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Plowman Craven strengthens its position with Leica Viva TS15 investment

16 March 2012

(Milton Keynes, UK, 16 March 2012) - Plowman Craven has strengthened its position at the forefront of the survey industry through investment in the latest Leica Viva TS15 imaging total stations and Leica Viva CS15 controllers from Leica Geosystems. In addition to its recent purchase of a HDS7000 laser scanner, this equipment forms part of the organisation’s rolling programme of investment and on-going commitment to new technology and innovation.

The Leica Viva TS15 total stations provide best-in-class one person operation with improved PowerSearch and target tracking. They provide the functionality to overlay survey data on a real-time video feed, and utilising the clarity of a full VGA screen, allow the operator to upload and work directly from CAD drawings on site. An in-built 5 mega pixel camera also allows for images to be stored at each point and improved productivity gains are obtained via the new SmartWorx Viva interface.

“Target acquisition is much more rapid due to the way the operator can specifically configure the total station to search in differing environments such as “rain and fog” and “sun and reflectors”, says Jonathan Fletcher, Technical Specialist at Plowman Craven, who was involved in pre-purchase trials of the equipment. “The imaging function allows the target to be acquired by simply tapping on it through the video feed which can also be viewed on the Leica Viva CS15 controller. This allows the operator to survey points which are not occupied or when the operator is not standing behind the instrument.”

David Norris, Technical Director at Plowman Craven comments, “This investment has enabled us to immediately improve our operational efficiency across all business units. Not only does the TS15 Total Station allow for better site interpretation and recording, its efficient one-person operational functionality and its ability to transmit data directly from the field to the office means we are able to pass significant cost savings on to the customer.”

Lawrence Dixon, Segment Manager for Leica Geosystems comments, “When an organisation such as Plowman Craven, with their record for good technology investments, endorse your products and services in this manner, it is extremely gratifying. We look forward to working with their surveyors to really deliver the efficiency benefits of the TS15i robotic instruments.”

Plowman Craven Limited
Plowman Craven is a leading chartered surveying company offering a broad range of professional measurement services. Our extensive services cover numerous markets including rail, urban regeneration, retail, commercial property, government, public bodies, police and entertainment.  We operate worldwide and our access to skilled and specialist resource allows us to respond effectively, no matter the size of the project or how challenging. For further information on Plowman Craven Limited visit: http://www.plowmancraven.co.uk/ .

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For further information please contact:
Plowman Craven
Janet Fensome, Marketing Executive, Plowman Craven Limited Tel: 01582 765566.
Email: jfensome@plowmancraven.co.uk .

Leica Geosystems UK
Lisa Day, Marketing Executive, Leica Geosystems.  Tel: 01908 256 520 
Email: lisa.day@leica-geosystems.com .

(L - R) are: David Norris (Plowman Craven), Martin Edwards (Leica Geosystems) and Jonathan Fletcher (Plowman Craven).

The Leica Viva TS15 total stations provide the functionality to overlay survey data on a real-time video feed, and utilising the clarity of a full VGA screen, allow the operator to upload and work directly from CAD drawings on site.