Procedure:
 Select a suitable point P on the ground such that all the details are visible from it
 Center and level the plane table over P
 Mark the direction of the North on the sheet by using compass
 Locate instrument station p on the sheet by using plumbing fork, such that p on sheet is exactly over P on ground
 Centering the alidade on point p sight various details step by step and draw a ray from each detail along the fiducial edge of the alidade
 Let the details be named as A, B, C, D, E etc.
 Now measure the distances of each point from P i.e. PA, PB, PC, PD, PE and plot them to scale on the sheet as pa, pb, pc, pd, pe respectively
 Joint a, b, c, d, and e to give the outline of the details
NOTE: These details may be building corners, electric towers, tree, manhole etc. But for demonstration purpose we will put ranging rods.
Significance and Applications
This is the easiest method in plane tabling.
It is used when:
 All the details are visible and accessible from one instrument station
 The ground is level and smooth
 Distances are so small that can be measured with single tape
