Surveys Manual

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The purpose of the Surveys Manual is to provide a standard for statewide uniformity in surveying, establish and maintain survey standards, improve the overall efficiency of Caltrans’ survey functions, and provide a primary reference source for Caltrans surveying policies, safety, standards, and information. Previous versions (including metric) are available upon request. Please contact Mark Sheahan for any additional information.

Surveys Manual Table of Contents

Chapter Title Date Last Revised
Chapter 1 (PDF) Introduction July 2018
Chapter 2 (PDF)  Safety December 2011 (Links revised March 2021)
Figure 2-1 (PDF)  Caltrans Code of Safe Surveying Practices December 2011
Chapter 3 (PDF)  Survey Equipment October 2015
Chapter 4 (PDF)  Survey Datums May 2013
Chapter 5 (PDF)   Accuracy Classifications and Standards April 2015
Figure 5-1 (PDF)  Caltrans Orders of Survey Accuracy April 2015
Chapter 6 (PDF)  Global Positioning System (GPS) Survey Specifications December 2012
Chapter 7 (PDF) Total Station Survey System (TSSS) Survey Specifications September 2006
Chapter 8 (PDF) Differential Leveling Survey Specifications September 2006
Chapter 9 (PDF) Control Surveys December 2016
Figure 9.6-2 (PDF)  Project Control Diagram Example December 2016
Chapter 10 (PDF) Right of Way Surveys December 2019
Chapter 11 (PDF) Engineering Surveys September 2006
Chapter 12 (PDF)  Construction Surveys November 2012
Figure 12 (Link to Form DPD3013) Revised Construction Staking Request Form June 2009
Chapter 13 (PDF)  Photogrammetry September 2006
Chapter 14 Survey Records Pending
Chapter 15 (PDF)  Terrestrial Laser Scanning Specifications June 2018

Interim Guidelines

Chapter Title Date Last Revised
ADA SIB 18 01 Attachment (PDF)  Guidelines for Engineering and Construction Surveys of ADA Facilities March 2018
AMG SIB 18 02 Attachment (PDF)  Implementation of Automated Machine Guidance (AMG) March 2018
Estimating Sea Level (PDF)  Estimating Sea Level for Project Initiation Documents March 29, 2012