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Hey 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

    • 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 !

    • Party Chief

      Thanks for sharing that.. very helpful.

      • 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

      • 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.

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