Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is “Data”?

Any type of layout or machine control needs 3D points to connect and make a surface. Whether it is a road or a site, 3D points will be linked to form a surface, sometimes refered to as a TIN, model, or 3D surface. This TIN guides the operator to the correct grade, buy displaying real-time Cut or Fill values on the operators control box.

Isn’t data available from the engineer who designed the project?

Engineers are paid to produce a set of plans in 2 dimensions and print them on paper. Currently there are some engineering firms attempting to produce data. We find the extra set of eyes, (your or ours), reduces the chance for error and yields better results.

What does Data cost?

Subdivisions; Pads, streets, and related retentions:
Up to 100 Lots, $40.00 per lot
100-200 Lots, $30.00 per lot
200-300 Lots, $20.00 per lots
Regular customers always pay $20.00 per Lot!!

Commercial and Retail pads and parking:
$800.00 to $1,200.00. Additional retail shops $200-500 more. This is for a 20-30 acre site.

Driving lanes for grader, $500.00 per lane mile.
Daylight to daylight for grader and rover $750.00 per lane mile.
Excessive ramps and intersections additional.

How long does it take to have TOPS process my data?

With a full time staff of professionals, we can get you up and running quickly. Usually a day of data work, can keep you working for 3-4 days.

What if the data is wrong?

We make every effort to catch the discrepancies in plans. Humans are bound to make the occasional mistake. This is another reason to have us prepare data instead of the engineers. Another set of eyes will help eliminate problems later.

What about changes?

Small changes and corrections are done immediately, at no cost, and e-mailed when corrected. If a change order is to be issued, let us know, we may need to bill if the changes are substantial.

What brand of system is the best?

If we only had a nickel for every time the question was asked. My recommendation is to go with the dealer that will give you the best service.

How long will it take me to learn to process data?

This depends entirely on the individual. With a strong background in engineering, AutoCad type programs, computers and construction, many of our students start doing their own work after our 3 day site class. Roads take more time to learn. We do more data in a week then any of our clients do in a year, experience cannot be taught. We can get you correct information quick, and correct.

Can I use my takeoff as data?

The answer is easy to give and difficult to understand. If your takeoff is good enough to use as data, you spend WAY to much time on it. A good takeoff is a balance between speed and detail. A takeoff good enough to get a dirt number still needs some work to get it into the machine.

What else can I do with the data?

The data is not just for the machine control system; once the model is prepared it can easily be exported to your grade-checker or surveyors data collector. Whether it’s Survey Controller, Survey Pro, Pocket 3D, SurvCE, SCS900 or others, we can provide you with data.

Take a topo of the site, send it to us, and we will provide you with accurate reports of the amount of dirt moved to date, and what else is left. Take as-built shots, send them to us, we will process them and print them on plan size paper for submittal.

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What our clients say

Your staff caught things the engineer missed. You have saved us thousands.

CK, Arkansas

You guys are the “Easy Button” for all things Data!

CE, Maryland