Plane Table Surveying | Methods of Plane Table

Guide to Plane Table Surveying

  • It is a graphical method of surveying in which field work and plotting are done simultaneously in the field.
  • It is very effective method of surveying for preparing small or medium size topographical plans.
  • It is not as accurate as the other survey methods and results.

Methods of Plane Table

  1. Radiation
  2. Intersection
  3. Traversing
  4. Resection


This method is useful in surveying small areas which can be commanded from one station.

From a station, the suitable is selected.

Rays are drawn to various objects.

The distance of the object from the station are measured and marked off on the ray.

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