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by the change in BDC. These computations will give the triangles ABE, ABE', BCF, BCF calculated with the values of T, as observed at the first trial station in both the present cases greater than those originally taken at D), and the angles at A, B, and C, alternately increased and diminished in proportion. Produce AT and BT, making Tl and Tl' equal respectively to ED and EʻD, the differences between the distances just found and the original distances to the point D; and through the points 1 l', which fall nearly, though not exactly, in the circumference of the circle passing through ABD, draw the line 00. A repetition of the same process in the triangle BCD gives the points 2 2', through which draw the line NN', the intersection of which with 0 0' gives the point T', which is approximately the lost station required. Only two triangles are shown in the diagram, to prevent confusion, but three at least ought to be employed to verify the intersection at the point T if the original observations afford the means for doing so; and where the three lines are found not to meet, but form a small triangle, the centre of this is to be considered the second trial station, from whence the real point D is to be found by repeating the process described above, unless the observations taken from it prove the identity of the spot by their agreeing exactly with the original angles taken during the triangulation.
If the observed angle T be less than the original angle, the distances T1, T1, T2 and T2', must be set off towards the stations A, B, and C, for the point T'; and these stations should be selected not far removed from D, and forming triangles approaching as near as possible to being equilateral, as the smallest errors in the angles thus become more apparent.
If the observations have been made carefully and with due attention to these points, the first intersection will probably give very near the exact site of the original station, or at all events a third trial will not be necessary.
To save computation on the ground, it is advisable to calculate previously the difference in the number of feet that an alteration of one minute in the angles at A, B, C, &c., would cause respectively in the sides AD, DB, DC, &c. The quantities thus obtained being multiplied by the errors of the angle at T, will give the distances to be laid off from T in the direction AT, BT. And in order also to avoid as much as possible any operations of measurement to obtain the position of the point T', the distances from the trial station T should be laid down on paper on a large scale in the directions TA, TB, &c. (or on their prolongation), to obtain the intersection T of the lines 1 l' and 22, and from this diagram the angle formed at T with this point T, and the line drawn in the direction of any of the stations A, B, or C, can be taken, as also the distance TT'; the measurement of one angle and one short line is all that is required on the ground.
The triangulation should never be laid down on paper until its accuracy has been tested by the actual measurement of one or more of the distant sides of the triangles as a base of verification, and by the calculation of others from different triangles to prove the identity of the results. Beam compasses, of a length proportioned to the distance between the stations, and the scale upon which the survey is to be plotted, are necessary for this operation; and when the skeleton triangulation is completed, the next step is the delineation of the roads, &c., and the interior filling in of the country, either entirely or partially, by measurement, as has been already stated.
The latitude and longitude of each of the trigonometrical stations are also obtained with the most minute exactness on the Ordnance Survey, both by astronomical observations and by computation. For the latitude a zenith sector is now used, which was constructed under the directions of the Astronomer Royal, and for which a portable wooden observatory has been contrived. The instrument is placed in the plane of the meridian, and the axis, which has three levels attached, made vertical. In observing, the telescope is set nearly for a star, reading the micrometer micro scope to the sector, and then completing the observation by the wire micrometer attached to the eye end of the telescope, noting also the level readings and the time. The instrument is then turned half round, and the observation repeated, completing the bisection on this side by the tangent screw, again noting the levels and times; and lastly, the readings of the micrometer microscopes. The double zenith distance is thus obtained, from whence the latitude is determined, as explained in the Astronomical Problems. The latitudes and longitudes have lately been adapted to the Ordnance Maps publishing on the enormous scale of 6 inches to 1 mile, to seconds of latitude and longitude, with a very trifling maximum error, a triumph of practical science that a few years since would have been deemed impossible.
INTERIOR FILLING-IN OF SURVEY, EITHER ENTIRELY OR PARTIALLY,
The more minutely the triangulation has been carried on, the easier and the more correct will be the interior filling-up, whether entirely by measurement with the chain and theodolite, or only partially so, the remainder being completed by sketching; the former of these methods will be first explained.
Small triangles are formed by actual measurement with the chain between the nearest trigonometrical points (upon the accuracy of which they depend), the directions of the lines forming the sides of which are to be selected with reference to the ultimate objects of the delineation of the boundaries of woods, estates, parishes, &c.* Where it is practicable, these lines should connect conspicuous permanent objects, such as churches, mills, &c.; and in all cases the old vicious system of measuring field after field, and patching these separate little pieces together, should be most carefully avoided t. The method of keeping the field-book in measuring the interior with the chain, and plotting from its contents, is of course similar to the usual mode of surveying estates, parishes, &c.; and, as stated in the preface, this preliminary knowledge is supposed to have been already acquired. But on an extensive survey one general system must of necessity be vigorously enforced, to insure uniformity in all the detached portions of detail.
* Great assistance is derived from a rough diagrain representing the proposed method of proceeding, with references to the marks left on the measured sides of the triangles to be subsequently connected by check lines, either joining two sides, or extending from one side to the opposite angle; this may appear at first to be a waste of time, but it will soon be found to be the contrary, as the lines will be all run in directions advantageous to the fillingup of the interior. These marks should be made on the ground, so as to be easily recognised, and should be copied in the margin of the field-book.
+ Very excellent instructions for the guidance of surveyors employed in forming plans of estates and parishes are to be found in the report from Captain Dawson, Royal Engineers, to the Tithe Commissioners of England and Wales, November, 1836, from which report Mr. Bruff, in his “ Engineering Field-book,” has extracted a number of valuable directions.
Previous to commencing any measurement, the ground should be carefully walked over for the purpose of laying out the work, and marks set up at the average height of a theodolite, on the highest parts of the different hills, on the necks of the ridges jutting out from them, and at the level of lakes and rivers in various parts of their course, as well as on the site of permanent objects, such as churches, &c. These levelling marks should be all numbered and entered in a separate book, termed a field levelling book, intended to contain reciprocal angles of elevation and depression, afterwards taken between them, for the calculation of the horizontal values of the measured lines and of their comparative altitudes; which quantities are subsequently reduced to their actual heights above the level of the sea*. During the measurement of the principal lines, suitable points are selected at which to connect them by check lines, or on which to base minor triangles, and of course with a view to the determination of the natural and artificial boundaries, that, measured lines running near them, the whole of the interior content may be computed from the “Register,” made out directly from the field-book, the calculation from the plot being afterwards made simply as a check upon the other. All trigonometrical points and levelling marks should, if practicable, be measured up to with the chain during the progress of the survey, and their distinctive letters or marks entered in the field-books. Allowance may be made for short distances, by holding up one end or portions of the chain till it appears horizontal, and dropping a pointed plummet on the ground, in measuring up or down a slope, or by deducting the number of links corresponding to the angle of elevation or depression, as marked on the reverse of the vertical arc of the theo
Among the advantages of connecting a well-arranged series of levels with the plan of any portion of country, is that of rendering it at once available to the engineer in selecting the best trial lines for railroads or canals. The present system of tracing horizontal contour lines at short vertical intervals, instead of sketching the features of the ground, which used to be practised on the Ordnance Survey, affords not only the means of deciding upon the best trial lines, but actually furnishes data for constructing accurate sections across the country in any direction.