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Back Pack Versus Hard Case

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Osborne Dec 17, 2018. 15 Replies

I'm in the woods a lot and I've always used the hard carry case believing it keeps my total station less susceptible to damage.  I'm having some shoulder issues and thinking about trying a soft back…Read more →

OPUS collection interval error

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kevin D. Allen Nov 20, 2018. 14 Replies

I'm brand new to post processing using OPUS or any other post processing method.  A couple of days ago I collected 5 points, each for 20 minutes and uploaded them to OPUS.  All point were collected…Read more →

Magnet Filed 3D coordinates will not turn off

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Osborne Aug 8, 2018. 2 Replies

I just upgraded to last east version of Topcons Magnet field and I can't turn off 3D coordinates when creating g a DWG file.  Has anyone had this issue and how did you solve it ?Read more →

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OPUS collection interval error

I'm brand new to post processing using OPUS or any other post processing method.  A couple of days ago I collected 5 points, each for 20 minutes and uploaded them to OPUS.  All point were collected with the same setting on my data collector.  Four of the points came back with good results.  One of the points didn't process and I received the following error from OPUSThe file Base_3 seems to have a collection interval of 14 seconds!brThe collection interval must be 1,2,3,5,10,15 or 30 seconds to…See More
Dec 23, 2018
Bill Osborne replied to Bill Osborne's discussion Back Pack Versus Hard Case
"Nitesh I really appreciate your suggestion. If it works in your terrain, which I can  see from your profile picture is both beautiful and extremely challenging,  it will definitely work for me.  Thanks  Bill"
Dec 17, 2018
Francisco P. Alconera replied to Bill Osborne's discussion Back Pack Versus Hard Case
"Hello Bill, You can try Seco products. . their backpack type is great. .  "
Dec 16, 2018
Nitesh Shrestha replied to Bill Osborne's discussion Back Pack Versus Hard Case
"The best solution is make a custom soft pack with padding where you can put the whole hard case inside. Worked best for us. I have almost 18 TS and I am from Nepal and you know the difficult terrain. But you have to make a new one often like 3…"
Dec 15, 2018
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Back Pack Versus Hard Case

I'm in the woods a lot and I've always used the hard carry case believing it keeps my total station less susceptible to damage.  I'm having some shoulder issues and thinking about trying a soft back pack.  Do they keep instrument secure?  Are they easier on your back?  What style do you recommend?thanksBillSee More
Dec 15, 2018
Thomas Monisky Farrow replied to Bill Osborne's discussion Back Pack Versus Hard Case
"here are a few i like i found these on Equipment Hunter"
Dec 11, 2018
Judson Cato replied to Bill Osborne's discussion Back Pack Versus Hard Case
"The hardcase backpack setup for the Trimble robot is twice as big as the traditional hardcases that I was used to with the Lieca and Topcons TS's of the past. Its bulky to say the least but it protects the equipment. I never carried my case…"
Dec 11, 2018
DeWayne Manon replied to Bill Osborne's discussion Back Pack Versus Hard Case
"I've used a softcase backpack for a Topcon in the 2000s after I cracked the original hardcase in the cold.  It worked OK, the back was better than the case for long trips, but placing the hardcase in an Alice Pack worked little…"
Dec 11, 2018
Carlo Alberto Birocco replied to Bill Osborne's discussion Back Pack Versus Hard Case
"Hi Bill! I'm agree with Jon and Peter. Often the hard case isn't so comfortable, but the safety of the equipment is the first! Seco has a very good solutions with soft backpack, but with difficult terrain I still prefer the hard case…"
Dec 11, 2018
Bill Osborne replied to Bill Osborne's discussion Back Pack Versus Hard Case
"I really appreciate you guys taking the time to provide insight.  "Knowing the terrain" was a comment that I took to heart.  Since so many of you have had good success with them I'm going to buy a top load because…"
Dec 11, 2018
Jon B. Gramm replied to Bill Osborne's discussion Back Pack Versus Hard Case
"I have done both the hard case (with, and without the straps), and the soft sided backpack, then, I made a backpack that would carry the hard case, and still be comfortable. Yes, It was a bit heavier, but it was a great deal more comfortable than…"
Dec 10, 2018
Peter Fonseca replied to Bill Osborne's discussion Back Pack Versus Hard Case
"Knowing your Terrain is crucial in determining which carrying case to use. My rule of thumb is the more compact or harder the terrain or ground the harder my shell for instrument cases go. The heavy foam instrument back pack in perfect for uneven…"
Dec 10, 2018
Ric Wilkerson replied to Bill Osborne's discussion Back Pack Versus Hard Case
"I have used a Sokkia soft padded backpack to transport my ($25k) robotic unit around  for 15 years. Never had an issue, or any sort of damage. Keep in mind that I am very careful in how I handle it and where I place it when out of the vehicle.…"
Dec 10, 2018
jim replied to Bill Osborne's discussion Back Pack Versus Hard Case
"I have used a seco topload backpack for 20 years (i am actually on my second one).  They are incredibly tough, and have about 2 inches of foam padding around the instrument.   I carry lunch, tools, batterys, radio collector and a…"
Dec 10, 2018
Frank T Ribelin replied to Bill Osborne's discussion Back Pack Versus Hard Case
"For years I have used the pack sold by Allen Precision and have never had a problem with the instrument being secure.  The pack has a large lower compartment for the total station (I added an extra stiff foam pad to the bottom) and a upper…"
Dec 10, 2018
Joshua Frost replied to Bill Osborne's discussion Back Pack Versus Hard Case
"The Trimble S series cases have a pretty good backpack setup. They have shoulder straps a belt strap and  pads on the back of the case. and they are water proof and shock proof (i still wouldn't be beating it around). Maybe be able to…"
Dec 10, 2018

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Surveyor since 1987
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LS and PE
I have experience with the following
boundary surveys
How many years have you been surveying?
30
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Total Stations, GPS

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