Detail pole target height errors - how to avoid them
I do a lot of house and garden surveys, picking up the topography for a architects who want to develop the site. I'd say on every survey I'll change the detail pole height (because of an obstruction) and forget to enter the new height on the data controller. Doh!
How do you make sure you don't make this mistake?
Well you can either have the range pole all the way down or up, that way at least you know it is either/or. However that is still difficult to keep up with and some shots may need to be in the middle of the all the way up or down.
The best way is just to slow down and take the extra step of changing the rod height in the data collector, also bring a field book and write down the point number and rod height everytime you change the height.
Set the data collector to prompt you to enter the HR on every shot
That might be okay for a handful of shots, but when you're collecting 800 points a day it's not a reasonable solution. You'd probably end up with more bad rods from fat-fingering than from forgetting to change it.
.. electronic device that detects the rh change and sends the info to the dc. I'm surprised that nobody invented something like this yet... or voice to text interface..
Then you will learn to remember like we all have had to do over time. I am afraid that this is just one of those “have to learn it the hard way” situations.
FWIW, whenever I realize that I've taken some shots with the wrong HR, I immediately put a note in the raw data file identifying the scope of the problem as best I can recall. Having some idea of when the problem started and ended helps narrow down the corrective action once back in the office.