of oil applied after each days work before they
are stored for the night. Never stow any surveying
gear (especially if made of ferrous material)
without checking it thoroughly to make sure it is
clean and dryparticularly steel tapes. The reason
for this is that, in the SEABEEs, we have a
multitude of jobs done under variable conditions.
Suppose that today you are sent to a job that does
not require the same equipment you used
yesterday and failed to clean. You are kept on this
job for a few days. There is a good chance that
the equipment you used the first day will be rusty
when you return to use it again.
Remember that you are liable for payment for
any loss of government property caused by your
You will be required to sharpen surveying
clearing tools, replace any broken handles,
especially those on sledgehammers, and do many
other things. For delicate equipment, consult the
manufacturers handbook or other applicable
publications before you attempt any servicing or
cleaning, and, if necessary, ask your senior EA
to explain the correct procedure to follow.
PREPARING FOR FIELD PARTYS
You need to know how to prepare or gather
your various needs for the day; for example,
stakes, hubs, markers, safety gear, drinking water,
and food. The preparation of the list of these
things is the responsibility of your party chief;
however, everyone in the survey party should
review the list to make sure that everything needed
for that particular job is there. Remember that
you are concerned with the necessary equipment
not only for the job, but also for your personal
needs, especially if the job is quite a distance from
your base camp.
In a triangulation survey, for example, your
stations are generally situated in remote places.
You may be ferried to your station point by
helicopter or by some other means, depending on
the location and the mode of transportation
available. Be sure to take extra drinking water to
jobs like this, and DO NOT discard your excess
water until you are safely back to your base camp.
MAINTAINING FIELD SANITATION
In the field, devices necessary for maintaining
personal hygiene and field sanitation must be
improvised. If you are surveying at a remote
location, it is unlikely that you will find a
waterborne sewage system available for your use.
The usual alternative is digging a cat hole about
1 ft deep and covering the feces completely with
d i r t.
Proper disposal of garbage should also be
undertaken during field surveys. Whenever
possible, avoid burning dry garbage on site.
Disposal bags offer a good means of preventing
litter and should be used whenever available.
In extremely hot climates, your supply of
potable water is expected to run low at a faster
rate. To avoid dehydration, you will be required
to treat your own water or face infections or
diseases, such as dysentery, cholera, diarrhea, and
typhoid fever. It is imperative that water taken
from any source (such as lakes, rivers, streams,
and ponds) be properly treated before being
used, as all these sources are presumed to be
contaminated. To treat water for drinking, you
can use either a plastic or aluminum canteen with
the water purification compounds available in
tablet form (iodine) or in ampule form (calcium
hypochlorite). When disinfecting compounds are
not available, boiling the water is another method
for killing disease-producing organisms. The
standard source of information for SEABEEs on
field sanitation and personal hygiene is Seabee
Combat Handbook, NAVEDTRA 10479-C2,
GIVING VEHICLE PRESTART
CHECKS AND MAINTAINING
It is likely that the field survey crew will be
assigned a vehicle to transport people and
equipment to and from the jobsite. Before
operating the vehicle, the operator is to give it a
prestart check to make sure that it is ready
When a vehicle is assigned to you, an
operators daily preservice maintenance report is
issued at the dispatch office. Use this form to
record or log items in the vehicle requiring
attention as observed during the prestart check
and during the working day. Other information,
such as mileage readings, operating hours, and
fuel consumption may also be required.
A complete checklist of the vehicle prestart
and operators maintenance procedures are
described in Equipment Operator 3 & 2, NAV-
EDTRA 10640-J1, chapters 2 and 4.