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  • Smartnet Server Final Notification

    The old Smartnet server will be switched off on 23/08/2014.

    Please use the New server to avoid disruption.

  • SCCS support Costain with their Graduate Training Course

    During August SCCS supported Costain with their Graduate Training Course in surveying.  SCCS supplied the latest Leica Viva GNSS GS08 equipment with the Leica Runner 24 and Leica NA720 levels. SCCS also assisted during the sessions with valued expertise. Nearly seventy graduates attended the course over both the two day sessions at Milton Hill House in Steventon, Oxfordshire.

    The course was run by Costain’s senior surveying and engineering staff which covered a wide range of basic surveying tasks including levelling, best practice surveying and instrument care and calibration.

  • SmartNet Maintenance

    Sunday 31st August 2014

    Due to essential security maintenance works on the Ordnance Survey servers there may be a disruption to services between 08.00 and 14.00.

    This may affect all SmartNet services including the Rinex Job Service, Virtual Rinex, and the computation service.

    Please accept our apologises for may inconvenience this may cause.

    If you have any further queries please email:

  • Notice for Leica GPS1200, GPS900 and GS09 users.

    Leica Geosystems recommends always keeping kit up to date with the latest firmware for optimum performance. A potential performance issue has come to light that may affect older versions of Measurement Engine (ME) firmware versions 3 (release versions 3.019 or earlier) running on Leica GPS1200, GPS900 and GS09 receivers from Sunday 27th July 2014.

    Available Downloads

    Guide to upgrade

    1) Measurement Engine Upgrade

    To Upload

    • Save attached file into the System folder on your CF-Card.
    • Ensure the antenna is connected to the Rx controller to allow for successful update of the antenna.
    • To update the firmware:
      • Main menu
      • Tools
      • Upload system files
      • Instrument firmware


    Also if the upgrade using the Bluetooth connection between controller and antenna is not successful, kindly try using the cable.

    After upgrade leave the equipment to initialize for about 10 minutes with the antenna having a clear view of the sky.

    The Upgrade was supposed to be done before the 27th of July so there is a good chance since its being done after said date it might not produce required effect of which you can then use the second step below.

    2) Debug file

    From the main Menu Goto:

    • 6 Tools > 2 Transfer Objects
    • Start from the top of the list with 01. Codelist
    • From System RAM to CF card and press [F3] ALL
    • Repeat for
      • 02. Config Sets
      • 03. Cordinate Systems
      • 06. Format files
    • Then For 08. Modem/GSM stations
    • From System RAM to CF Card and [F1] CONT and repeat to the end of the list.
    • Then follow the debug process below, and when you have completed reverse the above steps From CF Card to System RAM


    • Load the attached debug.def into the DBG folder on the CF card
    • Insert CF card and power on the instrument
    • Enter the 6 Tools / 1 Format Memory Device panel and press (F5)(SYSTM) to reset the instruments system ram.
    • Ensure the instrument is connected to an antenna in an open sky environment.
    • Once the instrument has reset wait until the GNSS position is available and visible in the status panel.
    • Remove the CF card and delete the debug.def file
    • The instrument should work as expected.

    If you have any further queries please email:

  • Leica GeoMoS Now!

    Adapt, connect and remain in control

    Leica GeoMoS Now! Evaluate and distribute real-time monitoring informaton via a secure, bespoke web system.

    • Gain access to your monitoring information with any web enabled device
    • Review graphs, maps, images and status reports at any time and from anywhere
    • Make quick and confident decisions based on real-time data
    • A simple setup provides routine data analysis and distribution
    • Specify user access and authorisation levels
    • Store information securely locally or in the Cloud
    • Effortlessly integrates with Leica GeoMoS tasks


    Click here for more information

  • The British Tunnelling Society Conference and Exhibition 2014

    SCCS will be attending the London BTS Conference in Westminster from 23 - 24 Sept, 2014 . The BTS Conference 2014 will be hosted in London’s most sought after event facility – the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster. The event last year, the first UK conference with a program organised jointly by Tunnelling Journal and the BTS, proved a real success, making this year's BTS Conference the most important gathering of UK tunnelling and excavation professionals taking place in 2014.

    Click here for the British Tunnelling Society Conference and Exhibition 2014 website.

