Historically, it is often inconvenient or unsafe to capture precise and accurate height and distance measurements for utility poles, facility infrastructure, mining features, avalanche routes or other features that impact a variety of industries. The new Laser Technology, Inc., (LTI) TruPulse 360 overcomes situational and topographical barriers to allow convenient and safe professional measurement – from any angle – of virtually any man-made or natural feature in the world.
Based on LTI’s TruPulse 200 laser measuring device that hit the market in 2006, the TruPulse 360 combines an integrated compass, inclinometer and distance laser that delivers mapping-grade accuracy and the ability to shoot from any angle.
Previously, laser distance measuring devices with integrated compasses were limited in use by the degree of inclination – the angle above or below horizontal at which the unit was held. Past a certain degree of inclination, compass readings became less accurate and reliable.
The TruPulse 360 uses the latest electronic compass technology to overcome limitations on other devices. The internal circuitry provides 3-axis monitoring of the earth’s magnetic field and uses LTI’s proprietary TruVector compass technology and calibration algorithms to produce the best possible azimuth accuracy, regardless of the instrument’s orientation in physical space. The TruPulse 360 can be tilted, rolled or even used upside down, and it will still measure the correct azimuth in the direction that the user is viewing, allowing the ultimate freedom to “shoot from any angle.”
“This feature is particularly useful when you’re trying to get distance, height or location measurements in difficult or impossible-to-reach areas, such as in mountainous terrain, wetlands or across dangerous snowfields,” said Williams. “We began removing data gathering limitations with TruPulse 200, and now our TruPulse 360 takes that process substantially further.”
TruVector compass technology also allows for a simple field calibration procedure. It evaluates the local magnetic environment and provides user feedback on the quality of calibration. In addition, the instrument keeps a constant watch on its internal status via built-in system tests, which continually monitor the integrity of the compass calibration and alert a user if a re-calibration is required.