Fundamentals Of Surveying: Test Your Knowledge Trivia Questions Quiz

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Do you know the fundamentals of surveying? Do you think that you are so knowledgeable about surveying that you can pass the challenging quiz below on the basis of surveying? The best way to test your knowledge is to take the trivia questions. Do give it a try and get to see what facts you have forgotten already. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which of the following is a term used in linear surveying?

    • A.

      Traverse

    • B.

      Theodolite

    • C.

      Chainage

    • D.

      Total Station

    Correct Answer
    C. Chainage
    Explanation
    Chainage is a term used in linear surveying to refer to the measurement of distances along a survey line. It is commonly used to mark specific points along a route or track, such as roads, railways, or pipelines. Chainage is typically measured using a chain or tape, and it helps in determining the exact location and distance between different points on a survey line.

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  • 2. 

    Which of the following is a term used in levelling surveying?

    • A.

      Staff

    • B.

      Traverse

    • C.

      Offset

    • D.

      Vertical angle

    Correct Answer
    A. Staff
    Explanation
    The term "staff" is used in levelling surveying to refer to a long, slender, and graduated rod that is used to measure vertical distances or elevations. It is commonly used in conjunction with a levelling instrument to determine the difference in height between two points. The staff is typically marked with units of measurement, such as meters or feet, and is held vertically at the points being surveyed. By reading the graduations on the staff, the surveyor can determine the difference in elevation between the points.

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  • 3. 

    Which of the following is a term used in traverse surveying?

    • A.

      Staff

    • B.

      Ranging pole

    • C.

      Theodolite

    • D.

      Measuring tape

    Correct Answer
    C. Theodolite
    Explanation
    A theodolite is a term used in traverse surveying. It is a precision instrument that is used to measure angles in both the horizontal and vertical planes. It is commonly used in surveying to determine the direction and elevation of points on the earth's surface. The other options, such as staff, ranging pole, and measuring tape, are also used in surveying, but they are not specifically associated with traverse surveying.

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  • 4. 

    What is a global coordinate system?

    • A.

      UTM

    • B.

      ATM

    • C.

      BM

    • D.

      CP

    Correct Answer
    A. UTM
    Explanation
    A global coordinate system, also known as UTM (Universal Transverse Mercator), is a geographic coordinate system that divides the Earth into 60 zones, each with a unique grid system. It is widely used for mapping and navigation purposes, allowing locations to be accurately represented using a combination of easting and northing coordinates. UTM provides a standardized way of referencing locations on a global scale, making it easier to communicate and share geographic data across different systems and applications.

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  • 5. 

    What is Mean Sea Level (MSL)?

    • A.

      Average point between high and low tide over time

    • B.

      Universal Traverse Mercator

    • C.

      Prime Meridian

    • D.

      Equator

    Correct Answer
    A. Average point between high and low tide over time
    Explanation
    Mean Sea Level (MSL) refers to the average point between high and low tide over a period of time. It is used as a reference point for measuring elevations and depths. MSL is important in various fields such as navigation, surveying, and coastal engineering as it provides a consistent baseline for these activities. By taking into account the fluctuations of tides, MSL helps to establish a standard reference for measuring and comparing sea levels at different locations.

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  • 6. 

    What is a Benchmark (BM)?

    • A.

      Back sight

    • B.

      A point of known E,N only

    • C.

      A point of known elevation

    • D.

      Inaccessible point

    Correct Answer
    C. A point of known elevation
    Explanation
    A benchmark (BM) is a point of known elevation. It is a reference point used in surveying and construction to establish vertical measurements. By knowing the elevation of a benchmark, surveyors can accurately determine the elevation of other points in the area. This helps in ensuring that structures are built at the correct height and that accurate measurements are taken for various purposes.

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  • 7. 

    What is the height of collimation (HOC) for a Level?

    • A.

      Back sight

    • B.

      Height of the instrument after setting up

    • C.

      A point of known elevation

    • D.

      Reading on staff

    Correct Answer
    B. Height of the instrument after setting up
    Explanation
    The height of collimation (HOC) for a Level refers to the height of the instrument after it has been set up. This is an important measurement in surveying as it allows for accurate leveling and the determination of elevations. By knowing the HOC, surveyors can calculate the difference in elevation between different points on the ground.

