Total stations are easily becoming the surveying powerhouse for fast and accurate distance, vertical angle, and horizontal angle measurements. Total Stations are more versatile and accurate, but they can also make you more efficient. You can measure and log the coordinates of specific points, and you can use the instrument to measure and record their distances from a specific point of reference.
Just about all of the data collected in the field depends on a quality machine. That is why SiteSurv carries total stations for sale from all the major manufacturers including, Geomax, Stonex, Northwest, and Sokkia. Our diverse selection of total stations includes manual and robotic total stations, reflectorless and non-reflectorless total stations, and total station accessories including top-quality prisms, prism poles, tribrachs, and even data storage options.
We are also a factory authorized Sokkia dealer, so if you need repairs or firmware updates, you can schedule an appointment with one of our technicians to get your equipment fixed or up to date with the latest software.
What is a Total Station?
A total station is an instrument used to take measurements that calculate elevation of a target point from a benchmark point. By doing this they calculate the vertical and horizontal angles of a specific point. These instruments offer high accuracy, a display friendly optical system, and the capability to take electronic readings that many other leveling devices can’t offer. These features greatly decrease the times that you would need to take a repeat reading for a point by helping you be sure that you got it right the first time.
How Variations of Total Stations Differ?
When it comes to total stations, there are several types of variations. There are prism, robotic, and reflectorless total stations. While many of the core features stay the same for these different types of total stations, the main differences are the equipment you need to accompany it or the size of the crew you need.
One of the most common types of Total Stations you will encounter is the prism total stations, this type of total station relies on a prism to calculate the distance and angle. If you don't want to incorporate the use of a prism, then a reflectorless total station would be a great choice for you. They are a great choice if you are surveying in difficult terrain that is hard to traverse.
Robotic total stations are the most expensive option, the primary difference that separate it from the rest is that it only takes one person to operate it and it can be used with a prism or reflectorless.