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  1. Why choosing used surveying equipment?

    According to recent studies, the second-hand industry had in 2019 $20bn in revenue in the US and £3bn in the UK.

    It is clear that the acquisition of used products is a rising trend, but what advantages does offer buying reconditioned surveying equipment?

    • Cost-effective products. Without a doubt, it is the most remarkable benefit of this type of operations. It allows you to save and obtain the same results than a new surveying instrument.
    • If you have not work with a surveying kit, the surveyor can start with a preowned one to experiment and learn. Once the customer knows how it works, he or she can recognize which are his/her needs and the accuracy required to perform the tasks and opt for a newer if obligated.
    • Latest technology may not be necessary. Depending on the project, choosing reconditioned equipment is the better option in order to achieve the best execution.
    • While reusing
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  2. How to choose the used total station you need

    How to choose the used station you need?

    In our latest blog post we defined what is a total station and the different tasks that can be performed with them. Now we want to explain which factors should be considered when you want to buy a total station.

    What do you need to know before buying a used total station?

    Before making any decision, we recommend you to think about the aspects that may condition the purchase of one instrument or another:

    • Type of project or task: what are you going to use your used topographic instrument for? Are you clear about the precision you need? Do you know what type of software you need?

    After, will you always perform the same tasks or do your projects vary? Could you predict the equipment’s useful life and know when it will be amortized?

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    • What is a total station and how it works?

      A total station is a theodolite with an integrated distance meter that can measure angles and distances simultaneously.

      • What is the difference between theodolite and total station?

      Theodolites measure horizontal and vertical angles only. Sometimes they are called tachymeters because we can calculate distances using geometric - trigonometric calculations by angular measurement through a graduated sight. A theodolite can be mechanical or electronic. A total station can measure angles and distances electronically and process trigonometrically to give us, at a minimum, position coordinates in space.

      Nowadays, all electronic total stations have an electronic optical distance meter (EDM) and an electronic angle meter, so that the bar codes of the horizontal and vertical circle scales can be read, displaying the angles and distances values digitally. The horizontal

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    • Certfied Pre-Owned Equipment 5th Anniversary

      Last September marked the 5th anniversary of the Used Equipment Centre now the Certified Pre-Owned Equipment Centre. The UEC was established in 2.014 in Barcelona with the aim of giving a second life to Leica Geosystems surveying instruments. Initially, we started as a small company of 6 employees and after several years of hard work, we are 12, including sale dealers, operational, technical service, marketing and accounting.

      During these 5 years, we have inspected 9.000 used surveying instruments and sold them in 110 countries approximately. We are environmentally conscious and we are contributing to a greener planet by recycling every scrapped material we produce, specifically 1.500kg.

      Certified Pre-Owned Equipment GS15

      Since 2019, along with our colleagues in Cambridge,

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    • What are laser scanners? How do they work?

      Leica Geosystems scanner lasers allow you to obtain the three-dimensional geometry of objects or locations quickly and safely, getting graphical and analytical data that allow you to document and collect measurements for all types of projects.

      The results are clouds of precise points with the complete geometry of structures and objects. The conversion of these points into 3D or 2D models or the comparison with the original project is done with specific programs:

      • Leica HDS Cyclone for downloading, processing, recording and cleaning the clouds of points obtained. It also has additional modules such as Cyclone Model, which helps you modelling complete industrial plants.
      • Leica CloudWorxs CAD plug-in to process point clouds
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    • Improve your surveying equipment’s performance

      Leica Geosystems surveying tools are designed to work under any weather conditions and still obtaining the bests results. However, you can still make your equipment last longer by doing some routine actions.

      What damages your equipment?

      Even though outdoor projects are riskier than indoors we can keep away hazards that can compromise your instrument in both situations:

      • While you are transporting your equipment use the official carry box provided. External damages such as scratches or hits can be avoided.
      • Anchor: before starting your measuring tasks, check the instrument’s clamp to its tribrach and tripod.
      • After using your equipment for a while components may worn out, if you want to know weather your equipment is performing correctly we suggest you take it for a maintenance check-up yearly to Leica’s technical service or to any authorised official dealer.

      As we mentioned before, surveying equipment tha

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    • Meet our clients: Albert Salvadó

      We are proud to share with you some positive experiences with our clients. Today, we introduce Albert Salvadó, a Leica Geosystems client for more than 10 years. He is an Agricultural Technical Engineer and he is been working in surveying for 36 years both as a sales advisor and surveyor. He is Managing Director of GP7 whose activity is related to engineering and the environment.

      Albert has worked on several remarkable projects such as the 3rd landing track at Barcelona’s airport, high Speed train adequacy at Sants station (Barcelona’s main station), building projects with international companies like ACS, Dragados, ISOLUX or FADESA as well as Santa Isabel’s school in Barcelona and client projects.

       

      How’s been your experience with CPE?

      They are customer focused. I have been alw

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    • How do we recondition your surveying equipment?

      At CPE we have a technical service specialised in repairing, cleaning and update surveying equipment. Discover their daily tasks and find how they work in order to make your acquired instrument look like new.

      CPE’s laboratory has software tools that help them to diagnose and find quicker which components are overused and need to be replaced. In addition, the tool will reveal how many hours has the equipment been working and how is the effect on the engine. If the equipment has been checked by any Leica Geosystems laboratory or official Leica dealer, the CPE is able to know previous reparations.

       

      Components and Inspection

      Once we have all the information, the instrument is open, today we are reconditioning a Leica MS50 Total Station and they analise their status and functionality of remarkable components such as the engine, shafts, cameras (ATR, OAC, y OVC) and distanciómetro.

      A technical test is carried ou

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