Textbook of Surveying
C Venkatramaiah
180 x 240 mm
Year of Publishing
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Universities Press

This comprehensive textbook on surveying covers, in a single volume, all the topics prescribed at the undergraduate level in civil engineering in India. It presents the various methods of surveying and the underlying concepts of surveying, including modern and advanced surveying techniques and instruments such as Total Station. The narrative is enlivened with glimpses of the historical development of the subject. The book is well illustrated with diagrams and is replete with worked-out examples and exercises. New to the revised edition are discussions on trilateration, methods of determination of time, longitude and latitude of a place, azimuth of a survey line, Total Station, geographic information system and global positioning system (GPS).

Key features

  • Forms a core textbook for undergraduate students of civil engineering
  • Covers Surveying-I, Surveying-II and Advanced Surveying in a single volume
  • Concepts of surveying explained lucidly with several illustrative examples
  • Emphasises details of the surveying methods rather than the constructional and other intricate details of surveying instruments
  • Questions and practice problems included at the end of every chapter
  • Includes numerous objective-type questions with answers
  • Useful for examinations such as AMIE, GATE and IES

C Venkatramaiah retired as Professor of Civil Engineering from the Sri Venkateswara University College of Engineering, Tirupati. He had served earlier on the faculties of Engineering College, Kakinada; College of Engineering, Guindy, Madras; and RVR & JC College of Engineering, Guntur. He has over four decades of teaching experience and has dealt with a wide variety of subjects in civil engineering. He obtained his BE degree from the Andhra University, his MSc (Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering) from Madras University and PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He has to his credit several papers and articles and has authored four books in the areas of geotechnical engineering, engineering mechanics, structural analysis and surveying.


  1. Introduction
  2. Survey Measurements and Errors
  3. Angles, Bearings and Azimuths
  4. Chain Surveying
  5. Compass Surveying
  6. Plane Table Surveying
  7. Levelling and Contouring
  8. Minor Instruments
  9. Theodolite Surveying
  10. Areas and Volumes
  11. Tacheometry
  12. Curve Ranging
  13. Triangulation and Baseline Measurement
  14. Trigonometric Levelling
  15. Hydrographic Surveying
  16. Construction Surveys
  17. Certain Special and Modern Instruments
  18. Other and Modern Methods of Surveying

Appendix A: SI Units
Appendix B: List of Symbols
Answers to Numerical Problems
Objective Questions in Surveying
Answers to Objective Questions

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