Total stations (also referred to as total station theodolites) are essential land surveying and construction tools. Combining precise angle measurement with electronic distance measurement capabilities, it performs a wide variety of data collection and calculation tasks.
Specifically, total stations are used for measuring vertical and horizontal angles and slope distance, while their integrated computer performs the relevant triangulation calculations with high accuracy.
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Unlike robotic total stations, mechanical total stations are operated manually. Although the data collected is automatically stored and processed by the onboard computer, it is the operator themselves who will measure distances and angles on site.
They are assisted in this by several key features that most total stations possess. The purpose of any electronic theodolite is to get accurate measurements, even at range.
Precision components allow the handler to assess both the horizontal distance and the vertical angle with pinpoint accuracy. Additionally, the total stations ensure fast and effective recording of all measurements, increasing productivity and reducing the time spent on location.
Mechanical total stations are mostly in use across the land surveying and construction industries, both of which benefit from the high accuracy and fast data processing provided by this equipment. Total stations are also used to measure distances in civil engineering projects, processing measurements accurately on-site.
These smart tools are not only effective for surveying and construction industries, but also for the police, archaeologists, meteorologists and insurance companies. Used to reconstruct accident and crime scenes, map out excavations and even track weather balloons, this multi-use tool spans a wide range of technical uses.
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