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How many of you use a lazer measuring tool  ? I see disto has one for $179.00 , just wondering what types any of use . one feature that is important , is for measuring outside the home roof pitches and existing outside walls . do you think the are acurate enough ?

 

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I bought mine in 2005 $700+

 

lots of features - I don't use hardly any of them

 

its accurate to 1/16" at 300'

 

they have a $99 model that is accurate for 1/4" at 100'

 

depending on your needs that may be sufficient

 

they have some models that can import into Chief - check them out

 

very handy device - I wouldn't think of measuring a house without one

but I also use a tape for small distances

 

Lew

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I always get the one with the built-in camera for those long distance measuring. You just can't see the little red dot in light situations, like daylight. The camera gives you an exact placement of the dot at long distances. I just couldn't be without that option and yes you will pay more but worth it.

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2 hours ago, crosscutter55 said:

How many of you use a lazer measuring tool  ? I see disto has one for $179.00 , just wondering what types any of use . one feature that is important , is for measuring outside the home roof pitches and existing outside walls . do you think the are acurate enough ?

 

 

 

I have a Bosch one , but my Model is not compatible with Chief , there is a limited list of those that are,  so look into it carefully if you want that functionality , as I think bluetooth is a min. requirement for that.

 

M.

 

 

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Do not get one without a tilt sensor. You will find many times that you will have to shoot measurements at an angle to avoid an intervening object, and the tilt sensor will automatically compensate for the shot not being level. 

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the readout minimizes the fraction which I sometime overlook when measuring out a house and lose some accuracy - in most cases the pln still suffices for renovations. looking for one where the fraction is the same size.

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my Disto was from 2005 - I don't think it had a fractions setting

 

I wrote all dims in 16ths - that is 3/4 was 12/16 etc

 

that way I  could do the math much easier than using mix of 1/16 - 1/8 - 1/4 - 1/2

 

I wish the US would just go Metric :(

 

Lew

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6 hours ago, lbuttery said:

....I wish the US would just go Metric :(

 

Lew

Not me Lew. I'm for the rest of the world going to Imperial. :)

 

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We use the Leica DISTO S910 

Sometimes we use it like a tape measure. 

Sometimes we have it make dxf files for import.

We also use it via bluetooth to a laptop running full Chief (not a tablet).

Love it.

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Hi WesternDesign,

 

I'm struggling to get my s910 dxf point cloud into CA, it only seems to import a flat plan view set of lines between the points (and picture refs), not the actual points themselves and not in 3D.

 

But I can pull the dxf into Sketchup - and it is in 3D, points and lines (so why can't CA do that?). I don't really want lines between the points, just the points - can that be done?

 

Anyway, I then try and import that SU file into CA but CA says 'the symbol has no 3D data', so I can't import it.

 

The only way I could get anything from the Sketchup file to CA was to draw a circle around every point in Sketchup, save and then import in CA. This is a pain!

 

Also, if I want to tidy up the orientation of the group of points that comes in, I can rotate it in plan view but not on the other (side elevation) axis, e.g. raise the points at the front as compared to those at the back.

 

Thsi s910 is nearly doing what I bought it for, but it's taking up my time and not really working that great right now. For simple 2D measurements I still have my trusty old Disto D5, I really need the s910 to get me DXFs if it is to pay its way. It's mainly for outdoor use to get rough outlines and relative positions of neighbouring houses where I can't access their land, also for some rough topo data to try and save time/reduce errors.

 

Any advice on simplifying my terrible workflow above would be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks.

 

(BTW, I'm still using X6, if that makes any odds to this kind of thing)

 

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Andy:

 

you should contact CA's customer support as they can advise best

 

I have seen no mention of anyone using point clouds being imported into Chief of any version

 

so I don't think it can but CA will know best

 

Lew

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Thanks Lew, that's a good idea. I'll get onto it.

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