Murphy Surveys Expands UK Business in Northern England

Murphy Surveys has announced that due to unprecedented growth, it will continue to expand its footprint in the UK with a new office and team based in the new Blackbox development in Wilmslow, near Manchester in Cheshire. “Manchester is a key geographical hub for us,” commented Colin Murphy, Director Murphy Surveys. “There are a number of large infrastructure projects taking place across Northern England from Manchester and Liverpool to Leeds and Sheffield. Having our office and team based in this centre reaffirms our ongoing commitment to support and add value to our clients in the area.” As part of this... (read more)
2018-05-15 10:10:32

Taking over the Survey School - Interview with Ruth Adams

Ruth Adams, a distinguished geomatics and geospatial professional, is the energetic new manager of The Survey School. She explains her ambitions for the school and its potential to be a world class training facility. Interviewer: How do your experiences with the UK Hydrographic Office and then with a smaller commercial survey company inform your new role at The Survey School? Ruth Adams: Working for the MOD for 25-years on geospatial maritime products and projects has given me a broad perspective on processes, systems and quality control in a large organisation. Sailing with HMS Endurance to establish shore control in South... (read more)
2019-01-22 12:05:38

Who Wants to be a Surveyor?

GW Technical Editor Richard Groom presents a personal view, with contributions from others, of issues surrounding the promotion, education and training of surveyors. A particular problem he identifies for the profession is that of the part-time surveyor. Thanks to technology, we are now able to survey more detail, faster and more cheaply than ever before. The surveying profession has expanded well beyond its origins in ‘Land’ to encompass ‘Geospatial’ and ‘Spatial’. If it’s physical we can measure it in 2D, 3D, 4D and more. It’s an exciting world, above and below water, made even more stimulating by our ability to... (read more)
2017-08-22 03:37:41

Phase One Industrial and AI-Survey Sign Partner Integrator Agreement

Phase One Industrial, a world-leading provider of medium-format metric cameras and imaging solutions for aerial applications, has signed an agreement with AI-Survey, a developer of UAS survey packages, services and tailor-made solutions. Together, these companies’ high-end products are opening up new opportunities in drone-based high-accuracy mapping and inspection markets. Under this agreement, AI-Survey will support Phase One Industrial’s iXM range of cameras in the UAV market for high-accuracy mapping and inspection. AI-Survey offers fast and efficient, simple and reliable UAS solutions tailored for geodesists with millimetre imaging results.   “Our cameras exemplify AI-Survey’s mission to optimize, increase efficiency and inspire... (read more)
2020-02-04 03:03:14

Hydrographic and Geophysical Surveys in Celtic Sea and Atlantic Ocean

Hydrographic and geophysical survey operations will be undertaken by INFOMAR in the Celtic Sea and the Atlantic Ocean between April and October this year, according to a recent marine notice from the Irish Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. INFOMAR is a joint programme between Geological Survey Ireland and the Marine Institute, surveying unmapped marine territory and creating a range of integrated mapping products of the physical, chemical and biological features of the seabed. Covering some 125,000 sq. km of underwater territory, INFOMAR will produce integrated mapping products covering the physical, chemical and biological features of the seabed. Both Irish Marine Institute vessels,... (read more)
2020-03-10 08:47:01

Trimble Adds Trolley Solution to its Rail Track Survey Portfolio

Trimble has introduced a new addition to its track survey and scanning rail portfolio - the GEDO IMS System. The trolley system is lightweight, flexible and fast. It combines an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) with scanning and geodetic sensors for surveying railway lines and documenting assets along the track. The GEDO IMS System provides highly accurate as-built survey documentation of the track and 3D point clouds for asset data collection. The trolley system’s lightweight design is ideal for single-crew operation and on projects near active railway lines. GEDO IMS Field Software and the GEDO Office Software Suite enable smooth data... (read more)
2017-09-28 11:49:30

Routescene’s Improved Approach to Quantifying Accuracy

There is a continual conversation across the Lidar community about accuracy, what it means, how important it really is and how to quantify it. Typically, an important objective in any survey is to ensure a high degree of accuracy, often absolute accuracy to enable comparison with other datasets. But how do you really quantify the level of accuracy of your survey? Here, Routescene outlines an improved approach. First, let's look at the hardware. Many different components make up a fully integrated Lidar system, and each has its own accuracy value, which is either expressed as a distance or as an... (read more)
2019-05-17 03:00:44

Leica Chiroptera II Exceeds Depth Specs in a Demonstration Flight in Japan

Airborne Hydrography AB, part of Leica Geosystems, recently made a new depth record in airborne LIDAR bathymetry with the Leica Chiroptera II system during a customer demonstration survey near Okinawa and the Tenryu River, Japan. Airborne Hydrography AB has conducted customer demonstration surveys in Japan using the Leica Chiroptera II and Leica HawkEye III airborne LIDAR systems. The Chiroptera II system is a combination of both topography and a bathymetry LIDAR, designed for use in near-shore surveys and surveying in coastal areas. The Leica Chiroptera II is specified for down to maximum depth of around 15 metres. The 31 metres... (read more)
2017-01-11 09:42:28

Tracking Technology Locates Stolen Total Station within 2 Hours

National survey and engineering services company, Survey Solutions, has reported that following the roadside theft of one of its total stations fitted with a tracking device, Police were able to recover the instrument within 2 hours and make several arrests. The stolen instrument was a Trimble S5 Total Station supplied by UK Trimble distributor KOREC and one of several recently purchased by Survey Solutions. All of these instruments came equipped with Trimble’s Locate 2 Protect (L2P) tracking technology which allows logged-in users to see their position at any time. The theft happened whilst an engineering surveyor was completing a topographical... (read more)
2018-03-28 11:02:37

Introducing the Vogel R3D

Tom Wren, Technical Manager for Rail at Plowman Craven, describes an innovation which seems certain to transform high precision surveying. With more than 20,000 miles of track and 40,000 structures requiring continual inspection, monitoring, renewal and maintenance, everybody working in the industry understands that Network Rail’s need for accurate survey data is vital to the efficient running of our rail infrastructure. In an ideal world, it would be done with nobody on the tracks, without track closures and in as short a time as possible to minimise passenger disruption. Sadly, the current way of working couldn’t be more different. Traditional... (read more)
2017-11-02 10:58:59
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