Dumpy level

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a surveyor's level having a short telescope fixed to a horizontally rotating table and a spirit level

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It progressed from Dumpy level to split bubble and then self-aligning automatic level followed by electronic level reading a bar coded leveling stuff.All these developments changed mode of field data recording starting from survey field book to electronic (field book) data logger to present day recording of field data in electronic memory on board the instrument.Plane Table and Photogrammetry were leading technologies for mapping; bulk of Indo Pak mapping in 19th century was done by Plane Table method.
The eyepiece level is a small, handheld version of the dumpy level. The limited accuracy of this tool limits its use to establishing rough grades for planting or turf areas and rough grading.
A dumpy level will also contain a horizontal scale for measuring horizontal angles.