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Rover83
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I am also a fan of the custom stakeout stylesheet from Trimble.

Some of our projects require a handwritten cutsheet to be filled out on site by the crew and then turned into the contractor the next day. I have the crew export the custom stakeout report as well as fill out the handwritten one. We then take the auto-generated report, look for any flagged (out-of-tolerance) horizontal values, then compare it to the handwritten one, checking for blunders in the vertical (cut/fill). If they match, then we submit the handwritten one and file both away.

We do not show horizontal deltas on submitted calc sheets unless there is evidence of a problem and we need more analysis. The Trimble report will flag (in red) any stakeout shot out of the job's designated tolerance. The contractor really just wants those cuts and fills, and honestly if it's on the stakes they won't care too much about the report as long as they have it...

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ncsudirtman
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@rover83

all that is offered in Trimble Access? or is that something in Trimble Business Center?

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fobos8
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its all in Trimble Access on your handheld PC. Its produces a html file.

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Both, actually. The crew can generate it in the field, or the office personnel can run the report in TBC.

The style sheets are located on the Trimble site.

After download, place the XSL file in the "C:\ProgramData\Trimble\Trimble Data\System Files" folder on the controller.

 

For TBC, you can store them wherever you like and just navigate to them when you want to generate the report. Note that there is already an "As-Staked Report" available in TBC which will report on all stakeouts performed in that particular project. So if you have multiple JXL/JOB files in the project it will report on all of them rather than you having to run a report on each one.

 

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BStrand
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I wouldn't bother showing the contractor coordinates, they don't care about that.  Same with the difference between design and staked; they're going to assume you're not staking things a foot away from where they need to be.  If you really want to give them one of those though I'd do the coordinates since they can use those to figure out the other.  In my experience they really just want a cut/fill sheet and a point plot.

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Daniel Ralph
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I would feed the super what he asks for or wants. Speak to him about that and come to a consensus about what you can provide. Unless they have staff to digest coordinates and stake-out reports they will file them and you will have wasted your time. Although you should be doing this for yourself and have someone other than you check your work.  

To most of the guys I work with, and I don't do much staking anymore, a simple sketch be it CAD or otherwise with dimensions to grid lines or stationing should be minimum. They are all familiar with those concepts. I also include my control points on these sketches so they are aware of their location and make an effort to have them available to me when I am on site.  Nothing slows down progress faster than a concrete pumper plunked over your bench mark.  You gotta train them and believe it or not, they appreciate the help.  

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Many thanks for your replies guys.

I've been setting out some structures and the tolerances are fairly tight (10mm horizontal).

Would you still use the Trimble stakeout reports for stuff like that?

 

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A Harris
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When you do not have an automatic reporting program, you can always sideshot everything as you set your stakes or store shot and your raw data will serve as proof and show any difference between your actual locations and the calculated values.

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