What is a Civil 3D Traverse?
Posted on March 6, 2013 by Nikki Szymanski:
In Civil 3D a traverse is used by surveyors in the field as a series of established stations tied together by angle and distance.
There are different types of traverse depending on what is needed. Let me explain each one a little so you know when and where to use which:
A closed loop starts with a known point and ends at the same known point. This point has been previously determined before setting up a survey in the field. This is the most common type used in the field. This may be used for boundaries, woods, and ponds.
A closed connection starts with a known point and ends with a known point. These points have been previously determined before setting up a survey in the field. This is the second most commonly used type of traverse.
An open traverse starts with a known point, but ends with an unknown point. This traverse extends long distances without the opportunity for the checking the accuravy of the on-going work. Useful as a control for preliminary and construction surveys for highways, roads, pipelines and electricity transmission lines. This is the least common in the field.