The Calibrator in architecture, which one to choose?

November 2, 2021

The caliper, also known as a vernier or vernier caliper, is an instrument used for measurements of depth and internal and external diameters of various objects, having exact precision in this field when used correctly.

It has accessories that make all these measurements possible, resulting in the gauge being used in many different areas and situations. On this occasion, we will talk about the use of the calibrator in architecture, as well as the benefits and utilities it provides in this area.

Calibrator Features

Knowing the characteristics of a tool is necessary for it to be used correctly; in the case of the calibrator, its main characteristics are:

  • Its measurement range is 30 centimeters , being a universal measurement that has been given in honor of an ancient tradition (to which it owes the name of the king’s foot), in which they used the foot of the king or sovereign of various lands as official measure, being a reference to said measure that used to be used.
  • It uses the verniers as an auxiliary measurement system. Verniers are a metric system whose main purpose is to comply with imprecise measurements, for example, a measurement that is in the space between 9 and 10 millimeters that cannot be approximated, gives rise to a vernier.
  • The calibrator is quite a fragile and delicate tool , which is why it is recommended that it be handled with extreme care at all times; preventing accidents, bends and ruptures of the same. It is also necessary to remove any type of residue that could interrupt its mechanism.
  • It has a slide, which slides over the body of the caliper to cover the necessary length of the measurements to be taken. This slide must be taken care of and ensure that no type of object becomes an intrusion when moving it.

Measurements that the calibrator performs in the architecture

Among the types of measures that can be obtained are:

Outside diameter measurements

The caliper has sizeable calipers, these are used for outdoor measurements. When making the measurement, the flat ends of these clamps are used, not those with a beveled design, as this can cause an inaccurate and therefore unusable debt to be obtained; however, in the event that a measurement cannot be obtained with the flat side, it can be used comfortably.

An example of the use of this type of measurement is to measure the length of a scale model, looking for greater accuracy.

Measurement of internal diameters

In this other case, the smaller indoor clamps are used. Generally, this type of measurement requires being placed between two walls, at which point the clamps must be placed with their flat faces, pointing to opposite sides.

An example is to measure in detail the internal proportions of a plane, placing the flat parts parallel to the interior lines to be measured.

Step measurement

The pieces for this type of measurement allow to obtain a result of the measurement that is between two surfaces, one parallel to the other but located at different heights.

A good example of this measure would be the measurement of stepped pieces , which can also be measured with the depth probe.

Depth measurement

The piece for this measurement, the depth probe, allows the user to measure grooves and distances that can be found between the surface to the bottom of a hollow piece, which does not allow said depth to be observed.

For example, a hole in a wall that has been burned on the inside by wear requires this probe to determine the true depth.

Benefits of using the calibrator in architecture

Among the main benefits can be counted:

  • The accuracy that is obtained, being radically different from other methods, offering total precision in each result obtained.
  • Its own system that allows obtaining results in measurements that are inaccurate, giving what is necessary to achieve a complete decimal number. For example, a result between 7 millimeters and 8 millimeters can be checked to be equal to 7.3 millimeters using the vernier measurement.
  • It has each piece necessary for the various types of measurement, being ideal with each of those that it covers for its efficiency.
  • It is easy to transport and handle, being light and compact (highlighting its delicacy).
  • In architecture, it allows to obtain the highest precision when making plans and scale models.
  • Another of its benefits in architecture is the correction of design errors , allowing the final design to conform to all the corrections made in a previous model.
  • Lastly, its trajectory as a primary instrument, that is, it has a long-standing reputation that supports it as an indispensable tool in this area.

How to use the caliper in architecture?

Being more than obvious that it is a tool with great potential, keeping in mind the basic tips for use is essential for efficient use.

  • The first thing to take into account is the appreciation, with this we talk about considering the minimum that the calibrator can measure, which would be the millimeter .
  • The next thing is to consider how to obtain a measurement between these millimeters, a solution that the vernier offers us with simplicity, so learning how to use this tool is essential.
  • It is also necessary to know the most advisable way to perform various measurements, that is, the way in which the caliper will be placed. It is best to place it perpendicular to the object , both being in the same position to be able to measure, avoiding laying down the caliper, except in cases where it is required.
  • Lastly, the most important thing is the correct placement of the pieces, keeping them neat and in perfect condition to ensure efficiency.

The calibrator is a tool loaded with adaptability, which is why it never hurts to know how it can help you in architecture, offering you what is necessary for various situations that arise when measurements of any kind are carried out.

Dr. Loony Davis5
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Born and raised in Brussels in an English family, I have always lived in a multicultural environment. After several work experiences in marketing and communication, I came to Smart Water Magazine, which I describe as the most exciting challenge of my career.
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