This is my first post here. I am doing a constriction project and decided to get a total station after some frustration locating things mechanically. I bought a Nikon 5M which has not arrived yet.
I am working on a 19 acre plot of land. The property just had a professional survey and I have some markers to go off of. However there are no markers where I need them on the property lines and I need to locate building site stuff. I prefer to do it more accurately than a tape measure and it is through some trees etc.
The land is not cleared and there are not a lot of straight shots to make. The surveyor did put a couple stakes up the property line, but not really deep enough in for me to use. I may clear some stuff to get shots if needed, but the goal is to only clear where needed to build.
So, what I need to do is properly locate the building site from his markers, layout the driveway and stuff, mark for the basement dig, and maybe use it to layout the home and some out buildings. Also, I would like to shoot lines and maybe do some clearing for the fence lines.
With all that said, am I going to be able to do this with just the total station, or am I going to need a data collector and some software also?
Please keep in mind I am not a licensed surveyor and only plan to use this for occasional purposes like listed above.
I know I have a lot to learn, but if I need a data collector, then I want to start hunting for something used that might work and maybe something with some software.
Please ask anything that you need to know to make better suggestions. I have not used a total station before, so I am starting from scratch here.