There are two types of traverse:
1) Closed traverse: The traverse which either originated from a stations and returns to the same stations completing a circuits or run between two known stations (Linked Traverse) is called closed traverse. The closed circuits of the traverse legs is known as traverse circuit.
2) Open Traverse
The traverse which neither returns to the starting stations not closes on any other known station, is called the open traverse. In this case as series of connecting lines extends in teh same general direction.
Traverse can also be classified on the basis of the instruments used:
a) Chain Traversing
b) Compass Traversing
c) Plane Table Traversing
d) Theodolite Traversing
e) Thermometric Traversing