Total stations are used by land surveyors andprofessional engineers to collect field data tocomplete their projects. There are many different brands of theseinstruments, but all of them are mounted on three-legged tripods and must remain completely level atall times for the data to be accurate.
Extend all three tripod legs to acomfortable height Tighten the knobs (IMAGE 1)Open up the legs to form atriangle on the ground.(IMAGE 2)IMAGE 1 IMAGE 2
Using both hands at all times, placethe instrument on the top of thetripod. (IMAGE 3) Gently secure the instrument withthe tripod screw underneath.(IMAGE 4)IMAGE 3 IMAGE 4
Press all three tripod legsfirmly into the ground.(IMAGE 5)IMAGE 5
Raise and/or lower each of the tripod legs until thebubble is roughly centered in the circular level.
For fine-tuning, rotate the instrumentuntil it is lined up horizontally withleveling screws A and B (IMAGE 6),and turn those same screws evenly inopposite directions until the bubble inthe plate level is completely centered(IMAGE 7).IMAGE 6 IMAGE 7
Rotate the instrument 90°(perpendicular) and repeatStep 5, but using only thethird leveling screwinstead. (IMAGE 8)IMAGE 8
Rotate the instrument 90° (perpendicular) back to thefirst two leveling screws to double check that the bubbleis still centered in the plate level. (IMAGE 9)IMAGE 9
The instrument isnow completely setup and ready touse!