Engineering and surveying company SANDIS has upgraded its capabilities with the purchase of 15 Leica Geosystems CS20 Controllers powered by Leica Captivate software.

Headquartered in Campbell, Calif., SANDIS provides civil and traffic engineering, stormwater management, land surveying, construction staking, 3D scanning and utility locating. With offices throughout California and one in South Carolina, the company supports design and construction throughout these regions. “SANDIS has a reputation for handling large, technical and complex projects accurately, on time and on budget,” says Craig Martin, Leica Geosystems' U.S. survey segment manager. “The company's forward-thinking approach to streamlining workflows and providing its crews with innovative, high-quality surveying solutions positions the firm to provide the best possible service to its diverse client base.”

The Leica CS20 Controller, coupled with a Leica Geosystems total station, enables accurate electronic distance measuring and displays the 3D data captured on its screen. The controllers include an integrated BT module designed for long-range robotic total station communication, a 5-megapixel internal camera and an integrated DISTO for accurate distance measuring. The Leica Captivate software works with a variety of measurement instruments including MultiStations and total stations to streamline and simplify linework and coding, seamlessly merge design, survey and scan data, and create realistic 3D renderings in the field.

SANDIS’ President Ken Olcott transitioned the entire company to the seamless solution, because it supports the firm’s goals of hiring top surveyors and empowering them with first-class tools. Having used Leica Geosystems total stations exclusively for more than 25 years and, more recently, the Leica Viva GS15 GNSS solution and Leica ScanStation C10 and P40 3D laser scanners, Olcott says he trusts Leica Geosystems to deliver quality and accuracy. “Leica Geosystems total stations, GNSS and laser scanners are the best equipment for high precision and productivity in field operations,” he says.

The Leica CS20 has a large screen with a 3D view and user-friendly touch-screen interface, providing SANDIS’ field crews with easier control for linework generation and staking calculations. Also, because the Leica CS20 connects easily with other platforms, it provides the surveyors with the flexibility to switch quickly from GNSS to a total station. Additionally, the fully integrated system increases the speed and quality of data transfer to and from the office.

With these advantages and SANDIS’ goal to provide fast, quality service to its large and sophisticated client base, it was an easy decision to replace the existing hardware and software, Olcott says. “With the CS20s, we saw increased productivity and quality of both our field and office operations,” he explains. “Our crews work on hundreds of large, technical and complex projects. Whether we are laying out piles for a new NFL stadium or setting embeds for a Silicon Valley high-tech campus, we need to be precise and timely. We are only as good as our last survey. The Leica Geosystems total stations, CS20s and Captivate allow us to maintain a great track record.”


SANDIS is a professional services corporation specializing in civil engineering, traffic engineering, stormwater management, land surveying, utility locating and planning. Established in 1965, SANDIS is a California corporation comprised of more than145 employees. SANDIS serves private and public clients in the high tech, research and development, laboratory, corporate, commercial, residential, healthcare, academic, hospitality, civic, justice and public works sectors.             

About Leica Geosystems

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.