similarly. Loose the vertical circle clamp and rotate the telescope in vertical plane to sight the object. Repeat steps 2 to 4 with the other face. OPERATIONS WITH THEODOLITE TO MEASURE MAGNETICBEARING OF A LINE To measure the magnetic bearing of a line. Reverse the telescope. If large. BOC. It not.I. Release the needle of the compass. C and D) of vertical circle. Similar observation may be made with another face.. The values so obtained are the corrected values for the first set. Set accurately the vernier A to zero. Several such sets may be taken by setting the initial angle on the vernier to different values. the error (if small) may be distributed equally to all the angles. D. In the case of discrepancy. The mean of the two is taken as the average value of each of the uncorrected angles. COB and BOA. Procedure Set the instrument at P and level it accurately. B and A.. bisect successively. Read both verniers (i. On final sight to A.. The procedure for each set is as follows Set zero reading on one vernier and take a back sight on A. and if the error is small. The average of the two will give the required angle. in counter Clockwise direction and measure angles AOD. Bring the bubble to the centre with the third food screw.. Read both the verniers at each bisection.MUKKANNAN M.e. Use vertical circle tangent screw for accurate bisection. COD. Keep the altitude level parallel to any two foot screws and bring the bubble central. Rotate the telescope through 90° till the altitude bubble is on the third screw. Do not distribute the error. the reading of the vernier should be the same as the original setting. A. Since the graduated circle remains in a fixed position throughout the entire process. C. The procedure is as follows Level the instrument with reference to the plate level. DOC. C. each included angle is obtained by taking the difference between two con secutive readings. Take reading and foresight on D. note the reading and find the error due to slips etc.E. the theodolite should be provided with either a tubular compass or trough compass. exactly in the same manner as explained above and close the horizon.. Clamp the lower clamp.

DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 53 . A. To measure the angle PQR Set the theodolite at Q and level it accurately. unclamp the tower clamp and take backsight on P.E. Bisect it accurately using the lower tangent screw. Bisect R accurately using the upper tangent screw. 3 and 4. LPQR will then be obtained by dividing the final reading by two. TO MEASURE DEFLECTION ANGLES A deflection angle i It is the angle which a survey line makes with the prolongation of the preceeding line. next) line. Bisect Q accurately using the upper tangent screw. Plunge the telescope. Unclamp the lower clamp and direct the telescope to P.M. A. The line of sight will also be in the magnetic meridian those the upper clamp and point the telescope towards Q. The reading will be equal to twice the angle.E..e. Reading on the vernier will be the same as in step Unclamp the upper clamp and bisect R again.I. Read both verniers. TO MEASURE DIRECT ANGLES Direct angles are the angles measured clockwise from the preceding line to the following (i. Read verniers A and B. It is designated as Right (R) or Left (L) according as it is measured to the clockwise or to anticlockwise from the prolongation of the previous line. With face left. Unclamp the upper clamp and swing telescope clockwise and sight R. set the reading on vernier A to zero..AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY Using the lower tangent screw. The average of the two will give the correct bearing of the line PQ. bring the needle exactly against the mark so that it is in magnetic meridian. Read the verniers.MUKKANNAN M. Change the face and repeat steps 2.

P and Q being their projection on a horizontal trace Let the line of sight AP make an angle 1 with horizontal.M. INSTRUMENTAL ERRORS The instrumental errors are due to imperfect adjustment of the instrument. Read both the verniers.E. Read both verniers. The vertical angles measured will also be incorrect.. Error due to imperfect adjustment of plate levels If the upper and lower plates are not horizontal when the bubbles in the plate levels are centred. Plunge the telescope. The error may be serious in observing the points the difference in elevation of which is considerable. With both plates clamped at 0°. structural defects in the instrument. Unclamp the upper clamp and turn the telescope to sight R. The errors cannot be eliminated by double sighting. Since the deflection angle is doubled by taking both face readings. take back sight on P. A. Plunge the telescope. imperfections due to wear. The error can be eliminated only by careful levelling with respect to the altitude bubble if it is in adjustment. The horizontal angle measured will now be with reference to AP2 and not with AP1 If is the instrumental error and e is the resulting error. and Natural.E.I. Thus the line of sight is in the direction PQ produced when the reading on vernier A is 0°. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 54 . The verniers still read the same reading as in (4). When the telescope is lowered after sighting P. the vertical axis of the instrument will not be truly vertical The horizontal angles will be measured in an inclined plane and not in a horizontal plane.. the horizontal and vertical angles measured will be incorrect. Thus. we get Since e and will be usually small.MUKKANNAN M. Error due to the vertical axis to horizontal axis not being perpendicular If the horizontal axis is not perpendicular to the vertical axis. we get A. it will move in an inclined plane APP2 and not in the vertical plane APPI. the line of sight will move in an inclined plane when the telescope is raised or lowered. SOURCES OF ERROR IN THEODOLITE WORK Instrumental Personal. Unclamp the upper clamp and turn the telescope clockwise to take the foresight on R.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY Set the instrument at Q and level it. one-half of the final reading gives the deflection angle at Q. Let P and Q be the two points to be observed. Unclamp the lower clamp and turn the telescope to sight P again.

