Trimble RTS Series

Field Layout Hardware

A robotic total station is a necessity if you want your site work to be as quick, easy, and accurate as possible.

Trimble’s RTS Series total stations remove the need for complicated setups and extensive checks, turning measuring into a one-person job. This speeds up your workflow while still maintaining high accuracy, leaving even the operator free to move if needed.

Making Fieldwork Simpler

Trimble total stations are designed for fieldwork. Their rugged design lets them withstand the stresses of being onsite, from temperamental weather to frequent transportation, while their one-person operation ensures your whole team can stay productive without sacrificing accuracy.

Teamed with Trimble's industry-leading FieldLink layout and scanning Software, a robotic total station will make your site work as efficiently as possible.

Measurement Made Easy

Learn all the ways that a Robotic Total Station can help contractors increase the efficiency and precision of layout and scanning tasks.

Eliminate the Guesswork

Deliver accurate layouts quickly to ensure design intent is executed correctly the first time.

Increased Reliability

Allows the operator freedom to move, so they can quickly identify potential issues and address them.

Single Person Operation

Operable by only one person to save you time and labour costs.

High Accuracy

Continuous movements and measurements increase speed and precision over a mechanical layout tool.

Streamline Workflows

Direct integration with Trimble FieldLink makes it easy to manage the complete construction layout and as-built collection process.

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Swap between active and passive tracking

Set the optical focus for quick manual aiming

Trimble Multitrack

Long-range laser measurement for checking installs

Laser measurement auto-corrects uneven surfaces

Visual Verification

Layout with live images using video-assisted measurement

Autofocusing Green Laser

How Does a Robotic Total Station Work?

A robotic total station is operated remotely, using a controller that tells the telescope how to move. It can move in every direction, up to 360 degrees horizontally and vertically. It can also tilt.

It can also share measurements such as angle and distance data to the pole end. This allows you to measure for surveys and set out points without needing to return to the instrument for guidance.

Why Is a Robotic Total Station Better than a Mechanical Total Station?

There are a number of advantages to using robotic total stations. When paired with a tablet they only need one person to operate them, unlike mechanical total stations which need two. This frees up labour for other tasks, as well as making it quicker to carry out surveying. Furthermore, the operator does not have to stay by the station at all times, giving them more chances to move about and spot any issues in advance.

Using a robotic total station will also speed up your processes. Trimble estimates you can set out around 150 points per day with a mechanical total station. In comparison, you can set out anything from 600 to 1000 points in that same timeframe using a robotic one.

This makes a significant reduction to the cost per point, saving you a lot of time and money.

How Accurate Is a Robotic Total Station?

The exact accuracy of a robotic total station will depend on the model. However, in general, most Trimble robotic total stations have an accuracy of around 1-2 millimetres.

As their telescopes have such a wide range of movement, you can get a much higher level of accuracy with them than you would with a mechanical station.

You can also add Active Ttracking technology to further increase the accuracy and reliability of your robotic total station.

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