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Calibrating Your Optical Equipment to NIST

Many tools are included in a surveyor’s toolkit, from devices that measure distances to angles and custom optical equipment. And for these tools to provide accurate readings, two things are important: first, you should know how to use the tool properly, and second, the instrument itself must be calibrated. What is Calibration? Calibration is the […]

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8 Essential Tools for the Surveyor

Surveying determines the relative positions of natural and man-made features on the earth’s surface. It is a critical tool for land management, engineering, construction, and other activities. Without surveying, it would be difficult to develop and manage land resources properly. And in order to survey the land  accurately, efficiently, and safely — surveyors need a […]

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Calibration of Precision Instruments to NIST Standards

Precision measurement tools like an alidade and theodolites are used in many industries — from surveying to navigation. While they provide accurate measurements that help users deliver quality charting and distance measurements, their accuracy degrades over time, mainly due to natural wear and tear. However, this can also be caused by external shocks (it can […]

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Precision Instruments for Measurement: What You Need To Know

Improve your measurement accuracy with more efficient instrumentation. This article delves into the different types of precision instruments from telescope illuminators to inclinometers.  Inclinometers. Also known as clinometers, are instruments used to measure the angles of a slope. An inclinometer manufacturer would also designs tools to measure the angle of the elevation or depression of […]

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Stands and Tripods a Surveyor Uses

Without land surveyors, it will be difficult to properly determine and document property boundaries. This is critical for identifying and protecting land ownership. Without approved boundaries, construction development sites will struggle to meet designer specifications and inspection protocols.  Needless to say, surveyors perform essential tasks that, when not carried out properly, will have long-term repercussions. […]

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Land Surveying Tools of Today & Yesterday

In any land development project, surveying is one of the first important things to undertake. Using tools like a compass for land surveying, a surveyor is tasked to identify three-dimensional location points. By knowing where these points are, together with the angles and distances between them, maps and property boundaries can be produced and determined.  […]

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4 Ways Theodolites Help Surveyors

Before construction begins or when someone needs to identify the legal boundaries of a certain property, surveyors use a theodolite to identify the topographic details of a piece of land or determine a structure’s location. Whether they use a theodolite rental or their own, one thing remains the same: Theodolites are essential optical instruments used […]

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What was a 3 Arm Protractor Used for?

The three arm protractor is one of the best instruments used in determining one’s location. While many professionals today use custom telescopes and other more advanced optical instruments, the 3 arm protractor was helpful in performing surveying tasks back in the day.  In this article, we cover the possible practical uses of a 3 arm […]

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Alignment Technology for Structural Engineers and The Military

For a structure or a whole system to function as its designers and engineers envisioned it, alignment is critical. Alignment refers to components’ geometric orientation. Devices such as theodolites assist in ensuring that each component is placed in its proper position.  Optical alignment tools have several applications. They can be used to monitor bulges and […]

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Electronic Meteorological Theodolites for Surveyors and Weather

Primarily used to measure vertical and horizontal angles, theodolites are essential to a surveyor’s arsenal. These devices allow surveyors to determine the position of objects at a given site. Today, traditional and digital theodolites are not only used when conducting topographic surveys. Their range of applications also includes meteorology, or the study of the atmosphere […]

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