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Surveying and 400 degree circles.
08-11-2015, 05:27 PM (This post was last modified: 08-11-2015 05:27 PM by Tim Wessman.)
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RE: Surveying and 400 degree circles.
(08-11-2015 04:18 PM)tecnovelez Wrote:  Thanks for your time Tim. I am a Spanish Industrial Engineer

I'm certainly not an expert in topography, and could not say what the current situation. But in the late 80s, early 90s when in college, I can say that the unit of measure we used in the subject of surveying were grads, among other things ease of use, and because most of the equipment measuring had indications only grads.

It is also true that those devices were very old but once in the working world, for our daily work acquired a total station Topcon brand whose indications were also grads and I mean an actual total station with digital display.

In my opinion (only my opinion), the current situation is that modern devices capture measurement data and have the ability to transform them into files able to communicate with CAD software and this way is unusual having to convert the captured data in a cloud of points represented in a coordinate system. But when it is necessary to have captured data written on paper to operate them manually or convert the point cloud it is when we need to have grads in the HP Prime.

I really do not know which is the measuring system of modern equipment, but as toperos confirms, seems has not changed in recent years.

Sorry with my English...


Thanks for your comments and everyone else. It is rather interesting because I worked with a company who did research for us on this subject and they came back with the conclusion.

I know there are some newer (~10 years ago or so) surveying instruments that have now dropped support for grads.

Anyway, I'll see what I can do...


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