Good, Better, Best: A Comparison of Survey Markers/Caps for Rebar & Pipe

Berntsen Survey Markers

 

When selecting the right survey markers for rebar and pipe, there are some important differences in quality and capability to be aware of.

 

Even between the two main types of survey marker––plastic and metal––it’s important to consider the strengths and weaknesses of each material.

 

To help you find the right products for the job, we’ve highlighted some of the key differences between the common types of markers available. Here’s the good, better and best guide to survey markers and caps.

 

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Festival of the Terminalia Honors Surveying’s Mythological Roots

Festival of the Terminalia

 

Surveying has a long and storied history stretching back to ancient Egypt where early boundary marking techniques were used for dividing land into plots for taxing landowners.

 

The ancient Greeks took these methods a step further, using geometry to calculate precise measurements and inventing the earliest known piece of surveying equipment––the Diopter.

 

A few centuries later, the ancient Romans integrated surveying into their mythology through the worship of Terminus, a god who protected boundary markers and property. Each year on February 23rd, Roman landowners celebrated “Terminalia,” a festival to honor Terminus while renewing their spirits for the coming year.

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FENO Survey Monuments: A Corrosive-Resistant, Easy-to-Install Marking Solution

FENO Survey Monument 

 

The FENO anchored survey monument system offers an innovative solution for surveyors in need of a small, easy-to-drive, hard-wearing galvanized steel marker. These markers use a unique flaring anchor system for extreme stability without the need for digging or concrete­­––overcoming a common shortcoming of other drive-in markers.

FENO survey monuments––available in 350mm, 600mm and 1000mm lengths––are comprised of a galvanized steel marker spike and bronze or aluminum monument cap, accompanied by a small installation toolkit.



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Berntsen Ranks Among Top B2B E-Commerce Companies in 2017

2017 IRCE B2B Award

 

For the second consecutive year, Berntsen is proud to rank among the top earners in the B2B e-Commerce market in Internet Retailer’s 2017 B2B E-Commerce 300 list.

 

In a follow-up to last year’s announcement of Berntsen’s inclusion on the 2016 B2B E-Commerce 300 list, new forecast data from Forrester Research confirms the U.S. B2B e-Commerce market is on track for significant growth over the next five years.

 

Already a much larger market than B2C e-Commerce, recent forecasts suggest growth will keep pace over the next few years as organizations continue to use new methods of channel distribution to reach businesses through both distributor and manufacturer-direct selling.

 

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Choosing the Right Type of Survey Monument for Your Project

Choosing the Right Survey Monument

 

 

Surveyors have been using metal monuments to mark land boundaries and establish control points for over a century. Today, their task remains largely the same, yet the quality and quantity of tools at their disposal has increased significantly.
 

Better materials, more functional design and stronger security features have all combined to make modern survey monuments leagues ahead of their earlier predecessors––presenting a variety of options to choose depending on the task at hand.

 

The following is a simple, straightforward guide summarizing the range of monument options available today along with helpful tips on which types of equipment will best serve you out in the field.


Surveyors have been using metal monuments to mark land boundaries and establish control points for over a century. Today, their task remains largely the same, yet the quality and quantity of tools at their disposal has increased significantly.
 

Better materials, more functional design and stronger security features have all combined to make modern survey monuments leagues ahead of their earlier predecessors––presenting a variety of options to choose depending on the task at hand.

 

The following is a simple, straightforward guide summarizing the range of monument options available today along with helpful tips on which types of equipment will best serve you out in the field.


Surveyors have been using metal monuments to mark land boundaries and establish control points for over a century. Today, their task remains largely the same, yet the quality and quantity of tools at their disposal has increased significantly.
 

Better materials, more functional design and stronger security features have all combined to make modern survey monuments leagues ahead of their earlier predecessors––presenting a variety of options to choose depending on the task at hand.

 

The following is a simple, straightforward guide summarizing the range of monument options available today along with helpful tips on which types of equipment will best serve you out in the field.


