So......I've been working in this business for a few decades. I've been a member of a 4 man crew, 3 man crew, most typically a 2 man crew, and now, for the last 10 years, a one man crew.
Robots and GPS have been around for enough time that they are both considered "conventional".
My question.........Is a one man crew truly efficient?
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Its not only your view Billy its mine to. We do what we think is best in everything we come across. That comes with experience. You find out what you can and cant do alone.
When I started surveying, it was a 4 man crew. Rear chainman, head chainman, instrument operator and a party chief. Then the distomat came about. eliminated one man. Then we got a geodimeter 600 robot. Eliminated yet another. Now with 3D scanners, advances in robotics, GPR, unmanned lidar and the like, they have us investing in ungodly amounts of equipment and cutting our fees. Progress? I ask you.
We do sometime use one man crew for our work. However, the real truth (I think) is this: Topo and Earthwork surveys, one man is fine. Stakeout, you definitely need at least two to be efficient and not physically wear down.
Boundary is a different animal. In fact every boundary survey I have ever been on is a unique animal. You can certainly complete it (most times) with one man. However, I need all the help I can get. It is interesting to recall that observations by my help, sometimes even new people, has sent me in the right direction to solve a boundary mystery.
For safety concern, we should probably always have two people.
You know that answer. Not a problem at all on your own ya just have to know what your doing. Times you do need a team mate to help. But you know the answer. Some of us mostly work alone gets more done in a day that a 3 "person" crew. Im new to this robot stuff but finding more with what we have now everyday just how much I can get done right by myself.
Rob I don't type things right, not good with a keyboard please forgive. Its just pretty much how have always worked. Been surveying since I could walk more or less. Its just over the years have had so many "team mates" here one day gone the next you just adapt and do what needs to be done. With a company now still learning robots,gps. You are right needing help I know that. I have help when needed its just something I'm not used to.
I would like to see you in the middle of Angola, Congo or Mozambique working alone.
with the gps rtk, and if you are surveying little sites a one man crew is ok, but for more bigger sites is overwelming, i mean you can still do the work but the ideal is a two men crew, for everithing, from security to easyness, at least thats what i think, but, sometimes the bosses doesn´t look things that way, as someone says, "Money rules".
YES THAT´S TRUE.
BUT THE 2 MEN TEAM DOESN´T HAVE TO BE CONSTITUTED BY 2 SURVEYORS
SURVEYOR AND HELPER, THAT´S OK. SURVEYOR COMMAND AND HELPER, HELP´S.
THERE´S WORK ENOUGH FOR BOTH ALL DAY LONG..