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A triumph of laser scanning!

Harriet Brewitt

 Words by: Samuel Duhaussay, Technical Sales Engineer, Geotopo. “Alongside our work in land management, engineering and rail sectors, our teams dedicate time for architecture and heritage projects, working to preserve just some of the 40,000 listed historic monuments in France alone. As a geospatial technology specialist, we are aware of the great significance many of our historical monuments hold. One …

Scaling the heights with ZEB REVO

“Compared to our first attempts at the manual survey, the ZEB-REVO definitely helped deliver improved quality of data in a shorter period of time” Dating back to the 1940s, the Acaiaca Building was once the tallest skyscraper in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, measuring 130 metres high and comprising 30 floors. Tasked with creating as-built architectural 3D models ahead …

KTP Case Study: Predictive Monitoring of Rail Infrastructure

Harriet Brewitt

3D Laser Mapping Ltd, now part of GeoSLAM, specialises in the development of automated 3D monitoring systems and 3D mobile mapping systems. The company’s objective was to design and develop an advanced mobile infrastructure scanning system for geotechnical applications. Maintaining safe operation of railway networks is paramount for railway authorities. Railway operation safety relies on the conditions of the rail …

GeoSLAM Puts Singapore on the Map

“A huge time-saving exercise which would have ordinarily taken up to 40 times longer if using traditional surveying methods.” Singapore is home to some of the most profitable financial services, manufacturing and oil-refining corporations in the world. But with its accomplishments come some very specific challenges for a city-state which is limited by space but still demanding growth. Determined to …

Maynooth University and ROBIN: The Sky’s the Limit

Founded by the Universities Act of 1997, Maynooth University is the youngest and fastest growing university in Ireland. Amongst their many feats, they are also the latest customers to acquire a ROBIN Mobile Mapping System! ROBIN will be helping students and academics in their well-established computer science department conduct research into future developments like self-driving cars and computer applications. ROBIN …

Reducing Scanning Time of Historic Sites from Weeks to Hours

Harriet Brewitt

48 hours to scan three historic sites in Israel – ambitious or impossible? Jamie Quartermaine from Oxford Archaeology, equipped with a handheld 3D mapping device from GeoSLAM, was determined to find out. Jamie’s first stop was the Schneller Building in Jerusalem. In its 160 year history it has been used as an orphanage, barracks and ammunition arsenal. Just last year, …

University Challenge: To Deliver Rapid 3D Results in Half the Time

Harriet Brewitt

Midland Survey are experts in surveying complex and difficult to access spaces where there is limited or no GPS, but Oriel College with its labyrinthine network of historic buildings brought a particular set of challenges. Oriel College, part of the prestigious University of Oxford in the UK, is nearly 700 years old, with around 200 rooms across five storeys, including …

GeoSLAM Scores Top Marks at Century Old School

Harriet Brewitt

Transforming an ageing school in the Jazz District of Kansas City to a community arts centre required the power of today’s real-time technology. The Attucks Building, built in 1905 and renovated in 1922 due to overcrowding, has undergone several more developments over the years. For any plans to be approved on the site of the Attucks School, the commission needed …

Taking care to save costs and minimise disruption without compromising accuracy

Harriet Brewitt

Today’s surveyor needs to quickly and accurately capture, manage and utilise 3D spatial information – often in environments where there is very limited time on site. Omega Geomatics, a land surveying practice in the UK, took on one such task when they produced 2D floor plans for a nursing home, while the site was occupied 24/7. Paramount was ensuring minimum …

Engineering results ten times faster than traditional survey methods

Harriet Brewitt

Digital technology is changing the way we design, construct and maintain our infrastructure. With the built environment ever more complex, traditional 2D data is not up to the task. As we move towards a more intelligent, more integrated, BIM-focused methodology, 3D data is becoming the norm. To stay ahead of the competition, surveying firms need to integrate innovative engineering approaches, …