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layho
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January 2, 2019 10:37 am  

How do you guys go around of measuring stockpiles of sand/dirt?

I need to measure +- 15 stockpiles of sand on a construction site.

At the moment I take a GNSS receiver, crawl on the stockpile, measure and afterwards calculate in Civil3D the volumes... 

Other/Better suggestions? I don't have a drone available 🙂

Thanks

 


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ekillo
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January 2, 2019 10:44 am  

You need to be careful being on sand piles, I was warned about air-pockets that you could fall into.  I would use a total station with reflectorless if I did not have access to a drone or scanner.

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Norman Oklahoma
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January 2, 2019 10:59 am  

A job made for drones.  Scanning would be good also.

Ekillo is right - working on stockpiles of sand, especially those with slopes approaching the angles of repose, can be super dangerous. Easy to get your self buried and trapped. At the least you need to have an observer around who can call for help. Google "stockpile safety". 

"Convention is like the shell to the chick, a protection till he is strong enough to break it through." Learned Hand


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RADAR
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January 2, 2019 12:07 pm  

You might want to look up @mike-berry; he posted a few years ago about an IPhone APP, that measures stockpiles...

I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun.--Thomas A. Edison

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RADAR
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January 2, 2019 12:53 pm  

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I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun.--Thomas A. Edison

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gschrock
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January 2, 2019 1:06 pm  

There are online processing services to use with images (from drones or on the ground) and/or phone apps. Very commonly used in the aggregates biz.

Like this one.

"Things are only impossible until they're not!"   -  Jean-Luc Picard


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thebionicman
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January 2, 2019 1:17 pm  

You could probably make enough on that job to get a small program up and running. Pretty simple to get started...

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Just A. Surveyor
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January 3, 2019 4:23 pm  

Is there a dealer nearby where you can rent a drone?

When we flew stockpiles someone would outline the base with a heavy line of powdered white chalk.

Don't risk your life climbing the darned thing.

Steven Provenson
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