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How to find true north or other method to work from existing survey?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Billy Brooks Apr 1, 2017. 11 Replies

I now have a Nikon 5M total station and a Trimble Nomad loaded with SurvCE, FieldGenius, and Survey Pro.I have tested the Nomad and Total station and so far so good. Everything is operational via…Read more →

Subject Tags: Nikon, surveying, true north

Do I need a data collector? Which one and what software?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Billy Brooks Mar 8, 2017. 23 Replies

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…Read more →

Subject Tags: software, collector, data

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"Do not know if this worked, there is a problem in the program."
Apr 11, 2017
Billy Brooks replied to John Stevenson's discussion How to find true north or other method to work from existing survey?
" Hi John,  The same here, I went to your page and tried same results. I will find out how to fix this. Billy"
Apr 1, 2017
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How to find true north or other method to work from existing survey?

I now have a Nikon 5M total station and a Trimble Nomad loaded with SurvCE, FieldGenius, and Survey Pro.I have tested the Nomad and Total station and so far so good. Everything is operational via Bluetooth or wired.My next mission is to learn how to use this stuff. I am building a house and putting in a new driveway and maybe some fencing, and outbuildings etc. on ~19 acres. This land is not cleared or perfectly flat, so getting straight shots from corner to corner where the markers are is not…See More
Mar 31, 2017
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Mar 31, 2017
Billy Brooks replied to John Stevenson's discussion How to find true north or other method to work from existing survey?
" Hi John,  Survey Bearing are base on what the surveyor used. A lot of old bearings are still base on the original survey even those where a compass was used. We are bound by the foot steps of the first surveyors in some cases.What ever…"
Mar 31, 2017
John Stevenson replied to John Stevenson's discussion How to find true north or other method to work from existing survey?
"Yeah. I get what your saying. I did spend some time reading about how sections are divided up and how things are compensated for base on sections getting smaller as you go north, the curve of the earth, how the errors are factored across the…"
Mar 31, 2017
Billy Brooks replied to John Stevenson's discussion How to find true north or other method to work from existing survey?
"Hi John,  All This depends if you can see between those points 1 and 2. You can set up on either if you can see better from pt.2 just reverse everything. I have not used your other two programs maybe other can help you there. I have a older…"
Mar 31, 2017
John Stevenson replied to John Stevenson's discussion How to find true north or other method to work from existing survey?
"This is great. Thank you. It may take me a little while to do this, but I will report back once I do, or if I run into questions. I will try to read through my TS station manual more and also read through the Survey Pro manual which I have…"
Mar 31, 2017
Billy Brooks replied to John Stevenson's discussion How to find true north or other method to work from existing survey?
"Hi  John,   I worked up a sketch,like field notes for you to look at. I will attach it as PDF. This way  its small and easy to carry. That o/s line was parallel, it is still North the distance is different. You will find…"
Mar 30, 2017
John Stevenson replied to John Stevenson's discussion How to find true north or other method to work from existing survey?
"“A DC is a Data Collector” Ahh yes, I should have put Data Collector with DC. That was ignorance on my part… It did not click right away because I have been referring to it as Nomad. I googled DC survey and the first thing that…"
Mar 30, 2017
Billy Brooks replied to John Stevenson's discussion How to find true north or other method to work from existing survey?
"Hi John, Sorry I well write everything out. A DC is a Data Collector.And yes you are correct about the two points. I Have to take my wife to the Hospital today for her appointment . It will take all day. I really did not spend much time looking at…"
Mar 30, 2017
John Stevenson replied to John Stevenson's discussion How to find true north or other method to work from existing survey?
"First of all, thanks for the reply. As a complete newbie with no training at all on surveying, I am going to have some decoding to do and learning all the acronyms. First of all when you say DC, is this code for Desk Calculator or some software? I…"
Mar 30, 2017
Billy Brooks replied to John Stevenson's discussion How to find true north or other method to work from existing survey?
" Hi John,  In the interest of teaching you or other students of surveying, lets try to start. You do not need to know where 0 Deg geodetic or (astronomic) North is. You need to use the bearings between your points on your new survey…"
Mar 30, 2017
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How to find true north or other method to work from existing survey?

I now have a Nikon 5M total station and a Trimble Nomad loaded with SurvCE, FieldGenius, and Survey Pro.I have tested the Nomad and Total station and so far so good. Everything is operational via Bluetooth or wired.My next mission is to learn how to use this stuff. I am building a house and putting in a new driveway and maybe some fencing, and outbuildings etc. on ~19 acres. This land is not cleared or perfectly flat, so getting straight shots from corner to corner where the markers are is not…See More
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Purchased a total station and the accessories....now have to learn to use it!
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Stevenson Werks
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At 5:04pm on April 11, 2017, Billy Brooks said…

Do not know if this worked, there is a problem in the program.

 
 
 

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