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Geodetic Survey Office of the Surveyor General Victoria Land Victoria Department Of Sustainability and Environment EDM Calibration Handbook Edition 9 January 2007 ISBN 1 74106 023 0 Copyright © The State of Victoria, Department of Sustainability and Environment, 2006. Disclaimer This publication may be of assistance to you but the State of Victoria and its employees do not guarantee that the publication is without flaw of any kind or is wholly appropriate for your particular purposes and therefore disclaims all liability for any error, loss or other consequence which may arise from you relying on any information in this publication.

Handbook Errors and Discrepancies Land Victoria would appreciate notification of any errors or discrepancies found in this Handbook. Please direct any correspondence to: Calibration Manager Office of the Surveyor General Victoria Land Victoria Level 17 Marland House 570 Bourke Street Melbourne Victoria 3000 Fax: (03) 8636 2588 Find more information about DSE on the Internet at http://www.dse.vic.gov.au

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the Surveyor General is responsible for issuing practical implementation advice and providing certified calibration facilities. To achieve this. and acknowledgement is also made of the assistance of Land Victoria staff throughout the state. through the Geodetic Survey. and Earth Tech Engineering Pty Ltd for their continued assistance with the Hamilton and Loy Yang EDM baselines. the professional Surveyor is intent not only on getting it right. Date of Calibration. but in proving that it is. January 2007 addresses the requirements regarding calibration of Electro-optical Distance Meter (EDM) instruments. The Surveyor General. Serial Number. It also states that a Licensed Surveyors Report must detail calibration information about the EDM used in the survey including: Make and Model.Preface "In relation to measurement. John E Tulloch Surveyor General of Victoria January 2007 EDM Handbook v9. This EDM Calibration Handbook provides the specification and practice direction for achieving EDM calibration at each of the five baselines across the state. To assist Licensed Surveyors in meeting these standards.0. The Surveyor General acknowledges the co-operation and support provided by the Department of Transport Energy and Infrastructure South Australia in providing the use of their equipment for the re-verification of the baselines. Ltd." John E Tulloch Surveyor General of Victoria The Surveyor General of Victoria sets standards for property surveys under the Surveying (Cadastral Surveys) Regulations 2005. Surveyors rely on their measuring equipment which must be systematically tested for errors and compared to the national standard. The Surveyor General is a Verifying Authority for length (up to 1160metres) and is responsible for the annual re-certification of the base lines as subsidiary standards of length. respectively. including requirements for the calibration and standardisation of survey equipment. The Surveyor General’s Practice Directives.doc Date: January 2007 ii . It states that EDM instruments must be calibrated over a certified baseline at intervals not exceeding twelve months or more frequently if conditions warrant it. provides the continued certification of the baselines and the periodic updates of the Handbook. The Surveyor General is grateful also to Brayley & Hayes Pty. EDM Calibration Site.

...............................................................................................................................1 CHAPTER 2: LEGAL TRACEABILITY OF LENGTH MEASUREMENTS..................................... III CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION....................................................................................23 EDM Handbook v9.....................................................................................9 4.....................................................5 CHAPTER 4: RECOMMENDED OBSERVING PROCEDURES ................................9 2.................................................11 3...................................4 3.................5 BASELINE DESIGN ........2 2................................................................................................................3 GENERAL PROCEDURES ..........11 UNIT LENGTHS OF EDM ......................................SEPTEMBER 2006 ...................doc Date: January 2007 iii ...6 PILLARS AND GROUND MARKS .............................5 SURVEY PRACTICE DIRECTIVE .......................................................8 4.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................10 4.............................................II TABLE OF CONTENTS ...................................3 SURVEY CO-ORDINATION REGULATIONS 2004..............3 3...............................................................21 REFERENCES .10 LOY YANG BASELINE…………………………………………………………………………………………….................................................................................................10 2.....................................................................................................................................................................3 SURVEYING (CADASTRAL SURVEYS) REGULATIONS 2005.....................................BENDIGO BASELINE ONLY............................6 LOCATION OF BASE LINES .................................................................6 CHAPTER 3: THE THEORY OF EDM CALIBRATION......................22 APPENDIX A – SAMPLE BOOKING SHEETS ................................................................................................17 CHAPTER 5: REDUCTION AND INTERPRETATION.....................................................................0.........................................................................................................................................8 4..................................................................................................................................................Table of Contents PREFACE ..............4 INSTRUMENT ERRORS ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................5 MEASUREMENT SEQUENCE .....................................................4 MEASUREMENT SEQUENCE (EXCLUDING THE BENDIGO BASELINE) ............................