Care should be always be taken to intersect the lowest point of a ranging rod or an arrow placed at the station mark if the latter is not distinctly visible. Mistakes Mistakes in setting the vernier. The error can be eliminated by taking both face observations.I. Error due to eccentricity of verniers The error is introduced when the zeros of the vernier are not at the ends of the same diameter. but there will be a constant difference of other than 180. If the ranging rod put at the station mark is not held vertical.. The error is known as the index error and can be eliminated either by applying index correction or by taking both face observations. The error can be eliminated by reading both the verniers and taking the mean of the two. the error e is given By Parallax Due to parallax.MUKKANNAN M. A.M. The error due to the former can be easily detected by checking the vernier reading after the back sight point is sighted. accurate bisection is not possible. the measured vertical angles will be incorrect since the zero line of the vertical verniers will not be a true line of reference. but the error due to the latter cannot be detected. The error can be eliminated by focusing the eye-piece and objective. It should always be remembered to use lower tangent screw while taking a back sighting and to use upper tangent screw while taking the foresight reading. Error due to imperfact adjustment of the vertical circle vernier If the vertical circle verniers do not read zero when the line of sight is horizontal. the vertical angles measured will be incorrect. Error due to imperfect graduations The error due to defective graduations in the measurement of an angle may be eliminated by taking the mean of the several readings distributed over different portions of the graduated circle. Manipulating wrong tangent screw The error is introduced by using the upper tangent screw while taking the back sight or by using the lower tangent screw while taking a foresight.. A. Thus.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY Error due to non-parallelism of the axis of telescope level and line of collimation If the line of sight is not parallel to the axis of telescope level. the difference between the two vernier readings will not be 180°. The error varies inversely as the length of the line of sight.E.E. Errors in sighting and reading Inaccurate Bisection Of Points Observed The observed angles will be incorrect if the station mark is not bisected accurately due to some obstacles etc. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 55 . It will also be a source of error when the transit is used as a level. taking the reading and wrong booking of the readings.

swing it through 180 degree. the bubble will remain central for all directions of sighting Necessity Once the requirement is accomplished the horizontal circle and also the horizontal axis of the telescope will be truly horizontal. Object The object of the adjustment is to place the intersection of the cross-hair in the optical axis. If the bubble moves from its centre. once the instrument is levelled up. ADJUSTMENT OF LINE OF SIGHT Desired Relation The line of sight should coincide with the optical axis of the telescope.. Object The object of the adjustment is to make the vertical axis truly vertical . to ensure that. Swing the telescope through 180 degree . ADJUSTMENT OF PLATE LEVEL Desired Relation The axis of the plate bubble should be perpendicular to the vertical axis when the bubble is central.E. The vertical axis is now truly vertical.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY NATURAL ERRORS Sources of natural errors are Unequal atmospheric refraction due to high temperature. bring it back halfway with the levelling screw with the clip screw.M. Level the instrument in the two positions at right angles to each other 3 in temporary adjustment. centralize the plate levels(s) of the horizontal plate with capstan headed screw. ( Wind producing vibrations) PERMANENT ADJUSTMENTS OF THEODOLITE The permanent adjustments of a transit are as follows Adjustment of plate level Adjustment of line of sight Adjustment of the horizontal axis Adjustment of altitude bubble and vertical index frame.. Unequal expansion of parts of telescope and circles due to temperature changes. Repeat till the altitude bubble remains central in all positions. Necessity Horizontal hair The adjustment is of importance only in the case of external focusing telescope in which the direction of line of sight will change while focusing if the horizontal hair does not intersect the vertical hair in the same point in which the optical axis docs. Test Set the instrument on firm ground.E. both horizontal as well as vertical hair are to be adjusted. level the instrument with to the altitude bubble till it remains central in two position right angles to each other. adjustment is correct. provided both of these are perpendicular to the vertical axis. A. If the bubble remains central.I. When the telescope is on the third foot screw. A. Thus. Unequal settlement of tripod. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 56 . Adjustment If not.MUKKANNAN M.

