Reading a Survey Plan
When a client receives a plan of survey or an identification survey plan, it is often confusing to understand what it means. The plans have to be drawn to a standard and in a manner dictated by the Department of Natural Resources, so it is not necessarily easy for the public to read. The plan is a legal document and represents marks found and marks placed during the survey. The plan will show the boundaries of the block in the form of bearings and distances, as well as the area. Some of this information is in the form of shorthand.
Diagrams--Often diagrams are required to shown detail. Surveyors are required by law to show encroachments over the boundaries. Diagrams are usually to a different scale to show things clearly. Setout below is a brief explanation of some of these abbreviations.
OP --Original Peg--A peg from a plan in the public registry.
OIP -- Original Iron Pin--An iron pin set in the ground by a previous surveyor referenced to the corner
OPM --Original Permanent Mark--A permanent survey mark that is in the public registry.
SFP -- Square Fence Post
C.Face SFP --Centre face of Square Fence Post
RFP --Round fence post
PM --Permanent Mark
Rmns OP --Remains of Original Peg
Peg Pld --Peg Placed at a corner
Mo Mk Pld --No marked placed at corner
No Mk Poss --No mark possible to be placed.
OSP --Original Survey Post
D/H --Drill Hole
ORT --Original Reference Tree
Cor. SFP --Corner of Square Fence Post
Traverse Table --A table of connections/traverses
Reference Marks --Marks placed to refer to the corner.
These are used when corner pegs are gone.
Permanent Marks - A list of permanent marks placed or connected to.
Meridian --This is the horizontal datum of this plan
AMG --Australian Map Grid
MGA --Map Grid of Australia
N.T.S --Not to Scale
BUP --Building Units Plan
RP --Registered Plan
SCALE --The scale of the main drawing of the plan.
SP --Survey Plan
MP --Mining Plan
Cen RFP 0.12S --Offsets to the corners are often shown on fences that are near corners. This indicates the round fence post is 0.12m south of the corner
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