Three ways you’ll see ROI with a Robotic Total Station

Blog Post
Robotic Total Station
Please share this

Does the idea of shifting technologies in your construction layout equipment have you feeling stressed? Do you wonder if this kind of investment is going to have a solid ROI for your business?

Or maybe you’re simply thinking, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Change can feel hard and you wonder if it’s worth it to make the switch.

You’re probably a lot like many other construction professionals who are concerned about shifting to technologies like a Robotic Total Station (RTS). However, making the move to new tech can drive return on investment quickly – even for the smallest firms.

What if a Trimble layout tool is just the answer you’ve been looking for to help you see some serious ROI?

Here are three reasons to consider upgrading to a robotic total station right now:

It’s easier

The robotic total station keeps the work of layouts simple. Rather than having two or more of your crew involved in manually measuring the site, the RTS allows the work to be done by one operator, using one machine, with one 3D model that travels from initial planning through to completion of the project.

Working with physical 2D drawings is not the easiest way to coordinate a layout at any stage of your project, and it can be especially frustrating if you’re working on a larger project. This leaves a lot of room for human error with every single point you lay out. And there’s the added risk of losing documents, or, heaven forbid, spilling your coffee on them. Even if you are working with digital versions of the drawings, there’s a constant need to translate the screen to the 3D world around you.

Taking the guesswork out of your manual layouts by using a robotic total station is going to make your project, and your life, easier and, of course, give you a better ROI.

It’s faster

With construction layout equipment that uses modern technology, one operator can lay out 300% more points in the same amount of time as having at least two operators using a traditional manual layout, since the tool can be controlled remotely via a connected controller or tablet. This is a huge time savings which will have a direct impact on your ROI.

Errors in measurement are basically inevitable when you’re using manual processes and equipment. When your layouts are done right the first time, your project will be completed faster since you don’t have to correct mistakes made through human error. And since the design used to plot the layout is the same that will be used to prefabricate materials, everything will fit into place the first time. Nothing will need to be moved and you can avoid delays for all of the teams involved.

You’ll be saving time on both the front and back ends of your projects. Sounds like a win for both you and your client.

It’s less expensive

If you want to cut your labour cost in half, want more accomplished in less time, and want to eliminate duplicated measurements and rework due to manual errors, a RTS is the way to go. You’ll even see an 87.5 percent decrease in cost per point. Even when compared to the more common traditional total station, using an RTS gives you twice the points laid out per day at one quarter of the cost. Your ROI will thank you.

There’s no need to have a full-time layout crew when you’re using an RTS for your on-site layouts. You won’t need to have operators dedicated to layout activities, since any member of your team can complete layout tasks quickly and easily with minimal training.

And it won’t take long to achieve payback. The Trimble layout tool speeds up your work on site and ensures the work is documented for accuracy and quality. It’s possible to have payback realized during a single project when you avoid clash-related remedial works.

Easier + faster + less expensive = the right way to improve your ROI. We all want to see a solid return on our investments and investing in a Trimble layout tool – the best robotic total station for construction layout – is going to help you find the kind of ROI you’re looking for.

Speak to one of the experts at BuildingPoint Canada to learn what a RTS can do for you.

Latest Posts