Topcon Launches Elite Survey Suite
Smaller, lighter total station attributes don’t compromise accuracy
Topcon Positioning Group has a new suite featuring four integrated solutions — three hardware products fused by a single software solution — designed to provide professionals with a complete survey system. The Topcon Elite Survey Suite — which includes the new GT series of robotic total stations, HiPer HR hybrid GNSS receiver, FC-5000 field computer and MAGNET 4.0 software system — provides Topcon flagship geo-positioning products and technology in one system.
“The individual products of the Elite Survey Suite were designed from the ground up to work together seamlessly through one software solution — a first of its kind in our industry — and one representing the fastest robotic motor total station technology in the market, the smallest and lightest GNSS rover in the industry, the latest advances in field computing and the pinnacle of software capabilities,” says Jason Hallett, Topcon vice president of global product management.
The Topcon Ultrasonic Direct Drive motors available within the new GT series total station have a turning speed of up to 180 degrees per second. “It’s the fastest robot on the market. The advanced UltraTrac Technology engine efficiently and dramatically increases power for prism tracking,” Hallett says. “The total station is 30 percent smaller and 30 percent lighter yet still provides the highest levels of accuracy and performance. Fastest, smallest, lightest — that was our goal in building the latest GT series.”
Built on the foundation of the HiPer series of receivers, the new HiPer HR is capable of tracking all constellations, all satellites, and all signals. New GNSS technology augmentation is integrated in the HiPer HR is TILTTM (Topcon Integrated Leveling Technology). TILT uses a six-axis IMU (inertial measurement unit) and a three-axis digital compass that together offer an advanced HiPer HR receiver with a nine-axis MEMS (micro electromechanical systems) to correct for mis-leveled measurements. “This allows users to quickly and confidently take field measurements even in scenarios where getting the receiver into an exact vertical setup is difficult or not possible,” Hallett says.
The third hardware solution in the suite is the FC-5000 field computer with two built-in cameras and a 7-inch sunlight-readable display. The device provides operators the processing power and wireless connectivity options needed for the modern job site — complete with a touch screen that is user friendly even in the most challenging of environments.
“The ‘tie that binds’ is the MAGNET software suite,” Hallett says. MAGNET 4.0 provides software support for the hardware through MAGNET Field, MAGNET Office and a significant update to MAGNET Enterprise web service that provides integration with Topcon’s construction-focused Sitelink3D service for instant data transfer and connectivity into active project sites. MAGNET 4.0 also offers a new level of direct communication with other systems, such as Bentley’s ProjectWise collaboration and content management system.
About Topcon Positioning Group
Headquartered in Livermore, Calif., Topcon Positioning Group designs, manufactures and distributes precise positioning products and solutions for the global surveying, construction, agriculture, civil engineering, BIM, mapping and GIS, asset management and mobile control markets. Brands include Topcon, Sokkia, Tierra, Wachendorff Elektronik, Digi-Star and 2LS. Parent Topcon Corporation, founded in 1932, is traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.