As an addition to our tabulated survey, information for POB's Advanced Total Station Offerings has been provided by the respective manufacturers. For more total station specifications, visit the listed websites.

Laser Technology Inc.

Laser Technology Inc. (LTI) manufactures and markets laser-based measuring instruments and mapping accessories, which utilize proprietary technology. Its products are sold worldwide and are used in a wide variety of applications, including natural resource management, forestry, GIS mapping, low-order surveying, mining, power utilities, sporting/recreational activities and industrial process control. LTI products are renowned for their compact and lightweight design as well as their reliable performance and long range to non-cooperative targets. The new TruPulse 200 laser is no exception, providing slope, horizontal and vertical distance as well as the degree of inclination-all in one shot. This pocket-sized, low-cost laser also has the ability to measure heights! The accuracy attained with any of LTI's lasers is more than acceptable for their intended uses. LTI has also developed a complete set of complimentary mapping hardware accessories and software solutions to support its core laser-ranging technology.

Leica Geosystems

Leica SmartStation - World's First: TPS with Integrated GPS
Leica Geosystems' SmartStation is the world's first high performance total station with integrated GPS. The SmartStation is truly a unique innovation in the successful Leica System 1200 product family. The revolutionary SmartStation reduces the time required for setup and orientation by up to 80%, increasing the user's productivity and profits.

Leica SmartRover - World's Lightest Cable-Free RTK GPS System
The SmartRover is the latest addition to the Leica System 1200 product family. It incorporates the powerful SmartTrack measurement engine that outperforms every GPS system on the market. Its light weight reduces operator fatigue and boosts productivity. The SmartRover is fully compatible with the SmartStation or can be used as a stand-alone GPS system within a GPS reference network.

A Smart Investment
The Leica SmartStation and SmartRover are fully compatible with System 1200, sharing the same common user interface, common data management, common functions and features. Also, users that already invested in a TPS1200 total station can be assured that their investment is secure: all TPS1200 instruments can be easily upgraded to SmartStation.


Nikon's NPL-302 series pulse laser 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 (or multi-path) from targets outside the focused area. Additionally, the diameter of the laser beam is etched into the eyepiece reticle, providing positive beam size and location to the user and eliminating erroneous target recognition.

The latest NPL-302 series, DTM-302 series and the DTM-502 series total stations from Nikon offer faster EDM measurement, longer range, graphic displays and improved keyboard design. The new keyboard layout enables quick access to common field functions, and both prism and reflectorless modes to be available at the same time.

All instruments feature Nikon's easy-to-use, reliable, onboard data collection and layout routines, and data storage for 10,000 points in up to 32 jobs. Nikon survey products are available through Tripod Data Systems' dealers in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Northwest Instrument Inc.

Northwest Instrument Inc. (NWI) proudly introduces its NTDM103 construction total station. This total station is designed and manufactured to be the most economic and reliable layout instrument for contractors and surveyors. It has a 30x telescope and 10" angle accuracy (DIN18723). Coaxial EDM shoots 3,000 ft to a single prism and 5,000 ft to a triple prism with ± 3+5 ppm distance accuracy. Easy-to-use onboard intelligence includes distance stakeout, remote elevation measurement (REM), missing line measurement (MLM), area calculation and more. A powerful NiMh rechargeable battery provides eight hours of operation. As a leading manufacturer of optical and laser instruments, NWI is committed to providing economic solutions for surveyors, contractors and engineers through visionary product design, superior quality manufacturing and outstanding market support. Captured in its slogan "Bringing Value to a Totally New Level," NWI ensures the best value and performance in the industry.


Pentax R-300NX and EX series employ two unique features: automatic environmental sensing and auto focusing. 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 and power focus; manual focus can be used for special situations.

In addition, absolute encoders are used for faster startup, better vertical angle accuracy and more consistent horizontal reference angle orientation. The narrow visible beam lets users 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 provides serious weather protection.

Pentax R-300NX models are reflectorless (200 m range) and EX models use prisms or reflective targets. Onboard data collection storage of as much as 18,600 points is available on 2- and 3-second models.


