Plane Table


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plane table

[′plān ‚tā·bəl]
(engineering)
A surveying instrument consisting of a drawing board mounted on a tripod and fitted with a compass and a straight-edge ruler; used to graphically plot survey lines directly from field observations.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Plane Table

 

field drawing table used in making a map of an area by the graphic method. It consists of a square mapboard, a base, and a stand.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

plane table

In surveying, a device for plotting the lines of a survey directly from the observations; consists essentially of a drawing board on a tripod, with a ruler, the ruler being pointed at the observed object by the use of a telescope or other sighting device.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Network of the IVth order was processed using graphic triangulation by means of plane table. Fixed points were selected to become triangle apices of the graphic network (towers, chapels, crosses, trees) and/or standpoints (mounts and hills).
Bigger plane tables were used for graphic triangulation (Novotny 1909), featured with peep-sight alidades and telescopic level diopters.
Chorography was related to both of the previous categories and was itself affected by the development of new instruments such as plane tables and theodolites which transformed surveying.