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Overview of the Total Station


You don’t need to be a surveyor or an engineer to tap the power of a total station. Carpenters, landscapers, stage builders, architects, utility crews, steel and facade construction workers, and many other professionals enjoy the speed and accuracy that total stations bring to the job site.

Total stations greatly speed up routine checks and calculations. Keep costs down and productivity up by monitoring how many cubic feet of dirt you move in one day, whether you’re cutting to formation, monitoring stockpiles, cutting and filling, or calculating mass haul. Calculate square meters to figure out quantities of roof tile, asphalt, and window openings. Check verticals on your formwork, make sure walls are parallel, and confirm true 90-degree angles. Make sure you have clearance between your crane and the roof. On as-builts, you can collect and store points, collect existing ground features for survey topography, confirm and verify point positions, and check your walls for vertical plumb.
For line layouts, transferring line and offset values, setting out points, and checking positions are quick and easy to do. This comes in handy for columns, formwork, greenhouses, racking, fencing lines, structures, and terraces. When setting up with control line or coordinates, the total station’s reference line is formed from the existing axis.
For even greater freedom, consider a robotic total station. You don’t need an assistant – just switch to one-person mode. Robotic total stations let you choose either sketched or imported points directly from a map for quick, easy set-outs. You can exchange data via Bluetooth or a USB stick, as well as keep all your profile board data handy for setting out and transferring alignments to and from boards. They speed interior work by allowing you to lay out points remotely – drill patterns on walls, or air-conditioner point placement on ceilings. Outside, a robotic total station can speed up grading and paving by controlling your machinery, thanks to centralized dual-axis and level compensation functions.
In short, total stations allow you to plot structure alignment quickly, accurately, and intuitively, taking reference lines, alignment, and even curves into account. Find out more about how these powerful, lightweight devices can meet your specific needs by calling our in-house experts.