Surveyors have been using metal monuments to mark land boundaries and establish control points for over a century. Today, their task remains largely the same, yet the quality and quantity of tools at their disposal has increased significantly.
 

Better materials, more functional design and stronger security features have all combined to make modern survey monuments leagues ahead of their earlier predecessors––presenting a variety of options to choose depending on the task at hand.

 

The following is a simple, straightforward guide summarizing the range of monument options available today along with helpful tips on which types of equipment will best serve you out in the field.

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A Basic Guide to Carsonite Utility Posts & Pipeline Markers

Carsonite Utility Marker Posts

 

Utility posts are a common sight in practically any developed area, urban or rural. To the average passerby, these colorful posts blend into the background of everyday life, but to those who rely on them for what they show us, these posts are important warnings to the potentially hazardous pipelines and utilities that lie beneath our feet.

 

When it comes to marking buried assets, regulators don’t leave much up to choice. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHSMA) has a rigorous set of rules governing exactly how companies and municipalities should approach marking. Chief among these is the use of permanent equipment ensuring “line-of-sight” visibility.

 

Carsonite posts are one of the most widely used markers used to mark a variety of buried assets. Their stark, recognizable colors and distinct flat shape have more or less become the standard across many industries, alerting us to potential hazards while providing technicians with a key reference point before breaking ground.


 

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Two Solutions for Extending the Life of Survey Markers and Caps

Berntsen Survey Markers

 

The decision to choose a survey marker or rebar cap usually boils down to two essential questions: Does it protect against corrosion, and will it stay put?

 

While we usually think of exposure to the elements as the cause of most corrosion, the culprit for survey markers is actually the direct contact between two dissimilar metals in the marker and rebar.


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New Research Shows RFID Tags Useful in Post-Disaster Utility Recovery

The InfraMarker Solution Suite 


In 2012, Superstorm Sandy left over 1.1 million residents without power throughout New York state. For Con Edison, one of the nation’s largest electricity providers, recovery efforts were more logistically difficult than those carried out in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks––five times larger than any previous blackout the company had ever experienced.

 

Since Sandy, many public officials have warned of deep problems with utility preparedness for handling disaster events in municipalities large and small across the country.

 

In the aftermath of a coastal natural disaster, even one much smaller in size and scope than Sandy, large quantities of debris can bury utility facilities such as gas valves, manhole covers, fire hydrants, and junction boxes, making recovery slow, expensive and dangerous.

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Surveying Denali: Berntsen Monument Provides First Look into Alaska Range Movement Trends

Denali Survey Monument

 

The 400-mile-long Alaska Range, home to the highest point in North America, has largely been a mystery to geodesists. Despite running along a major fault, very little is known about how and where this massive area of land is moving.

 

Today, that’s all changing thanks to the USGS’s 3D Elevation Program, an initiative to map the Continental United States and Alaska, including marking and measuring the Alaska Range for the very first time. Once in place, these surveying points will provide a foundation for repeatable measurements to track the degree, rate and direction of movement over time.

 

Following the first official summit elevation measurement in over 40 years, a team of climbers from the USGS returned to Denali in the spring of 2016 to install a permanent Berntsen monument in the “Windy Corner,” a 13,400-feet point on the mountain’s West Buttress.

 

 

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How Smart Survey Targets and an Excel Spreadsheet Combined to Create a Powerful Monitoring System

Lake Manatee Dam


Monitoring projects, whether on buildings, bridges, railways, tunnels, or other structures, require robust surveying tools and a system capable of collecting and analyzing data into something actionable.


Striking this balance was the challenge facing surveyors in Manatee County, Florida, who were tasked with monitoring the Lake Manatee Dam––a structure that has spent the last 50 years under constant pressure.


Ironically, with hydrology unique to central Florida, the same conditions that made the dam feasible on Lake Manatee also threatened the integrity of its spillway walls––the primary means of relief following heavy rains and other high water conditions.

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