Total Stations: the Surveyor's Workhorse

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    Abstract

    A total station is an angle measuring device, also known as a theodolite, integrated with an electronic distance measurement (EDM) unit. The integration provides the ability to measure horizontal and vertical angles as well as slope distances using the same device at the same time, which benefits the surveyor in terms of portability, convenience and speed. Today, total stations have a wide variety of capabilities and are extensively exploited in cadastral surveying, civil engineering and on construction sites. The author provides a synopsis of features, status and trends.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)20-25
    JournalGIM International: the worldwide magazine for geomatics
    Volume30
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016

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