Frequently Asked Questions

About Civ Robotics

Top tier EPCs have been deploying CivDots in the field since 2021 and have been continuously using our products on a variety of construction projects (Solar Farms, Ground Improvements, Earthworks, Roads, Foundations, Construction Staking, the list goes on).

In 2022, Trimble Inc. invested in Civ Robotics and continues to support our growth.

The rugged, versatile and reliable CivDot+ is the ideal tool for construction projects with tight tolerances. The chassis is very rugged, with 10” ground clearance for smooth operation in any field. The most common issues include flat tires and negligence.

Civ has a thorough validation process. Before the rover will mark, it will validate that the CivDot’s position is within the tolerance, and ensure that it only marks at the given accuracy.

About our products

Our system includes Dual RTK for heading as well as an IMU sensor for tilt correction during the navigating, marking and validation process.

CivDot can connect to any base station (Trimble, Leica, Topcon, etc.) and to your choice of NTRIP / VRS network.

We recommend Rust-Oleum Inverted Marking Paint, however any inverted marking spray paint can be used on the CivDot available at your local hardware store.

Operating the CivDot

Typically, a survey crew consists of an operator and nailer. The CivDot or CivDot+ only needs one person to operate the machine.

The CivDot can be operated by anyone - no special license or skill set is required. A field application engineer will visit your site and train your field team how to operate the machine safely and efficiently. The on-site training takes a day, and then you'll be ready to go!

CivPlan supports CSV files for marking points, and DXF files for line work. The template will be provided to the field team during on-site training and meet industry standards (name, northing, easting, elevation, annotation).

CivPlan supports local coordinate systems and will require the state plane coordinate name and site calibration file. You could also perform a site calibration process through CivPlan.


CivDot can handle any terrain 30° slope thanks to its 10” (25cm) ground clearance and various tire options for mud, sand, roads, etc.

The CivDot is weather resistant, has IP65 rating, and operates in harsh climates. We like to remind our customers that since we use GPS/ GLONASS/ Galileo/ BeiDou/ IRNSS/ OZSS/ SBAS constellation support, the precision of the GPS tracking antenna may suffer if it is covered in thick ice or snow.

CivDot can handle 30° slope thanks to its 4WD system, has 10" (25cm) ground clearance and various tire options for mud, sand, roads, etc.

Quality Assurance

CivDot Operates for 12 hours with one battery swap. The battery has a 4 hour charging time.

CivDots are equipped with obstacle detection and an emergency stop button. The operator has the ability to drive in manual mode at any point in time. CivDots will not move nor mark when RTK fix is lost. Additionally, for vertical accuracy, CivDot can shoot the point for your desired duration of time based on the level of accuracy you’re looking for.

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