Stonex Cube-a Product Review
Stonex field solutions for GNSS RTK, GIS and Total Station surveys will make operators’ work quick and easy, ensuring high productivity in all jobs requiring precision and efficiency.
Cube-a is compatible with all Stonex GNSS Receivers. Supports Rover, Rover Stop&Go, Base and Static modes. Various screens provide useful information on the status of the GNSS receiver including the position and the signal quality of the Atlas satellite.
Various screens provide useful information on the status of GPS, we also developed the possibility in the Sky Plot to read the presence of Atlas. The innovation to show Atlas correction is in order to help and facilitate the work of surveyors so that, when this correction is needed, they can know if the satellite is seen and in what position.
A simple and intuitive survey interface with numerous indicators immediately helps the surveyor to understand what kind of work and in what conditions is taking place. Indicators show various information like solution status, position precision, battery levels, RTK correction delays and more. Intuitive screens allows for an easy change of settings, a view of the collected points, adding new CAD elements and drawings or proceed surveying.
PHOTO & SKETCH
To improve and complete the survey and stakeout functions, you can also use the Photo & Sketch. This function can be used while surveying or even on the already acquired points: take photos and add notes, add and position some indicating arrows or simple hand drawn sketches.
A compact interface groups all the stakeout launching commands in one screen for an easier work in the field. Stakeout screens are enriched with both graphical and analytical indicators which guide the surveyor in order to reach the target point. Thanks to this interface, you can read all the information necessary to complete the stakeout work, to select points or to add them and quickly change all settings. Even in case of small monitors, the information and commands are always smartly arranged and readable, the buttons are clickable without difficulty and some of them can be reduced to leave more space for the map.
Cube-a includes a smart and easy to use CAD feature. The CAD has been designed to work with touch displays and it allows to easily draw points and other CAD entities by mean of a smart pointer which can be moved using one finger and which always transmits to the user a strong confidence of the result achieved. The help of object-snaps like point, mid-point, end-point, intersection and others makes it possible to integrate the survey with new elements directly in the field.
Cube-a has been designed to fully support mixed surveys. A Cube-a survey supports GPS points and classical polar stations and measures at the same time. Polar stations can be set to occupy previously collected GPS points or on unknown positions calculated using the Free Stationing program. Likewise, the GPS reference system can be adjusted to match an existing polar survey in local coordinates. Cube-a supports all Stonex Total Stations via Bluetooth.
GIS functionalities are well integrated in the workflow of standard GPS surveying. Thanks to the Cube-a’s ability to collect, not only single points but also to automatically draw vectors passing through the collected points, GIS surveying becomes fast and easy. The request to fill in the GIS data is automatic and automatically follows the point or vector acquisition. Data forms can be freely defined using the integrated Feature Set designer or automatically created by Cube-a starting from a sample DBF file.
Import and export of standard shapefiles ensures the compatibility and interoperability of Cube-a with virtually any other GIS software.