I have recently received an inquiry from a professional land surveyor concerning the use of a measuring wheel (calibrated on a certified calibration course) instead of a calibrated bicycle. The proposed measuring wheel is of the type shown in this link:
The surveyor said in an e-mail to me: "Measuring wheels are essentially the same or greater accuracy than the bicycle method since there is no air pressure involved. Consistency would be improved."
Are such measuring wheels acceptable for course measurement if used by a professional land surveyor? If the e-mail was from someone other than a surveyor, I would not be asking this question. If the question had come from a regular measurer my response would have been "no" as it's more difficult to keep a straight line when walking a wheel than riding a bicycle.