Recently we completed some existing conditions and topography mapping in Pueblo, Colorado for a healthcare facility. The surveying went really well and, in our opinion, in part to the time that we spent before we actually did the field work. We spent a few days completing project research on Pueblo County’s website and talking to County staff in order to obtain existing surveys in the area, understanding vertical and horizontal control, researching existing utility maps, etc. Essentially, once we went out to the actual field work we had a very good understanding on paper of what our survey parameters were and what our plan of attack was going to be.
Also, we went out to the site with both GPS equipment and Total Station equipment as we were not entirely sure what kind of signal we would get with our GPS equipment. Luckily, we obtained a great signal and were able to shoot around 1,000 shots in a matter of 2 days. Bottom line, when it comes to field surveying, spending time in the office doing the appropriate project/site research ahead of time will saves countless hours (and frustration) in the field and maximizes efficiency. This efficiency can be directly passed onto the client in cost savings.