  • SCCS Golf Day 2014

    Last month saw the second SCCS Golf Tournament with 65 guests and staff competing in an 18 hole Stableford competition at the Wyboston Lakes Golf Course in Bedfordshire .  A huge thank you to all who attended, who enjoyed a relatively dry, entertaining round, with the (now) infamous on-course refreshments, apparently some of which were non-alcoholic!!


    A special mention must go to the BSSUJV team for getting into the spirit of things by wearing their very own team colours.  Thanks to our very own Tom McCarthy and the squad for dressing in bright pink trousers!  Perhaps this could set a future trend?!

    A ‘Beat the Pro’ charity competition raised £402 for Teenage Cancer Trust, with Steve Bladen of Carillion being drawn out of the hat as one of the 8 people to beat the pro to win a new golfing shirt. The winner of the overall golf event was Gary Nell from GN Site Engineers Ltd with Adam Koch from Interlock Surveys achieving second place. Other competitions included the ‘Longest Drive’ where Neil Armstrong from Terrain Surveys Ltd triumphed and the ‘Nearest Pin’ won by Robert Brown.


    Tom Button, Account Manager and reigning SCCS champion added

    “The day went exceptionally well. I’m happy so many people came to make the day as successful as it was”

  • Tonight on BBC 9pm, The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway

    A team of more than 10,000 engineers and construction workers race to build a brand new railway under London - Crossrail - London's new Underground.

    Watch now on BBC iPlayer:

  • SCCS Support Southampton University on their Constructionarium Event

    SCCS – The Survey Equipment Company are proud to have recently supported Southampton University with their Constructionarium project at the secure site in Bircham Newton in Norfolk.

    Started over ten years ago, Constructionarium provides a practical construction experience allowing both students and professionals to construct scaled down versions of buildings, bridges, dams and other engineering developments. The project is aimed to link educational institutions with the construction industry and to make sure that students are able to relate their understanding gained in a practical and relevant environment.

    SCCS provided both technical experience and knowledge along with surveying equipment including Leica TS06plus Total Stations during the 5 day event.

    “We are happy to support Southampton University on this event and feel it is important to invest in the future of education within the UK Civil Engineering industry.”
    Richard Gregg, Construction Manager at SCCS

    “Thanks once again for supporting us during the 2014 Constructionarium”
    Dr Luke Myers FHEA, at Lecturer at Southampton University

  • The making of a smart tunnel

    Ground-breaking new sensing technologies in the world’s first ‘smart tunnel’ are providing engineers with an inexpensive and efficient method of monitoring, maintaining and protecting the UK’s infrastructure, now and well into the future.

    Twenty-five metres beneath central London is the world’s first ‘smart tunnel’, where ground-breaking new sensing technologies are providing massive amounts of information about the UK’s ageing infrastructure, and how best to maintain and protect it for generations to come.

    The Royal Mail tunnel, which was used to carry post across London from 1927 until 2003, is now the site of a unique underground laboratory where University of Cambridge engineers are monitoring movement in real time and seeing how the tunnel changes as a gigantic new tunnel is constructed just beneath it.

    Hundreds of low-cost sensors have been installed in a 30 metre stretch of the Royal Mail tunnel beneath Liverpool Street Station, where it is located only a few metres above the excavation of one of Crossrail’s new stations. Crossrail, a new commuter rail line across London due to open in 2018, is the largest civil engineering project currently under construction in Europe, and has put technology at the heart of its efforts to ensure minimal impact from its construction on adjacent infrastructure.

    The Royal Mail tunnel is just over 2.5 metres in diameter. By comparison, the Crossrail platform tunnel being excavated close beneath it is nearly 11 metres in diameter – more than the height of two double-decker buses.

    “A project as big as Crossrail comes with all sorts of engineering challenges,” said Professor Robert Mair, Head of Civil Engineering and of the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) at the University of Cambridge. “One of the most important of those challenges is how you excavate large tunnels underneath urban infrastructure without causing any distress to buildings or other tunnels.”

    The two tunnels run parallel to each other for more than 100 metres, with just a few metres between them. This is the first time that two tunnels have been dug in London in such close proximity and parallel to each other for such a long distance.

