Total Station For Construction (3 days)

Setting Out For Construction is an Approved Training Organisation

  • CITB Assured
  • Eligible for Flexible Workforce Development fund, GRANT BACK fund, CITB Skills and Training fund and/or levy grants.
  • 3-part payment plan available


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About This Course

This 3-day course comprises days 3-5 of the 5-day course, Setting Out For Construction. It is aimed at anyone is required to use a total station for setting out or surveying on a construction site.

This course will teach you the fundamental principals of surveying and setting out using total stations and will develop your understanding of how to recognise and mitigate errors when using the equipment. 

You will learn how to carry out instrument checks, how to set out primary control points correctly, how to set up the instrument (station set up/resection), how to carry out survey and setting out work and much more.

On completion of the course, you will be issued with a CITB certificate and your achievement will be uploaded to the CITB Construction Training Register.

Course Content

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Total Station

By the end of the course, delegates will be able to:

  • Set up the total station over a point
  • Carry out the relevant calibration checks (horizontal and vertical collimation error, trunnion axis, prism constant, optical/ laser plummet, diaphragm orientation)
  • List the possible sources of error when using a total station
  • Use techniques for improving and checking your accuracy and precision
  • View, edit, add and delete data
  • Install a network of primary control points from scratch (traverse)
  • Install accurate secondary control points (retro targets) using the correct procedure
  • Create a local coordinate system for a building on gridlines
  • Use the correct procedures for measuring and setting out reduced levels with the total station
  • Describe a range of methods for plumbing columns and walls
  • Set-up the position and orientation of the total station using the resection or occupied point programs
  • Take a topographical survey and record the results systematically
  • Measure the horizontal distance and level differences between points using the tie-distance function
  • Set out points of known co-ordinates using the stake out function
  • Set out points in relation to a baseline using the reference line function
  • Set out points at given chainages and offsets along a radius e.g. road centrelines using the reference arc function
  • Measure irregular areas and volumes
  • Transfer large amounts of data from the total station to the computer and vice versa
  • Describe the capabilities and limitations of GNNS equipment
  • Describe the capabilities of robotic total stations


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