# How to organize a total station for taking measurements

In this construction article, you will learn some useful tips to arrange your total station alias theodolite over a point and perfectly level it quickly and easily.

Step 1: Expand the trip legs evenly
Step 2: Spread out the legs in an uniform triangle

Step 3: Examine the tripod head is unevenly level
Step 4: Elevate the entire tripod and arrange it over the nail
Step 5: Pull out and verify that the nail is aligned with the middle point of the tripod head from all sides.
Step 6: Retain the screw fixing in vertical direction and at the middle point of the tripod head and check it to ensure that it is placed in centre
Step 7: Ensure that the head of the tripod is level

Step 8: Label feet tripod tightly into the ground. Verify that it still remains in centre over the nail.
Step 9: Go through the optical plummet, adapt the footscrews unless the black circle is centered over the nail.
Step 10: Modify the length of 2 of the legs unless the circular bubble remains in centre position.
Step 11: Reiterate steps 9 and 10 as many times as required unless the nail and circular bubble is centered.
Step 12: As an alternative, when the circular bubble remains in centre position and your position is near to the nail, release the fixing screw and slide the total station over the head of the tripod unless centered.

Step 13: Revolve the long bubble unless it is parallel to two of the footscrews. Define them as A and B. Footscrew C belongs to the remaining footscrew.
Step 14: Revolve A and B in opposite (counter) directions unless the bubble remains in center position.
Step 15: Turn through 90 degrees
Step 16: Apply footscrew C on it’s own to organize the long bubble.
Step 17: Turn through 90 degrees

Step 18: Revolve A and B in opposite (counter) directions unless the bubble remains in centre position.
Step 19: Turn through 90 degrees
Step 20: Utilize footscrew C on it’s own to centralize the long bubble.
Step 21: Turn through 90 degrees, go to the starting point. The long bubble should remain in centre. It is not done, iterate from step 18.

Step 22: Go through the optical plummet to verify that you are still centered over the nail.