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How to Setup Surveying Equipment


One of the most important aspects of RTK GPS and RTK systems in general is understanding how they work. This doesn’t mean understanding the complex mathematical formulas that go on in the software to ensure reliable and consistent communication between base stations and satellites however. It is a much more practical understanding of how to actually begin surveying out in the field. 

How to Setup Surveying Equipment and RTK GPS

Select Your Survey Location

The first step in setting up your RTK GPS surveying station is to select your location. You should try and find an established benchmark, but if none are available, a flat area free from obstructions can be used. Ensure there is little to no uneven ground for best results.

Mount Your Surveying Equipment

Next, set up your tripod and secure it in place. Then, mount your dumpy level, total station or other piece of RTK GPS survey equipment. You will want to use the set screws and bubble level to ensure it is level with the ground and ready for calibration. 

Calibrate and Focus Your Viewfinder

Calibrate and focus your viewfinder using the adjustable controls. You want to ensure the picture is clear and the crosshairs are aligned before use. This is also the stage where you should connect the system to power and ensure there are no software issues. Some devices also include digital calibration tools, simplifying the process. 

Take Measurements

At this stage, all that is left to do is take measurements. Once your operation is complete, make sure you stow the equipment in its proper travel location to prevent damage.

Get the Support You Need With Bench Mark

If you need troubleshooting support, product information or friendly advice, contact the team at Bench Mark. We know the ins-and-outs of RTK GPS, surveying equipment and much more!

Bench Mark Equipment & Supplies is your team to trust with all your surveying equipment. We have been providing high-quality surveying equipment to land surveyors, engineers, construction, airborne and resource professionals since 2002. This helps establish ourselves as the go-to team in Calgary, Canada, and the USA. Plus, we provide a wide selection of equipment, including global navigation satellite systems, RTK GPS equipment, GNSS receivers, and more. We strive to provide the highest level of customer care and service for everyone. To speak to one of our team today, call us at 403-286-0333 or email us at [email protected]

About the Author

Nolan has been working in the surveying field since 2017, starting as a part-time student at Bench-Mark while attending the University of Calgary. He now works in technical support and sales helping customers find the right product for them.

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