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Started this discussion. Last reply by Donald Singh Mar 20, 2018. 10 Replies

Hi this sounds a little bit of a newbie question but I'm asking on why some land surveyors think that Nikon total stations and that Leica and Topcon total stations are better overall. I personally…Read more →

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About Nikon Total stations

Hi this sounds a little bit of a newbie question but I'm asking on why some land surveyors think that Nikon total stations and that Leica and Topcon total stations are better overall. I personally think Nikon TS' gets the job done especially on the topographic surveys and in relocation surveys but what are your thoughts on the matter? …See More
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First time setting up a theodolite (2 years ago)

This was a photo of me roughly 2 years ago. This was my team's first time setting up a theodolite as we were fresh from our general education courses and just recent took up elementary surveying courses. Took us about almost an hour to set it up…
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About Nikon Total stations

Hi this sounds a little bit of a newbie question but I'm asking on why some land surveyors think that Nikon total stations and that Leica and Topcon total stations are better overall. I personally think Nikon TS' gets the job done especially on the topographic surveys and in relocation surveys but what are your thoughts on the matter? …See More
Mar 21, 2018
Donald Singh replied to Timothy Francisco's discussion About Nikon Total stations
"Not sure about Leica, but I prefer Nikon over Topcon, simply for its features and reliability. Been using a DTM522 for a few months and it certainly hasn't let me down."
Mar 20, 2018
James Gill left a comment for Timothy Francisco
"Hello Timothy and welcome!  I've used Transits & totalstations, some GPS, Trimble, Nikon, Leica, Berger & Pentax in performing land surveys.  Some instruments were 30 sec, some were 10 sec, 5 sec & 2 sec.  For me, the…"
Mar 20, 2018
NAYUM KHAN replied to Timothy Francisco's discussion About Nikon Total stations
"I used yet sokkia, pantax,lieca, and now using nikon and lieca both. And i found that when i using lieca i feel its best..... nikon also good. Like because of vibration by compacting and heavy equipment movement lieca disturbed its tilt. But nikon…"
Mar 20, 2018
Greidy Omar Del Rosario Ortiz replied to Timothy Francisco's discussion About Nikon Total stations
"I have a Nikon NIVO 5m 8 years ago. Although I can not say which is better in terms of precision (because they are not all used under the same conditions) I can say that Nikon total stations do their job very well, in 8 years I only need to…"
Mar 20, 2018
Paul Babbidge replied to Timothy Francisco's discussion About Nikon Total stations
"I've used them all and cussed them all for one reason or another and would pick Leica every time. Leica is reliable, rugged, great optics, superior prisms... I could go on about how seemingly small details like clipping in and out of the…"
Mar 20, 2018
Felix KIptum replied to Timothy Francisco's discussion About Nikon Total stations
"I use a Nikon Nivo 1C and I must say it is awesome - especially with Survey Pro."
Mar 20, 2018
SANJEEV KUMAR PANDEY replied to Timothy Francisco's discussion About Nikon Total stations
"I think leica is the best"
Mar 19, 2018
J. Anthony Cavell replied to Timothy Francisco's discussion About Nikon Total stations
"I think all the reputabe manufacturers make a good tool for their intended markets.  I thought a bit of history might be interesting. The total station was first introduced to surveyors under a variety of names, including electronic…"
Mar 19, 2018
Su Leone replied to Timothy Francisco's discussion About Nikon Total stations
"Well, I've used Nikons and they're nice. But Topcon actually invented the total station in 1971, and I feel they've done a good job keeping up with innovations in the technology. Admittedly I am biased because I am a surveying…"
Mar 19, 2018
John replied to Timothy Francisco's discussion About Nikon Total stations
"So, I have used many different total stations in a lot of different environments.  If I started my own company I would go with Sokkia/Topcon.  I just prefer the way they look and feel over the Nikon.  If you are just doing title…"
Mar 19, 2018
HEATH A BUTLER replied to Timothy Francisco's discussion About Nikon Total stations
"I've used Nikon Instruments for 11 years now. we Started out with a Nikon 522 with on board data collection 3sec, was great unit a little heavy/big and the batteries didnt last long in the end. We have had a Nikon Nivo C3 for 3 years now. I…"
Mar 19, 2018
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About Nikon Total stations

Hi this sounds a little bit of a newbie question but I'm asking on why some land surveyors think that Nikon total stations and that Leica and Topcon total stations are better overall. I personally think Nikon TS' gets the job done especially on the topographic surveys and in relocation surveys but what are your thoughts on the matter? …See More
Mar 18, 2018
Timothy Francisco posted a status
"Can anyone please explain to me why some surveyors abhor Nikon total stations? I personally think they get the job done"
Mar 18, 2018

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I'm currently a 3rd Year Geodetic Engineering student and I would like to learn more from this website and the from the community behind it. I also aspire to be a future head of private surveying firms and retire as a university professor teaching elementary and advanced surveying classes to undergraduates.
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GPS, topographic, boundary surveys, construction staking, topographic surveys, GIS, Student of Surveying, Cartography
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Roughly 2 years
Most comfortable with the following types of instrumentation
Total Stations, GPS, Surveying Software, GNSS, compass

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At 4:50pm on March 20, 2018, James Gill said…

Hello Timothy and welcome!  I've used Transits & totalstations, some GPS, Trimble, Nikon, Leica, Berger & Pentax in performing land surveys.  Some instruments were 30 sec, some were 10 sec, 5 sec & 2 sec.  For me, the quality & accuracy of the instrument really depends on the operator, type of survey (Geodetic, Plane, Boundary, Construction, etc...  Stability and consistency of measurements is really a function of setup & user operation.  If I do a boundary survey or construction survey I look at the standards and accuracy requirement for that project and follow those guidelines.  If i can get an accuracy of 1;15000 with a CST305r totalstation & be confident of its reliability, I'll use it.  If i have a 10 sec Nikon on hand and can get the same or better accuracy and reliability I'll use that.  Some products are way less costly to operate and calibrate than name brands.  It's up to the user and type of job, accuracy, and local standards to determine what type of TS or GPS, etc... to use.  I am a land survey instructor at a community college, 40-yrs experience in civil engineering & land Surveying.

 
 
 

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