The program Baseline is described in Chapter 5. whereas standardisation refers to the comparison of the instrument to a standard of length traceable to the National Standard. Chapter 4 lists the baselines and the offices that can be contacted to make bookings and obtain further information.M.Chapter 1: Introduction 1.3 1. 1. Instruments must be calibrated within a prescribed level of precision in order to be standardised. The baselines are of Sprent/Zwart (Hobart) design with the exception of the Bendigo baseline.7 EDM Handbook v9. Chapter 2 discusses the legal background of standardisation. which is a modified Schwendener design. EDM users who wish to perform calibrations need to book the use of baselines in advance. Calibration of EDM is concerned with the determination of instrument errors.6 1. There are five baselines in Victoria that are maintained as subsidiary standards of length and as such are suitable for the calibration and standardisation of EDM. Baseline produces several reports for analysing an EDM instrument calibration and for analysing a calibration of a baseline.doc Date: January 2007 1 .2 This handbook deals with the calibration and standardisation of Electro-optical Distance Meters (EDM) in the State of Victoria. Rueger (1984). The theory of EDM calibration is summarised in Chapter 3 along with an explanation of the instrument errors that are determined.4 1. The observing procedures outlined in Chapter 4 are based on the "Instructions on the Verification of Electro-optical Short-Range Distance Meters on Subsidiary Standards of Length in the Form of EDM Calibration Baselines" proposed by Dr. From 1 January 2007 this software will no longer be maintained and will be replaced by Baseline.5 1. Hitherto the reduction software provided by the Surveyor General has been EDMInput.0. Baseline has been developed by the Department of Land Information (DLI) Western Australia and has been adopted by the Surveyor General of Victoria as fully addressing the requirements of the ISO Guide to the Uncertainty of Measurement.1 1. A certificate which summarises the results of an EDM instrument calibration is also produced. J.

5 2.6 2.0. In 1983 the National Standards Commission (NSC). Five Victorian baselines are certified annually in accordance with Recommendation No.Chapter 2: Legal Traceability of Length Measurements 2.5 + 20 × 10-3 × L) mm at the 95% level of confidence where L is the interval length in metres. the Surveyor General of Victoria is appointed as a Verifying Authority with respect to length. The validity will be strengthened if traceability to the national standard can be proved. The Kern Mekometer ME3000 owned by Melbourne Water/WBCM Surveys Pty Ltd has been used to certify the Victorian baselines in the past.3 2.2 To be certified as a subsidiary standard a baseline must be capable of being calibrated with an uncertainty of ± (1.7 EDM Handbook v9.8 Recommendations of specific interest from the NSC working party referred to in 2. Surveyors compare their standard office tape against the standard tape that is maintained by the Surveyor General. in general.doc Date: January 2007 2 . the minimum standard for the uncertainty of calibration of an EDM. (c) the current inter-pillar distances (as determined from re-verification measurements) are used to compute the calibration and (d) the Instrument Correction has been computed to a prescribed level of precision. When this instrument ceased operating in 1994. This class of instruments is expected to be used in the near-medium future. 2. should be ± (5 + 30 × 10-3 × L) mm at the 95% level of confidence where L is the interval length in metres. The standard of length was transferred to baselines through use of standard tapes or EDM as prescribed by the National Standards Commission.7 above are:No.1 A Surveyor's field tape measurements can be traced to the national standard of length.4 2. The Surveyor General maintains a standard tape that is regularly compared with the national standard for length.8. assuming calibration against a monumented base. An EDM is considered to measure distances traceable to the national standard of length if: (a) it is calibrated on a certified baseline. (b) it is calibrated in accordance with the procedures laid down herein. These instruments needed to be compared with the national frequency standard and certified as reference standards prior to their use for baseline certification. the Leica TCA2003 total station owned by the Department of Transport Energy and Infrastructure South Australia and certified by NMI was used to re-verify the five EDM baselines. 2.4 and 2. formed a working party on the “Calibration of Electromagnetic Distance Measuring (EDM) Equipment”. The Surveyor’s field tape can be compared against their standardised office tape on a regular basis. Recently. The Kern Mekometer and the Comrad Geomensor were the only EDM prescribed by the NSC. it was established that monumented baselines could be certified as subsidiary standards of length under Regulation 13 of the National Measurement Regulations 1999 to provide legal traceability for EDM measurements. Following both the recommendations of this working party and research by the NSC.2. in 2006. the Kern Mekometer ME5000 owned by Hydro Tasmania was used for this purpose. the validity of length measurement may be challenged in a court of law.2 2. In accordance with Regulation 73 of the National Measurement Regulations 1999. This enables certification of subsidiary standards of length to a certain precision pursuant to Regulation 13 of the National Measurement Regulations 1999. Although not common. The calibration procedures outlined in this handbook and the analysis techniques contained in Baseline are capable of meeting the requirement of Recommendation No. No. now incorporated into the National Measurement Institute (NMI).8 It is recommended that.