Sokkia brings new levels of ease and productivity to the surveying industry with several new rugged and reliable offerings. RED-tech II technology has been added to the reflectorless line of total stations, resulting in a 35% reduction in measurement times and better overall performance in all measuring conditions. Range for the Class 2 reflectorless models has also been increased 25% from 150 m to 200 m. The Series 230RM motorized total stations include RED-tech II technology, and automated direction-turning to speed up the measurement process. The Series 230RM is an "on-demand" robotic system, designed for ease of use and effortless target location in semi-obstructed environments. Bluetooth wireless technology has now been implemented in the Series 30R total stations, joining the Series 130R models and enhancing the wireless communications lineup. Users can easily connect with most major data collectors that include Bluetooth communications functions, and eliminate cable concerns in the field.


South Surveying & Mapping Instrument Co. Ltd. is a leading professional enterprise in the surveying industry in mainland China. Its five affiliated factories specialize in R&D and manufacturing, and sell nine kinds of surveying products: total stations, electronic theodolites, electronic distance meters, automatic levels, laser levels, reflector prisms, surveying accessories, GPS receivers and mapping software. With years of keen dedication behind it, South has been ranked among top manufacturers in this field and become a widely recognizable brand name at China's nationwide level.

Currently, the New York-based representative office, South Surveying Instrument Inc., operates to tap the potential market and deliver better services to American users. Skimming through several POB issues, readers might find South's advertisements for total stations. South has been committed to continually upgrading and releasing its new models, and users appreciate South's ongoing technological advances and the high-quality performance of its products. Don't wait, please join us now!

Spectra Precision

Spectra Precision is a cost-effective suite of surveying products for the conventional survey market. The product line includes GPS, optical total stations and data collection hardware, as well as field and office software. The Spectra Precision FOCUS 10 total station delivers improved speed, convenience and affordability to mechanical total station users. It is a servomotor-driven, reflectorless total station that allows surveyors to increase staking speed and measure objects with or without a prism. The FOCUS 10 comes standard with long-range, reflectorless technology, allowing surveyors to measure remote objects without a prism. The accuracy of the FOCUS 10 assures the integrity of measurements taken to targets. By including sensor technology, the FOCUS 10 allows the operator to be confident that the signal is coming back from the reflector-not other reflective objects. Spectra Precision survey products are available through Tripod Data Systems' dealers in the United States and Puerto Rico.


Topcon recently introduced two new total stations that offer time-saving advantages to survey and construction professionals. The new GPT-7000i combines the features of a reflectorless total station with Topcon's revolutionary Digital Imaging Technology. Measurement areas can be captured in the field and analyzed in the office with digital images as well as three-dimensional coordinates. The GPT-7000i provides a solution for measuring and recording information from inaccessible objects in a nonintrusive manner. In combination with Topcon's new imaging office software, the user can calculate coordinates in inaccessible areas by terrestrial photogrammetry. Numerous applications include crime/accident scene investigations, archaeology, architectural studies and conventional land surveying.

Topcon's new GPT-8203M total station is specially designed to expedite layout of formwork, structural components, anchor bolts-and all other construction elements that require accurate positioning. Easy-to-use, intuitive onboard software and a servo drive work together to automate point stakeout. The GPT-8200M enables field personnel to stake plans on the ground with a simple, fast workflow.


With the introduction of the new cable-free Trimble S6 Total Station, surveyors everywhere are rewriting their definitions for "productivity." As Trimble's most advanced total station ever, Trimble S6-offering servo, autolock and robotic surveying-contains numerous innovations designed to make your job easier and more efficient... and improve the experience of surveying. Trimble S6 uses servos based on the principles of magnetic induction. This unique Trimble technology, called MagDrive, makes Trimble S6 astoundingly fast, silent and accurate. New SurePoint accuracy assurance means surveyors won't worry about losing a day's work through instrument sinkage, vibration or bumping. The Trimble S6 automatically corrects pointing after unwanted movement. Like all Trimble solutions, Trimble S6 puts flexibility in the surveyor's hands. In autolock and robotic modes, Trimble S6 combines conventional prism tracking with active target ID via MultiTrack technology. Target ID allows multiple Trimble S6 robotic instruments on a site to always quickly lock to their correct targets.