Plane table outfit, 1745-1755.
2 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

Plane table outfit, 1745-1755.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


This plane table was made by Benjamin Cole. Plane tabling is a method of survey which allows observations to be plotted directly on a map by a surveyor in the field. Modern versions are still used today for filling in or updating detail on street plans; in the 18th century it gave a rapid map without requiring the transfer of notes and measurements from a notebook.

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