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# What is Difference Between Whole Circle Bearing and Quadrantal Bearing

### Introduction of WCB Vs. QB

Whole circle bearing (WCB) and Quadrantal bearing(QB) are the two types of bearing which is used in the field of surveying for the purpose of measurement of the bearings.

## What Is Whole Circle Bearing (WCB)

â€¢Â The whole circle bearing (WCB) is defined as the bearing of the line at any point which is measured with respect to the Meridian is known asÂ Whole circle bearing.

â€¢Â TheÂ Whole Circle bearingsÂ values range fromÂ 0Â° to 360Â°.

â€¢Â The Whole circle bearing is generally used in theÂ Prismatic compass.

â€¢Â The whole circle bearing is used to measure the angle in the clockwise direction from the magnetic North.

â€¢Â The Prismatic compass is graduated by Whole circle bearing.

### Example of Whole Circle Bearing (WCB)

â€¢Â If the survey line falls between theÂ first quadrantÂ then the Â Whole Circle BearingÂ lies between theÂ 0Â° to 90Â°.

â€¢Â If it lies between theÂ second quadrantÂ then theÂ Whole Circle BearingÂ of that survey line lies betweenÂ 90Â° to 180Â°.Â If it lies in theÂ third quadrantÂ then the Whole circle bearing will be between theÂ 180Â° to 270Â°.

â€¢Â And in theÂ fourth quadrant, theÂ WholeÂ Circle BearingÂ values range betweenÂ 270Â° to 360Â°.

â€¢Â The Whole circle bearing of any line, can exceed up to 90Â°, it can be reduced to the corresponding angle which is less than 90Â°, and has the same numerical value to the trigonometrical functions.

â€¢Â This type of angle is also known as aÂ Reduced bearing.

â€¢ The examples of whole circle bearing are as follows

30Â°,45Â°,80Â°,120Â°,230Â°, and 320Â°, etc

## What Is Quadrantal Bearing (QB)

â€¢Â TheÂ Quadrantal bearingÂ is also known as aÂ ReducedÂ bearing. Quadrantal bearings are generally measured from the North or South direction towards the East or West direction.

â€¢ The quadrantal bearing or reduced bearing can be measured either in a clockwise or anticlockwise direction.

â€¢TheÂ quadrantal bearingÂ varies fromÂ 0Â° to 90Â°.

â€¢Â In the quadrantal bearing or reduced bearing system, the bearings are taken either from the magnetic North or the magnetic south direction. It will depend on which one is nearer to that line.

â€¢Â In the Quadrantal bearing system, magnetic North and magnetic South lines are considered as a reference line.

### How To Calculate Height In Surveying With Angle & Distance

â€¢Â In the quadrantal bearing system, you can take both clockwise as well as the anticlockwise angle from the reference line.

â€¢Â It is necessary to state the particular quadrant in which that line lies. The letters N(north), S(south), E(east), and W( west) are used to represent the quadrant.

â€¢ Reduced bearing is observed by the surveyorâ€™s compass.

â€¢Â The quadrants are represented are as follows

1st quadrant = N â€“ E

2nd quadrant = S â€“ E

3rd quadrant = S â€“ W

4thÂ quadrant = N â€“ W

â€¢Â The example of theÂ quadrantal bearingÂ are as follows

N35Â°E,S49Â°E,N65Â°W,S25Â°W etc.

## Difference Between Whole Circle Bearing and Quadrantal Bearing

â€¢Â The whole circle bearing and quadrantal bearing or reduced bearing are the two bearings which are usually used in the compass surveying.

â€¢Â In order to choose between the whole circle bearing and quadrantal bearing, you must know the difference between them.

â€¢Â The difference between the whole circle bearing and quadrantal bearing are as follows.

 Sr.No. Whole Circle Bearing Quadrantal Bearing 1 The horizontal angle which is made by the survey line, with the magnetic north in a clockwise direction is known as the Whole circle bearing. The horizontal angle which is made by a survey line with the magnetic North or South whichever is near the line in the eastward or westward direction is known as quadrantal wearing or reduced bearing. 2 In the whole circle bearing, the magnetic North line is considered as the reference line. In the quadrantal Bearing, both magnetic North as well as South lines are considered as a reference line. 3 In the whole circle bearing only clockwise angle is taken from the reference survey line In the quadrantal bearing both clockwise, as well as the anticlockwise angle from the reference line, is taken 4 The value of the whole circle bearing ranges from 0Â°Â  to 360Â° The value of the quadrantal wearing for reduced bearing ranges from 0Â° to 90Â° 5 The example of a whole circle bearing are 30Â°,45Â°,80Â°,120Â°,230Â°, and 320Â°, etc Example of quadrantal bearing or reduced bearing are N35Â°E, S49Â°E, N65Â°W, S25Â°W, etc.

### Observation of the Bearings

â€¢Â Consider the bearing of the line isÂ AB to be observed

â€¢Â Set up the instrument and at station A and thenÂ carry out the temporary adjustments.

â€¢Â Fix one of theÂ ranging rods at the station B.

â€¢Â Turn the compass box until theÂ ranging rod present at station B is not bisected by the horsehair when seen through the vertical slit above the prism.

â€¢Â When the needle comes to rest,Â bisect it by the ranging rod at station B accurately and write down the reading.

â€¢Â Hence you will get bearing of the line AB.