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  • 8. 

    What is the smallest gradations measurement on a staff in ordinary levelling?

    • A.

      1.0m

    • B.

      0.1m

    • C.

      0.01m

    • D.

      0.001m

    Correct Answer
    C. 0.01m
    Explanation
    The smallest gradations measurement on a staff in ordinary leveling is 0.01m. This means that the staff can be measured in increments of 0.01 meters, allowing for more precise and accurate measurements in the leveling process.

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  • 9. 

    What is the first reading that you take after setting up the level?

    • A.

      FS

    • B.

      BS

    • C.

      BM

    • D.

      IS

    Correct Answer
    B. BS
    Explanation
    After setting up the level, the first reading that is taken is the BS (Backsight) reading. The backsight reading is the measurement taken on a point of known elevation, typically a benchmark, to establish a reference point for the level. This reading helps in determining the height difference between the instrument and the benchmark, which is crucial for accurate leveling.

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  • 10. 

    Where is the best place to set up the level?

    • A.

      Far away from BS

    • B.

      Far away from FS

    • C.

      Where it can target most points if not all

    • D.

      Near operating heavy machinery

    Correct Answer
    C. Where it can target most points if not all
    Explanation
    The best place to set up the level is where it can target most points if not all. This means that the level should be positioned in a location that allows it to accurately measure and assess the heights or slopes of multiple points on a surface. By doing so, the level can provide a comprehensive and reliable analysis of the terrain or structure being measured.

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  • 11. 

    What is the correct formula to calculate the reduced level (RL) of last point?

    • A.

      BS+FS

    • B.

      IS-FS

    • C.

      HOC-FS

    • D.

      HOC+FS

    Correct Answer
    C. HOC-FS
    Explanation
    The correct formula to calculate the reduced level (RL) of the last point is HOC-FS. HOC stands for height of collimation, which is the height of the line of sight of the instrument. FS represents the foresight, which is the height of the staff at the last point. Subtracting the foresight from the height of collimation gives us the reduced level of the last point.

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  • 12. 

    What does a contour line represent?

    • A.

      A group of points with the same elevation

    • B.

      Horizontal distance between two points

    • C.

      The angle between two lines

    • D.

      Levelling grid

    Correct Answer
    A. A group of points with the same elevation
    Explanation
    A contour line represents a group of points with the same elevation. Contour lines are used on topographic maps to show the shape and elevation of the land. Each contour line connects points of equal elevation, allowing us to visualize the changes in elevation across a specific area. By studying contour lines, we can determine the steepness of slopes, identify valleys and ridges, and understand the overall topography of a region.

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  • 13. 

    Which statement is correct for this road cross section?

    • A.

      Fill only section

    • B.

      Cut only section

    • C.

      Cut and fill section

    • D.

      The formation level is above NGL

    Correct Answer
    B. Cut only section
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Cut only section" because the road cross section shows a slope that has been excavated or cut into the existing ground. There is no indication of any filling or embankment in the section, suggesting that only cutting has been done to create the road. Additionally, the formation level being above NGL is not relevant to determining the correct answer.

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  • 14. 

    Which statement is correct for this road cross-section?

    • A.

      Fill only section

    • B.

      Cut only section

    • C.

      Cut and fill section

    • D.

      The formation level is below NGL

    Correct Answer
    A. Fill only section
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Fill only section" because the road cross-section is filled with material, indicating that the road is built on top of the existing ground level. There is no indication of any cuts or excavations in the cross-section. Additionally, the statement "the formation level is below NGL" is not applicable to this question and does not provide any relevant information about the road cross-section.

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  • 15. 

    Which statement is correct for this road cross-section?

    • A.

      Fill only section

    • B.

      Cut only section

    • C.

      Cut and fill section

    • D.

      Road does not have a ditch

    Correct Answer
    C. Cut and fill section
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Cut and fill section." This means that the road cross-section includes both areas where the earth has been cut away and areas where fill material has been added. This is a common technique used in road construction to create a level surface and accommodate changes in elevation. The presence of both cut and fill sections indicates that the road has been built to conform to the natural topography of the area.

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  • 16. 

    Which reading is the correct reading for the staff illustrated?

    • A.

      1.68m

    • B.

