This is a video for the Setup of a Total Station Basics - It is a first time rather crude amateur video edited for the Level 1 Land Surveyors University that could be revised if time allows.

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Reply by Gary Breisch on October 10, 2011 at 1:44pm

Thanks ePalmetto (Skip?) - 



Thanks for the kind words of encouragement. I want to do better video editing. The software works but will take sometime to master & that video needs much more time & detail to be as helpful as I desire. Need help to write a good script to correctly present all the steps. 


I thought it would be simple once I got the raw video home to just splice it but now realize hoe much work it would take to cover the subject thoroughly. I realized all the experience involved when I recall the old time plumb-bob setups & setups similar to the old dumpy level setup.  Even more I realize many of the pitfalls of  setting up, calibration, & redundancy checks that are sometimes needed to make sure all is ready for the precision desired. Novice surveyors need to understand how their equipment is designed to help make up for the vertical precision with the use of electronic optical or laser plumb-bob type systems using internal  pendulums, etc.  It is also important to know how to troubleshoot & run checks before assuming all is ready to shoot.



Since my old unit uses bulls-eye bubbles for rough leveling and the horizontal bubble type for more precision in leveling, those procedures could be covered in more detail with video or illustrations.  Since I could not video the optical vertical sight view, then I tried to do an animation.  



I created the views with some CAD software then printed to pdf then copied to paint and converted the views to jpg.  The video edit program (free) allowed me to insert them and time them.  I could have spent more time to better animate them but I was tired of working on this after playing with the video edit program for over 4 hours off and on with trial and error (mostly error) in putting this together.



Thanks for your encouragement and I encourage anyone to jump right in and help make this a better video somehow.  It would be nice to have a textbook style version too to supplement this or other better videos on this general Instrument Setup subject.

Reply by ePalmetto on October 10, 2011 at 1:27am

Gary, Super are the man

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