Manual total stations (also known as total station theodolites) are all-in-one tools used in both the surveying and construction industries. This essential piece of surveying equipment comprises an integrated electronic distance meter and electronic transit theodolite. Together, this provides a powerful suite of functions allowing customers to measure horizontal and vertical angles with great accuracy, as well as the slope distance to any given point. Measuring tools and easy to use software incorporated into the total stations collect the relevant measurements and use that data output to perform triangulation calculations.
Total stations comes in two main varieties – manual (or mechanical) and robotic (or motorised). Manual total stations are operated by hand, usually by two members of an engineering crew. With robotic total stations, a single person can operate the device by remote control from the observed known point, using wirelessly connected field controllers. This forgoes the need for another team member. Robotic total stations can also be programmed using various familiar apps to perform several tasks automatically. These models are known as Automated Motorized Total Stations (or AMTS).
The key features of a total station are its ability to deliver accurate angle measurements and distance measuring. The use of electro optical scanning and a powerful reflectorless EDM in most total stations allows surveyors to make such measurements with pinpoint accuracy. This can even be achieved over large distances, as long as you use the right systems to calculate the angles accurately between the two points.
At SEP Geospatial, we stock total stations from some of the most-respected brands in the distance technology and surveying equipment industries. These include a complete range of Nikon, Spectra, Tri-Max, and Trimble models. This proven technology has been chosen by our team of experts for its efficiency and performance.
We also stock a complete range of total station accessories and data collectors, to create more productive total stations for your site. If you have any queries on which of these offers you the best advantage, contact our team today.
SEP is a Spectra Authorised Service partner and authorised dealer of major total station brands. Benefit from our specialist knowledge of these products and access to the very best calibration tools and services. Get the technical advice you need on your total station requirements before making your purchase, so you can find the right equipment for the job.
We have over 30 years of experience in the supply of geospatial and on-site industries. Our time in the industry has allowed us to develop close links with major brands such as FARO, Trimble and Nikon. Thanks to the relationship we’ve forged with the best brands in the business, we’re able to offer the most competitive prices to our customers.
SEP houses some of the best technical support staff in the industry. We’re able to supply you with expert in-house diagnostics, survey equipment hire, repair, and calibration for all instruments we sell. We’ll ensure that your total station remains at the top of its game, and help you get the most out of your investment.