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Questions for New Surveyors to the FieldI sometimes give an easy quiz to potential field and CAD people during their interview, just to get an understanding of their experience.
I wonder how many of you can answer these questions:
What does it mean to “Buck In” or “Trick In”?
What is the standard temperature correction for a steel tape?
What is “Double Centering”?
What does it mean to “Kick a Leg”?
What does the anagram “SOHCAHTOA” stand for?
How many hundredths of a foot are in an inch?
What is the difference between a Lenker Rod and a Philly Rod?
What is the difference between a PC and a PT?
What does it mean to “Boot the Rod”
What does it mean to “Raise for Red”?
How many feet are in a “Rod”?
What does RTK stand for
What does it mean to “Plunge the Scope”?


Define the following
1. Grantee
2. NAVD
3. Grantor
4. Parrallax
5. Mere Stone
6. Magnetic Declination
7. GPS

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  • Maybe due to different parts of the country, but I've been surveying for 36 years and I have never heard of "Buck In" or "Trick In". If I'm thinking of the same thing, we call it "Wiggling In". Getting on line between two points.

    And I have never heard of "SOHCAHTOA" or a "Mere Stone"

  • Land Surveyor

    What does it mean to “Buck In” or “Trick In”? Straddling-in - moving instrument around until you're directly on the line between two points.
    What is the standard temperature correction for a steel tape? What is a steel tape?
    What is “Double Centering”? Completing the circle or doubling the angles?
    What does it mean to “Kick a Leg”? Bump it when you're standing around not paying attention.
    What does the anagram “SOHCAHTOA” stand for? Some Old Hippie, Came Around Here, Took Our Acid (Sin=Opp/Hyp, Cosin=Adj/Hyp, Tan=Opp/Adj)
    How many hundredths of a foot are in an inch? 8.33 hundredths
    What is the difference between a Lenker Rod and a Philly Rod? Direction of reading? (I've only used the Philly and Digital)
    What is the difference between a PC and a PT? Point of Curvature, where the Curve Begins, Point of Tangency, where the Curve Ends.

    What does it mean to “Boot the Rod” Haven't heard that one.
    What does it mean to “Raise for Red”? Raise it up so the Instrument Operator can see the foot marker.
    How many feet are in a “Rod”? 16.5 feet. 4 rods in a chain
    What does RTK stand for? Real Time Kinematic
    What does it mean to “Plunge the Scope”? Flip it over and Complete the Circle.

    1. Grantee - party being granted something from Grantor
    2. NAVD - North American Vertical Datum
    3. Grantor - party granting something to Grantee
    4. Parrallax - change when viewed from different points
    5. Mere Stone - just a plain old stone
    6. Magnetic Declination - difference between Magnetic North and True North
    7. GPS - Global Positioning System

  • Hey.. i remember that original post!  Great!

    • Student Surveyor

      @Some Old Hippie, Came Around Here, Took Our Acid (Sin=Opp/Hyp, Cosin=Adj/Hyp, Tan=Opp/Adj) .................. Halarious.  one thing I have learned regarding the profession is patience and a sence os humor.    Thanks for the "SOHCAHTOA" joke.  

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