Advice needed on affordable scanner.
We are using drones on a regular basis, in "perfect conditions" I can repeatably post process to a tenth xyz . However here in southern California the airspace is like Swiss cheese, lots of military and commercial airports. This is the biggest motivation to get into scanning.
I have looked at alot of options, including the hybrid total stations from Trimble and Lieca ( I use Lieca and Carslon). The SX10 is expensive and I personally believe it suits someone that isn't doing alot of conventional survey production work. I used the sx10 for about a month when I helped out on a project with another surveyor, not so good at fast paced topo work.
Due to costs and ease of use I want to buy a stand alone scanner. I am open to pre-owned and tend to buy technology that is already a few years old for support purposes. When I get rich that may change. I understand the science of TOF and Phase scanning. I dont think the BLK from Lieca or another small scanner will be suitable, would like to get best accuracy at 75-100 meters. Traversing and registration features are important.
To be helpful in giving advice, I would use the scanner for topo of urban hardscapes, as built, and semi-interior work for commercial buildings such as lobbies and overhangs. My workflow goal is to establish GPS network control and limit total station work for check shots and traversing, although I do use assumed coordinates often.
I can't afford to get anything expensive. I realize accuracy costs money but I am willing to sacrifice field time for lower cost of entry to scanning. I dont usually use TopCon but I had a particular occasion that a older TopCon backup GPS unit saved my bacon on a big job and it worked without a hiccup.
Anyways that all leads me to this TopCon scanner:
I am looking for advice on the quality of this instrument or if I should be considering something else? Price and accuracy are most important factors. I would be godsmacked if I could find something at 100 meter range for under 10k.
Additionally, we are using older AutoCad but trying to catch up. As mentioned, I use Carlson software.
Thanks to all those that have gone before me, I am still early in my career. Feel free to pass along advertisements or opportunities to buy pre owned scanner.
Possibly suitable for you?
Never used Topcon Scanners. I have used Leica C10 and the P30. They are both very nice scanners and quick.
I would recommend this one, hell of a lot of scanner for the $$:
Scanning is something else to drones. You can buy a drone for 5000$ and start delivering services. Scanning requires much more investment. I would say it starts at 50000$ if you want decent gear.
You could buy secondhand but you'll feel the downsides to this fast in terms of speed of scanning, ease of use,...
If you're in business go to a bank and finance this. Otherwise let it be. My 2cents.
Not wise to be cheap.