1. Field books

Individual project field notes are generally subsets of a larger series of survey operations and contained in field books. Three main field book types are defined by their method of holding pages together, Figure C-1:

 Figure C-1
Field Book Types

2. Page and plate

Unlike a traditional book where each side of each sheet is a page, a field book page is the combined left and right sides when the book is laid out flat. Left of the binding is the left plate, on the right is the right plate, Figure C-2.

 Figure C-2
Page and Plates


The left plate is used primarily to record field measurements and perform necessary running calculations. On the right plate is recorded support information: weather, equipment, personnel, sketches, etc. These two plates compliment each other so together are referred to as a page.

Figure C-3 shows a page of Differential Leveling field notes. The left plate contains measurements and running calculations. Support information on the right plate identifies the weather conditions, equipment, personnel & responsibilities, bench mark description, sketch, and closure computations. The circled "5" at top left and top right  is the page number. 

Figure C-3
Differential Leveling Notes

3. Sheet styles

There are many different ways to organize field book pages based on survey operation. The Differential Level notes in Figure C-3 is one way collection can be structured, there are others which we'll look at in a bit.

To provide field note organization flexibility, a number of different sheet styles are available. These differ primarily in the number of printed columns on each plate. Figure C-4 shows three common styles. 

Figure C-4
Common Sheet Styles

Because the back of a right plate for one page is the left plate for the next page, the front and back of a sheet will not necessarily be the same style.

A bound field book (sewn/glued and spiral) has a single sheet style throughout; a binder field book can be configured with any style (even mixed). 

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