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How to Set Up a Total Station


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How to Set Up a Total Station

  1. 1. Justin GabbardENG-122 Tech WritingApril 4, 2013
  2. 2.  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.
  3. 3.  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
  4. 4.  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
  5. 5.  Press all three tripod legsfirmly into the ground.(IMAGE 5)IMAGE 5
  6. 6.  Raise and/or lower each of the tripod legs until thebubble is roughly centered in the circular level.
  7. 7.  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
  8. 8.  Rotate the instrument 90°(perpendicular) and repeatStep 5, but using only thethird leveling screwinstead. (IMAGE 8)IMAGE 8
  9. 9.  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
  10. 10. The instrument isnow completely setup and ready touse!
  11. 11.  TOPCON Corp. (2008). Instructionmanual: Non-prism total station. Tokyo,Japan: JSIMA. (COVER IMAGE)