The demand for greater internet bandwidth, faster connections and with more people working from home, there has been a rise in the number of fibre-optic cable installations globally. Mobile mapping technology can help these projects become more efficient, connecting greater numbers of people quicker than ever.
We see these installations take place everywhere from city streets to country lanes and, regardless of the environment, it’s a thoroughly planned process to avoid other underground utilities such as water pipes, sewage and electrical cables. Telecoms engineers will also consider the location of cable trenches to best service customers, as well as the route of a trench to avoid excess bending of the cable, which can break under stress.
GeoSLAM dealer UTB – Laser & Vermessungstechnik, was recently involved in a trench digging project with A1 Telekom, the leading fixed and mobile network operator in Austria. A1 had previously used photogrammetry and UAVs but use of the ZEB Horizon provided better results quicker and more affordably.
To conduct the scan an engineer walked the perimiter of the trench which took just under six minutes, during which the ZEB Horizon covered an area of approximately 17,400m². Data was processed in GeoSLAM Hub on-site and deliverables were available in less than an hour. As well as length, depth and a georeferenced location of the trench, other information such as volume of dirt extracted and width were also extracted and proved useful for A1.
Watch the scan process and learn more about the data in the video below.