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How to Check a Total Station

How to check a Total Station. A Total Station should be checked at least once a month or before any precise work is to be carried out. The checks on a Total Station should comprise of a five-point check carried out in the following order.  This is pretty much the same method employed when checking a theodolite. 1.     Plate Bubble …

How to Check a Theodolite

How to check a Theodolite. A theodolite should be checked at least once a month or before any precise work is to be carried out. The checks on a theodolite should comprise of a five-point check carried out in the following order.   Plate Bubble Check.   1.1.    Set up the instrument on a sturdy tripod.   1.2.    Turn theodolite …

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The Quick and Simple Tripod Test.

Is there a Quick and Simple Tripod Test? One of the most overlooked part of any Surveying Equipment Kit is the Tripod.  The Tripod is the foundation on which your Automatic (Dumpy) Level, your Theodolite or your Total Station will be mounted on.  If your tripod isn’t sturdy enough to adequately support the survey equipment you need it to, then …

How to Set Up a Theodolite Above a Known Point

This guide is suitable for setting up a Theodolite.  This method is the best practice for all Theodolites, as it prevents the Theodolite from being subjected to shocks or undue forces during the adjustment process. Remember that before setting up any Theodolite on a tripod it is important to know that the tripod you are using is in good condition.  …

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Converting an AutoCAD Drawing to import into Survey Software

How to Convert an AutoCAD Drawing so that it can be imported into Topcon SurveyMaster. Importing an AutoCAD drawing into Topcon SurveyMaster, or any other survey software is not always straight forward, and can give error messages that are not very helpful.  I know, I have been struggling with this in the past but have recently developed a solution to …

How to Create a Title Block in Topcon SurveyMaster

In this guide I will be outlining the steps needed to create a drawing Title Block in the Topcon SurveyMaster software package.   Open up the drawing *.ccx file. Go to the Library section and select Title Block. A Page Setup dialog box will come up and select the desired paper that you going to use. In the margins set …

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Survey Equipment Insurance

All Risk Land Survey Equipment Insurance. So, you have bought your new surveying equipment and are out on site when the unimaginable happens. Did you have your survey equipment insured for any eventuality in any location? Finding the right insurance for surveying equipment can be very difficult, the equipment is expensive and is used in all conditions and locations. Insurance …

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Optical Level Focusing

Optical Levels Focusing. There is two parts to focusing on automatic levels. Focusing is very important in achieving accurate results when carrying out levelling exercises.   The first part of focusing an automatic level is to ensure that the cross hairs viewed through the telescope are clear to see and sharp. To adjust the cross hairs on an automatic level …

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Topcon RL-H4C Review

Topcon RL-H4C Rotating Laser. The Topcon RL-H4C rotating Laser has been on the market for the past year and was introduced as a replacement for the venerable Topcon RL-H3C Rotating Laser. But the Topcon RL-H4C should not just be considered as the replacement for the Topcon RL-H3C, but more as an upgrade on the Topcon RL-H3C. This is because the …

How to Maximise the Range of GPS RTK Systems

How to Maximise the Range of GPS RTK Systems. The range of an GPS RTK system can be extensive. It is not unusual to have a range of up to 4 miles. However sometimes this range can be severely reduced by interference on the radio channels that are used with this surveying equipment.   But how do you get the …