Topcon Positioning Group announced the release of its Hybrid Robotic System, featuring the new DS series robotic total station and the recently announced MAGNET v2.0 software suite, a Topcon enterprise solution for the geomatics industry. Other Topcon components include the economical HiPer SR GNSS receiver and Tesla large-screen tablet controller.
The new system combines GNSS positioning and robotic measurements with an automated data workflow to provide added versatility and efficiency for any measurement or layout job, regardless of job site conditions.
“Topcon’s Hybrid Positioning technology is an innovative and highly productive system that creates an integrated GNSS-robotic rover,” said Scott Langbein, director of product marketing for Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS).
“The DS robotic total station provides precise measurements anywhere the prism can be seen. When the rover is out of line of sight, GNSS positioning takes over by simply pressing MAGNET’s Hybrid Switch button on the controller,” Langbein said.
With MAGNET providing the link, the field and office can be connected to exchange files, receive and send messages from crews, and compile and send measurement data to the office.
Hybrid Positioning technology is compatible with other robotic instruments, including the Topcon PS, IS, QS, and Sokkia SX, as well as other GNSS receivers including the Topcon HiPer V, GR-5 (Vanguard), GRS-1 and the Sokkia GRX.
Topcon Positioning Group also announced the IS-310 imaging layout station—an advanced imaging and measurement system designed to increase Building Information Modeling (BIM) productivity in the construction layout and as-built phases of any building project.
The IS-310 features a built-in dual camera system designed to provide a permanent and accurate photo record of each project. The two-camera system provides telephoto and wide-angle images to record the surrounding features.
In addition, the IS-310 has a 360-degree Photo Fieldbook program that records each point, providing the operator an easy-to-recall “as-built” panoramic image of the entire scene at any time in the future. “This feature eliminates any confusion about what was occurring on the job site at any time on any specific phase of the project,” Langbein said.
New features have been added to Topcon’s HiPer SR, which in 2012 changed the standard for GNSS RTK receivers by introducing the most compact, lightweight design of any fully integrated precision receiver on the market.
Updates include a cellular modem option and a dual SIM cellular card to enable interruption-free use of the site receiver.
The new HiPer SR has two communications options: Topcon’s LongLink technology for interference-free wireless connection for shorter range use (up to 300m/984ft) and cellular modem for longer range work, including use as base and rover in RTK solutions.
“For use in cellular mode, the addition of dual SIM cards provides a seamless switch between networks. This provides the perfect setup, for projects such as 3D mapping,” Langbein said.
Additional new solutions from Topcon, including the MAGNET Relay RTK service, allows the HiPer SR to be used as a mobile RTK base “relaying” corrections from the base to up to 10 rovers, through the MAGNET Enterprise “cloud.”