      15m

    • C.

      16m

    • D.

      1.58m

    Correct Answer
    D. 1.58m
    Explanation
    The correct reading for the staff illustrated is 1.58m.

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  • 17. 

    Which reading is the correct reading for the staff illustrated?

    • A.

      1.50m

    • B.

      15m

    • C.

      16m

    • D.

      1.55m

    Correct Answer
    A. 1.50m
    Explanation
    The correct reading for the staff illustrated is 1.50m.

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  • 18. 

    Which reading is the correct reading for the staff illustrated?

    • A.

      1.64m

    • B.

      15m

    • C.

      16m

    • D.

      1.54m

    Correct Answer
    A. 1.64m
    Explanation
    The correct reading for the staff illustrated is 1.64m.

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  • 19. 

    Which line on this contour map has the steepest slope?

    • A.

      Line A

    • B.

      Line B

    • C.

      Line C

    • D.

      Line D

    Correct Answer
    C. Line C
  • 20. 

    You mark the survey stations using a:

    • A.

      Staff

    • B.

      Ranging Pole

    • C.

      Tripod

    • D.

      Level

    Correct Answer
    B. Ranging Pole
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Ranging Pole. Survey stations are marked using a ranging pole, which is a long pole with graduations or markings on it. It is used to establish reference points or benchmarks for measuring distances and elevations during surveying activities. The ranging pole is typically placed at the survey station and serves as a visual reference for the surveyors to take measurements and record data accurately.

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  • 21. 

    You use what type of measurements along the survey line:

    • A.

      Strolling

    • B.

      Walking

    • C.

      Running

    • D.

      Trotting

    Correct Answer
    C. Running
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Running" because it is the only measurement type mentioned that is related to speed and movement. Strolling, walking, and trotting are all slower and less intense than running, which suggests that running is the appropriate measurement type for the survey line.

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  • 22. 

    A perpendicular offset is at?

    • A.

      30 degrees

    • B.

      90 degrees

    • C.

      180 degrees

    • D.

      270 degree

    Correct Answer
    B. 90 degrees
    Explanation
    A perpendicular offset is at 90 degrees because a perpendicular line intersects another line at a right angle. In other words, it forms a 90-degree angle with the line it is intersecting.

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  • 23. 

    Which of these surveying equipment can be used for linear surveys?

    • A.

      Staff

    • B.

      Theodolite

    • C.

      Measuring tape

    • D.

      Level

    Correct Answer
    C. Measuring tape
    Explanation
    A measuring tape can be used for linear surveys as it allows for accurate measurement of distances in a straight line. It is a flexible and portable tool that can be easily carried and used to measure both short and long distances. The staff, theodolite, and level are not specifically designed for linear surveys. The staff is used for measuring vertical distances, the theodolite is used for measuring angles and horizontal distances, and the level is used for determining the horizontal level of a surface. Therefore, the measuring tape is the most suitable equipment for linear surveys.

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  • 24. 

    Which of these surveying equipment can be used for linear surveys?

    • A.

      Staff

    • B.

      Theodolite

    • C.

      Measuring wheel

    • D.

      Level

    Correct Answer
    C. Measuring wheel
    Explanation
    A measuring wheel can be used for linear surveys because it is designed to measure distances in a straight line. It typically has a wheel that rolls along the ground, and as it rolls, it counts the number of revolutions to calculate the distance traveled. This makes it an effective tool for measuring linear distances such as roads, paths, or fences. On the other hand, a staff is used for measuring vertical distances, a theodolite is used for measuring angles and horizontal distances, and a level is used for determining the horizontal plane.

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  • 25. 

    It is important to choose an appropriate paper size for drawing surveying maps. What size is A3 paper?

    • A.

      210mm*297mm

    • B.

      841mm*1189mm

    • C.

      594mm*841mm

    • D.

      297mm*420mm

    Correct Answer
    D. 297mm*420mm
    Explanation
    A3 paper size is 297mm*420mm. This size is commonly used for drawing surveying maps as it provides enough space to accurately depict the details of the map while still being manageable and easy to handle. The dimensions of A3 paper make it a suitable choice for surveying maps as it allows for a good balance between detail and convenience.

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  • 26. 

    What does 1:100 drawing scale mean in surveying?