Regulation 15(2)(b) stipulates that a Licensed Surveyor’s Report must provide details on the date of calibration of measuring equipment used in the cadastral survey. specifications for units of measurement and levels of precision achievable.0.doc Date: January 2007 3 .au/surveying 2. The Surveyor General’s Practice Directives. Regulation 6(2) requires Licensed Surveyors to retain records of comparisons and make them available for inspection upon request by the Surveyor General. These standards include calibration and standardisation of survey equipment. including after every repair to all or part of such equipment.gov. EDM Handbook v9. Where an EDM surveying instrument is used in a cadastral survey. and standards of measurement under the Survey Co-ordination Regulations 2004. Note that complete copies of the Practice Directive are available from: Deputy Surveyor General Office of the Surveyor General Victoria Level 17 Marland House 570 Bourke Street Melbourne Vic 3000 Telephone (03) 8636 2525 Or by visiting the Land Channel website: http://www. address the Surveyor General’s requirements regarding calibration of Electro-optical Distance Meter (EDM) instruments. the Surveyor General requires the following information to be included in the Surveyor's Report: Make and model of instrument Serial Number EDM Calibration Site Date of Calibration The Surveyor General has determined that survey plans signed after the 31st January 2002 must comply with these requirements in relation to EDM survey instrument calibration.vic. The Surveyor General has determined that an adequate survey equipment comparison process requires the calibration of EDM surveying instruments over a baseline certified by the Surveyor General at intervals not exceeding twelve months. Where adverse conditions of use warrant it. Surveying (Cadastral Surveys) Regulations 2005.land.9 Survey Practice Directive .September 2006 The Surveyor General sets standards for surveying title boundaries through the Surveying Act 2004. January 2007. record keeping and reporting.10 Surveying (Cadastral Surveys) Regulations 2005 Regulation 6(1)(a)&(b) requires a Licensed Surveyor to use survey equipment which has been compared to a standard of measurement and that the process of comparison and the basis of comparison are adequate to obtain the accuracy required under the Surveying (Cadastral Surveys) Regulations 2005. more frequent EDM calibration may be required. The Surveyor General issues practice directives to aid Licensed Surveyors in the interpretation of Regulations and inform them of changes to the requirements of either the Surveyors Registration Board of Victoria and/or the Surveyor General.2.

2. EDM Handbook v9. The units of measurement are specified in Regulation 13(a)(i) and levels of precision to be achieved are set out in Regulation 13(b). 2.11 Survey Co-ordination Regulations 2004 Regulation 13 of the Survey Co-ordination Regulations 2004 requires Surveyors to use and maintain survey equipment that has been compared to a standard of measurement.0.7 are performed.doc Date: January 2007 4 .12 It is considered that the requirements of the Surveying (Cadastral Surveys) Regulations 2005 and the Survey Co-ordination Regulations 2004 are satisfied for EDM if points (a) to (d) in section 2.

3.3 Cyclic Error (Short Periodic Error) Cyclic error is a function of the internal phase measurement of an EDM. and is derived from the fine measuring frequency. (b) non-homogeneous emission/reception patterns from the emitting and receiving diodes (phase inhomogeneities). Unit length is equal to one half of the modulation wavelength of an EDM (Rueger 1980). (d) errors in the collection and use of atmospheric data. Cyclic error is usually sinusoidal in nature with a wavelength equal to the unit length of the EDM. and eccentricities in the EDM.1 Instrument Errors Additive Constant (correction for Zero or Index Error) All distances measured by a particular EDM/reflector combination are subject to a constant error.0. Error in the internal phase measurement is caused by unwanted feed through the transmitted signal onto the received signal. Note that this error may vary with changes of reflector. the EDM is considered to be standardised. Cyclic error can increase in magnitude as the components of an EDM age. As cyclic error repeats itself for every unit length contained within a measured distance. The instrument errors can be used to monitor the performance of the EDM over time and if significant. should be applied to measurements taken subsequent to the calibration.2 Scale Error The scale error describes errors that are linearly proportional to the length of line measured. If the calibration is performed over a certified baseline to a prescribed level of precision. EDM Handbook v9. 3. geometric detours. (b) differences between the electronic centre and the mechanical centre of the EDM. its sign and magnitude varies depending on the length measured.3.3. These can arise from: (a) variations in the modulation frequency of the EDM. The unit length is the scale on which the EDM measures the distance. 3.doc Date: January 2007 5 . after jolts.1 EDM calibration is performed in order to determine the instrument errors. however in modern EDM it is usually less than 2mm (negligible).2 3.3 3. The magnitude of the error could be in the order of 5-10mm. 3. (c) differences between the optical and mechanical centres of the reflector. with different instrument mountings and after service. This includes the use of uncalibrated thermometers/barometers.Chapter 3: The Theory of EDM Calibration 3. It is caused by three factors: (a) electrical delays. (c) unmodelled variations in atmospheric conditions which affect the velocity of propagation. The additive constant or zero/index correction is added to measured distances to correct for these differences. not taking atmospheric measurements in the shade and the incorrect entry of the atmospheric correction into the EDM.

