Step by step guide on how to level carry out Survey with Total Station

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Step by step guide on how to level carry out Survey with Total Station


A total station is a surveying instrument that combines an electronic theodolite (a device that measures the angles of a survey point) with an electronic distance meter (EDM) that measures the distance to the survey point. It is used to measure the angles and distances to points on the ground in order to determine their positions relative to each other.

To carry out a survey using a total station, follow these steps:

Set up the total station on a stable tripod and level it using the built-in bubble level.

Determine the coordinates of your reference point, which will be used as the starting point for your survey. This can be done using GPS or by using known coordinates from a previous survey.

Set the total station to the correct coordinate system and units, and enter the coordinates of the reference point.

Sight the total station on the reference point and press the “target” button to lock onto it.

Move to the next point to be surveyed and sight the total station on it. Press the “measure” button to record the angle and distance to the point.

Repeat this process for each point to be surveyed, carefully recording the angles and distances measured by the total station.

Use the recorded angles and distances to calculate the coordinates of each survey point using trigonometric calculations or specialized surveying software.

Use the survey data to create a map or diagram of the surveyed area, showing the positions of each survey point relative to each other.

Remember to carefully follow all safety instructions and regulations when using a total station, as it involves working with potentially hazardous equipment. It is also important to regularly check and calibrate the total station to ensure accurate measurements.

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