Construction staking or construction layout is the process of looking at architectural or engineering plans, interpreting them and determining where to stake survey points and elevations. The stakes are set down to mark grades, utilities, curbs, ponds, buildings and any other improvements or developments desired.
Professional land surveyors in Texas often use RTK construction staking. This is a real-time process that makes the survey more efficient and accurate. Read on to learn why we use RTK construction staking for the best results possible.
What is RTK, and how does it work?
RTK stands for “Real Time Kinematic.” It uses real-time information and positioning so the stake placement and surveys can be performed accurately, in a fraction of the time traditional surveying takes.
RTK systems use a single base station receiver, which communicates with mobile units. It uses GPS satellites to measure distances. As the land is surveyed, the receiver broadcasts the measurements from the carrier, so the mobile units can compare their own measurements. If there’s an issue with one of the measurements, a correction signal can be broadcast over a radio modem.
Using RTK systems for construction staking makes it possible to calculate measurements down to the millimeter, assuming the base unit is properly positioned. Bear in mind that using these systems works best when there are few trees and buildings blocking the signal, so they’re not suitable for all types of property. However, surveying companies can use specialized software to check whether RTK systems will work in any given location.
Benefits of RTK construction staking in Texas
Here’s a closer look at some of the advantages of using RTK technology for construction staking:
- Improved accuracy: RTK systems are able to pinpoint locations down to the millimeter, which eliminates a lot of the human error that traditional surveying can include. Knowing the exact boundaries of your land parcel—as well as where each component of the development will be—makes the entire development and construction process a lot easier.
- Faster survey times: Because RTK systems rely on satellite and radio positioning and communication, surveys can be completed in a faster fashion than using traditional methods. Surveyors are able to communicate with each other in real time, adjust for mistakes and deliver accurate results quickly.
- Work with evolving technology: Technological innovations have changed the way land surveys can be done, and RTK systems are becoming more popular. Experts predict it won’t be long before all land surveying is performed with RTK technology. It’s smart to work with the latest technology rather than fight it, especially when it offers so many benefits.
- Quicker return to the builders: Finally, using an RTK system for construction staking in Texas means that you’ll be able to return to the builders faster—getting you that much closer to a completed project.
Traditional land surveying will be around for a while, but RTK is likely the future of the profession. Saving time, saving money and improving accuracy are all goals to strive for, which is why D.G. Smyth & Co., Inc. offers this service. Call today to learn more.