Stakeout Points
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This command allows you to stakeout to a selected point by guiding you to the point with a series of commands and directions.  There are some configuration settings that can be setup to guide you to the point with various options.  You should review the Job Settings under File before staking, as there are about five settings for different methods.  The dialogs are varied slightly with respect to total station or GPS equipment. Both types are documented here, illustrating the differences between the dialogs.

Note: While in Graphics mode stakeout, if you press the down arrow key, you can increase the plan view size and eliminate some of the text information.  Pressing the up arrow key again reveals the cut and fill.

After selecting OK, the main stakeout window appears in MAP view. In manual total station mode, the angle to turn to and the distance to the stake point will be displayed at the bottom of the screen. 

A read function is required to update the directional display information.  You should see your points in the map with an icon of where you need to stakeout to (the circle with the X inside).

Shots are taken typically by pressing Enter. Enter also moves up automatically from the Stakeout Points “entry” screen to the Stk Points “shot” screens above.  Point Stakeout can be conducted without touching the screen.


Depending on your settings in Configure Reading, Reference Tab, the direction to stake will either be right/left distance, Azimuth and Distance or North/South East/West distances. The cut or fill is the elevation difference between the point read and the point being staked.  Normally, you take a shot simply by pressing Enter.  After a total station shot is taken, you will see your “In-Out” distance to the target point.  For total station stakeout, the direction of the reference is shown by a little arrow in the lower right of the screen.

Store Point Dialog

Selecting S to Store will display the Stakeout Report. You can turn off the “Store Point” option, and just reference the Stakeout Report screen for information.  If the tolerance distance is exceeded for staking out, you will be notified and asked if you want to continue storing.  (Stakeout Tolerances are set under Tolerances in the Equip Menu).

The coordinates for the Stake Point and the Target Point are displayed.  The delta North, East and the elevation difference (Cut/Fill) is also displayed.  The Vert Offset 1 and Vert Offset 2 allow for elevation calculations based on the input vertical offset values.  If the Store Carlson Cutsheet Data in Note File has been toggled, the vertical offset(s) specified will be recorded in the .not file for the job.  If under Job Settings, Stakeout, Set Cutsheet Format, a Set Pt Cutsheet Format has been established with a named file for storage, then cut and fill data will be saved to a cutsheet ASCII file.  If using GPS, the HRMS, VRMS, and PDOP values are also displayed.  Fields for Point number and point description input are also displayed.  Pressing OK (which optionally will Store Point if clicked on) will return to the Stakeout Points dialog to select the next point for staking.  If the Use Control File option is set under the Job Settings, you have the option of staking control file points. If you enter in a point number to store that is the same as a point number in the control file, the point in the control file will remain unchanged. It will only modify the point in the current coordinate file.  In GPS mode, if the point being stored is the same as one in the current job file, the Point Protect dialog box appears stating that the point you chose is already used. The next available point number is listed with the option to overwrite the current point, or use the new number.

Features of TEXT Stakeout Mode

Selecting the TEXT button at the top left of the Map View screen will take you to a detailed text orientated stakeout dialog. See TEXT shown at the top left of this figure.

This dialog that appears has a graphical display, with a bullseye representation of the stakeout point. The type of survey equipment used -- Total Station, Robotic Total Station or GPS -- will determine the format of the graphic display and various options on the screen.

A typical GPS screen shown is shown in this figure.

A typical Robotic Total Station screen is shown is shown in this figure.

A typical Standard Total Station screen is shown in this figure below.

It is similar to the Reference Tab of Configure Reading.  The type of survey equipment used determines reference options.  With manual and robotic total stations, the reference options are North, Target Point, Instrument or Entered Point and Azimuth/Distance.  With GPS, the options are North, Target Point, Base Station or Entered Point, Azimuth/Distance and Direction/Distance. North is always represented by the small circle with the hour glass, and the specified reference point is always represented by the larger empty circle.  When north is referenced, the smaller circle is inside of the larger circle.

Note:  Staking out in GPS by reference to a point, or to the base, is only available in the “Text” screen within the Stakeout commands.  In the graphics screen, the visual display of movement towards the target point is provided, rendering these other referencing options less critical.