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First-hand experience: how professionals from different industries use Reach RX

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In 2022, Emlid launched the new Reach RX—a high-precision network RTK rover that eased the surveying in the field. Lightweight, compact, and easy to use—it’s all about the Reach RX. Let’s check the first-hand experience of industry professionals.


Placing GCPs for drone mapping

A popular Reach RX application is placing ground control points for drone surveys, which allows for collecting precise data across an area of interest.

Rory Gillies, an aerial mapping and GIS specialist from the UK, shared his experience collecting GCPs in a hillside area. Rory placed a Reach RS2+ base connected to the internet via a SIM card and passed corrections to Reach RX with the free Emlid NTRIP Caster. He performed several stakeouts and checked the locations in QGIS. The survey area was 60 hectares, and Rory found Reach RX to be an excellent option for survey tasks in areas with proper cell coverage.

“Being so lightweight and fast to first fix (in many cases a matter of seconds), it is a pleasure to use; no complex settings to navigate either!”

Rory Gillies 
Reach RX in Shetland

Rory Gillies placed GCPs with the Reach RS2+ base and Reach RX rover


Gabriel Couet, a geomatics technician and cartographer from Canada, took GCP preparation to the next level. He used Reach RX to prepare GCPs for georeferencing a local protected marsh, where he tracked seasonal changes in aquatic vegetation. He couldn’t step off the boardwalk into the marsh for practical and legal reasons. However, carrying the entire GNSS setup of Reach RX and the Emlid survey pole in a carrying bag slung over his shoulder made things easier.

“The ease of transportation and the very small mass make it easy to keep the pole steady even when held at arm’s length.”

Gabriel Couet

After performing a drone flight and processing the data in Pix4D, the resulting orthomosaic maps were well-aligned and provided an insightful temporal comparison.


Construction project design

Michael Lambert, a virtual design and construction manager from Texas, conducted a topographic and planimetric survey for a Williamson County road to produce a 3.5-mile rehabilitation and extension design for construction. He used Reach RX to collect existing features such as flowlines and surface utilities in the construction area and placed GCPs for drone mapping. After that, he placed the Reach RS2+ base to stream corrections to a drone and performed a flight. To create a planimetric map, Michael processed the obtained results using the Carlson and SimActive software.

Having surveyed with Reach RX, Michael highlighted the ease of configuring Reach RX to receive corrections from an NTRIP service using an internet connection on a phone.

“Being able to connect it to my phone via Bluetooth so that it shares my phone data is as simple as it can get in this day and age.”

Michael Lambert


Similarly, Joe Lawson, who owns a surveying services company in the UK, used Reach RX, FARO scanner, and a total station to geolocate the wall in a river for a new eel pass design. He then processed the survey results in 3D modeling software. Joe recommended using Reach RX for topographic surveys that require some quick basic numbers in areas with available mobile internet. He also noted that Reach RX is a good fit when you can’t use a setup with a base.

“Works where it is not possible to leave a base set up due to security concerns.”

Joe Lawson
Reach RX geolocating the wall in a river

Reach RX helped Joe Lawson to geolocate the wall in a river


Tore Berthelsen, a CAD operator in the construction industry from Norway, used Reach RX for stakeout while working on the building rotation project. His setup included Reach RS2 base streaming corrections to Reach RX via Emlid Caster. He was excited about the portability of Reach RX because it doesn’t require much space and can be used wherever decent LTE network coverage is available. Additionally, the receiver’s bright LED helps him remain visible in the dark.

“Reach RX shines a bright light around the unit which makes me more visible in the dark. This is an improved safety feature for workers in the field with lots of moving vehicles and construction machinery.”

Tore Berthelsen


Construction project inspection

Reach RX can be used to establish the location of man-made objects on-site. 

Brent Wiebe, who performs topographical surveying and layouts for construction projects in Canada, used his Reach RX to inspect his latest project. Brent confirmed the location of screw piles for the foundation of a concrete building and marked out future roads and right-of-ways for the building and its utilities.

His setup combined Reach RX and Reach RS2 as base streaming corrections via Emlid Caster and provided uninterrupted service with perfect results. All data obtained were further processed in software programs like AutoCAD Civil 3D, QGIS, and Revit.

Brent admitted that he had only planned to test drive his Reach RX, but as soon as he began to use it, he knew he was hooked.


“I could reach further into inaccessible areas to set my pole on a point in the water. Laying it down and picking it up was easy. The FIX solution was instant when I’d pick it up. I felt like I was just carrying a pole with nothing on it. I could climb down a ladder into an excavation or jump across a trench with it.”

Brent Wiebe
Reach RX and Reach RS2 on a construction site

Brent Wiebe surveyed on a construction site with the Reach RX and Reach RS2 combo


Our users have used Reach RX for a variety of projects and praised its compactness, portability, and ease of use. Many of them also highlighted its ability to receive corrections from an NTRIP service in an instant. Reach RX has proven to be a good fit for both drone mapping and construction projects in urban areas with good cell network coverage.


Explore Reach RX and get it for your work

When you’re looking for a precise and portable network rover for RTK surveys, Reach RX is the perfect solution. If you want to have your own base, we have the Network Base and Rover Kit for you. You can also combine Reach RX with the Reach RS3 Base and pass corrections via our free Emlid Caster. This setup will work just like any NTRIP service but adds the benefit of your own forever-free way to stream RTK corrections.

Reach RX and the Network Base and Rover Kit are available in the Emlid online store and ship worldwide from our warehouses. You can also buy them from official Emlid dealers—find your official Emlid dealer here.

Last but not least: To get your project featured, don’t forget to tag @Emlid in your posts on social media! We’re always glad to learn more about your work.

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