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What is Difference Between Whole Circle Bearing and Quadrantal Bearing

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.

In this article, you will get to know about the whole circle bearing and Quadrantal bearing and their differences.

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Difference Between Whole Circle Bearing and Quadrantal Bearing

 

What Is Whole Circle Bearing (WCB)

 

• 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 as Whole circle bearing.

 The Whole Circle bearings values range from 0° to 360°.

 The Whole circle bearing is generally used in the Prismatic compass.

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

 The Prismatic compass is graduated by Whole circle bearing.

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Example of Whole Circle Bearing (WCB)

• If the survey line falls between the first quadrant then the  Whole Circle Bearing lies between the 0° to 90°.

 If it lies between the second quadrant then the Whole Circle Bearing of that survey line lies between 90° to 180°. If it lies in the third quadrant then the Whole circle bearing will be between the 180° to 270°.

 And in the fourth quadrant, the Whole Circle Bearing values range between 270° to 360°.

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

 This type of angle is also known as a Reduced bearing.

The examples of whole circle bearing are as follows

30°,45°,80°,120°,230°, and 320°, etc

What Is Quadrantal Bearin (QB)

 The Quadrantal bearing is also known as a Reduced bearing. Quadrantal bearings are generally measured from the North or South direction towards the East or West direction.

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

The quadrantal bearing varies from 0° to 90°.

 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.

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

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Example of Quadrantal Bearing

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

 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.

Reduced bearing is observed by the surveyor’s compass.

• The quadrants are represented are as follows

1st quadrant = N – E

2nd quadrant = S – E

3rd quadrant = S – W

4th quadrant = N – W

 The example of the quadrantal bearing are as follows

N35°E,S49°E,N65°W,S25°W etc.

 

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Difference Between Whole Circle Bearing and Quadrantal Bearing

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

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

 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 0°  to 360° The value of the quadrantal wearing for reduced bearing ranges from 0° to 90°
5 The example of a whole circle bearing are 30°,45°,80°,120°,230°, and 320°, etc Example of quadrantal bearing or reduced bearing are N35°E, S49°E, N65°W, S25°W, etc.

Observation of the Bearings

 Consider the bearing of the line is AB to be observed

 Set up the instrument and at station A and then carry out the temporary adjustments.

 Fix one of the ranging rods at the station B.

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

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

 Hence you will get bearing of the line AB.

 

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Hi My name is Raja Junaid Iqbal and i am Land Surveyor by Profession but I've specialized in the field of Q,S and land development. As Professional Surveyor I engaged my self in all over the Gulf since 14 years.

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