2003 Total Station Survey Part 1

February 28, 2003
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Advanced total station offerings from industry leaders; the precursor to our tabulated survey data coming in April 2003.

www.lasertech.com

Laser Technology Inc. (LTI) manufactures and markets laser-based speed and distance measuring instruments, which utilize proprietary technology. Its products are sold worldwide and are used in a wide variety of applications, including traffic speed enforcement, natural resource management, GIS mapping, surveying, sporting/recreational activities and industrial process control. LTI products are renowned for their compact and rugged design as well as their long range and reliable performance. The accuracy attained with the devices is more than acceptable for their intended uses. The company has also developed a complete set of complimentary hardware accessories and data collection software to support its core laser-ranging technology. Involved with both professional and recreational measurement, LTI maintains a diverse customer base of over one-half million satisfied users throughout the world. The company’s headquarters and primary manufacturing facilities are located in Englewood, Colo., and its common stock is traded on the American Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “LSR.”

www.leica-geosystems.com

Leica Geosystems’ newest generation of total stations incorporates an advanced technical innovation—PowerSearch. Leica’s unique PowerSearch function enables the TPS1100 robotic total station to rapidly find a prism—no matter where it is—with just the touch of a button. PowerSearch requires no special prisms, cables or batteries, enabling the pole and controller to remain lightweight and uncluttered. The PowerSearch technology is just one of many advanced technologies that Leica Geosystems has developed to increase surveyors’ productivity. Others include:
  • Visible, small-beam reflectorless and long range EDMs Fully robotic and automatic operation PowerSearch for fast acquisition and re-acquisition of a prism Automated targeting and positioning systems Integrated remote controllers (display/keyboard, radio link and power supply in one compact unit with no cables at the pole) Onboard/off-board data collection Electronic guide light Laser plummets and frictionless clamps User-specific application programs User-friendly controls and concepts Upgradability between models Light, compact design
All of these technical innovations enhance the accuracy, speed, precision and reliability that surveyors expect from total stations made by Leica Geosystems.

www.nikonusa.com

Nikon’s latest DTM-302 series, NPL-302 series and DTM-502 series total stations offer faster EDM measurement, longer range and an improved, ergonomic, graphic keyboard design. This new design allows quick access to common field functions, therefore improving productivity in the field. In addition, Nikon has expanded on-board storage to 10,000 points and can manage up to 32 jobs.

Nikon’s NPL-821 and the improved NPL-302 series total stations feature exclusive focused beam non-prism technology. This unique focusing system provides positive target detection by focusing the measurement on the target and minimizing return signals from targets outside the focused area. To further ensure positive target acquisition, the eyepiece reticle is designed to match the diameter of the beam. This provides positive beam size and location to the user. This is not possible with non-focusing systems.

Nikon total stations’ advanced keyboard designs and user friendly, reliable, on-board data collection are offered at no additional cost. These systems offer a fast and cost-effective alternative to handheld data collection systems.

www.nwinstrument.com

The Northwest NTDM05 total station is designed and built on the basis of the NTDM10 introduced in 2001. In addition to the successful features of the NTDM10, the NTDM05 meets the demands of surveyors and contractors with up to 4,000 points of internal memory that makes job storage easy and fast. Vertical compensation is available on the NTDM05 as an option to ensure accurate measurement. The NTDM05 has double-sided panels, which feature four-line dot-matrix display. An RS-232C data port is standard on the NTDM05 for communication with PCs.

www.pentaxsurvey.com

Pentax R-300 series employ two unique and several other advanced features: automatic environmental sensing, auto focusing, absolute angle encoders, narrow visible beam EDM, laser plummet, camcorder batteries and IPX6 waterproofing.

The environmental correction (PPM) is calculated from data supplied by electronic temperature and pressure sensors. The operator does not need to measure or input this data, the instrument takes care of it automatically and continuously.

Telescope focusing has been automated with push button Auto Focus capability. The operator can also use Power Focus or manual focus for special situations.

Absolute encoders are used for faster startup, better vertical angle accuracy and more consistent reference angle orientation. The narrow visible beam lets you see the exact measurement point and get accurate distances into tighter spots than ever before. A visible laser plummet increases setup speed, standard camcorder batteries are low cost and widely available, and the IPX6 waterproofing gives serious protection for inclement weather conditions.

www.sokkia.com

The new Series 30R total station from Sokkia offers many new technologies and options for the modern surveyor. The Series 30R reflectorless total station employs its new RED-tech EDM, bringing digital sampling technology to the field. The RED-tech EDM samples the measurement signal with an analog-digital converter, and then uses advanced software to calculate distances. This ensures the selection of the calculation method most suited to the condition of the return signal, resulting in increased accuracy and speed. As our newest reflectorless instrument, the Series 30R can measure to all types of objects, as well as traditional prisms and reflective sheets. Users can change target types on-the-fly. The Series 30R also includes a rugged absolute encoder for easier maintenance and less down time. The Series 30R also offers many additional options, including a wireless keyboard, Compact Flash memory port and stakeout guide light on various models.

www.topconpositioning.com

Topcon is proud to lead the world as the number one manufacturer of precision measuring equipment. At Topcon, we are committed to maintaining our leadership in the industry by offering the widest selection of surveying instruments, construction instruments and GPS systems available, and continually leading the way with innovative technology.

Topcon’s robotic instruments integrate advanced laser technology to provide our users with the most advanced quick-lock feature available. With the Topcon RC-2II, there is no need to struggle with complex search patterns or cumbersome joystick controls. With just one keystroke, the RC-2II instantly regains lock of the instrument.

Topcon’s advanced robotic technology can also utilize standard prisms that you already own. Other brands force you to purchase special tracking prisms that require extra batteries and chargers, adding expense and complicating operation. Our robotic solution provides the latest tracking technology that easily integrates with existing equipment you already own.

www.trimble.com

Trimble offers a wide range of integrated surveying solutions from the Trimble Toolbox, allowing you to select the right toolset to address your daily surveying needs.

The Trimble Toolbox includes three levels of total station technology:

The advanced 5600 total station with servo, Autolock and robotic options that can easily be upgraded as your business grows. The 5600 also has long-range Direct Reflex (DR) EDM options including the new DR300+ option that allows reflectorless measurements of up to 800 meters.

    The productive 3600 total station with DR, QuickDrive, clamp-free endless slow motion and Tracklight. The versatile, compact 3300 total station with DR technology.

In the Trimble Toolbox environment a single controller handles all of your instruments, total stations and GPS. All with seamless “plug and play” simplicity. So whether you are involved in control, topographic, stakeout or as-built work, Trimble’s versatile and powerful surveying tools will put you far ahead of your competition.

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