30+ Best Surveying Tools List : With Images & Uses

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Surveying is a very important part of civil engineering, which is vital to carry out before the commencement of the construction. We will discuss the 36 best surveying tools list in this article.



35+ Best Surveying  Tools List  

Name Image Use
1. TheodoliteTheodoliteUsed to measure horizontal and vertical angles
2. Measuring TapeMeasuring TapeUsed to measure distance or size.
3. Total StationTotal StationIt is used to determine point coordinates and can also perform leveling and theodolite tasks.
4. GPSGPSUsed for determining a position (location).
5. ChainschainsUsed to directly measure the linear distance between two points above the earth’s surface.
6. ArrowsArrows Used to mark the end of the chain length
7. PegsPegs Used to mark out residential boundaries and indicate points and positions of a site.
8. CompassCompass Used to run a traverse line.
9. PrismsPrisms Used to reduce the scatter of the beam as it is reflected back to the total, allowing for both more accurate measurement and a longer range than the measurement can be made.
10. TripodTripodUsed to support surveying instruments, such as theodolites, total stations, levels, or transits.
11. Transit LevelsTransit LevelsUsed to determine the relative position of lines and objects as well.
12. Plumb Bobplumb bobUsed to establish the nadir concerning gravity at a specific point.
13. StaffStaffUsed to determine the difference in height between points.
14. Plane TablePlane Table Used to provide a solid and level surface to make field drawings, charts, and maps.
15. Spirit levelSpirit levelUsed to check whether an instrument is in a horizontal position or not.
16.  Dumpy level Dumpy levelUsed to determine relative height and distance among different locations of surveying land.
17.  Ranging and Offset rods ranging and offset rodsUsed for measuring small offsets from the survey line when the work is ordinary.
18. Magnetic LocatorsMagnetic Locators Used to locate static objects at varying depths, from small corner pins to large tanks, drums, and septic tanks.
19. Cross StaffCross StaffUsed to set out the perpendicular directions for offsets
20. AlidadeAlidadeUsed for sighting the point in plane table surveying.
21. Plumbing ForkUsed to center the table at a specific survey location.
22. Drawing PaperDrawing PaperUsed to draw a figure of stations plotted.
23. Tilting levelTilting level Used to determine the distance between the point where the line of collimation (line-of-sight) of the level intersects the staff and the next lower staff graduation.
24. Prism SquareSite SquareUsed for setting out straight lines and offset lines at 90 degrees.
25. Reversible LevelReversible LevelUsed to establish checkpoints in the same horizontal plane.
26. Safety Gear ( Hat, ear & eye protection, etc )Safety GearUsed to protect the body from accidents.
27. Electronic Distance Measurement (EDM)Electronic Distance Measurement (EDM)Used to measure distances of up to 100 kilometers.
28. GISGISUsed to collect and analyze geographic data.
29. Data CollectorData CollectorUsed to collect and store data.
30. White CementUsed for marking on the ground temporarily.
31. ThreadThreadUsed to create a level line of sight that is parallel to the ruler.
32. Line RangerSurveying Equipment ListsUsed for locating an intermediate point in a straight line between two endpoints of the survey line.


33. PlanimeterPlanimeterUsed to determine the area of an arbitrary two-dimensional shape (( Wikipedia: Planimeter Uses )).
34. Surveying BipodsSurveying BipodsUsed to support and keep instruments stable, especially on uneven ground.
35. Distance Measuring Wheel Distance Measuring Wheel Used to measure distance.
36. Ground Penetrating RadarGround Penetrating RadarUsed in surveying subsurface materials.


Read Also: Topographic Surveying


Verified Article By Er. Madhu Krishna Poudel


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