SURVEYING

Merit Badge Requirements

 

1) Do ONE of the following:

A) From a set point (stake, nail, etc.), measure a range line north 300 feet and south 300 feet. From the same point, measure a base line east 300 feet and west 300 feet. From one or more points (stations) marked along the range and/or base line, take compass readings to trees, shrubs, and rocks. Take measurements from the range or base line to the located features. Make the measurements using instruments, methods, and accuracies consistent with the current technology, as directed by your counselor.

B) Find and mark the corners of a five-sided lot that has been laid out by your counselor to fit the land available. Set an instrument over each of the corners and record the angle turned between each line and the distance measured between each corner, as directed by your counselor. With the assistance of the counselor, compute the error of closure from the recorded notes. The error of closure must not be more than 5 feet. From the corners, take compass readings or turn angles to trees, shrubs, and rocks and measure to them. All measurements should be made using instruments, methods, and accuracies consistent with current technology, as directed by your counselor.

 

2) From the field notes gathered for requirement 1, draw to scale a map of your survey (as directed by your counselor). Submit a neatly drawn copy.

 

3) Use one of the corner markers from requirement 1 as a benchmark with an assumed elevation of 100 feet. Using a level and rod, determine the elevation of the other four corner markers.

 

4) Without first measuring the distance, determine the length between two points, then measure the length using a tape or instruments consistent with current technology. The answer you first determined must be within 5 percent of the length measured.

 

5) Determine the height of a point (tree limb or the like) that can be checked using a tape or level rod. Check the right height using instruments and methods consistent with current technology, as directed by your counselor. Your original determination must be within 5 percent of the measured height.

 

6) Discuss the importance of surveying with a licensed surveyor or another qualified individual. Also discuss the various types of surveying and mapping, and applications of surveying technology to other fields. Discuss career opportunities in surveying and related fields. Discuss qualifications and preparation for such a career.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worksheet Created by: Rob Greenland 245 East 925 South Layton, Utah 84041 robgreenland@juno.com

*Due to the nature of this merit badge and its requirements, most of the work for this badge is "hands-on" and will be done with your merit badge counselor. This worksheet may or may not be of any benefit. Please speak with your counselor about this worksheet before you start working on the requirements. Your counselor may suggest that this worksheet not be used, or they may suggest that only parts of it be used. Again, please speak with your counselor before starting the requirements for this badge.

 

Requirement 1

 

You have been given two choices for this requirement. Select and complete one of them.

 

If you selected Option A:

 

__ From a set point (stake, nail, etc.), measure a range line north 300 feet and south 300 feet.

 

__ From the same point, measure a base line east 300 feet and west 300 feet.

 

__ From one or more points (stations) marked along the range and/or base line, take compass readings to trees, shrubs, and rocks.

Record you compass readings here.

 

Point/Station: __________________________________ Object: ______________________________ Reading: _____________

 

Point/Station: __________________________________ Object: ______________________________ Reading: _____________

 

Point/Station: __________________________________ Object: ______________________________ Reading: _____________

 

Point/Station: __________________________________ Object: ______________________________ Reading: _____________

 

Point/Station: __________________________________ Object: ______________________________ Reading: _____________

 

Point/Station: __________________________________ Object: ______________________________ Reading: _____________

 

Point/Station: __________________________________ Object: ______________________________ Reading: _____________

 

 

__ Take measurements from the range or base line to the located features. Make the measurements using instruments, methods, and accuracies consistent with the current technology, as directed by your counselor.

 

Feature: _______________________ Distance: __________ Feature: _______________________ Distance: __________

 

Feature: _______________________ Distance: __________ Feature: _______________________ Distance: __________

 

Feature: _______________________ Distance: __________ Feature: _______________________ Distance: __________

 

Feature: _______________________ Distance: __________ Feature: _______________________ Distance: __________

 

Give a brief summary of the procedure and what you learned: __________________________________________________________

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Tell about the instruments you used, their names and main functions.

