3 DAY practical course

  • Teaches total station from scratch
  • Ideal for graduates and trainees
  • 3-part payment plan available

This 3-day course comprises days 3-5 of the 5-day course, Setting Out For Construction. It is aimed at anyone is required to use a total station for setting out or surveying on a construction site.

Who the course is aimed at:

  • Students studying Civil Engineering or Construction Management at any level
  • Trainee engineers
  • Graduate Engineers or Construction Managers
  • Those who are already using the total station on site but have not had structured training
  • Others with relevant industry experience (please contact us to discuss your specific situation and we can offer advice)

“I thoroughly enjoyed the course. I felt that it moved at a pace that I was comfortable with and what I liked was that we didn’t simply just learn how to operate the total station, but we’re taught the concepts and maths behind it as well. I felt it has been valuable to me in my pursuit of becoming a site engineer. ”

— A. Brown, Civil Engineer

Course Content

By the end of the course, delegates will be able to:

  • Set up the total station over a point
  • Carry out the relevant calibration checks (horizontal and vertical collimation error, trunnion axis, prism constant, optical/ laser plummet, diaphragm orientation)
  • List the possible sources of error when using a total station
  • Use techniques for improving and checking your accuracy and precision
  • View, edit, add and delete data
  • Install a network of primary control points from scratch (traverse)
  • Install accurate secondary control points (retro targets) using the correct procedure
  • Create a local coordinate system for a building on gridlines
  • Use the correct procedures for measuring and setting out reduced levels with the total station
  • Describe a range of methods for plumbing columns and walls
  • Set-up the position and orientation of the total station using the resection or occupied point programs
  • Take a topographical survey and record the results systematically
  • Measure the horizontal distance and level differences between points using the tie-distance function
  • Set out points of known co-ordinates using the stake out function
  • Set out points in relation to a baseline using the reference line function
  • Set out points at given chainages and offsets along a radius e.g. road centrelines using the reference arc function
  • Measure irregular areas and volumes
  • Transfer large amounts of data from the total station to the computer and vice versa
  • Describe the capabilities and limitations of GNNS equipment
  • Describe the capabilities of robotic total stations

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