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What is a Benchmark?
Dan Koski, PE
Director of Public Infrastructure

Mike Zimmer
City Survey Technician

900 Quay Street
Manitowoc, WI  54220

Phone: (920) 686-6910
Fax: (920) 686-6906

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
(closed noon - 1:00 pm)
The term benchmark originates from the chiseled horizontal marks that surveyors made in stone structures, into which an angle-iron could be placed to form a "bench" for a leveling rod, thus ensuring that a leveling rod could be accurately repositioned in the same place in the future. These marks were usually indicated with a chiseled arrow below the horizontal line.

The height of a benchmark is calculated relative to the heights of nearby benchmarks in a network extending from a fundamental benchmark, a point with a precisely known relationship to the level datum of the area, typically mean sea level. The position and height of each benchmark is shown on large-scale maps.
(from Wikipedia about the use of benchmarks in surveying)
Wherever 'datum' is used in the City of Manitowoc, is shall mean "United States Coastal and Geodetic Survey". Manitowoc Municipal Code 7.040 has more information.

  • (updated April 4, 2016)
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    Disclosure: The City of Manitowoc is providing Benchmark Data for your use. Anyone using this data assumes sole responsibility for the accuracy of the data and shall, to the fullest extent permitted by law, indemnify defend and hold harmless the City of Manitowoc from all claims, damages, losses and expenses, including attorney fees arising out of or resulting there from. Users of this information and the data contained within agree that the use of the information constitutes agreement to the terms and conditions above. When using the Benchmark Elevation Data listed herein, the user should always check one elevation against another for implied accuracy.

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