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Plain Table Survey

Plain Table Survey:

Plane table surveying is based on the principle that lines drawn during plotting always lie parallel to the corresponding lines actually present on the ground. For example, let us consider four ground stations A, B, C and D which on joining provides a rectangle ABCD. This has been plotted on a sheet of paper at a scale by plane table surveying. Here, the sides AB, BC, CD and DA are plotted in such a way that they are parallel to the sides actually available on the ground.

At each station, the plane table is required to get set up before carrying out any plotting work. It basically consists of the three operations: fixing, centring and leveling.

n this operation, first the top of the tripod stand is fixed in level by eye estimation at convenient height with its legs uniformly spread and shoes fixed firmly into the ground. The board is fixed to the tripod head by tightening the clamping screw..

Advantages of Plane Table Survey

  • It is suitable for location of details as well as contouring for large scale maps directly in the field.
  • As surveying and plotting are done simultaneously in the field, chances of getting omission of any detail get less.
  • The plotting details can immediately get compared with the actual objects present in the field. Thus errors as well as accuracy of the plot can be ascertained as the work progresses in the field.
  • Contours and specific features can be represented and checked conveniently as the whole area is in view at the time of plotting.
  • Only relevant details are located because the map is drawn as the survey progresses. Irrelevant details get omitted in the field itself.
  • The plane table survey is generally more rapid and less costly than most other types of survey.
  • As the instruments used are simple, not much skill for operation of instruments is required. This method of survey requires no field book.