If not. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 57 . transit the telescope and set it through 180 degree . the line of collimation will be perpendicular to the horizontal axis and hence the line of sight will sweep out a plane when the telescope is plunged. Level it..AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY Vertical hair If the adjustment is accomplished. Set the same reading on the vertical circle and see the staff. A. the horizontal hair is in adjustment. Repeat the test till the adjustment is corrected Adjustment of Vertical hair Set the instrument on a level ground) so that a length of about 100 in is available to either side of it.M.MUKKANNAN M. This methods is very rapid & convenient. TACHOMETRY SURVEY :Tachometry is a branch of angular surveying in which A horizontal & vertical distance is of points are obtain by optical means as suppose to ordinary slow process of measure by tape chain. To see this. If the same reading is obtained. level the instrument carefully.E. Take a reading on a staff placed some distance apart Unclamp the lower clamp. loose the capstan screws the diaphragm and rotate it till the vertical hair coincides with the image of the string. A. adjust the horizontal hair by top and bottom capstan screws of the diaphragm until the reading on the staff is the mean of the two. Adjustment If not. Adjustment of Horizontal Hair Level the instrument carefully with all clamps fixed. They primary object of tachometry is the preparation of contour maps are plans required with both horizontal & vertical measurements also accuracy improvement it provides at check an distance measure with tape.E.I. If the image of the plumb bob string is parallel to the vertical hair.. Test for horizontality and verticality of hairs. All though the accuracy of tachometry is low it is best adopted in obstructed such as steep & broken ground stretches of water etc which make drawn age difficult. suspend a plumb to at some distance and sight it through the telescope by careful using. the latter is vertical.

. The staff intercept that is the differents of reading corresponding to top & bottom stadia wires will depend on the distance of the staff from the instrument when the staff intercept is more than the length of the staff only ½ interne of real. A stadia diaphragm essentially consist of one stadia hair above on the other an equal distance below the horizontal cross hair. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 58 . A.M.005m.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY At the instruments a normally transit theodalite pitted with stadia diaphragm is generally used for tachometry survey. Least count of staff 0. They stadia being taken against the horizontal hair as against any two point on the staff on their corresponding vertical angles are measured.E.MUKKANNAN M. They reading an the staff corresponding to all three wires are taken. For inclined said reading may be taken by keeping the staff either vertical a normal to the line of site. This measurement of vertical angles tube for one single observation.distance between the stadia hair so as to said them against the two targets on the staff kept at a point and observation this in this case the staff intercept that is the distance between the two forgets is kept fixed while the stadia interval that is the distance between the stadia hair is carrying as is the case of fixed hair method inclined site they out show be taken the tangential method. Subtense method :This method is similar to fixed hair method except the stadia internal is varying table arrangement is may to --. Telescope is used in stadia surveying are of 3 types :(i) Simple external focusing telescope (ii) External focusing analytic (iii) Internal focusing telescope Different system of Tachometry measurements : Fixed hair method (or) stadia method Movable hair method (or) substance Fixed hair method :In method observation are made with stadia diaphragm having stadia wires at fixed (a) constant distance occur. A.I..E. Staff in theodalite normal mean by perpendicular.

s.855 cos²30° / 2 reduce level Q= 57.190 – 1.E..000 + 1.19m reduce level of Q = 10.930 = 57.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY Held staff vertical :Horizontal D = MS cos²θ + cos θ Vertical V = MS sin²θ / 2 + C sin θ H = height of instruct R = observe staff reading Staff normal to lined site : Find the elevation & horizontal distance of point Q view from A is than angle of 30° above horizontal with staff intercept with staff held vertically occur 3.l take multiplying as 100 assume h to be 1 m RL of A = 10.H reading 1.260m A.855 sin²30° / 2 = 48.MUKKANNAN M.260m Horizontal distance : D = MS cos²θ + cosθ = 100 x 3..855 m & C.I.000 + 48.930 m elevation of point A is 10m above m. A.000 m RL of Q = RL of A + height of instrument + v – r V = MS sin²θ / 2 + c sinθ = 100 x 3. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 59 .M.E.

