What is a Total Station?

A modern surveying instrument that integrates an electronic theodolite with an electronic distance meter is called a total station. A theodolite uses a movable telescope to measure angles in both the vertical and horizontal planes. For instance, they come in two different types. The first is transit, which rotates in a full circle in the vertical plane. The second is non-transit, rotating in a half-circle. In fact, digital theodolites are great, but total stations are much better. Therefore, not only are they more versatile and accurate, but they can also make you more efficient. So, once you have measured and logged the coordinates of specific points, then you can begin to use the instrument to measure and record their distances from a specific point of reference.


One of the main employments of the total station is distance measuring. It is well utilized for estimation of distance by utilizing a regulated transporter infrared signal. This can ascertain the distance after it is reflected by the object under survey. The second most significant utilization of the total station is the measurements of angle between two points. These precise estimations are finished by utilizing the electrical and optical filtering arrangement of the telescope. Third is a significant use of the total station to decide the area of the necessary field. The fourth is before the initiation of any mining work, a survey work must be finished. The total station is a significant instrument utilized for this reason. At last, almost all types of civil engineering construction and related work can be done using the total station. It sometimes can be used for making maps and plans.

What is a Total Station?


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