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Plane Table Survey and Maps

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Importance of Maps

Technical terms used in the map

Types of Maps

Surveying & Instruments for Plane Table Survey

How to use the Plane table

Computation of Area


Map is a picture of Earth’s surface. Mountains, Valleys, Rivers and Sea along with Houses, Roads, Temples, Railway routes etc. are shown in it. In this lesson, we are going to learn about the importance of maps, technical terms , symbols and their types. We are also going to learn how to draw maps? We learn to make this map with the help of plane table instrument.


After going this lesson you will be able to:

  • define what is map and its importance
  • explain the types of maps, symbols etc
  • use of different instruments in plane table survey
  • draw a map using the plane table


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