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  • Leica Machine Guidance and Control systems in Sweden

    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.

  • On Time and on Budget - so Far

    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 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 Conference Trade Fair

    SCCS - The Survey Equipment Company will be attending INTERGEO 2014 in Berlin which is the world’s leading conference trade fair for geodesy, geoinformation and land management.

    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.

    For full details please click here:

  • 2014 ICES Dinner

    SCCS supported this year’s ICES annual dinner which has become a must attend event within the geomatics calendar. Our very own team of professionals, along with over 30 guests attended the event at the historic Chateau Impney in Droitwich in Spa.

    SCCS at ICES 2014

  • 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

  • Moving monitoring forward

    The complexities of setting up Crossrail’s large monitoring programme

    By Steve Thurgood MCInstCES, Monitoring Solutions Consultant at SCCS.

    CrossRail ConstructionIn 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.

    Click here to read the full article in the Civil Engineering Surveyor Journal.

  • Amberg Technologies Develops Unique Rail Surveying System

    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.

  • Unique Monitoring Project

    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.

  • SCCS New Facility Steel Work

    The main contractor has started to erect the steel work for our new facility. With just a 5 week program for the frame erection, all the cladding including roof guttering windows and doors. All eyes are on our main contractor to ensure that he keeps on time and on budget!!!

    SCCS New Facility Steel WorkSCCS New Facility Steel Work

  • Leica ScanStation P20/P15 Laser Classification

    P20 and P15We are pleased to announce that according to the latest release of the IEC60825-1 Ed. 3 laser safety standard the Leica ScanStation P20 and the Leica ScanStation P15 are now Class 1 laser products.

    This new classification is valid with immediate effect for all ScanStation P20/P15 instruments in the market and for all new scanners delivered from the factory.

  • SonarMite Hydrographic Echo Sounders

    SCCS are proud to announce a partnership with Ohmex to supply the SonarMite range of hydrographic echo sounders.

    The SonarMite is the world's first survey grade echo sounder to be truly portable and to use Bluetooth technology to communicate directly with the Leica 'Viva' controller. The single beam echo sounder fits on to the surveyors’ detail pole and acts as a rod extension providing an easy to use method to survey rivers, lakes and estuaries using existing kit and software. The instrument is currently being used extensively in the UK for river surveys in conjunction with Leica robotic total stations and bespoke 4Site software from AiC.

    SCCS are currently the largest European distributor of Leica Geosystems equipment and already offer a  comprehensive range of professional services.  Ohmex and SCCS have identified an ongoing need for short term or occasional use of Ohmex  SonarMite equipment by existing Leica users.   SCCS have therefore added a full range of SonarMite Hydrographic Echo Sounders to their hire fleet  to provide an extensive SonarMite hire service .

    SonarMite Main Features

    • Bluetooth technology for use with Windows PC devices
    • Established 'Smart' transducer with QA output
    • Rechargeable battery for use in the field
    • Effortlessly integrated with other software and GPS equipment
  • Smartnet Server Final Notification

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

    Please use the New server to avoid disruption.

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