    Some limited movement of the Royal Mail tunnel, in the region of only a few millimetres, is inevitable during the Crossrail excavation, but the questions that the Cambridge technology is answering is how much movement is happening, what form the movement is taking, and whether it is within acceptable limits – the mechanics of which are quite complex.

    The CSIC team are using four different low-cost sensing technologies, which together can detect movements as small as one-hundredth of a millimetre, enabling any potential problems to be spotted and corrected well before they represent any risk to the older tunnel. To date, the minor movement that has taken place is well within the acceptable limits.

    “Together, the sensors paint an incredibly accurate and detailed picture of how the older tunnel is behaving, which will inform the best way to protect and maintain it,” said PhD student Mehdi Alhaddad, who has been monitoring the Royal Mail tunnel for more than a year. “In future, this type of technology could also be used to efficiently and economically monitor much of the UK’s Victorian and 20th century infrastructure, such as the miles of tunnels of the London Underground, 70 per cent of which is made of cast iron, similar to the Royal Mail tunnel.”

    The University has worked closely with Crossrail on ground monitoring on several of its construction sites. Crossrail has a sophisticated and extensive range of technologies, including monitors, installed across London to remove the possibility of damage to adjacent properties.

    “Right across London, cutting edge technology is being used to ensure that tunnelling work being carried out for Crossrail doesn’t cause damage to structures above or below ground,” said Chris Dulake, Crossrail Chief Engineer. “The movement that we have seen from our bored tunnelling so far has been significantly less than we expected and we will keep on working hard to make sure that continues to be the case.”

    Compared with current methods of monitoring, the sensing technologies installed by the CSIC team are cheaper, easier to install, consume less power and provide a complete picture of the entire tunnel, rather than just information about what is happening at selected points.

    Optical fibre has been installed along the length of the tunnel, which show if the tunnel is deforming or bending. Wireless displacement transducers measure displacement of one part of the tunnel relative to the next and wirelessly transmit the data to a receiving station. Photogrammetry, or computer vision, techniques allow the team to measure many more points than current methods and visualise what is happening in the tunnel.

    Long-lasting, ultra-low-power sensors, invented by PhD student Heba Bevan, have also been installed throughout the tunnel. These sensors measure temperature, humidity, acceleration and tilt, and can be left in place for years without requiring the battery to be changed.

    “The Crossrail project provides a great opportunity to improve knowledge in our profession, which will assist in the development of future projects in the UK and worldwide,” said Mike Devriendt, Associate Director at global engineering consultancy firm Arup, who worked as a technical consultant on the project. “Until now, there hasn’t been a way to assess the impact of construction on cast iron tunnels with such pinpoint accuracy.”

    “This is not only incredibly exciting for the CSIC team,” said Dr Jennifer Schooling, CSIC’s Director. “It is also a first on a number of counts. It is the first time so many of our revolutionary devices have been used to monitor the movement of an existing tunnel. It will also mean that we will see what effect such a large-scale excavation will have on a cast iron tunnel for the first time, almost in real time.”

    “By installing the kind of sensors that can give a continuous update about how much those tunnels might be moving and what changes are taking place, we can answer a lot of important questions about the value of our current infrastructure, the future of it, whether it needs to be maintained, whether it needs to be replaced - all those kinds of issues can be much better quantified,” said Professor Mair.

    CSIC is an Innovation and Knowledge Centre funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Technology Strategy Board to develop and commercialise emerging technologies.

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  • 3DReshaper 2014 now available

    We have just released the latest version of 3DReshaper 2014. Don't hesitate to download it to take advantage of all the latest improvements like a script language to automatize all your repetitive tasks. It contains also a lot of new commands: unroll tunnel, stitch meshes, extract breaking lines, etc.
    Learn more about the 2014 version >
    More information about scripting inside 3DReshaper >
    Download 3DReshaper 2014 >

  • SCCS at GEO Business 2014

    Geo Business

    SCCS - The Survey Equipment Company will be attending GEO Business 2014 - the Geospatial Event at the Business Design Centre, London from the 28th -29nd May 2014.

    As the leading supplier of surveying equipment to the construction industry we will be showcasing some of the professional solutions and services we provide. We look forward to welcoming you there.

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