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Land Surveying CodesHey guys and gals.  I was thinking about the set of familiar codes used in the field here in the USA to notate features on a jobsite while surveying.  I was wondering if the same codes are used around the world or if there are variations of these codes that you might like to share with us.  In fact your comments could be very helpful in the future for student surveyors when learning to identify coding of historical surveys.

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Take a look at the following Field Codes and In your comments below, please tell us if any of these are different in your area of the world and be sure to mention where you live.  

ACP AIR CONDITIONER PAD

ALUM ALUMINUM CAP

APB AGGREGATE PILE BASE

APT AGGREGATE PILE TOP

AW AWNING

BA BRIDGE ABUTTMENT

BB BOTTOM OF BERM

BC BRASS CAP

BCB BACK VERTICAL CURB

BDK BRIDGE DECK

BH BORE HOLE

BLDC BUILDING CORNER

BLDG BUILDING

BM BENCHMARK

BP BARRIER POST

BPR BRIDGE PIER

BRR BRIDGE RAILING

BRSH SHRUB

BSH BUSH

BT BROADLEAF TREE

CAC CACTUS

CBI CATCH BASIN INLET

CKS CHECK SHOT

CLM COLUMN

CMH COMMUNICATIONS MANHOLE

CMP CONCRETE PEDESTAL

CNY CONVEYOR

CON CONCRETE PAD

CP CONTROL POINT

CPS COTTON PICKER SPINDLE

CT CONIFER TREE

DI DRAIN INLET DISK SURVEY DISK

DK DECK

DW DRIVEWAY

EBK ELECTRIC BLUESTAKE

ELC ELECTRICAL CONDUIT

EM ELECTRIC METER

EP EDGE OF PAVEMENT

ETB ELECTRIC TRANSFORMER BOX

FC FACE OF CURB

FF FINISH FLOOR

FL FLOW LINE

FP FLAG POLE

GB GRADE BREAK

GBK GAS BLUESTAKE

GLT GROUND LIGHT

GLMKR GAS LINE MARKER

GM GAS METER

GMH GAS MANHOLE

GPR GAS PIPE RISER

GR GUARD RAIL

GT GATE GUT GUTTER

GV GAS VALVE

GW GUY WIRE ANCHOR

GWP GUY POWER POLE

HCR HANDICAP RAMP

HDG HEDGE

HH HAND HOLE

HXB HEX BAR

HW HEAD WALL

HYD HYDRANT

IP IRON PIPE

IR IRON ROD

IRC IRRIGATION CONTROL BOX

LP LIGHT POLE

LSE LANDSCAPE EDGE

LSTB LANDSCAPE TIMBER

NAIL NAIL SURVEY MARKER

NG NATURAL GROUND

NGR NATURAL GAS REGULATOR

OHE OVERHEAD POWER

PB PHONE BOOTH

PI PIPE INVERT

PLC PIPELINE CATHODE

PLD PIPELINE DEPTH

PLM PIPELINE MARKER

PLMT PIPELINE METER

PP POWER POLE

PPT AERIAL PANEL POINT

QTR QUARTER CORNER

RB ROAD BARRIER

RCL ROAD CENTERLINE

RR RIP RAP

RTW RETAINING WALL

SL SANITARY SEWER LINE

SP SIGN SINGLE POLE

SPHD SPRINKLER HEAD

SSMH SANITARY SEWER MANHOLE

STA STATION

STLP STEEL PLATE

STLS STEEL SHAPE

STMH STORM SEWER MANHOLE

STMP STORM DRAIN PIPE

STP STEPS

SW SIDEWALK

SXTH 1/16TH COR

TC TOP CURB

TI TRAFFIC ISLAND

TOED TOE DIRT DITCH

TOEL TOE OF LEVEE

TOPD TOP OF DITCH

TOPL TOP OF LEVEE

TS TOP SLOPE

TSB TRAFFIC SIGNAL CONTROL BOX

TSP TRAFFIC SIGNAL POLE

VEGL VEGETATION LINE

WBK WATER BLUESTAKE

WE WATERS EDGE

WIRF WIRE FENCE

WL WATER LINE

WLK WALKWAY

WM WATER METER

WODF WOOD FENCE

WW WING WALL

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Commonly but not exclusively, in Australia, we use numeric coding. The first three digits for the feature and two more digits for the string number. Similar features such as a side entry pit (308), grated pit (309) junction pit (310) all come together is a list making it easy to at least start your search for the code you're after. In an alphabetical list these would be all over the place. BTW, I spent a minute looking for pits in the list above but gave up!!

Cheers

Doug

Thanks for sharing that.. very helpful.

Survenator, Hi there, I did remember that 350 was traverse pt. in sokkia data collectors. I will find the codes one day.

But here is some i have used.