 

Instrument: ______________________________ Main Function: ______________________________________________________

 

Instrument: ______________________________ Main Function: ______________________________________________________

 

Instrument: ______________________________ Main Function: ______________________________________________________

 

Instrument: ______________________________ Main Function: ______________________________________________________

If you selected Option B:

 

__ Find and mark the corners of a five-sided lot that has been laid out by your counselor to fit the land available.

 

__ Set an instrument over each of the corners and record the angle turned between each line and the distance measured between each corner, as directed by your counselor. Record the angles and distances below.

 

Point A to Point B - Angle: __________ Distance Between: __________________________

 

Point B to Point C - Angle: __________ Distance Between: __________________________

 

Point C to Point D - Angle: __________ Distance Between: __________________________

 

Point D to Point E - Angle: __________ Distance Between: __________________________

 

Point E to Point A - Angle: __________ Distance Between: __________________________

 

 

__ With the assistance of the counselor, compute the error of closure from the recorded notes. The error of closure must not be more than 5 feet.

Error Of Closure: ________________

 

From the corners, take compass readings or turn angles to trees, shrubs, and rocks and measure to them.

 

From Corner A to: Object: ______________________________ Compass Reading or Angle: __________ Distance: ________

 

From Corner B to: Object: ______________________________ Compass Reading or Angle: __________ Distance: ________

 

From Corner C to: Object: ______________________________ Compass Reading or Angle: __________ Distance: ________

 

From Corner D to: Object: ______________________________ Compass Reading or Angle: __________ Distance: ________

 

From Corner E to: Object: ______________________________ Compass Reading or Angle: __________ Distance: ________

 

__ All measurements should d be made using instruments, methods, and accuracies consistent with current technology, as directed by your counselor.

 

 

Give a brief summary of the procedure and what you learned: __________________________________________________________

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Tell about the instruments you used, their names and main functions.

 

Instrument: ______________________________ Main Function: ______________________________________________________

 

Instrument: ______________________________ Main Function: ______________________________________________________

 

Instrument: ______________________________ Main Function: ______________________________________________________

 

Instrument: ______________________________ Main Function: ______________________________________________________

 

 

Requirement 2

 

From the field notes gathered for requirement 1, draw to scale a map of your survey (as directed by your counselor). Submit a neatly drawn copy.

 

Use the remainder of this page to draw your map. You can put your final copy here, or use the area for a rough sketch. If you use other pieces of paper for your map, attach them to this worksheet when you are finished.

 

Requirement 3

 

Use one of the corner markers from requirement 1 as a benchmark with an assumed elevation of 100 feet. Using a level rod, determine the elevation of the other four corner markers.

 

Marker 1 Elevation: 100 Feet Marker 2 Elevation: ________ Marker 3 Elevation: ________

 

Marker 4 Elevation: ________ Marker 5 Elevation: ________

 

Give a brief explanation of how you were able to determine the elevation of the other markers: _______________________________

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Requirement 4

 

Without first measuring the distance, determine the length between two points. Tell how you came up with your measurement and record the measurement below: __________________________________________________________________________________

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First Measurement: _______________

 

 

Now measure that same length using a tape or instruments consistent with current technology. The answer you first determined must be with 5% of the measured height.

 

Second Measurement: _______________ First Measured Height % : _______________

 

 

 

Requirement 5

 

Determine the height of a point( tree limb or the like) that can be checked using a tape or level rod. Tell how you came up with your measurement and record the measurement below: ___________________________________________________________________

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First Measurement: ______________

 

Check the height using instruments and methods consistent with current technology, as directed by your counselor. Your original determination must be within 5% of the measured height:

 

Second Measurement: _______________ First Measured Height % : _______________

 

 

 

Requirement 6

 

Discuss the importance of surveying with a licensed surveyor or another qualified individual. Tell what you learned: _____________

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Also discuss the various types of surveying and mapping, and applications of surveying technology to other fields. Tell what you learned: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

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Discuss career opportunities in surveying and related fields. What career opportunities did you find? __________________________

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Discuss the qualifications and preparation for such a career. Include the kind of degree or education you may need to have. And also include the names of classes you may want to take in high school to help you prepare for a career in this field: ___________________

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