Unique Leica Digital Level LS15: “Unavoidable” productivity gains with image-based aiming and automated measuring
Leica LS15 Digital Level is an investment that pays for itself
In this interview, Falko Henning, product manager at Leica Geosystems, shares his insights on the new Leica Geosystems digital levels. He explains why the LS15 in particular is worth being considered as an investment that pays for itself.
From the outside, the Leica Digital Levels LS10 and the LS15 look completely the same. What is the main difference between these two instruments, apart from the price difference for the LS15?
Both, the LS10 and the LS15 are premium class levelling instruments. The LS15 offers two absolute unique features which make a major difference compared to the LS10, and set it above all other products in the market:
A digital camera
With these two new features, productivity gains become "unavoidable."
That sounds interesting. Can you please elaborate with some more detail?
Sure. Compared to robotic total stations, which allow a one-person operation in the field, precision levelling still requires a field crew. This means with a faster and better automated instrument, you can save twice as much time in the field, where every minute counts.
"With the new Leica LS15, our levelling tasks are executed up to 40 per cent faster than previously with the NA3003 or DNA03 levels. The camera view on the display for aiming and the quick and reliable autofocus are not only popular among our field crews, these features also accelerate the measuring process in the field considerably."
How does levelling work on an instrument without digital camera and autofocus?
Whether it is a digital level, like the Leica LS10, or a conventional level, the user still must find the staff through the telescope. At which point he has to focus the telescope on the staff by using the focussing drive. Afterward, he does the fine aiming. Sounds simple and easy, right? In fact, this is routine for any skilled measurement professional who has done this procedure thousands of times.