Surveyors rely on them, and golfers wish they could use them on the course. Distance meters provide the instantaneous, precision measuring over extended ranges that is required for countless jobs, including engineering projects, construction work, surveying and landscaping—just to name a few. Technology has had an impact on distance meters, with laser distance meters (often with LCD displays) becoming the standard. Portable and easy to operate, distance meters are an indispensable device for jobs that require precision measurement of long distances. Measuring and layout tools are also available, including measuring tapes and wheels, rulers and straight edges, hardness testers, depth gauges and construction calculators.