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Although my formal education is in civil engineering, I've been in and out of residential construction for the last 13 years. During this time I've come to realize that while many builders own good quality transits, few take full advantage of the tool's potential. This article is for builders who are acquainted with simple transit techniques, but are not acquainted with many of the methods a professional surveyor uses to save time and avoid errors. Some of these methods are simple setup tips and some are more complex procedures. Get the Right Tools For the distances and elevations that most small buildings involve, you can achieve a high degree of accuracy with a steel tape and most transits. Transits. A