Setting Out

  • J. Uren
  • W. F. Price


A definition often used for setting out is that it is the reverse of surveying. What is meant by this is that whereas surveying is the process of producing a plan or map of a particular area, setting out begins with the plan and ends with some particular engineering project correctly positioned in the area. This definition can be misleading since it implies that setting out and surveying are opposites. This is not true. Most of the techniques and equipment used in surveying are also used in setting out and it is important to realise that setting out is simply one application of surveying.


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14.19 Further Reading

  1. A. C. Twort, Civil Engineering Supervision and Management (Arnold, London, 1972).Google Scholar
  2. Bulletin M83: 16, Measuring Practice on the Building Site, CIB Report No. 69, (National Swedish Institute for Building Research, 1983).Google Scholar
  3. A Manual of Setting-out Procedures (CIRIA, 1973).Google Scholar
  4. BS 5606, British Standard Code of Practice for Accuracy in Building (British Standards Institution, London, 1978).Google Scholar
  5. ISO 4463: Measurement methods for building — Setting out and measurement — Permissible measuring deviations (International Organisation for Standardization, Geneva).Google Scholar
  6. ISO/DP 8322 Procedure for determining the accuracy in use of measuring instruments (International Organisation for Standardization, Geneva).Google Scholar
  7. BRE Digest 234, Accuracy in Setting Out (Building Research Establishment, 1980).Google Scholar

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© J. Uren and W. F. Price 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Uren
    • 1
  • W. F. Price
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringPortsmouth PolytechnicUK

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