Australian award for Leica
THE LEICA GS18 T GNSS RTK
rover won an Australian Engineering Excellence Award during the Australian Engineering Conference in Sydney.
Under the category of Products and Manufacturing, the GS18 T took top honours for innovative fusion of GNSS and inertial micros unit (IMU) sensors. The event is hosted annually by the professional association Engineers Australia (EA), the largest and most diverse organisation serving around 100,000 engineers in the country.
The EA’s Australian Engineering Excellence Awards judging panel said it selected the GS18 T because Leica Geosystems had developed unique and innovative software, prototypes and electronic designs for a speedy and accurate field data acquisition system – leading to significant economic benefits worldwide for the design and construction industry.
Developed from global R&D for worldwide value
Immune to magnetic disturbances and calibration-free, the GS18 T is the first true tilt compensation solution, states Leica. Developed by a ‘renowned’ global R&D team, the GNSS RTK rover has been implemented around the world to realise 20 percent time savings in the field over conventional surveying practices. Inspired by the aerospace industry, the team performed sophisticated sensor fusion to ensure users no longer needed to hold the pole vertical to level the bubble.
In Australia, the GS18 T has proved valuable for large topographic surveys where mass amounts of points and data are needed. According to Dylan Gathercole of Veris, a market-leading Australian survey firm, the speed of the GS18T has enabled the firm to better support its customers.
“The ability to turn the tilt function on and get rid of the time it takes to level up the pole means we can be getting more points and get it done quicker,” said Gathercole. “We can then pass those savings on to our client. We’re also able to measure points directly that we were never able to before with traditional methods.”