At October’s Intergeo Conference in Stuttgart, we took some time out to chat to a few of our dealers about the event, GeoSLAM technology and the future of the geospatial industry. In this blog, Mario Miranda, from Cotecmi of Ecuador, shares his thoughts on Intergeo 2019, UAVs and how advances in geospatial tech is helping to preserve South America’s long-standing mining traditions.
Who do you work for and whats the background?
“Founded 40 years ago, Cotecmi is an Ecuador-based distributor for surveying instruments. We also established an office in Peru, which has stood for 18-years.
“After working in the market for four decades, we have seen just how the technology has changed, and as a result, how so many different industries have begun to adopt it.”
How long have you been working with GeoSLAM?
“We’ve been working with GeoSLAM for around three years, and have really loved every minute. The technology shows no bounds; and for us, that’s been the best part about the role. We’ve been fascinated to see just how our customers are testing the technology, and the various industries it has been applied in.
“The reason we partnered up with GeoSLAM was because of its innovative mobile mapping ability, a factor that could not only save time and money, but also help to reduce health and safety risks on a number of projects associated with mining and forestry.”
What sort of sectors are your customers working in?
“Construction and BIM are proving to be popular sectors for our customers, particularly as architects and designers are becoming more sustainable focused and the need for cost-effective solutions has risen.
“In this corner of the world however, there is a special market for mining. Ecuador and Peru in particular, has a number of underground mines yet to be explored. Access, health risks and environmental fears have made mining difficult in recent years.
“Understanding the risks though, there was a need for a tool capable of mapping these ‘difficult to reach’ places quickly, with minimal disruption or injury. GeoSLAM technology has made these environments less of a threat, and more of an opportunity to gain some insight into the landscape underground.”
What were you looking forward to seeing at Intergeo this year?
I’m looking forward to seeing the latest trends in the sector, in particular how companies are integrating laser technology with UAVs and drones. It’s also been a year since the ZEB Horizon launched, so we’re interested to see how the market has explored the possibilities of this application in the last 12-months, as well as seeing how the ZEB Discovery will offer more adaptability to this product.”
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