What Is a Closed Loop Traverse?

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What Is a Closed Loop Traverse?
A closed loop traverse is a system used by land surveyors. (surveyor image by itsallgood from Fotolia.com)

A traverse refers to a specific procedure used in measuring and surveying land. It is a series of straight lines that are connected by points called "traverse stations."

Loop Traverse

A loop traverse is a series of straight lines that form a loop. This type of traverse begins and ends on the same point. In order for the traverse to be considered a closed loop traverse, the start and finish point must be a known location.

What Is a Closed Loop Traverse?
Surveyors use specific tools and instruments to measure and map the land. (Compass image by Infocus from Fotolia.com)


Surveyors walk the land that is to be catalogued and use this system to accurately measure distances, directions, coordinates and topography, according to the School of Forest Resources & Conservation.


The length and directions of each line are measured, marked and recorded. Tools commonly used to accomplish this task are stakes, metal pipes, wooden pegs and tape. Surveyors do this to measure property lines, plans for roads, public buildings, maps and railways.

What Is a Closed Loop Traverse?
Stakes are used in creating traverses to mark station points. (surveyor stakes image by Greg Pickens from Fotolia.com)

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