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Land surveying is a critical step to determine current and new dimensions of land parcels. Duncan-Parnell is continually updating our inventory of land surveying equipment with the latest from Trimble, Spectra, and other top brands.

Common Instruments used for Surveying

Surveying can be a time-consuming operation. However, with the development of sophisticated survey devices, it is now simpler to accomplish accurate land measuring. Among these tools are:


For location synchronization, these navigation systems employ satellites and receiver algorithms to aid in positioning, mapping, and navigation from one location to another.

Total Station

Angles are measured with this little, lightweight instrument. There are numerous models of total stations, primarily falling into four categories: Scanning Total Stations, Robotic Total Stations, Autolock Total Stations, Total Mechanical Stations.


Drones are newer to the land surveying tool arsenal, but with RTK capability and highly accurate cameras, they can be an efficient way to map large areas and hard to reach places.

3D Laser Scanning

For places with geometrical complexities, this tool offers surveyors precise data and measurements. It also assists surveyors in obtaining scan accuracy even at fast speeds, making it simple to fix faulty results.

Electronic Distance Measurement (EDM)

This instrument facilitates measuring great distances by delivering rapid and precise measurements. It is also used to position objects or points in three dimensions relating to the unit.

Digital Theodolite

This instrument is used to determine horizontal and vertical angles.

Automatic Level

The auto level confirms and establishes points in the same horizontal plane. It is also used to measure height disparities and to set heights.

The Rotary Laser Level

This tool assists surveyors in creating a 360-degree plane. Surveyors use this equipment for both internal and outdoor fit-out tasks.

Importance of Using the Right Equipment When Surveying Land

Precision and accuracy are vital in measuring and are also crucial in land surveying. Using the correct tools makes surveying more efficient and provides the best results in the shortest amount of time.