The staff read 1. If the instrument located 0.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY 2.E..8 – 37. d tan²θ D = ------------------tanθ1 – tan θ2 h = D tanθ1 A. To determine distance between two points with base of one point is axiable and instrument station in the same vertical plane as the elevated object.650 Assume m = 100 RL of θ = RL of A + h – v. 2. A. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 60 .150 r cosθ = 1.461m RL of θ = 0 + 0.805 D = 93.461 – 1.654m horizontal distance D D = (ms + c) cosθ + r sinθ = (100) cos 22° + 0.8m above A clip of 22° to a staff held normal to the line of site at B.MUKKANNAN M. 2.E. Find vertical & horizontal distance between point A & B.51m 3.650.M.I.993 V = (ms + c) sinθ = (100 x 1) sin 22° = 37..993 = 38.r cosθ S = 1m R = 2.150.

M.E.0315 = -204..MUKKANNAN M.E.21m 0. 1. An instrument was setup at station P and the angle of elevated to an objective was 9°30‘ the same object was focus from a point 4m away the first one angle was 11° 150‘ the staff reading s from a B.. Find the RL of Q = θ1 = 9°30‘ θ2 = 11°15‘ (d .s cot θ2 ) tanθ2 D = --------------------------tanθ1 – tan θ2 ( 4 – 0.I.38m are 1.13m (4 – 0.98) sin 11°15‘ sin 9°30‘ h2 = --------------------------------------------------sin (11°15‘ – 9°30‘ ) A.535 ( d 9°30‘) tan 9°30‘ = ----------------------------------------- 0.815m respectively.310m and 1.164 = ---------- tan 11°15‘ – tan 9°30‘ D = 5.505 x 5. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 61 .AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY Instrument with two different Axis :(d + s cot θ2 ) tanθ2 D = --------------------------tanθ1 – tan θ2 (d + s cot θ2 ) sinθ1 sinθ2 h = ----------------------------------sin (θ1 – θ2 ) h2 = h1 + s use positive sign with s cot θ2 when instrument a axis a Q is lower & negative sign when it‘s height the instrument axis at P. A.M having elevation 2650.

M. d between P & Q was 3000m determine RL of staff station Q given the staff readings as a B.050m was 2.175 RL of stadia = R.69 – 4 = 2981.L of D² + S² = 2650.M of elevation 436. A instrument was setup a P and angle of depression to a plane 2m above the fast of the staff held at Q was 5° 36‘ H.865m Cn = 0.0673 x 2000² Ccr = 0.AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY = 39.E.38 + 0.52m 2.69m RL of Q = RL of instrument axis + Ccr + V – h = 2650.27m V = D tanθ = 2000 x tan 9°30‘ = 334.34m 3. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 62 .I..MUKKANNAN M.E.38m 0.673 x 2 = 0. A.6057 V = 3000 x tan 5°36‘ = 294.27 + 334.0673 x 3² = 0..0673 d² 0. A horizontal distance Pl was known 2000m determine the RL of staff station Q given RL of instrument axis was 2650. An instrument was setup a P and the angle of elevation to a volume 4m above the focus of the staff held at Q was 9°30‘.175 = 2612.68 + 0.68m h2 = h1 + s = 39.38 + 1.15m A.505 = 39.310 – 39.

AKSHAYA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY RL of Q = BM + cn – V – n + instrument = 436.MUKKANNAN M.16m Measurement of horizontal angles :(i) Direct method (ii) Method of Repetition (iii) Method of Reiteration Precaution to be taken theodolite observation:(i) Turn the theodolite by the standards and not by using telescope ensuring slow & smooth movement.E..I.E.M. Sources of errors in theodolite:(i) Instrumental Error (ii) Personal Error (iii) National Error A. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Page 63 . (iii) Clamp vertical axis tightly while observing the horizontal angles. A.15 = 142..865 – 0.050 + 2.6057 – 294. (ii) Done force the foot screws & tangent screws to heart.

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