An important feature of baseline design is to enable the determination of all instrument errors to an appropriate level of precision. 3m. can eliminate the effect of cyclic error.3.8). a precision EDM is able to be used to its full capacity and constant instrument heights are obtained. and this unquestionably offsets the slightly lower precision.1.4.doc Date: January 2007 6 . The Bendigo baseline is the exception with instrument pillars at chainages of 0m and 5m. Calibrations of a higher precision can be achieved by occupying all pillars and measuring all combinations of distances on a baseline. This enables the Sprent/Zwart method of calibration to be employed at this baseline. calibrations using this design are marginally less precise than other baseline designs. which treats the measurements as pairs. which is a Schwendener design. 3.4. 3.0. The original Sprent/Zwart design has been altered in Victoria by slightly changing the pillar locations so that the additive constant is determined with greater precision. Only prescribed EDM are used to determine these distances and hence control scale. EDM Handbook v9.3. Three types of baselines are in use in Australia. 30m and 33m. calibration measurements over short distances assist in the determination of the additive constant while longer distances help determine scale error. Baseline Design EDM can be calibrated by measuring a combination of distances on a baseline. making it suitable for EDM with a unit length of 10 metres. An analysis.5. The reasons for this are that: (a) (b) (c) (d) forced centering is essential to eliminate setting-up errors.4. 8 of the National Standards Commission (see 2. One objective of the design is to ensure that the additive constant and scale error are determined independent of any cyclic error contributions. The procedures recommended in this handbook are designed to specifically meet the requirements of legal surveys. The difference between their designs lies in the associated methodology used to determine cyclic error.4 3. If pairs of measurements are taken from pillars separated by half the unit length of the EDM.4. 3.5 3. and the observation procedures applicable to each one. 5m and 10m.4. 5m. 3.4. The Bendigo baseline has been modified to include an additional pillar at a chainage of 5 metres. details of which are given in Chapter 4. The certified baselines in Victoria are Sprent/Zwart (Hobart) baselines with the exception of the Bendigo baseline. All but one of the certified baselines in Victoria have instrument pillars at chainages of 0m. the speed and ease of the calibration procedure is enhanced.2.6. 3. and Rueger (1985) shows that the Sprent/Zwart method of taking measurements from 2 pillars separated by half the unit length is easily capable of satisfying Recommendation No. the cyclic error affecting each pair will be equal in magnitude and opposite in sign. there are EDM with unit lengths of 2m. The additive constant and scale error are able to be determined independent of cyclic error on Sprent/Zwart baselines because their design has the effect of canceling out cyclic error. A list of common EDM and their associated unit length is given at the end of Chapter 4. enabling the Sprent/Zwart method of calibration to be used for EDM with unit lengths of 10 and 20 metres. Nevertheless.1. In general.4. Pillars and Ground Marks The baselines available for calibration and standardisation in Victoria have specially constructed pillars for the stations. However it is not possible to solve for a scale error unless the inter-pillar distances for the baseline are known. The great advantage of the Sprent/Zwart method is its ease of use. Due to the difficulties with computing cyclic error a slightly different calibration procedure is recommended for EDM with unit lengths other than 10 or 20 metres.5. 3. The list shows that in addition to 10 and 20 metres.

it should be reported to the Geodetic Survey section of Land Victoria for immediate action and resolution. Baseline stability is closely monitored to ensure that calibrations can be performed to the required precision.3. EDM Handbook v9. Calibration techniques assume that there is no pillar movement between the time when the baseline is certified and when the user calibrates the EDM.doc Date: January 2007 7 .0. Unfortunately pillars do demonstrate seasonal movement. although in most cases the movement is too small to have any significant effect.5.2. If it is suspected that pillar movement has occurred.

or left in the sun.0.3 General Procedures The following procedures have been based on the proposals of Rueger (1984) and are to be followed when calibrating EDM on Victorian baselines.3. together with addresses and telephone numbers of the controlling offices.gov. certifying them as subsidiary standards of length. In this case the temperature and pressure corresponding to zero ppm should be entered.au and follow the links Geodesy > Survey Equipment Calibration > EDM Calibration > Booking Sheets 4. the EDM should be left switched-on for the whole calibration (instruments with oven-controlled oscillators must remain switched on).land. The instrument must be shaded by an umbrella at all times during the calibration. not the ambient conditions of the calibration. Measurements shall be recorded in units of metres (distance). 4. or direct input using the EDM keypad.Chapter 4: Recommended Observing Procedures 4. All details must be recorded and booking sheets must be signed and dated. In addition they may be downloaded from http://www. Sample booking sheets are included in Appendix A. 4. This should be done with the footscrews in mid setting. Controlling offices may have small quantities of booking sheets available. It must be switched-on and allowed to run.3. for at least 15 minutes before measurements commence. degrees Celsius (temperature) and millibars (pressure).3. which can be contacted to make bookings for its use and to obtain information on access to the umbrella. 4. 4. refer to 4. however it is preferred that baseline users have their own copies for use. This function is usually performed by either: (a) (b) (c) an atmospheric correction knob/dial.2 Set Up and Shade Initially set up the EDM on pillar 1. Each baseline is controlled by an office.3.3 Atmospheric Correction The atmospheric correction for the EDM must be set to zero (ppm) for all the calibration measurements. Baseline locations.5 Power If sufficient power is available.6 Height of Instrument The height of the mounted EDM above the base of the tribrach (pillar plate) must be accurately measured and recorded on the booking sheet.1 The Surveyor-General as the verifying authority has the responsibility of having certain pillared baselines measured by an EDM prescribed by the NMI.3.1 Booking Sheets Calibration data may only be recorded on official sheets provided by Land Victoria. By this means. At no time should it be put in its box. EDM Handbook v9.11) are taken.3.3.4 Operations The measurements must be taken with the attenuator or aperture setting as prescribed by the instrument manufacturer's instructions. can be found later in this chapter. Note that all baseline pillars are fitted with 5/8" BSW threads for mounting purposes.doc Date: January 2007 8 . pillar-cap key and standard thermometer and barometer required for the calibration. in the shade. All instruments must remain switched on while the minimum number of measurements (four.vic.2 4. 4. or entry of the temperature and pressure for which the EDM is standardised. access details and pillar layouts. 4. the Surveyor-General is able to issue Regulation 13 certificates for these baselines.

