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Sensors 2017, 17(4), 730; doi:10.3390/s17040730

Investigation of a Combined Surveying and Scanning Device: The Trimble SX10 Scanning Total Station

ICube Laboratory, Photogrammetry and Geomatics Group, National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA), 24 Boulevard de la Victoire, 67084 Strasbourg CEDEX, France
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Received: 23 January 2017 / Revised: 23 March 2017 / Accepted: 28 March 2017 / Published: 31 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Remote Sensors)
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Abstract

Surveying fields from geosciences to infrastructure monitoring make use of a wide range of instruments for accurate 3D geometry acquisition. In many cases, the Terrestrial Laser Scanner (TLS) tends to become an optimal alternative to total station measurements thanks to the high point acquisition rate it offers, but also to ever deeper data processing software functionalities. Nevertheless, traditional surveying techniques are valuable in some kinds of projects. Nowadays, a few modern total stations combine their conventional capabilities with those of a laser scanner in a unique device. The recent Trimble SX10 scanning total station is a survey instrument merging high-speed 3D scanning and the capabilities of an image-assisted total station. In this paper this new instrument is introduced and first compared to state-of-the-art image-assisted total stations. The paper also addresses the topic of various laser scanning projects and the delivered point clouds are compared with those of other TLS. Directly and indirectly georeferenced projects have been carried out and are investigated in this paper, and a polygonal traverse is performed through a building. Comparisons with the results delivered by well-established survey instruments show the reliability of the Trimble SX10 for geodetic work as well as for scanning projects. View Full-Text
Keywords: Terrestrial Laser Scanning; robotic image-assisted total station; trimble SX10 scanning total station; surveying and scanning projects; geometric investigations; comparisons Terrestrial Laser Scanning; robotic image-assisted total station; trimble SX10 scanning total station; surveying and scanning projects; geometric investigations; comparisons
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Lachat, E.; Landes, T.; Grussenmeyer, P. Investigation of a Combined Surveying and Scanning Device: The Trimble SX10 Scanning Total Station. Sensors 2017, 17, 730.

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