Four Advantages of Total Stations

Total stations have revolutionized electronic distance and angle measurement. Though there are many types of total station systems out there, modern robotics systems like the Sokkia Robotic Total Station are more advanced and have made a more significant impact on the industry. 

On the whole, total stations aren’t perfect. Most total stations are far more expensive than traditional surveyor equipment. Also, they typically require an entire team to operate smoothly. 

However, total stations have many advantages as well. Arguably, the benefits outweigh the cons. 

Here are four reasons you should invest in total stations:

They Have Multi-Functional Capabilities

First of all, total stations, regardless of the type or model, can measure both angles and distance. In terms of angle measurement, total stations use glass cylinders or discs to scan optical angles. 

Some total stations have a single-axis compensator, whereas others employ dual-axis compensators. The latter is better as it allows angle measurement to be more accurate. Overall, angles can be measured with up to 0.5 arc-second accuracy. 

Similarly, these devices can measure all distances: sloped, vertical, and horizontal. A total station will either use a reflector or non-reflector system to transmit and receive EDM rays. 

They Process Data More Efficiently

Another notable advantage of total stations is the efficiency. Overall, total stations collect and process data more quickly than traditional surveyor equipment. 

Most calculations are made automatically, allowing you to have raw data at your fingertips instantaneously. The systems are also easy to set up. You can even carry some models on your back for added convenience. 

As such, you can conduct your fieldwork in less time, which saves costs and resources. However, they also help with data analysis. Unlike with traditional systems, you don’t have to worry about human errors in the data reading. 

Therefore, you can conduct your surveys with more ease. 

They Have a Short Learning Curve

Thirdly, using a total station is very straightforward. You can easily train a team to use the software and set up the station.

The steps are very minimal, requiring only certain calculations on your part. For instance, you’ll need to assess which coordinate points will accurately measure your desired distance. 

Other than that, the device does most of the work for you. 

They Have Multiple Applications

Lastly, total station measurement systems have a wide range of applications. From archeology to geology, they can be used in any field.

However, most of their applications lie in the construction and mining industry. This is mainly due to the need for accurate land data in these fields. 

In the mining industry, total stations help measure tunnel depth, roof height, and much more. 


To conclude, if you need a distance measurement tool, total stations are very cost-effective investments. Moreover, they can reduce efforts on your part by compiling and processing data for you.  They’re highly intelligent measurement devices, which aid your business in the long run. If you’re looking to buy one, call now at Rise Geo for further support or information.


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