Hi there! Two of our previous posts were dedicated to the work with antenna height in RTK and PPK. In this connection, it would be great to recollect what you need to consider when choosing a survey pole.
Everything seems pretty easy, but there is one tricky thing you need to pay attention to. There are different pole types: some of them are designed for GNSS receivers, others—for a variety of sight levels, such as total stations, construction or laser levels, etc.
Those designed for the equipment different from GNSS receivers usually have different mounts and graduation scales. See for yourself, if you take a pole designed for a total station, you may get a height error of 14 cm because it also considers a reflector. The fact is that the side marks on the pole are 14 cm higher than the real height—you can check this simply by measuring it using the measuring tape to avoid discrepancies. So, when choosing a survey pole, make sure it suits your needs.
And here is an overview of survey pole characteristics with our comments that will ease the agony of choice:
- Materials: Aluminum, fiberglass, and carbon fiber. It should be a good combination of low weight, long durability, and affordable price.
- Height: It may be with a predetermined height or graduated for different heights. Choose the one that meets your needs.
- Accessories: A bubble level and a mount for a smartphone will definitely make any surveying job easier.
- Special features: If it’s a foldable survey pole then you can easily take it wherever you want, especially in the carrying bag.
That’s it! Probably you already know that we have our own telescopic aluminum survey pole which is compact and lightweight. We combined the best characteristics to make the most of your surveying. If you haven’t seen it before, check this page.
And which criteria should your survey pole meet? Share them with us in the comments below!