Testing of robotic total stations for dynamic tracking

Chua, Chun Siong (2004) Testing of robotic total stations for dynamic tracking. [USQ Project]


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Robotic Total Stations (RTSs) were first invented by Geodimeter in the year 1990. In
the recent years, 3D machine guidance systems have increased the productivity of
construction works. Most machine guidance systems use RTSs with automatic targeting
and tracking for position determination. The major applications for machine guidance
systems can be found in construction industry and mining for the guidance of dozers,
motor graders, excavators, scrapers as well as in agricultural applications for the
guidance of tractors and harvesters.
Motorization and automation of the RTSs began a new, faster and more effective way
for surveying measurement. Development of the RTSs with automatic searching and
tracking opened new possibilities for their utilization in all areas of surveying,
especially in the area of the engineering surveying. RTSs with automatic searching and
tracking, offer the possibility to track and order cinematic processes such as movement
and deformations of the building structures.
Since little information is known about the dynamic accuracy of RTSs in their real-time
operation, the aim of this project is to determine the dynamic accuracy and reliability of
It is vital to test various types of instruments in order to compare the results to the
various manufacturers' specification. However, further research and testing will be
carried out in the near future in order to obtain the relevant accuracies and reliabilities
of the various types of RTSs.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Additional project data files are available on CD-ROM held in the USQ library.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:13
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: robotic total station (RTS), Trimble 5603 RTS, 3D machine guidance systems, dyanamic tracking
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090906 Surveying (incl. Hydrographic Surveying)
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090602 Control Systems, Robotics and Automation
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4013 Geomatic engineering > 401306 Surveying (incl. hydrographic surveying)
40 ENGINEERING > 4007 Control engineering, mechatronics and robotics > 400799 Control engineering, mechatronics and robotics not elsewhere classified
URI: https://sear.unisq.edu.au/id/eprint/66

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