Leica’s new AP20 AutoPole designed for accuracy in autonomous workflows

By Catrin JonesMarch 21, 2022

Leica’s new AP20 AutoPole is a total station pole solution for construction and surveying professionals that uses unique tilt compensation and automatic pole height readings to achieve optimal accuracy in autonomous workflows.

Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, says the AP20 AutoPole combines an intelligent sensor module with the new AP Reflector Pole and operates with Leica Geosystems’ existing automated total stations to create a unique solution for autonomous workflows.

the AP20 AutoPole’s target identification is said to ensure that the user’s instrument will always lock to the correct target

The tilt compensation on the Leica AP20 AutoPole decreases measurement time and increases flexibility and safety on site. This is done by using the pole to measure points in locations that are inaccessible or put the user at risk, the company says.

By updating the pole height automatically in the field using the new software, the system ensures the height on record is always accurate. As a result, there are fewer errors as well as time-consuming postprocessing and the need to return to the field to remeasure.

Additionally, the AP20 AutoPole’s target identification is said to ensure that the user’s instrument will always lock to the correct target.

“At Leica Geosystems, we understand that tight time schedules, growing expectations for accurate on-demand data and budget constraints put a lot of pressure on surveyors and construction professionals,” said Hans-Martin Zogg, business director of Total Stations at Leica Geosystems.

“The AP20 AutoPole is a game-changer because it solves several challenges simultaneously. Its tilt compensation and automatic pole height readings are absolutely unique in the industry and will transform how professionals measure with total stations.“

Clifton Webb, director of Warner Surveys added, “As a surveying company, the only way we can stay competitive and profitable is to acquire spatial data simply, quickly and efficiently. The Leica AP20 helps us stay ahead of the curve by increasing our productivity and flexibility. It allows us to measure points that were impractical or unsafe to measure before.”

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