Leica Geosystems is introducing a new touch-technology software, Leica Captivate. Creating realistic 3D models, the Leica Captivate experience enables measurement professionals to capture and manage complex data easily and accurately.

The software offers an innovative way to interact with work data in the field or office. With a simple swipe, users can navigate through customizable apps containing information for multiple projects. Advanced lining and coding provide an interactive 3D model where users can zoom, pan and orbit the rendering for optimal viewing and manipulation.

“Leica Geosystems has taken a giant leap forward with Captivate by resembling a smartphone look and feel,” says Shawn Crawford, ESE Consultants assistant regional director of surveying. “With scrolling apps you can customize and prioritize in any order you like. The job carousel allows you to attach photos to job files to make it easier to identify each project, and with a click of the job file, you're quickly transitioned to a menu that allows you to view and edit the data and properties.

Crawford, a professional land surveyor with more than 20 years of experience in the field, recently spent his free time beta testing Leica Captivate on the new Leica CS20 controller. He simulated field work such as traversing, line coding, 2D and 3D stakeouts, resections, GPS localizations, alignments, stake to DTM, as well as software functionality. 

“I believe Captivate will be a game-changer in the market; there is simply nothing like it. The ability to view and survey inside a 3D scan; it's very impressive as well as valuable for surveyors to have this technology,” he says.

With Leica Captivate, the new Leica total stations and MultiStation are optimized with the fifth generation of ATRplus. These precise instruments increase efficiency and make work faster with the ability to ignore all distractions in the field and remain locked onto the sole target. They learn any environment, deliver accurate positions regardless of the conditions, and offer fast relock in case of interrupted line of sight.

The new instruments include Leica Nova MS60 MultiStation, Leica CS20 Controller, Leica Nova TS60 Total Station, Leica CS35 Tablet and Leica Viva TS16 Total Station.

When integrated with the Hexagon Imagery Program through Leica Infinity office software, high-quality base maps are able for viewing in Leica Captivate. The 30-centimeter, four-band georeferenced imagery makes users more visually aware of what a jobsite encompasses, allowing for better decision making in real time. It ultimately leads to increased productivity, fewer errors and decreased return trips to the site. 

Leica Infinity, also optimized in the release of Leica Captivate, now delivers enhanced workflows by supporting the new field software. With a simple user interface, Leica Infinity (v1.3) gives a reliable project overview by combining multiple scans to create information-rich surfaces. It offers a wide range of options for project data processing for multiple CAD and BIM software packages, making decision making easier and more cost efficient.

Leica Captivate, Leica Nova MS60 MultiStation, Leica Nova TS60 Total Station, Leica Viva TS16 Total Station, Leica CS20 controller, Leica CS35 tablet and Leica Infinity (v1.3) are all available for purchase.

With close to 200 years of experience pioneering solutions to measure the world, Leica Geosystems products and services help customers worldwide capture, analyze and present spatial information. Leica Geosystems is best known for its broad array of products that capture accurately, model quickly, analyze easily, and visualize and present spatial information.