Sokkia ix1005 vs GeoMax Zoom90 , what's your meaning?
I want to replace my Trimble M3 5" by a robotic total station with a tablet-PC.
I've seen lot of hardware, but I'm actually hesitating between these two solutions:
- Sokkia ix1005+ RC-PR5A+ Carlson SurvPC on a W10 tablet (Carlson RC3 or Logic Instrument Fieldbook K80CT)
- GeoMax Zoom90 +X-Pad Ultimate on an Android tablet (GeoMax Zenius 800)
In France, both of these two solutions are not very widely used.
Did you experiment them? Have you any good advice?
Note: I ever asked this question on reddit without answer
Sorry for the edits but I had mismatch with URL links...
Currently, I work with my Trimble M3 (with Digital Fieldbook) on the field (for archaeological excavations) and with ArcGIS at office. AutoCAD combined with a french survey software is used for background maps & control points prerairing and topographic computing. Currently all the drawing is done with ArcGIS (with some scripts), but for the new station, I want it done on the field (at 90%, last 10% on ArcGIS).
The GeoMax one seems me a good hardware but with old firmware and has no active prism... and X-Pad (on a Android tablet) seems beautiful and easy to use but a little bit young and maybe unstable?
As the opposite corner of the ring, the Sokkia seems very efficient with the RC-PR5A, but noisy and not so easy for manual use and Carlson SurvPC seems to be powerful, but less intuitive, with a very rough GUI... and even maybe painful to adopt fior a guy used to the easy access Digital Fieldbook (very similar to Trimble survey controller/ survey office)
What do you think about it?
Do you experiment them? Total station or software?
Why not, GeoMax Zoom 90 Robotic w/ Carlson SurvPC. I personally would not want an active prism.
Curious why you wouldn't want an active prism
Same as andy-j, I am surprised by your choice. Why wouldn't you? Because of weight of the pole?
In my case, I will work sometimes above 3 meters ground heap and I want the RTS to be able to track and find the (active or passive) prism.
Thanks to both of you for these little answers.
I own a Geomax Z90 and the crew that uses it loves it. If you left a Topcon robot at our office that is where it would stay... at the office. We are done with Topcon gear.