- input format
- An input format is the way data downloaded from the total station
are encoded. This might include a default order for X, Y and Z
coordinates, particular ways of prefixing each point with some
distinctive text string and other features. Each input format is
unique, and it requires a dedicated module. Input formats are not
readable by common CAD or GIS software packages, and it is TOPS’s work
to export them. These formats have a standard name, either given by the
manufacturer or by the TOPS development team.
- When we refer to a model we mean all total stations that
have the same brand name and manufacturer (e.g. all those
labeled “Trimble Geodimeter 600”).
- output format
- A format readable by GIS, CAD or any sort of common software,
like CSV or DXF.
- serial-USB adapter
- While most total stations have a serial interface (port and cable),
modern PCs and laptops tend to have just USB ports. In such cases, it
is possible to use a serial-USB adapter cable, that enables you to
connect the total station to one of your USB ports. Depending on your
platform, the device might be identified as