How old is this thing? The first sentence that caught my eye when I opened the link was this:
Equipment needed for ether method may include a staff compass, two Abney levels or clinometers, fiberglass engineer's tape (30 or 50 m), a range rod, engineering field tables, notebook, maps, photos, crayons, stakes, flagging, and pencils.
I was looking for something basic and free. Methods have changed but the basics remain the same. One of the books on Surveying methods I like to give people is about 50 years old. No mention of EDMs or GPS. But it's a good foundation in how Survey information is colleted and reduces.
One of the problems today is how is someone supposed to know when a curve or a profile doesn't look right if they don't know what they should look like or how they are calculated.
I certainly agree with you on that point, but if I handed an Abney level to one of the junior people in this office it would probably be about the equivalent of giving them a "dial" telephone and asking them to make a long distance call.
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I might be able to go downstairs and find one. The problem is that most of the engineers here would be more more likely to recognize that then the modern equipment. Actually, our phone system is just one generation above the dial. Our phones look exactly like the final generation of phones with dials except there is a keypad instead of a dial. All hold, transfer, 3 way calls, etc. functions have to be done with tap codes on the cradle receive switch.
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