Frequently Asked Questions
What are surveying tripods used for?
As far as stability and vibration damping are concerned, is a wood tripod better than steel or aluminum?
Why are tripods or three-legged pods used in land surveying instead of pods with four legs?
What are the benefits of using a tripod for leveling?
Can I use a camera tripod instead of a surveyor’s tripod for surveying applications?
How to Set up a Survey Tripod
No matter how advanced a surveying instrument’s technology is, it won’t function optimally when it isn’t stabilized. This is where tripods enter the picture. Surveying tripods mainly serve to keep surveying instruments stable on any kind of terrain. However, when they aren’t properly set up, the mounted instruments will not perform optimally or accurately.
This short video demonstrates how to set up survey tripods properly, and it is particularly helpful for those who are new to using these supporting tools. This video also shows how quick and easy it is to ready tripods for use.
Inaccurate results may mean rework and additional costs, which is why there is no room for error in surveying. For this reason, surveying instruments should be stabilized when in use, especially in outdoor settings with slopes, hills, and other obstructions. The best tool that can provide total stations, transit levels, theodolites, and other instruments with stability is a tripod, which has three legs hinged to a head with mounting screws or a clamp. To assemble the tripod, position its three legs and adjust their lengths first to a convenient and leveled height. After securing the tripod, simply clamp or screw the instrument tightly on the tripod’s head. With this easy setup, surveying instruments can be stable and accurate without requiring much effort. Here on Engineer Warehouse, there are tripods that are specifically designed for a particular surveying instrument, but most of them can be used for all other instruments. They are made with durable materials, such as aluminum, wood, fiberglass, and carbon fiber, to suit harsh outdoor conditions. Some of these tripods are of the elevating type to boost the working range of surveying instruments. With tripods like these, surveying instruments will perform with the highest possible accuracy.