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Shallow Drilled Braced Monument Overview

Shallow Drilled Braced Monument

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Mount Commonly Used
Install Time
Site Impact

SCIGN mount



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The shallow drilled braced monument (SDBM) consists of 4-5 1"-diameter stainless steel legs in a tripod configuration epoxied into bedrock up to depths of about 5-6 feet. The legs are welded together at the top. Use the SDBM at locations where there is bedrock at or within 0.5m of the surface. Ideal bedrock is fresh or only slightly weathered, and minimally fractured/jointed. If extensive weathering and/or fracturing occur too deep, the bedrock is not suitable for this monument. The SDBM is used throughout the PANGA, BARGEN, and PBO networks.

Site NAMA in Saudi Arabia.


  • very stable

  • materials relatively inexpensive (~$800)

  • longevity

  • materials and equipment can be flown to remote locations by helicopter

  • can be installed in environmentally sensitive sites (small construction footprint)

  • relatively quick deployment

  • site permitting potentially easier than for the deep drilled braced monument


  • labor and tool intensive

  • requires competent bedrock at or within 0.5m of the surface

  • is possibly less stable than the deeply anchored monument

  • initial cost to purchase required tools potentially expensive

Design and Construction

A heavy-duty hammer drill is required for installation.


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Approximate Cost

$800 (not including epoxy or cement)

This cost is for the monumentation only; the antenna mount (e.g. SCIGN mount) is not included.


  • 4 12-foot stainless steel rods (1" diameter) with grooves

  • 3 weld gussets

  • threaded adapter (if using the SCIGN antenna mount)

  • epoxy

  • tubing for delivering epoxy into the holes

  • welding rod

  • gas for the generator (if there is no AC hookup)

  • water (for fire safety while welding)

The materials specific to construction of the SDBM are available as a kit which can be purchased from:

  • McRoberts Machine, Inc. (Judy or Doug McRoberts)
    402 Martin St
    Longmont, CO 80501
    Phone: (303) 776-2397
    Fax: (303) 776-0704

    When ordering please refer to Part #1090.


  • AC-powered heavy-duty hammer drill (e.g. Hilti) with drill bits

  • vacuum/air blower to remove rock flour from drill holes

  • epoxy gun

  • air compressor (for the epoxy gun)

  • generator (if there is no AC hookup)

  • chop saw or dry cut saw

  • grinder

  • vertical and angle level(s)

  • leg alignment tool or string

  • welder

  • file, pick, brush, gloves, helmet, long-sleeved shirt, hat (for welding)

  • compass

Mount Commonly Used

The SCIGN mount is the antenna mount most commonly used with the shallow drilled braced monument, although it is only required when using the SCIGN radome. Otherwise, any other leveling mount, such as the SECO 2072-series antenna mount, is acceptable.

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Comment by Marcel Mojzeš on Mon, Oct 3rd, 2011 at 8:52 AM
Daer Colleagues, My name is Marcel Mojzes, Slovak Univerzity of Technology in Bratislava. I am a responsible person for a geodynamic project on Slovakia area in Central Europe. Please, can you giv me answer, if you are able monumentation 3 GPS sites on the area of Slovakia with "Shallow Driled Braced Monument"?
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