Problems of the Week: Surveying Instruments and Procedures ProblemsWhich of the following statements is true of plane surveying?
(A) Plane surveying disregards the curvature of the earth.
(B) As the size of the area increases, the accuracy and precision of plane surveying decreases.
(C) The term plane surveying is reserved for surveys whose results are expressed in state plane coordinates.
(D) Both A and B are true.
Plane surveying differs from geodetic surveying in the treatment of the curvature of the earth. Plane surveying is conducted with a horizontal plane as its reference surface, whereas geodetic surveying takes curvature into account.
The answer is (D).
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