in conjunction with the measurement sequences described above. Temperature is required to be measured at the height of the instrument whilst pressure can be measured at the base of the pillar. 2. The height of the reflector must be measured and recorded in the same manner as for the EDM. These measurements are to be taken and recorded on the booking sheet (in the space provided) every time the prism has moved.6. 4. As the baselines were not designed to efficiently cater for the calibration of these EDM.5.3. If the baseline has additional pillars located beyond pillar 8.3. There are also EDM in use with unit lengths of 30 and 33 metres. reflector mounting and tribrach should be used for all measurements.7 Reflector Mountings The same reflector.0. Pointing can be optically or electronically performed as prescribed by the manufacturers.doc Date: January 2007 9 . and under no circumstances should they be used on the baseline. 4. 6.1 EDM with a 10m unit length 1. This sequence requires the reflector to be moved up and down the baseline only once.9 Conditions All calibration measurements must be taken either fully in day-time or fully in night-time. with re-pointing after each measurement. Set up the EDM on pillar 1 and measure to pillars 4. 4. A list of EDM and their associated unit length is given at the end of this chapter.4. There is provision on the booking sheets to record the comparisons. they should be measured to also. 4.3. 1 → 4. 5.3.4 Measurement Sequence (Excluding the Bendigo Baseline) The recommended measurement sequence is dependent on the unit length of the EDM being calibrated.11 Calibration Measurements On each line. Temperature and pressure must be measured in the shade at the instrument pillar. 6. EDM that are typically used in day-time should be calibrated in day-time.2 EDM with unit lengths other than 10m The Victorian baselines were designed and constructed at a time when the majority of EDM in use had either 10m or 20m unit lengths.4. enable the satisfactory determination of errors for these EDM. 4. 3m and 5m instruments becoming more common.10 Meteorological Observations Field thermometers and barometers must be compared with the baseline’s standard thermometer and barometer both prior to and at the conclusion of the calibration measurements. 7. four separate distance measurements should be taken as a minimum. A mixture of conditions is not acceptable. The standard thermometer and barometer shall remain in the controlling office at all times. 4 4.3. Move the EDM to pillar 2 and repeat the measurements taken above in the reverse order. The reflector must have a unique identification (serial number) which must be entered on the booking sheet. with 2m. 8 2 → 8.7 and 8 in turn.8 Levelling of Equipment All equipment should be levelled with care and any spot bubbles used for this purpose must be checked before the calibration. 7.4. The baselines. 5. EDM Handbook v9. The modern trend in EDM however is smaller unit lengths. a different measuring sequence is required. 4.

7 and 8 in turn. 6. pillar 10 has not been included in the re-verification of the EDM baseline. 4. due to the continuation of the Hyland Highway (between pillars 9 and 10). 3 3 → 4. 2 and 4 to the other pillars can be observed. 7. When using the Loy Yang baseline.Bendigo Baseline Only Refer to the list of EDM and their associated unit length at the end of this chapter. the precision of the computed Instrument Correction is increased as more measurements are taken on a baseline.5. 4 4 → 5. 4. 7. 8 If a more precise determination of the Instrument Correction is required. As a result. 8 If the EDM is required to be calibrated to the highest precision possible on this baseline. 6. Set up the EDM on pillar 1 and measure to pillars 3. 4. Move the instrument to pillar 2 at chainage 5m and repeat the measurements taken above in the reverse order. 6. For example. pillar 10 is barely visible. only the first 9 pillars are to be occupied.0. 5. However. 3 2. 7. 4.5 Measurement Sequence . 7. 5. 6. 8 2 → 8. 5. For an 8 pillar baseline the sequence would be: 1 → 4. Completely ignore the old pillar at 20 metre chainage. 7. 7. 7. 6. 5. 5. The Instrument Correction determined from these measurements would still satisfy the requirement of the NMI. 6. 4 4 → 5.6 Loy Yang Baseline Originally the Loy Yang baseline comprised of 10 pillars.It is recommended for instruments with unit lengths other than 10m that additional measurements to the normal sequence outlined above be taken. 4. 8 2 → 8. 7.5. 7. 6. measurements from pillar 3 to pillars 4. 1 → 3.doc Date: January 2007 10 . 5. EDM Handbook v9. 6. 5. 6.2 EDM with unit lengths other than 10m It is recommended for these instruments that measurements in addition to those outlined above be taken. 6 6 → 7. 7. 6. 5. 7. 1 → 4. then all combinations of measurements should be observed. 7 and 8 should also be observed. 8 2 → 8. 4. 5. 4. 1 → 3. pillar 3 is located approximately 60 metres from pillar 1. 6. This involves occupying pillars 1 to 7 (inclusive) with the instrument. measurements from pillars 1. 6. 4. As a minimum. 8 2 → 8. 8 7→8 Generally. 5. 6. then all combinations of measurements on a baseline can be observed. 7. 4.1 EDM with a 10m unit length 1. 8 5 → 8. 5.

