Whether you are measuring land for construction or establishing property boundaries, collecting and calculating accurate field data is an important part of a surveyor’s job. In general, professionally qualified and licensed surveyors carry out this process. However, with the availability of handheld field computers like the Spectra Ranger 3XR with Survey Pro Max, determining property boundary lines with accurate measurements is easy even for non-professionals. This device is used in conjunction with total stations and is equipped with a Windows operating system, ergonomic keypad, military-grade durability, GPS receiver and a camera to maximize your productivity in the field.
What is a Data Collector?
A data collector is an electronic device that records precise measurements of coordinates, angles, distances, elevations and more. It is battery powered, portable, and equipped with a microprocessor, internal memory for data storage and wireless features for connectivity and data transfer. This advanced handheld field computer increases efficiency and productivity in topographic surveying, mapping and construction projects. With built-in keypad, LCD display, and field software, it can be used as a stand-alone device or in conjunction with total stations and personal computers for viewing, analyzing, and manipulating collected land data.
Easy Operation and Connectivity
The Spectra Ranger 3RC has a large touch-screen color display that can be viewed easily in sunlight and is illuminated for ease-of-use even in low lighting. It features a full alphanumeric keypad, which means you can input numbers, letters, or symbols as easily and quickly. This surveying field data collector has a built-in GPS receiver for accurate positional information, a 2.4 GHz radio module for using the device easily with existing Spectra robotic total stations, and a customized 5-megapixel camera with LED flash that includes time and location data from the GPS receiver through Microsoft pictures & videos software. You can also upload and download data using its integrated Wi-Fi or WWAN (Wireless Wide-Area Network) connection, which uses cellphone networks to access the Internet or send text messages. The Bluetooth capability allows cable-free connection with other field instruments and PC.
This powerful surveying instrument comes standard with a high-speed 800 MHz processor and 256 MB RAM for running fast and reliable software applications and 8 GB of onboard memory for storing data. It has an accelerometer that automatically rotates the graphics on the screen based on the device’s angle and an integrated compass that determines accurate direction even while you are standing still. It also provides a high-capacity SD card slot, USB and 9-pin serial communication options for transferring data easily to a PC.
Equipped with the worldwide industry standard for PDAs, Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional operating system runs specialized mobile version of all your favorite programs including Internet Explorer, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Media Player. With this portable data collector, you can view PDF files easily with Adobe Reader and communicate with the device’s built-in GPS receiver via SatViewer.
User-friendly Field Software
Land surveying has never been so efficient with Spectra Survey Pro Max. It is the ultimate field on-board data collection software package for surveyors. It gives you a complete set of tools for data collection, calculations, mapping, data storage, data management and data transfer to your laptop or PC. It has all the software features and functions and completely supports GNSS receivers and total stations that were compatible with previous versions of the software, such as Survey Pro Robotics and Survey Pro GNSS. Based on over 20 years of experience in survey software development, Survey Pro Max incorporates improvements based on actual field experiences to suit all your project needs. It also provides easy-to-navigate intuitive operation, multiple language support and a customizable home screen that greatly minimizes the learning curve. You don’t need to be a professional to be able to take advantage of this software’s powerful features.
Outdoor Rugged Design
With the Spectra Precision Ranger 3XR field controller, weather is not an issue in getting the survey job done. It works even in the harshest worksite conditions, such as in blazing heat, subzero cold, driving rain or dusty job sites. Its rugged construction complies with military standard for drops, vibration, humidity and extreme temperatures. In fact, it can survive 26 drops from 4 feet high onto plywood-over-concrete floors! With an IP-67 rating, it can withstand sand or dust for at least 8 hours of operation and immersion in up to 3.3 feet of water for 30 minutes. With its high-durability, rest assured your hard-earned survey data is safe and secure.
Designed to be long lasting, the Spectra Ranger 3XR features a 2600 mAh Li-Ion rechargeable battery that provides up to 30 hours of power on a single charge. The ultra-long-life battery in this handheld surveying tool can also be removed and replaced at the worksite, enabling all-day use by hardworking professionals and non-professionals alike.