a drawing board mounted on a tripod, used in the field, with an alidade, for surveying tracts of land.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to survey with a plane table.
a surveying instrument consisting of a drawing board mounted on adjustable legs, and used in the field for plotting measurements directly
to survey (a plot of land) using a plane table
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Two topographers working with an alidade and plane table.
Old time topographer at work with an alidade and plane table.
The general use of manuscripts signaled the end of topography by hand-drawn plane table methods.
At one time, the rodman had gone ahead to select a point for a plane table set-up.
In order to facilitate site inspections, a plane table survey was conducted and a base line was established.
Detailed measurements, sketches, and plane table surveys.