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The Caltrans Surveys Manual is now published in U.S. Customary units (English), which include the U.S. Survey Foot. If you would like PDF format files of previous (including metric) versions of the Caltrans Surveys Manual, please contact Paul Fredrickson. For information on the transition from metric to U.S. Customary units, please see the Division of Design web page.

Surveys Manual
Date Last Revised
Chaper 1 Introduction July 2018
Chaper 2 Safety December 2011
Figure 2-1 Caltrans Code of Safe Surveying Practices December 2011
Chapter 3 Survey Equipment October 2015
Chapter 4 Survey Datums May 2013
Chapter 5 Accuracy Classifications and Standards April 2015
Figure 5-1 Caltrans Orders of Survey Accuracy April 2015
Chapter 6 Global Positioning System (GPS) Survey Specifications December 2012
Chapter 7 Total Station Survey System (TSSS) Survey Specifications September 2006
Chapter 8 Differential Leveling Survey Specifications September 2006
Chapter 9 Control Surveys December 2016
Figure 9.6-2 Project Control Diagram Example December 2016
Chapter 10 Right of Way Surveys September 2006
Chapter 11 Engineering Surveys September 2006
Chapter 12 Construction Surveys November 2012
Figure 12 Revised Construction Staking Request Form June 2009
Chapter 13 Photogrammetry September 2006
Chapter 14 Survey Records Pending
Chapter 15 Terrestrial Laser Scanning Specifications June 2018

Interim Guidlines

Interim Guidlines
Date Last Revised
ADA SIB 18 01 Attachment Guidelines for Engineering and Construction Surveys of ADA Facilities March 2018
AMG SIB 18 02 Attachment Implementation of Automated Machine Guidance (AMG) March 2018
Estimating Sea Level Estimating Sea Level for Project Initiation Documents March 29,2012
Caltrig Specs DRAFT - Interim Specification for Trigonometric Leveling September 2006
Metric Construction Surveys - Chapter 12

Only to be used on projects approved by Project Delivery Directive PD-03, 9-03-2009

September 2004
Superseded Construction Surveys - Chapter 12

To be used on projects advertised before November 27th, 2012

September 2006

Statewide Alerts and Other Information