# State Plane Coordinates vs. Surface Coordinates, Part 8.

Occupy Reilly with a total station and back-sight to Bromilow. State plane coordinates are known for both stations; the grid azimuth from Reilly to Bromilow can be calculated.

Establish a temporary station called Temp in a position that's visible from both Reilly and Wakeman.

With the total station at Reilly, back-sight to Bromilow, fore-sight to Temp and record horizontal angle, zenith angle and slope distance to Temp. Observe the horizontal and zenith angles in both direct and reverse positions.

Move the total station to Temp, back-sight to Reilly, fore-sight to Wakeman and record horizontal angle, zenith angle and slope distance. As before, observe all angles direct and reverse.

Station
Name |
Latitude
(North) |
Longitude
(West) |

Bromilow | 32 16 52.33969 | 106 45 15.77636 |

Reilly | 32 16 55.93458 | 106 45 15.16429 |

Wakeman | 32 17 0.10142 | 106 45 29.49809 |

Calculate the grid azimuth from Reilly to Bromilow using state plane coordinates determined earlier:

Name |
Northing(meters) |
Easting(meters) |

(2) Bromilow | 142158.262 | 452489.852 |

(1) Reilly | 142268.912 | 452506.387 |

1 | DN(2-1) = 110.650m | DE(2-1) = 16.535m |

Figure 2, below shows the quadrant of the azimuth from Reilly to Bromilow. As can be seen, the azimuth from is greater than 180Â° but less than 270Â°. The equation for azimuth is

a = tan^{-1}(E2 - E1) = tan^{-1}DE(N

_{2}- N_{1})DNSolving this equation gives

a = 8Â° 29' 56.8"

We know the azimuth is in the third quadrant (greater than 180Â°), so we must add 180Â° to a to get grid azimuth.

Azimuth Reilly to Bromilow = 188Â° 29' 56.8"

= 188Â° 29' 57"

Calculate the azimuth of other lines in the traverse.

First, let me give the horizontal angles (angles to the right) from Reilly to Temp and from Temp to Wakeman.

Horiz. angle at Reilly from Bromilow to Temp = 68Â° 02' 24"

Horiz. angle at Temp from Reilly to Wakeman = 271Â° 15' 42"

Referring to sketch in Figure 1,

Az Reilly to BromilowÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â 188Â° 29' 57"

+ angle right at ReillyÂ Â Â Â +Â Â Â Â 68Â° 02' 24"

Â Â Â Â Â Â Â

Az Reilly to TempÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â 256Â° 32' 21"

Â Â Â - 180Â°

Az Temp to ReillyÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â 76Â° 32' 21"

+ angle right at Temp +Â Â Â Â 271Â° 15' 42"

Â Â Â Â Â Â Â

Az Temp to WakemanÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â 347Â° 48' 03"We need to calculate horizontal distances from Reilly to Temp and from Temp to Wakeman.

Reilly to Temp

Zenith angle = 91Â° 11' 36"

Slope distance = 1111.45 ft (338.697m)

Horizontal distance

= slope distance x sin (zenith angle)

Horiz. dist Reilly to Temp = (1111.45 ft) sin (91Â° 11' 36")

= 1111.21 ft (338.697m)

Temp to Wakeman

Zenith angle = 89Â° 55' 45"

Slope distance = 701.75 ft (213.894m)

Horiz. dist Temp to Wakeman = (701.75) sin (89Â° 55' 45")

= 701.75 ft (213.894m)

Note: State plane coordinates are horizontal coordinates; height calculations are not needed.

Reduce horizontal distances to grid distances.

This is a two-step process. First, horizontal distances at the surface must be reduced to the ellipsoid (geodetic distances) by using the elevation factor, then reduced to the grid (grid distances) by using the scale factor.

I'm going to borrow two figures from the NGS state plane coordinate manual1 (Figures 4.1b and 4.1c on pages 47 and 48). These will be combined as Figure 3 in this column. As can be seen from the equation in the figure,

S = D ( R/ (R + N + H) )

WhereÂ Â Â Â S = Geodetic Distance

Â Â Â D = Horizontal Distance

Â Â Â H = Mean Elevation

Â Â Â N = Mean Geoid Height

Â Â Â R = Mean Radius of Earth

NGS recommends using R = 6,372,000m. In Las Cruces, N.M.,

N = -25m and H = 1188.720m (3,900 ft).

Putting these numbers into the above equation gives

Geodetic Distance = Horizontal Distance (0.99982)

Elevation factor = 0.99982

The scale factors are given in Figure 4 of this column. We can average the scale factor. Since the traverse is short, let's use 0.9999278 = 0.99993. Multiplying the scale factor times the elevation factor gives the "combined factor."

Combined Factor = (0.99982) (0.99993) = 0.99975

Because state plane coordinates are given in meters, I'm going to use the horizontal distances in meters to calculate grid distances, also in meters.

Grid Distance =

Horizontal Distance x Combined Factor.

Grid Distance Reilly to Temp = (338.697m) (0.99975)

= 338.612m

Grid Distance Temp to Wakeman = (213.894m) (0.99975)

= 213.840m

STATIONNAME |
LATITUDE(NORTH) |
LONGITUDE(WEST) |
NORTHING(Y) METER |
EASTING(X) METER |
ZONE |
CONVERGENCE |
SCALEFACTOR |
ELEV(M) |
GEOIDHT (M) |
||

D |
M |
S |
|||||||||

Bromilow | 32 16 52.33969 | 106 45 15.77636 | 142158.262 | 452489.852 | NM C | -0 | 16 | 9.78 | 0.99992783 | 1 | 1 Â |

Reilly | 32 16 55.93458 | 106 45 15.16429 | 142268.912 | 452506.387 | NM C | -0 | 16 | 9.48 | 0.99992781 | 1 | 1 |

Wakeman | 32 17 0.10142 | 106 45 29.49809 | 142399.023 | 452131.948 | NM C | -0 | 16 | 17.17 | 0.99992825 | 1 | 1 |

Calculate state plane coordinates of stations Temp and Wakeman.

The following equations are needed to calculate coordinates of station Temp:

E Temp = E Reilly + (Grid Distance Reilly to Temp ) sin (Azimuth Reilly to Temp )

N Temp = N Reilly + (Grid Distance Reilly to Temp ) cos (Azimuth Reilly to Temp )

E Temp = 452506.387m + (338.612m) sin (256Â° 32' 21") = 452177.077m

N Temp = 142268.912m + (338.612m) cos (256Â° 32' 21") = 142190.090m

Repeating the process going from Temp to Wakeman,

E Wakeman = 452177.077m + (213.840m) sin (347Â° 48' 03") = 452131.890m

N Wakeman = 142190.090m + (213.840m) cos (347Â° 48' 03") = 142399.101m

How close did I get to the published coordinates?

Using a COGO package, you may find some minor errors in my calculations; I used an HP 48 calculator (Hewlett Packard, Palo Alto, Calif.).

1 | Northing
(meters) |
Easting
(meters) |

Published Values | 142399.023 | 452131.948 |

Calculated Values | 142399.101 | 452131.890 |

1 | 0.078m | 0.058m |

Now I have to tell what instrument I used. When I went to my office to get the instrument for this survey, only an old manual total station was available. Even with that, the error of closure is about 1:5000. With modern instruments available in your company, you should get much better results. The point of this series of articles was to show how easy and convenient it is to work with state plane coordinates.

Long article, and I havenÂ¿t started on surface coordinates. I will have to continue this in the next column to make a fair comparison of state plane coordinates vs. surface coordinates. I'll also explain convergence of the meridian.