Talk:Benchmark (surveying)

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Two words or one?[edit]

I have changed bench mark to benchmark throughout merely for consistency with the title (and the Concise Oxford Dictionary). However, the Ordnance Survey (and Collins Dictionary) spells this as two words.--Shantavira|feed me 18:06, 24 November 2007 (UTC)

Professional surveyor usage for elevation control points in the US is two words "bench mark" and it is not applied to any other type of survey mark. The single word is often used in a loose sense by the geocaching community to include any survey mark. The single word is also used in non-technical speech for any standard of comparison, such as for computer performance testing. I would support a change to the two word form in this article based on US terminology, but am not familiar with usage in the rest of the world. BillHart93 (talk) 21:35, 30 December 2014 (UTC)

I recently reverted an anon who went through and "corrected" it all to the two-word variant. If you think that's a good idea, an RM discussion might be a good way to bring it up, so we keep the title and text in sync. The USGS is not consistent, but seems to mostly use "benchmark"; see search. Dicklyon (talk) 22:02, 30 December 2014 (UTC)
The USGS disks have two words. That should take precedence over anything someone in the agency might have written. See BillHart93 (talk) 17:54, 31 December 2014 (UTC)

I checked some of my reference books. Vanicek and Krakiwsky's Geodesy: The Concepts, Davis, Foote, Anderson, and Mikhail's Surveying Theory and Practice, Mikhail and Moffit's Photogrammetry, and The American Practical Navigator (NGA-published) all use bench mark. Moffitt and Bouchard's Surveying, Canadian Tidal Manual, and Admiralty Manual of Hydrographic Surveying use benchmark. Melitak (talk) 17:52, 31 December 2014 (UTC)Melitak

"fixed point"[edit]

The disambiguation page for the term "fixed point" suggests that this page will explain the term fixed point as used in the context of surveying. Anyone want to take a crack at that, either here or on a new page named "fixed point (surveying)"? Once that's done I can point Geodetic network and Meridian arc, which currently points out to the fixed point disambiguation page, to wherever the explanation ends up. Thanks! --Joe Decker (talk) 05:58, 6 May 2010 (UTC)

Image deleted[edit]

I deleted a photo of a carved arrow apparently on Chapel Well in Irvine which the uploader claims is a bench mark. Not only does it not have a datum (an obvious requirement) but it is not listed by the Ordnance Survey and is not shown on any map, the nearest bench mark being on the local church tower. There are several marks, such as crosses, carved on the walls near Chapel Well, this is just another of them.--Shantavira|feed me 16:52, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

I don't know that locality, so won't revert, but the arguments are not conclusive to me. The point of the arrow could be taken as the datum point. Marks may be derived for convenience (either from government marks or by assuming a local datum) and be in local usage even though they are not in a government list or on official maps. BillHart93 (talk) 17:20, 28 January 2015 (UTC)