Topcon has introduced a compact scanner with robotic features, to be used for vertical construction.
The scanner, known as the GTL-1000, includes a ”complete robotic total station that provides full-featured layout functionality with single operator control”, according to Topcon.
Under the system, operators will be able to initiate a scan with the press of a single button.
The instrument is designed to allow operators to layout points for construction at a faster speed than current comparative site scanning technology allows.
“Operators can conduct a full-dome 360-degree scan in just a few minutes. More traditional systems and methods take considerably longer,” Topcon director of global product planning Ray Kerwin said.
The scanner is used in combination with ClearEdge3D Verity, an advanced software tool that automates construction verification.
Kerwin added: “The seamless integration of the GTL-1000 and Verity creates a complete package that is perfect for construction verification using 3D modelling techniques,”
“The result is a system that offers ultra-powerful full-dome scanning to quickly capture duct work, columns, beams, girders, flaps, penetrations and structural steel. It helps to improve quality assurance, providing clear visual indication of construction quality heat maps to minimise the effects of mistakes before they become expensive problems.”
In the past year, Topcon has collaborated with Balfour Beatty to trial the instrument.
Nick Salmons, principal laser scanning surveyor at Balfour Beatty, added: “The new Topcon robotic scanning solution will increase productivity on site by accelerating the construction process and identifying design challenges more efficiently than traditional methods.”
Salmons also said it will significantly benefit the industry as a whole by “reducing cost and programme duration, for both clients and contractors alike”.
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