EDM Handbook v9. Bookings to use the baselines are to be made in advance. Marland House 570 Bourke Street Melbourne 3000 (03) 5174 0066 MITCHAM Menin Road Mitcham Melway 48 F12 (03) 8636 2546 or (03) 8636 2550 The ancillary equipment for the Mitcham Baseline is available from the Front Desk (03) 9296 .15am and 4. Monday to Friday. 2. of Sustainability & Environment 1 Taylor St Epsom 3551 Land Victoria Level 17.30pm. 4. 85 Kennedy Street Hamilton 3300 (03) 5571 9171 Brayley and Hayes P/L require bookings for the Hamilton Baseline to be made at least two days prior to its use. 6. HAMILTON Balkans Road 2km west of Fairburn Road Brayley & Hayes Pty. Baselines are available for use on weekdays only. Pillar caps are to be re-fitted upon completion. The same prism must be used for the observations to achieve a valid calibration.Location of Base Lines Baseline/Location Controlling Office Land Victoria Survey Section Dept. sighting difficulties may be experienced between pillars. Users are required to have their own copies of official booking sheets. 3. 7. LOY YANG Bartons Lane Loy Yang Earth Tech Engineering Pty Ltd (now incorporating Fisher Stewart) 18 Breed Street Traralgon 3844 Land Victoria Level 17.4443 Port Phillip Regional Office Department of Sustainability and Environment 30 Prospect Street Box Hill 3128 Melway 47 B9 1. When using non-standard prisms.0. All gates must be left in their original position.Ltd. No rubbish is to be left behind. Marland House 570 Bourke Street Melbourne 3000 Telephone (03) 5430 4637 BENDIGO McDowells Road adjacent to Bendigo Aerodrome BRAESIDE Braeside Park Lower Dandenong Road Braeside Melway 88 D10 (03) 8636 2546 or (03) 8636 2550 The ancillary equipment for the Braeside baseline is available from the Rangers Office at Braeside Park (key to cabinet available from office staff). 5. Controlling Offices are open between 8.doc Date: January 2007 11 .

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000 10.000 10.000 1.000 2.000 10.000 3.500 1.000 2.000 3.000 10.000 10.500 7.000 10.000 10.000 10.500 2.000 3.000 10.500 1.500 1.000 10.500 1.000 10.000 10.000 2.000 3.500 1.000 10.000 10.000 18 EDM Handbook v9.0.000 2.500 1.500 1.500 1.000 0.000 0.000 1.000 10.000 2.000 10.000 3.000 10.500 1.500 1.doc Date: January 2007 .000 2.000 2.000 10.500 1.500 1.000 Make #Nikon #Nikon #Nikon #Nikon #Nikon #Nikon #Nikon #Nikon #Nikon #Nikon #Nikon #Nikon #Nikon #Nikon #Nikon #Nikon #Nikon #Nikon #Nikon #Nikon #Nikon #Nikon #Nikon #Nikon #Nikon #Nikon #Nikon #Nikon #Nikon #Nikon #Nikon Nikon Nikon Nikon Nikon Nikon #Nikon Nikon #Nikon Nikon Nikon Nikon Nikon Nikon Pentax Pentax Pentax #Pentax Pentax Pentax Pentax #Pentax #Pentax Pentax #Pentax #Pentax #Pentax #Pentax #Pentax #Pentax #Pentax Model DTM-A5LG DTM-A10 DTMA10LG DTM-A20 DTMA20LG DTM-300 DTM-310 DTM-330 DTM-350 DTM-410 DTM-420 DTM-430 DTM-450 DTM-520 DTM-530 DTM-550 DTM-521 DTM-531 DTM-551 DTM-720 DTM-730 DTM-750 DTM-820 DTM-830 DTM-850 DTM-821 DTM-831 DTM-851 NPL-350 NPL-820 NPL-821 NTD-2 NTD-2S NTD-3 NTD-4 ND-20 ND-20F ND-21 ND-21F ND-26 ND-30 ND-31 ND-250 ND-160 MD-14 MD-20 PM-81 Px Px-06D Px-10D Px-20D PTS2/05 PTS3/05 PTS-10 PTS-10D PTS-V2 PTS-V2C PTS-V3 PTS-V3C PTS-V5 PCS-1S Unit Length (m) 2.000 10.500 3.000 2.000 2.500 3.000 10.000 10.500 1.000 3.500 3.500 1.500 1.000 3.500 1.000 10.000 2.500 1.500 1.000 10.500 1.500 3.500 1.000 10.000 3.000 10.500 1.500 1.000 10.500 1.500 1.000 10.000 2.000 3.000 7.000 10.000 2.000 1.500 1.000 10.500 1.500 1.500 1.000 0.000 10.000 10.000 10.500 1.000 1.000 2.Make #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Leica (Wild) #Nikon #Nikon Nikon Nikon Nikon #Nikon Model TC605/L TC702 TC703 TC705 TC800 TC805 TC805L TC905 TC905L TCA1100 TCA1100L TCA1101/ TCA1102/ TCA1103/ TCA1105/ TCA1500 TCA1500L TCA1700 TCA1800 TCA2003 TCM1100 TCM1100 TCM1101 TCM1102 TCM1103 TCM1105 TCM1800 TCM1800L TCR110 TCR1101 TCR1101x TCR1102 TCR1102x TCR1103 TCR1103x TCR1105 TCR1105x TCR302 TCR303 TCR305 TCR307 TCR702 TCR703 TCR705 TCRA1101 TCRA1102 TCRA1103 TCRA1105 TCRM1101 TCRM1102 TCRM1103 TCRM1105 TPS1200 TPS1100 TPS1000 C-100 D-50 DTM-1 DTM-5 DTM-20 DTM-A5 Unit Length (m) 3.000 2.000 2.000 2.500 1.500 1.000 10.000 2.000 10.000 3.000 10.000 2.000 2.000 10.500 1.500 1.000 3.000 2.000 3.000 2.000 2.000 10.000 3.000 2.

