UTS Arbitrary Site Setup and Design Building

1. Start by leveling the total station and orienting it to face North.

2. Open Siteworks on your Site Tablet.

3. From the "Open Project" screen, initiate the process by creating a new project. To do this, tap the "+" icon located to the right of your project dropdown.



4. On the next screen, provide a name for the project in the top box and verify that the distances and angles are displayed in the appropriate units for your work. Once everything appears correct, tap the "Next" button in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.


5. On the following screen, you can tap "Finish" in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen since we don't have any files to load into our project in this instance.

6. Next, you'll need to create a work order. To do that, simply tap the "+" button to the right of the work order dropdown. Provide a name for the work order and then tap "Finish."

7. Since there is no design created yet, you can leave the design as "(No Design Needed)" and tap "Accept" in the bottom right corner of your screen.

8. Connect to your total station. To do this, tap the menu icon in the top left corner of the screen (represented by three horizontal bars), navigate to "Project Setup," and then select "Connect Device."



9. You will be prompted to choose between GNSS or Total Station. Select "Total Station."

10. On the following screen, choose the Brand and Model of your Total Station. Additionally, select the Radio Network ID, which should be displayed on the small screen of your total station.

11. On the subsequent screens, you will encounter an option to Enable the Compensator. Always check the box next to it, as this allows the total station to account for small movements, shifts, and vibrations it may experience. When you reach the Atmospheric Correction screen, have the total station read the barometric pressure from the instrument and set the temperature to the actual outdoor temperature. Generally, if you start in the morning, set the temperature 5-10 degrees warmer than the current temperature to provide flexibility as the temperature rises throughout the day.



12. The next screen should prompt you to set up with no control points. On this screen, you will be defining the location of the total station. Typically, we recommend setting the Northing to 5000, Easting to 1000, and Elevation to 100. However, since this is an arbitrary position, you can ultimately assign any numbers you prefer for your Northing, Easting, and Elevation. Keep the instrument height at 0.000 USFT and select "No" for saving the location as a control point.



13. Once you have completed the Total Station setup, it's essential to configure it to track your target/prism accurately. Ensure that your target height is correctly set (your range pole is fully extended to 2 meters, or 6.562 feet) and that you have selected the correct target type. Tap the target icon located towards the top right of your screen, position the total station so that it is pointing at your target, and then tap "Search" on the following screen.



14. If you intend to revisit this site at any time, the initial step is to create control points for future use. To accomplish this:

  • Tap the menu located in the top left corner.
  • Select "Measure."
  • Choose "Measure Control Point."
  • Opt for "New Control Point."
  • Move to the desired location for your control point and ensure your range pole is plumb.
  • Once you are in position, change the measurement method from "Standing" to "Averaging" by tapping on the "Measure method" option on the left-hand side of your plan view.



  • Set the "Measurement Sets" to 3 and tap the checkmark next to "Use Autolock." Then, tap "Accept."



  • From your plan view, tap the "+" icon at the bottom right of your screen to start taking measurements.
  • Name the point and repeat the process. It is advisable to have a minimum of two or three control points established as you begin your project.


16. Once you have established your control points, you can commence capturing the points needed for your design.

  • Tap on "Measure," which should take you back to shooting your regular points.
  • To capture points, tap the plus icon located at the bottom right-hand corner of your screen.
  • If you prefer not to have the menu pop up every time you capture a point, you can set the "Show every time" option to "No." This will enable you to capture points without needing to confirm the point name each time.
  • Additionally, ensure that the point type is set to "Surface," as these points will be used in the construction of our design later on.

17. If you need to modify the elevation of any points:

  • Tap and hold on the point.
  • Select "Edit Data."
  • At the bottom where it says Antenna/Target Height, tap the dropdown on the right side and choose "Elevation."
  • Enter the desired elevation and tap "Save."

18. Once all your points are captured, and the elevations are correct, you can save your surface as a design:

  • Tap the menu.
  • Scroll down to "Data Management."
  • Select "Surface as Design."
  • Give the design a name (e.g., Finish Grade 6.8.2023).
  • Choose "Include Measured Linework."
  • Tap "Accept."
  • For the outer boundary, you can select "Use Outermost Points."
  • Tap "Accept."

19. Next, you can load that design and begin calculating your cuts and fills:

  • Tap the menu.
  • Select "Project Setup."
  • Choose "Change Project."
  • On the Open Project screen, you should now be able to select your design from the third dropdown menu next to "Design."
  • With your design selected, tap "Accept."