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Your job requires you to use the highest-quality surveying equipment and tools, which is why Engineering Supply sells the most recognized manufacturers of commercial-grade surveying instruments. All of our products will stand up to daily commercial use, which is why you should buy your tools from us.

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Surveyors today have access to both ancient and modern equipment. And while the theodolite is a proven tool that has been in use for centuries, the total station combines the function of a theodolite with some added features that eliminates the need for a second person. It can also give you more accurate measurements over extreme distances, which is gathered electronically and can be imported into a computer for further analysis. However, it’s more expensive than other types of surveying equipment and takes more skill to operate.


Like the theodolite, the auto-level is an optical measuring instrument. But unlike the theodolite (which can measure horizontal and vertical angles), the auto-level can establish or verify points located on the same horizontal plane. It also has an internal mechanism that removes the possibility of variations and inaccuracies in measurements. The theodolite has a mounted telescope that can be moved horizontally and vertically. And when it’s pointed toward the area you want to measure, it can determine the place of both the horizontal and vertical axes with a great deal of precision.

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Here at Engineering Supply, we only sell the best survey supplies and tools because we know that, as a professional, you need to have high-quality instruments that are built to last. All of the products we have in our inventory are built for daily commercial use, so we don’t sell cheap equipment. We know you want good surveying equipment that will save you time and headache on the job site. So if you’re looking for some of the best tools on the market, be sure to look at what we have in stock.


We sell all types of surveying equipment — from grade rods and laser levels to theodolites and total stations. And all of them will give you accurate results while you’re on the job site. We’re an authorized dealer of quality survey supplies. So no matter what kind of tool you need, we have you covered. Feel free to look at what we have in our store. And if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us. We would be happy to speak with you!

More Articles on Survey Equipment & the land surveying process

Land surveyors need to use high-tech equipment and mathematics to create maps and measurements of specific areas of land, and they may have a number of functions (depending on the type of surveying they do). Some of the common surveying jobs include:

  • Construction or Engineering — This type of surveyor looks at changes in property lines as well as the location of buildings and roads. This person may also survey road topography and grade, or may look at the appropriate depth for laying the building’s foundation.
  • Geodetic — Someone who uses satellite and aerial imaging to measure very large portions of the earth.
  • Maps - Boundary or Land — This type of surveyor fulfills the important duty of determining exactly where property lines are located.
There are other types of surveyors, but these are the most common. Surveyors must stand by their work, and they’re required to make accurate calculations. That’s why Engineering Supply offers the best surveying instruments on the market. Some of the products that we sell include but may not be limited to:
  • Surveying tripods
  • Surveying bipods
  • Fiberglass grade rods
  • Aluminum grade rods
  • Builder’s grade rods
  • Story poles
  • Laser levels
  • Auto-levels
  • Transit levels
  • Hand levels
  • Abney levels
  • Surveyor’s brush axes
  • Land surveying markers
  • Land surveying rods
  • Marking paint
  • Surveying prisms
  • Prism poles
  • GNSS equipment
  • Total stations
  • GPS equipment
  • Property corner pin finders
  • Bags and cases
  • Surveyor’s roll flagging
  • Theodolites
  • Transits
  • Mag nails
  • PK nails
  • Magnetic locators
  • Tribachs
  • Land surveying adapters

Frequently Asked Questions

What equipment does a surveyor use?

The main pieces of surveying equipment in use around the world are the following: theodolite, measuring tape, total station, 3D scanners, GPS/GNSS, level and rod. Most survey instruments screw onto a tripod when in use. Analog or digital tape measures are often used for measurement of smaller distances.

What is the most common survey equipment?

  • Theodolite - a telescope that can be moved on both the horizontal and vertical axes to align with a measuring stake
  • Transit level - an optical instrument, or a telescope, with a built-in spirit level mounted on a tripod
  • Total station - combines all of the functionality of a theodolite with other abilities such as an auto-level and electronic distance meter
  • Surveying Tripod - a special tripod built to support surveying instruments, such as theodolites, total stations, levels or transits
  • Surveying Prisms - is a corner cube or retroreflector, usually attached to a surveying pole and utilized as a target for distance measurement
  • Prism Poles - is a pole that someone can use to measure the elevation of existing ground or grade when used in conjunction with a survey level such as an Automatic Level, Transit Level, or Laser Level

What are the two primary survey instruments surveyors use to take measurements?

The two pieces of survey equipment that surveyors use most are a transit level and a theodolite are used by the surveyor to measure both horizontal and vertical angles. While the purpose of the two surveyor tools is similar, as a general rule a theodolite is more accurate than a transit level.

How do surveyors measure distance?

The most common surveying equipment is called a theodolite. Theodolites are used to measure the horizontal and vertical angles between points. Surveyors combine the angle data with distances from a chain or tape measure, and it allows them to triangulate the location of any point using trigonometry.

How does survey equipment work?

Surveying instruments calculate the angles and the distances between points. The data points collected from the surveyor tools are used to calculate the location of any point. Theodolites & transit levels can be used to measure angles while chains & tape measures can be used to calculate distances.

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