000 5.000 10.000 10.000 5.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 5.000 0.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 5.000 5.000 5.000 2.000 5.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 Make #Topcon Topcon Topcon Topcon Topcon Topcon Topcon Topcon Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon Topcon Topcon Topcon Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon Topcon Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon Model AP-S1 DM-A2 DM-A3 DM-A5 DM-C2 DM-C3 DM-S1 DM-S2 DM-S3 DM-S3L DM-H1 DI-10 GPT1001 GPT1002 GPT2005 GPT2006 GPT6003 GPT6005 GRT2000 GTS-1 GTS-2 GTS-2B GTS-2S GTS201D GTS-202 GTS211D GTS-212 GTS-213 GTS-223 GTS-225 GTS-226 GTS-229 GTS-3 GTS-3B GTS-3C GTS-3D GTS-301 GTS-303 GTS-304 GTS-310 GTS-4 GTS-4A GTS-4B GTS-5 GTS-6A GTS-6E GTS-6 GTS-6B GTS-603 GTS-605 GTS-700 GTS-701 GTS-702 GTS-703 GTS-711 GTS-800 GTS-800A GTS-801 GTS-801A GTS-802 Unit Length (m) 10.000 10.000 10.000 5.000 2.000 10.000 10.000 5.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 3.000 10.000 10.000 5.000 5.000 5.000 10.000 5.000 5.000 5.000 5.000 10.000 10.000 5.0.333 3.000 0.000 5.000 5.000 10.000 5.000 10.000 5.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 5.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 0.000 10.000 10.000 5.000 5.000 10.000 5.000 10.000 5.000 5.000 10.000 10.000 5.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 10.Make #Pentax #Pentax #Pentax #Pentax #Pentax #Pentax Sokkia Sokkia Sokkia Sokkia Sokkia Sokkia Sokkia Sokkia #Sokkia Sokkia Sokkia #Sokkia #Sokkia #Sokkia Sokkia #Sokkia #Sokkia Sokkia Sokkia #Sokkia #Sokkia #Sokkia #Sokkia #Sokkia #Sokkia #Sokkia #Sokkia #Sokkia Sokkia #Sokkia #Sokkia #Sokkia #Sokkia #Sokkia #Sokkia #Sokkia #Sokkia #Sokkia #Sokkia #Sokkia #Sokkia #Sokkia #Sokkia #Sokkia Sokkia Sokkia Sokkia Sokkia #Sokkia Sokkia Sokkia Sokkia #Sokkia Model PCS-2 PCS-2S PCS-215 PCS-225 PCS-325 PCS-515 SDM-1C SDM-1D SDM-300 SDM-3D SDM-3E SDM-3ER SDM-3F SDM-3FR SDM-5A SDM-5D SET-2 SET-2B SET-2Bii SET-2C SET-2Cii SET-2000 SET-2100 2000 SET-3 SET-3B SET-3Bii SET-3C SET-3Cii SET-3E SET-300 SET-330R SET-3000 SET-3100 SET-4 SET-4A SET-4B SET-4Bii SET-4C SET-4Cii SET-4E SET-4000 SET-4100 SET-5F SET-5W SET-500 Set-600 SET-10 NET-2 NET-2B RED-1 RED-2 RED-2A RED-2L RED-2LV RED-3 RED-MINI REDMINI2 MINI AR Unit Length (m) 10.333 10.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 5.000 10.000 5.000 0.000 5.000 10.doc Date: January 2007 19 .000 5.000 10.000 10.000 5.000 5.000 10.000 EDM Handbook v9.000 5.000 10.000 0.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 0.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 2.

000 10.000 10.000 5600DR2+ 0.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 10. EDM Handbook v9.doc Date: January 2007 20 .0.000 3600DR 0.Make #Topcon Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon #Topcon Topcon Topcon #Traverse #Trimble #Trimble #Trimble #Trimble #Trimble #Trimble #Trimble Zeiss Zeiss Zeiss Zeiss Zeiss Zeiss Zeiss Zeiss Zeiss Zeiss Zeiss Zeiss Zeiss Zeiss Zeiss Zeiss Zeiss Zeiss Model GTS-802A GTS-10 GTS-10D ITS-1 ITS-1B CTS-1 CTS-2B CS-20 ET-1 ET-2 Unit Length (m) 5.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 10.000 5.000 10.000 5600 10.000 10.000 RETA RECOTA Eldi-1 Eldi-2 Eldi-3 Eldi-4 SM-4 SM-41 ELTA2 ELTA3 ELTA4 ELTA20 ELTA46R EltaR RSM 3 E-Elta3 E-Elta4 E-Elta6 10.000 # Denotes that the instrument is not listed in the “Baseline” software.000 10.000 10.000 5600DR3+ 0.000 10.000 5600DRSD 10.000 10.000 10.000 5.500 3300 10.000 10.500 3600 0.

