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Sokkia enhances Gyro Station technology

Japan: Sokkia presented Automated Gyro Station GYRO X that determines azimuth quickly, with precision – making it a technology suitable for tunneling, pipelines, and shipbuilding. Sokkia’s Gyro Station technology combines a gyroscope with a total station, creating a multi-use, unique surveying and engineering instrument designed to provide superior solutions beyond the reach of other technologies including tunneling, shipbuilding, power line, pipeline and similar long and narrow, or underground construction projects.
The Gyro Station now incorporates auto-pointing capability and automates the observation of the pendulum gyro oscillation (precession) by newly equipped image sensor. It automatically finds true north in 19 minutes* and determines the azimuth with 15″ precision regardless of the work site environment. Operation is speedy and easy even for unskilled operators to reduce stress and fatigue. 
Backsight, traverse, and solar observation are no longer required for seeking true north when GYRO X is at the job site. It operates anywhere, any time, even where other technologies do not work or even when no known station is available.
Three models of GYRO X-1″, 2″, and 3″-are available.
Source: Sokkia