A field recording booklet.
A single-sheet recording form.
A digital disk or device for automated data recording.
A land survey plan.
A property plan.
Recovery and station description cards.
A control diagram showing the relative location, method, and type of control established or
b. Record field notes using the three general forms--tabulation, sketching, and description.
(1) Tabulation. Numerical data is recorded in columns following a prescribed format, depending
on the type of operation, the instrument used, and the specifications for the type of survey.
(2) Sketching. Sketches add much to the clarity of field notes and should be used liberally.
They may be drawn to scale (as in plane table surveys) or they can be drawn to an approximate scale (as
in control cards). If needed, use an exaggerated scale to show detail. Measurements should be added
directly on the sketch or keyed in such a way as to avoid confusion.
(3) Description. Tabulations with or without sketches can also be supplemented with narrative
descriptions. The description may consist of a few words or it may be very detailed. Survey notes
become a part of historic records, so a brief description entered at the time of the survey may be
important and helpful in the future.
c. Ensure that the following qualities are applied to the completed field notes:
The lettering conforms to the gothic style portrayed in FM 5-553. All entries should be
formatted according to unit SOPs.
There is only one possible interpretation of an entry. Decimal points and commas must be
clear and distinct.
Entries are complete and all resolved data is finished according to the unit's SOP. All entries
should be recorded on the correct forms. Never record notes on scrap paper and transcribe
them to a field recording form. If performing an underground survey, use a covered
clipboard to protect the notes. Accurately describe the field experience. Sketches, diagrams,
and notes help to reduce or eliminate questions.