If there is one thing about land surveys that you have to know of, that would be the fact that they existed way back to the time when people started realizing the importance of holding their own land. And of course, when land surveys are conducted, this is not only about asking questions to the owner and all, it also involves measuring the land so that owners will know how big or how small their land, hence land surveying tools were created. Before the Middle Age, there were changes in the way land surveys are done that is why land surveying tools became out of fashion yet, upon the beginning of the Middle Age, these tools were once again brought back to existence and were used since then. During the Middle Age, the desire to hold a land was once again felt by the people of this day, aside from the fact that they want to know how much they own and want to protect the land that they own from others, hence, land surveying equipments were once again brought to existence.
You may not know about this but many of the land surveying equipments and tools being used today for land surveys are very similar to the once used centuries ago, with the some great and amazing upgrades, that is. In this present day and time that we live in, with technology being in the middle of its heyday, every single equipments used for land surveys undergo drastic changes, and certainly, the computer is the one transforming this particular industry.
Since this article will tackle about the equipments being used for land surveys in the past and the present, we will now start introducing each one to you, with theodolite, one of the most commonly used and most popular tool, as the first one in our list. Not too long ago, theodolite, albeit the fact that it was more technologically advanced than other equipments, were used in conducting a wide range of land surveys. But of course, as time goes one, there really are changes bound to happen and as for theodolite, one of the biggest improvements befalls it is how it was made electronic. And because of the many changes and improvements that happened on the part of theodolite, it also takes a different name which is now EDM or electronic measurement device (oftentimes referred to as total stations).
The theodolite or the electronic measurement device is not the only land surveying equipment there as there are still many more of them, like the GPS surveying, one of the tools that brought land surveying industry into the computer age. Talking about GPS, one thing that you should know about it is that it actually pertains to an acronym which means Global Positioning System and is using satellite technology to do land surveying or land measurements.