The building is now at the fit out stage which is very exciting. Although the contractor has fallen behind program we are still on budget and the quality of the workmanship throughout the project has been excellent.
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Fully automatic, instant, 360 degree panoramic imaging system delivering high resolution spherical images in seconds.
Designed for rapid 360º imaging, iSTAR is a panoramic camera that precisely captures 360º full spherical immersive images and high resolution panoramic data streams for efficient visual documentation of an environment.
KEY FEATURES OF ISTAR
- Rapid image capture: Capturing images take approx. 2 to 3 seconds
- Easy-to-use with one button push to operate Capture 360º still images and video
- Generates GIS map positions from captured images or video
- Seamless integration of images into third party applications
- Totally mobile: capture over 600 images on one charge using optional external battery.
- Automatic HDR
- 3 iSTAR models: Fusion for capturing still images, Pulsar for 360º video and IR for no light
- Live remote control with full immersive view from tablet PC over WiFI
- Fast “real-time” stitching of images
- Can be vehicle mounted or inverted for surveillance and remote monitoring
For more information click here http://www.sccssurvey.co.uk/istar-360-degree-rapid-imaging.html
Yet again SCCS are recognising technological developments in survey instrumentation. The need to remove your staff from hazardous areas, whilst improving productivity and accuracy are hot topics within the surveying and construction world, and what better way to do this than with UAV technology.
SCCS recently signed a distributor agreement with service-drone, giving SCCS the sole rights to distribute their products within the U.K. Service Drone are an innovative forward thinking company based in Germany. Their products allow for either autonomous or manual flight controls using in-house flight software.
The main advantages to flying this “copter” is that it allows for vertical take-off and landing and also allows you to take “static” imagery from a hovering position. (Held in position using on board GPS that navigates the flight-robot to an exact position in the air updating 512 times per second) The “Surveying Robot” enables a hardly conceivable measurement result of up to 1 mm ground resolution and equally unique flight stability at wind strengths of 10-15 meter per second.
Whilst in Germany, the SCCS team were lucky enough to witness a local company survey an aggregates quarry, which measured 12.0 Ha in area and was approximately 60m deep. This was conventionally surveyed with Leica GNSS receivers (Network RTK), taking the three company surveyors two days to complete the site work. The MULTIROTOR flight planning took 15mins in the office, the actual flight time was approx. 30mins and the final processing took approximately 3-4 hrs. The resulting end products/deliverables included a point cloud, decimated 3D triangulated DXF, a Google Earth Model KMZ file and an Orthophoto.
The system has many applications including bulk earthworks projects involving volumetric, progress surveys, topographic surveys of large areas and inspection surveys. On a basic level service drone provides a pictorial representation of site condition, and can be used to inspect Infrastructure which would normally need specialist manpower/equipment.
SCCS recently visited Sweden in a bid to further understand how Leica Machine Guidance and Control systems have developed and are now utilised in other countries. Leica Geosystems Sweden have a vast hire fleet of machine control solutions, with approximately 1000 individual systems being utilised in the western region alone.
Leica Machine Control command an 80% market share in Sweden, a business built on providing prompt response to technical queries and excellent customer relations.
These are also qualities which the SCCS Machine Control team take pride in. With their own fleet of 2D and 3D Machine Control Solutions for a broad spectrum of plant, the SCCS Machine Control team are able to offer the best solution to meet your site’s needs.
So far so good, the contractor has performed well over the past two and a half weeks. The main frame is completed and the first floor of placed concrete beams is well advanced.
With the cladding almost completed the works are on time and on budget...so far!
Paul MacArthur adds
"We are delighted with the contractor’s performance to date. They have maintained an exceptionally high standard of workmanship and are on program. We could not ask for more"
INTERGEO covers a wide variety of fields, ranging from surveying, geoinformation, remote sensing and photogrammetry to complementary solutions and technologies. Processing, using and analysing geodata on the Internet or in the field is an extremely interesting and dynamic area. Associated solutions are presented and discussed by experts at INTERGEO. What's more, INTERGEO is the ideal platform for areas of innovation that are enjoying dynamic growth.
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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 complexities of setting up Crossrail’s large monitoring programme
By Steve Thurgood MCInstCES, Monitoring Solutions Consultant at SCCS.
In July 2011, Costain and Skanska working as a joint venture (CSJV) were awarded Crossrail contract C405 to complete the main civil engineering works for the new Crossrail station at Paddington. The station will be built underground below Eastbourne Terrace and adjacent to the southwestern elevation of the existing mainline terminus station.
The new station construction area is surrounded by English Heritage grade I listed buildings which form the existing station along one side and modern office buildings on the other. The entire area is in a densely built up zone of the centre of London with mixed commercial and residential buildings.
The respective heads of the engineering surveying departments for the parent companies reviewed the construction sequencing and methodology, and decided to undertake all of the engineering surveying for the construction phases. The team also decided that the parent companies would install, run, operate and maintain large parts of the instrumentation and monitoring (I&M) schemes that were required in the client specification, rather than subcontracting the works out to an I&M specialist.
Fast, exact and cost-efficient: Amberg Technologies, the Swiss specialist for railway and tunnel surveying, is expanding the well-tried rail surveying system GRP System FX with the new Amberg IMS 1000 and Amberg IMS 3000 system configurations. These configurations provide reliable and highly precise geometry information during the construction and maintenance of railway track systems – while achieving unparalleled productivity.
IMS 1000 and IMS 3000 measure the inner and outer rail geometry of ballast tracks and slab tracks using a new, high-performance sensor – the (IMU). Measuring 4000 metres of track per hour, the system’s performance is twice as high as of devices available on the market today. It furthermore ensures that the track will be measured reliably by providing a typical positional accuracy of ±1mm. “With this system we set a new standard for the speed for hand-pushed measurement carts while nevertheless achieving greatest accuracies”, explains Marius Schäuble, Product Manager Rail at Amberg Technologies. The IMS 1000 / IMS 3000 software processes the measurement data, analyses the quality of the track and reports the deviations to a design centerline. Correction data for tamping machines can also be generated directly. Advantage for the system’s users: the greater productivity and accuracy during track measurement reduces costs, enables efficient track maintenance and thus contributes significantly to the quality and safety of railway lines.
The new IMU technology replaces the tachymeter for measuring track geometry and therefore only requires a single measurement cart, operated by a single operator only. Until now, up to four persons were required for comparable track geometry surveys. The “Track Sprinter” also requires only little logistical effort and can be used flexibly and at short notice. Consequence: the costs for track geometry surveying decrease up to 90 per cent compared to traditional methods.
SCCS are currently providing instruments, equipment and technical expertise for a unique project at an exclusive London location monitoring Grade 1 listed buildings and the Thames Wall. This year long project will involve monitoring twenty four hours a day with a Leica Nova TM50 tracking data from thirty prisms and five under water tilt meters. This will provide constant data and essential information on any movements found along the Thames Wall whilst tunnelling is carried out beneath the river. All communications link back to SCCS through a custom built communications hub for analysis on a GeoMoS Monitor.