ADR         ASPHALT DRIVE

BBD        BATTER BOARD

BL           BASELINE

BWF        BARB  WIRE FENCE

C             CUT

CIRF         CAPPED  IRON ROD FOUND

CDR         CONCRETE  DRIVE 

CMON      CONCRETE   MONUMENT

  

CL            CENTER LINE 

CYF          CYCLONE    FENCE

MON.      MONUMENT

F             FILL

FH           FIRE HYDRANT

FIR          FOUND IRON ROD

G            GUTTER

GC          GRADE CHANGE

GP         GRADE POINT

HW         HEAD WALL

H/T         HUB AND TACK

IRF           IRON ROD FOUND

IRFC         IRON ROD FOUND CAPPED

MB           MAIL BOX

MHT         MEAN HIGH TIDE

MLT         MEAN LOW TIDE

MSL         MEAN SEA LEVEL

OS          OFF SET

PL           PROPERTY LINE

PVMT       PAVEMENT     EOP    EDGE OF PAVEMENT

ROW         RIGHT OF WAY     ALSO   R/W

SG           SUB GRADE

RRS         RAILROAD   SPIKE

SGN         SIGN

ST            STREET

STK          STAKE

TBM         TEMPORARY  BENCH MARK

TP            TURN POINT

WS           WATER   SURFACE

60D           60D NAIL

This is just a few more i have another list  for property surveys and one for public lands surveys  also.I have used these mainly in TDS.  And the list goes on.  Hope this helps

billy b.

Survenator,  Here is some public lands, and i left this off last time.

FOP   FIBER OPTIC POST  I have tie too many of them, and

UV       UTILITIES VAULT

WV      WATER  VALVE

         Public Lands Surveys

AC         ACRES

AMC       AUXILIARY MEANDER CORNER

BDY...BDYS     BOUNDARY    BOUNDARIES

BT           BEARING  TREE

CC          CLOSING CORNER

CH,     CHS    CHAIN ,    CHAINS

COR,    CORS,     CORNER,   CORNERS

CORR.      CORRECTION

DECL,    DECLINATION

DIST.       DISTANCE

FRAC.      FRACTIONAL  (sec.,etc.)

GR          GREENWICH

GM         GUIDE  MERIDIAN

LK,  LKS      LINK,    LINKS

MEAS.      MEASUREMENT

MER.        MERIDIAN

MKD          MARKED

MI  COR.     MILE CORNER

MC            MEANDER  CORNER

MS.           MINERAL SURVEY

PTS,         POINT SET

PRIN.  MER.     PRINCIPAL   MERIDIAN   (PM)

R,   Rs      RANGE,     RANGES

R 1 W       RANGE  1   WEST

SC          STANDARD   CORNER

SEC COR     SECTION  CORNER

SEC.   SECS.     SECTION,      SECTIONS

SMC       SPECIAL   MEANDER   CORNER

STAN.   PAR.     STANDARD   PARALLEL  (SP)

 T, TP, TPS,    TOWNSHIP,   TOWNSHIPS

T  2  N        TOWNSHIP 2 NORTH

USLM         U S LOCATION  MONUMENT

U S  M M     U S  MINERAL  MONUMENT

WC         WITNESS   CORNER

 

     This is just a few more, I will do miscellaneous next , But we have covered most of them.  There could be maybe some more property or flood studies to list but there not many more.. You could list different corners of a section, or cover metes and bounds.

It's  been along time since i heard CPS  .lol

Here is some  miscellaneous  code.

ALT  P       ALTITUDE  POINT

BS   P       BACK SIGHT   POINT

BA           BUGGY AXLE  or  WA     WAGON  AXLE

CIP         CAST  IRON PIPE

CMP       CORRUGATED   METAL PIPE

CI          CURB INLET

DI          DROP  INLET

EMS      ELEVATION    MARK   SET

FB         FORUM    BOARD

FSP      FORESIGHT    POINT

HA       HOUR ANGLE

hi          HEIGHT OF INST.  ABOVE   STA

HI           HEIGHT   OF  INST ABOVE  DATUM

IC            INTERSECTION   CENTER

OBS  PT    OBSERVATION  POINT

OC           ORIGINAL    CORNER

RP            RADIUS     POINT

RFP         REFERENCE    POINT

SSP         SUN SHOT   POINT  same as OBSERVATION PT

STA          STATION

SEQP       STATION   EQUATION   POINT

TEL PED   TELEPHONE   PEDESTAL

TLB           TELEPHONE   LINE BURIED

TLS          TELEPHONE   LINE  SUPENDED

TVCB       TV    CABLE BURIED

TVCS       TV   CABLE  SUPENDED   ( overhead)

  

    There some i left off that could be used in a field book  or notes  but can not be  use in a data collector to describe a point. Any one feel free to add more.

       Billy Brooks      Here you go  Survenator

Sokkia's first data collectors use numbers i still have a list somewhere. The thing is to keep them small as you can. I guess it's what works for you.

b. brooks

Thank you so much for the information, I don't have a Data collector yet but I will use on my notes for now.  Thanks ! Thanks !

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