A scanning robotic total station combines two functions
In the 1950s, Ace Books began publishing Ace Doubles, which were two separate novels combined in a single volume. For example, a reader could read "Secret Agent of Terra" which ends at about the middle of the book. The reader could then close the book; do a head-to-toe flip of the volume; and there would be the cover of the second book, "The Rim of Space."
The reader is happy because they get a twofer--two separate novels for the price of one (which was 40¢ back then). The two-novels-in-one book concept clearly provided great value to the avid reader.
That same kind of twofer value proposition can also be seen in a new product for the vertical construction market. Available from Topcon Positioning Systems, Livermore, Calif., the GTL-1000 is a compact scanner integrated with a fully-featured robotic total station, offering a site manager a dual-function instrument designed to complete a layout and scan on a single set-up. The data can be processed, mapped, and provide construction verification.
"The key benefit that got me most excited by combining layout and laser scanning into one device is keeping that device in the right person’s hands," stated Taylor Cupp, technologist with M. A. Mortenson Company, Minneapolis, Minn. "On our projects, that is the layout professional – now we can empower them to not only do layout, but also capture what is built for quality control. It’s very beneficial because the person that knows how they’ve set up the job in terms of control points and those kinds of things can be the one to do that capture and get it as accurate as possible with one device."