I’ve been reading a lot on here and everyone seem to has their own preference of equipment. I just wanted to share ours: 2 topcon gts bluetooth transits, three wooden tripods, 2 4′ expandable rods with single topcon prisms, 1 topcon hiper ga green label rtk unit, tds nomad dc, topcon dumpy level, 25′ crain level rod, and other various “tools”. We are rather “new” to the gps world, because we do a lot of boundary work, and just recently have began to do site control and some ties with the gps. Just sharing because a lot of you guys seem to be heavy in the gps, and robotic world. We as a company are very young in gps but have been in land surveying since 1968, I, myself, am somewhat new to gps also, but was trained by an old surveyor who stressed the value of learning the “old” way. He started me out on a theodolite and chain, then and edm transit and field book. I am thankful He took the time with me to show me how to survey like that. It wasnt until 2006 that i started using a data collector, I left the field for a few years and some things passed me by(hp 48s, etc.), but i caught on quickly to the tds rangers and nomads. I still to this day follow the procedures He instilled in me of check and recheck everything in the field. This has helped me avoid a lot of mistakes I see some younger guys with our company and other companies make these days. Not bashing anyone just an opinion of the direction of our industry, from tradition to technology. 😉 😀
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