    • A.

      100cm measured will be represented by 1cm on drawing

    • B.

      100m measured will be represented by 1cm on drawing

    • C.

      100cm measured will be represented by 10cm on drawing

    • D.

      100cm measured will be represented by 1m on drawing

    Correct Answer
    A. 100cm measured will be represented by 1cm on drawing
    Explanation
    A 1:100 drawing scale means that 100cm measured in real life will be represented by 1cm on the drawing. This scale is commonly used in surveying to accurately depict large areas or structures on a smaller drawing. By using this scale, surveyors can effectively communicate measurements and dimensions in a more manageable and understandable format.

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  • 27. 

    Which direction is bearing angle measured from?

    • A.

      North direction and anticlockwise

    • B.

      North direction and clockwise

    • C.

      West direction and anticlockwise

    • D.

      West direction and clockwise

    Correct Answer
    B. North direction and clockwise
    Explanation
    Bearing angle is measured from the North direction and clockwise. This means that when determining the bearing angle of a point or object, you start from the North direction and rotate in a clockwise direction to the desired point. This convention is commonly used in navigation and surveying to provide a consistent and standardized way of measuring angles.

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  • 28. 

    At which direction does a compass precisely point?

    • A.

      North Pole

    • B.

      Magnetic North

    • C.

      South Pole

    • D.

      True North

    Correct Answer
    B. Magnetic North
    Explanation
    A compass precisely points towards Magnetic North. This is because the needle of a compass aligns itself with the Earth's magnetic field, which is generated by the movement of molten iron in the Earth's outer core. Magnetic North is not the same as True North, which is the direction towards the North Pole. The difference between Magnetic North and True North is known as magnetic declination and varies depending on the location on Earth. Therefore, in order to navigate accurately, it is important to account for this declination when using a compass.

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  • 29. 

    What function does a Theodolite serve?

    • A.

      Take horizontal angle reading HR

    • B.

      Take vertical angle reading VR

    • C.

      Helps with determining the angle entrapped between two lines.

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    A theodolite serves multiple functions. It can take horizontal angle readings (HR), vertical angle readings (VR), and it helps with determining the angle entrapped between two lines. Therefore, the correct answer is "All of the above."

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  • 30. 

    What is the bearing angle for West direction?

    • A.

      90º

    • B.

      180º

    • C.

      270º

    • D.

      360º

    Correct Answer
    C. 270º
    Explanation
    The bearing angle for West direction is 270° because in a standard compass, North is at 0°, East is at 90°, South is at 180°, and West is at 270°.

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  • 31. 

    Which formula is Pythagoras formula for right angle triangles?

    • A.

      A2 = B2 + C2

    • B.

      A2 = B2 - C2

    • C.

      A2 = C2 - B2

    • D.

      A = B + C

    Correct Answer
    A. A2 = B2 + C2
    Explanation
    The Pythagorean theorem states that in a right-angled triangle, the square of the length of the hypotenuse (the side opposite the right angle) is equal to the sum of the squares of the lengths of the other two sides. Therefore, the correct formula is A2 = B2 + C2, where A represents the length of the hypotenuse, and B and C represent the lengths of the other two sides.

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  • 32. 

    The sum of the angles on a 3-sided shape is:

    • A.

      90º

    • B.

      180º

    • C.

      270º

    • D.

      360º

    Correct Answer
    B. 180º
    Explanation
    A 3-sided shape is called a triangle. The sum of the angles in a triangle is always 180 degrees. This is a well-known mathematical property. Therefore, the correct answer is 180º.

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  • 33. 

    How can you distinguish between a Level and Theodolite?

    • A.

      By the levelling bubble

    • B.

      By the tripod

    • C.

      By instrument colour

    • D.

      Level’s scope does not tilt or rotate vertically.

    Correct Answer
    D. Level’s scope does not tilt or rotate vertically.
    Explanation
    A level and a theodolite are both surveying instruments used for measuring angles and distances. However, one way to distinguish between them is by looking at the scope. A level's scope does not tilt or rotate vertically, while a theodolite's scope does have the ability to tilt and rotate vertically. Therefore, if the scope of the instrument is unable to tilt or rotate vertically, it can be identified as a level rather than a theodolite.

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