Meter Stick

What is a Meter Stick?

Definition of Meter Stick in Construction
The instrument used at the other end of the transit or level in surveying.

This instrument is marked with either metric or english measurements, that can be recorded to identify elevation. Also referenced as a rod, or stick, the instrument is held vertical, and rested over the point being measured. The operator of the transit or level sights thru the instrument to read the markings on the meter stick. This reading is then used to determine, through some engineering calculations, the elevation of the point where the meter stick is resting on.

The meter stick is normally a telescopic instrument that can be extended to accommodate the measuring situation. Simple arithmetic is used to calculate the resultant elevations of the bottom of the meter stick. By using a benchmark the operator of the transit or level determines the instrument height from the benchmark. Once this height is established, the height measured on the meter stick is correlated with the known instrument height and the elevation of the bottom of the meter stick is determined. The meter stick is constructed of wood, fiberglass or other synthetic materials and designed to remain straight and true during its use on the site.