Total Station Skill Heat Map
I'd say it's nearly 50/50 (TS/GPS) here at Orange County Public Works in Orlando, FL. All TS work is done by an ST (Survey Technician). I never see anyone "bucking in" or "double centering" anymore.
GNSS is the first tool I take out of my “tool box”, but in my opinion there are a lot of tasks where the robot is simply faster—construction staking for example.
Total Station? What's that? Gas Sta? say, would you bring me a cup of coffee, and a bag of peanuts, if you are going......
I wouldn't even know how to do our work without using a total station. Too many trees, bad cell coverage, etc. I like having it and using it when we need it, but I'd guess it's 90/10% TS/GPS here.
The intent of the question is perhaps not clear or fully informed. Let me add that I am curious about the anecdotes I have heard for the last 10 years about crews west of the Mississippi and generally in the Great Basin where a guy could start doing oil and gas fieldwork and be considered a surveyor and working under supervision and be doing work that is recorded and yet never have to touch a total station thanks to the open skies and modern technology. When all of that field survey experience is included in the mass noun of "SURVEYING" what percentage of work hours are still total station work, and what is the rate of change?
When everyone has a Javad, who will know how to work a total station?