certifying them as reference standards of measurement. Normally this is reserved for precise EDM that are intended to be used to transfer the standard of length.M Rueger (Rueger 1984) for modelling systematic errors in EDM measurements. EDM Handbook v9. These inter-pillar distances will be updated on an annual basis. As a Verifying Authority. The program produces several reports for analysing an EDM instrument calibration and for analysing a calibration of a baseline. For EDM which are not included in the list. a least square adjustment is performed. 8 of the working party of the National Standards Commission (now NMI) on the calibration of EDM Equipment of 1 February 1983. Loy Yang and Mitcham baseline inter-pillar distances resulting from the November 2006 re-verification have already been included in the database.0. The adjustment is made as suggested by Dr. The Bendigo. Hamilton.doc Date: January 2007 21 . Braeside. A certificate which summarises the results of an EDM instrument calibration is also produced. The instrument details.gov.vic. A selection of EDM instruments and reflector makes and models are also included. On-line help provides the user with the instructions necessary to run this software application. All uncertainties are specified at the 95% confidence level. The calibration of EDM instruments is carried out to determine the instrument corrections to be applied to measurements and to ensure its reliability.au and follow the links Geodesy > Survey Equipment Calibration > EDM Calibration Software > Baseline V 5. For a Regulation 13 certificate to be issued.0. measured distances and observed meteorological details (un-tick the ‘Mets Dial Set’ box to enter the meteorological data) are entered interactively by the operator. After the observed data is reduced to obtain horizontal distances and their associated variances.4.0. J. The minimum standards for the uncertainty of calibration are described in terms of Recommendation No. Software download is also freely available from the DSE website at: http://www. Baseline will accept the entry of new instruments although it requires the input of the unit length and the modulation frequency of the instrument by the operator.11 (March 2006) has been developed by the Department of Land Information (DLI) Western Australia for the calibration of EDM instruments against standard baselines.Chapter 5: Reduction And Interpretation An EDM Calibration computer program “Baseline” version 5.11 The software stores the measurements and calibration results of each determination to serve as an archive.4. the Surveyor-General can issue Regulation 13 certificates for EDM.land. the entire calibration procedure can only be performed by Land Victoria and a fee is applicable for this service.

1985 “Traceability of Electronic Distance Measurement to National Standards” Proceedings 27th Australian Survey Congress.M.Program CALORY” The Australian Surveyor. J.Springer-Verlag . Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. November 1983. L (Ed). 3 September 1978 pp. J.doc Date: January 2007 22 . School of Surveying. RUEGER. 1984 “Instructions on the Verification of Electro-optical Short-Range Distance Meters on Subsidiary Standards of Length in the form of EDM Calibration Recommendations to the National Standards Commission. 44-45. 1 March 1986 pp. RUEGER. Alice Springs 1985.M. pp. 9 pages. 63 pages. 1986 “Analysis of EDM Calibration Measurements . 1980 “Introduction to Electronic Distance Measurement” Monograph No. A & ZWART P. 1983 “A Guide to EDM Calibration” Department of Surveying. University of Melbourne.0. R.R. J. A.Berlin 1990. 7 School of Surveying. J. MURNANE. University of New South Wales. University of New South Wales. 149-160.A Scenario” The Australian Surveyor Vol 29 No.M. INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF SURVEYORS (FIG) 1994 “Recommended Procedures for Routine Checks of Electro-Optical Distance Meters” Technical Monograph No. SPRENT. Proceedings. RUEGER.An Introduction” Third Totally Revised Edition . 1990 “Electronic Distance Measurement . 127 pages. 157-169. RUEGER. 17 pages. August 1984.9 1994.B. 1983 “The Calibration of EDM Equipment for Monitoring Surveys” In: Rivett. 1978 “EDM Calibration .M. Symposium on the Surveillance of Engineering Department of Surveying. Vol 33 No. NORTON. Structures. Baselines” EDM Handbook v9.References DEAKIN. T.

Appendix A – Sample Booking Sheets .

EDM Calibration Booking Sheet BASELINE: Job name Observation date D D M M Y Y Y Y Observer name Time am / pm Instrument make Instrument model Instrument owner Serial number Prism make Prism model Instrument owner Serial number EDM Height above AT Pillar ( METRES) Unit length of EDM Checklist Battery OK Instrument shaded Instrument set to read slope distances Atmostpheric correction set to zero ppm Heights measured above base of tribrach Meteorological equipment compared with standards Signature Meteorological Conditions/Equipment Comparisons Weather conditions Prism height above TO Pillar ( METRES) BEFORE Temp (ºC) Pres (hPa/mb) AFTER Temp (ºC) Pres (hPa/mb) Baseline standard Field Correction Baseline standard Field Correction NOTE: CORRECTION = BASELINE STANDARD – FIELD Page 1 of 2 .

Page 2 of 2 .EDM Baseline observations Measured slope distance Dist 2 Dist 3 Dist 4 (°C) (hPa/mb) (%) Temp Pres RH* Pillar No At To Dist 1 * OPTIONAL RELATIVE HUMIDITY (RH) CAN BE SET TO 50% IF UNABLE TO MEASURE.

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