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)
Setting Out for Construction is an Approved Training Organisation.

“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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