Category Archives: Survey Practice

I qualified in the early eighties and have been in practice ever since.

D3aBT..back from the dead!

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It’s not often obsolete devices come back from the dead but this has happened for the Disto3aBT. Leica have released a new version of their DistoTransfer software that gets it working with Windows 10. Microsoft killed my Disto. It’s been … Continue reading

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Unlearning line: what is LOD 500?

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Can a survey scale relate to a BIM* LOD? “LOD 500: The Model Element is a field verified representation in terms of size, shape, location, quantity, and orientation. Non-graphic information may also be attached to the Model Elements.” Ref AIA, … Continue reading

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ArchDoc 2016 un-learning ‘line’?

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Learning by doing. Archdoc is a practical element in the post graduate course in conservation at RLICC, Leuven. One out come is experience in ‘reading a building’. On the right a photo-reconstruction of a Southern Flemish ‘cross’ window of the … Continue reading

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CAD … touching the Surface

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New year, new tablet, new CAD. CAD by touch on the Surface Pro 4 is interesting. On the face of it the Surface is an ideal ‘CAD on the go’ platform: plenty of processing grunt and good battery life. Sure … Continue reading

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The profitable Rodde or Staffe 1556

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Ye shall prepare two small straight, stiffe, round or rather square rods of mettall or of wood, well plained of like bigness and length. Although it make no matter what length, yet to avoid the errores which little instruments and … Continue reading

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Drawing for… understanding

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New guidance. In providing a client with a specification for historic building survey I had a reminder that Historic England has published new guidance on drawing so I took the time to read it through. It is a guide to … Continue reading

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McKay’s Building Construction figures 60 & 61

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As a public service I post 2 plates from W B McKay’s Building Construction (1944 reprint). They are plates 60 and 61 relating to sash window joinery:

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Protected: Disto S910 +TheoLt = cheap BIM capture?

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Protected: KAP to Map: TheoContour r10 walk-through

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Topcon GPT 3000N settings for TheoLt

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  I have never been a fan of these, preferring the Heerbrugg stable but there is no denying Topcon GPT instruments are a popular choice in archaeology, especially the N versions which have a reflectorless capability. I had the good … Continue reading

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