The following standard operating procedure (SOP) outlines the process for setting up and configuring a total station to collect accurate x, y, and z coordinate data. Total stations allow accurate spatial data to be collected and tied to a permanent benchmark. These data can be used to detect small geomorphic changes between site surveys. Many different types of total stations and surveying gear are available, and newer models will be available in the future. This SOP outlines basic steps for using the Trimble S6 robotic total station and the TSC3 data collector. These instructions do not cover detailed care and maintenance of the Trimble S6 robotic total station or the TSC3 data collector.