Survey Solutions Welcomes Team of Experienced Professionals

Survey Solutions, one of the UK’s fastest growing independent firms of Chartered Land & Engineering Surveyors, is broadening its range of services with the acquisition of a team of experienced professionals from Site Engineers, Engineering Surveyors and Project Managers who will form a dedicated division bringing the total headcount to over 100. The new Engineering Survey team will focus on construction site services, bringing its skills and experience to specific projects – either on a short-term contract or full-time on larger schemes working alongside the site team as a permanent resource. This strengthens Survey Solutions’ expertise in site engineering and... (read more)
2018-02-20 10:54:12

Maptek Laser Scanners Boost Underground Survey

Underground mine operators can improve site safety and survey productivity with recent releases from Maptek. The updated I-Site 8200 laser scanners feature new tools and compatibility with Maptek Sentry surface tracking and Drive continuous survey systems. The I-Site 8200SR is a fast and accurate solution for cavity surveys. A carbon fibre boom extends up to 10 metres into a tunnel or over a void. The 500-metre range scanner can also be used for surface applications such as stockpile, shed and silo scanning. The I-Site 8200ER has a longer range at 750 metres and provides the best outcomes for mapping underground... (read more)
2017-01-11 11:25:53

Moving Ordnance Survey Forward - Interview with Nigel Clifford

Since the beginning of June 2015, Ordnance Survey GB has had a new CEO. GW met him in London recently. Nigel Clifford comes to the job via a career covering the NHS, e-commerce, British Telecom and other mobile players. I met Clifford in OS’s Geovation Hub in the City, a buzzy building which also houses Catapult, a body promoting future and smart cities. Tucked away at the end of a large open plan office full of enthusiastic young innovators, we had a wide-ranging discussion for over an hour that included his views on whether geospatial is special, OS’s strengths and... (read more)
2017-01-20 01:34:54

SP60 GNSS Chosen to Survey HV Electric Transmission Corridor

The Spectra Precision SP60 GNSS receiver has been selected to perform survey work for construction of a 450 kilometre electric power transmission corridor. Connecting Mauritania’s two largest cities, the capital Nouakchott and to the south Nouadhibou, the 225/90Kv transmission line parallels the Atlantic Ocean as it traverses the Sahara Desert. The Mauritanian Electricity Company, SOMELEC, through its contracting company, awarded the sub-contract to ETAFAT, a geospatial data acquisition and processing firm. Difficult work conditions, including high heat (over 45°C) and the lack of existing control points, were key factors in ETAFAT’s selection of the SP60 receiver. Because of the absence... (read more)
2018-02-15 10:51:10

Bluesky Acquires US Aerial Survey Company Col-East

British aerial mapping company Bluesky International is expanding its business into North America following the acquisition of Col-East Inc (, a Massachusetts based aerial survey company.  Col-East has been mapping the Northeast United States for 65 years and will continue as Col-East International Ltd, forming the US arm of Bluesky. Founded in 1952, Col-East has a long established reputation for very high quality topographic mapping, with particular expertise in specialist aerial surveys such as high precision aeronautical mapping, requiring highly skilled analysis. Bluesky has seen an increase in the demand for specialist large scale mapping, 3D modelling and feature extraction in recent... (read more)
2017-03-17 10:48:59

Plowman Craven Launches High-precision UAV Rail Survey System

Plowman Craven, one of the UK’s leading survey and measurement companies, has launched a system that deploys UAVs to enable the comprehensive surveying of rail infrastructure to a sub-5mm accuracy. Able to cover the busiest and most inaccessible areas of the rail network from a working height of 25m, the Vogel R3D system can capture track condition and measurement data from a position of safety even during traffic hours. This removes the need for possessions and line blocks and drastically reduces the exposure of workers to risk. The result is a shortening of programme times and significant cost savings. Chris... (read more)
2017-07-26 09:46:14

Saber Online Survey Mapping Speeds Planning for West Sussex Highways

West Sussex County Council is utilising the latest cloud technology to improve the planning of highway maintenance and road safety improvement schemes. Developed by Saber (the new name for Highway Surveyors Ltd), ReGen collects and stores live highway survey data for immediate analysis via the Internet using a Google Map interface. Using ReGen, West Sussex Highways can instantly access condition and inventory survey results to generate forward works programmes, budget reporting and planning. Saber has captured in excess of 2,500km of highway survey data for West Sussex Highways, who are responsible for maintaining the roads in the County. “High quality... (read more)
2018-10-31 10:19:38

Fugro Undertakes Survey of High Voltage Electricity Transmission Assets

Fugro is helping American Electric Power (AEP), one of the United States’ major utilities companies, to maintain a high standard of compliance and safety and modernise its record keeping system. With its innovative Roames asset inspection and modelling solution, Fugro is deploying aerial LiDAR technology to survey almost 1,000 miles of extra high voltage (EHV) network and its surroundings, enabling AEP to complete digital modelling of its entire transmission system. Processing the enormous datasets is a key component of the project. Fugro will utilise cloud-based analytics to extract valuable information on asset condition, vegetation infringements, operating distances and compliance with... (read more)
2019-01-04 01:51:48

Drone Survey Technology Helps Map North Jersey Rivers

Surveyors are harnessing the power of drone technology by focusing on at-risk riparian areas of northern New Jersey. The images captured by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have become part of the documentation for a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program that saves Pompton Lakes residents hundreds of thousands of dollars per year on flood insurance premiums. Land-use consultancy Dresdner Robin, of Jersey City, N.J., recently worked with the Borough of Pompton Lakes, N.J., utilizing image-capture flights to gather overlapping photographs of three rivers in the borough. Dresdner Robin Survey Director, Greg Gloor, volunteered on a project to assess Pompton Lakes’... (read more)
2019-02-12 10:58:28

Fugro Supports Dutch Roads Maintenance Under 5-Year Survey Contract

Fugro is commencing a five-year contract to undertake road pavement condition surveys in the Netherlands for Rijkswaterstaat (part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management). The contract includes an option to extend to ten-years. Collecting surface condition and road measurement data from 8,600 kilometres of principal highways each year, Fugro will use the latest generation of its Automatic Road Analyzer (ARAN), which is adapted to meet European specifications and includes improved crack detection technology. The platform enables surveys to be conducted at traffic speed, providing a cost-effective, safe, precise means of condition monitoring that enables asset managers to... (read more)
2019-04-18 10:53:50
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