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1. Error Source: Instrumental

All measurement equipment, from steel tape to total station, is subject to maladjustment. The most conscientious personnel measuring in the best environmental conditions will obtain poor results if they do not know how to compensate for equipment maladjustment.

Because it originates with the equipment, maladjustment's error source is Instrumental. If consistent, it is generally systematic which means there is some way it can be eliminated. If inconsistent, the instrument cannot be used to measure reliably and may need to be sent to a repair facility.

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