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Integrated surveying techniques for increasing productivity

Tim Lemmon
Tim Lemmon
applications engineer, survey systems group,
trimble, usa

Lisa Wetherbee
Lisa Wetherbee
survey systems group, trimble, usa
This paper discusses techniques that combine, transfer and process data from GPS and conventional instruments. The techniques are applied to real-world survey applications to provide geospatial community members with an understanding of how integrated surveying can increase survey productivity

Trimble has continued developing Integrated Surveying solutions that allow users to easily connect to and control survey instruments without having to exchange field devices or use different field software applications. Integrated Surveying offers many benefits, including:

  • Surveyors can efficiently establish site control via postprocessing, RTK and conventional survey instruments with a single controller and field software. Surveyors only have to learn one field software application, making them more productive more quickly. In addition, the survey data can be combined and adjusted in a single file to efficiently establish homogenous control.
  • GPS techniques can extend a total station survey without the need for extensive traversing, which saves time on the job site.
  • Surveyors have more flexibility when performing topographic surveys in that the most appropriate survey tool depending on the environmental conditions of the site. For example, the surveyor can take GPS measurements in large open areas and total station measurements in vegetated areas or areas with overhead obstructions.

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