Using robotic total stations in conjunction with building information modeling (BIM) is a proven way to boost the accuracy and speed of construction layout. Contractors have realized significant project savings by implementing this approach. But maximizing the benefits requires a solution that integrates seamlessly with the modeling process. You need complete confidence that the model created in the office is being built accurately in the field, as well as the ability to identify and avoid possible problems before they arise.
That’s why contractors are increasingly turning to the Leica iCON Construction Layout Solution. Based on the Leica iCON robotic total station and controlled by a single operator using field software on a tablet PC, this system provides reliable accuracy, increased productivity and natural workflow integration. But besides those basic benefits, there are three key reasons iCON stands out as a digital layout and BIM solution:
1. Ease of use
Contractors that have used other robotic total stations repeatedly emphasize they are impressed with the simplicity of the iCON solution. Easy to learn and apply in the field, the technology provides a fast return on investment. Transferring the data between the field and office is simple and streamlined with no need for multiple imports, exports and data conversions, which provides a substantial time savings.
2. Powerful capabilities
While the iCON solution provides noteworthy productivity gains on any layout project, it excels on complex projects with angles and curves. Laying out surfaces and slope lines is fast and easy thanks to built-in routines and automated workflows.
3. Smart integrations
Leica Geosystems’ key innovation with the iCON solution is its approach to integrations. For example, the use of the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) format, which is the industry-standard format for 3D building information modeling, enables iCON data to be used for 3D BIM in the field without the need to waste considerable time, manpower, or expensive hardware converting to another format. Contractors don’t have to manually create and input layout information—they can simply work with the model data directly in the office or field.
The iCON solution is a suite of interoperable hardware and software systems designed to work together and simplify construction layout. The iCON software is adaptable to other systems such as the Leica builder series total stations, allowing contractors with existing infrastructure access to the same easy BIM integration. Along with the Leica iCON total stations, the iCON build software can also be combined with the Leica iCON GNSS and iCON field controller, opening up new integration options.
The Best of BIM
BIM offers clear benefits for large projects. Compared to traditional methods, robotic total stations are a natural extension of BIM. They also remove the potential for human error from manual surveying techniques and can cut layout time in half. The seamless integration of iCON allows you to take full advantage of the time and accuracy advantages BIM provides, enabling you to maximize your return on investment. It’s no wonder so many contractors choose the iCON solution.