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  • Leica MS60 MultiStation Use on the Ordsall Chord Network Rail Project in Manchester

    The Ordsall Chord is a flagship Network Rail project in Manchester City Centre and involves the construction of 7 new spans, 300m of new track and the widening of existing Victorian viaducts.  At the centre of the project sits the iconic network arch bridge, the first of its kind in the UK, spanning 90m.  The new link will allow trains to run between Manchester’s Victoria and Piccadilly stations for the first time.

    SCCS – The Survey Equipment Company operates as a preferred supplier to Skanska and have worked in partnership on the Ordsall Chord to successfully deliver equipment, technical support and training. Since the preliminary stages of the project the team have provided assistance with commendable performance, regularly going the extra mile to meet the projects requirements at short notice.

    The use of the Leica MS60 MultiStation has added significant value to engineering and surveying procedures as well as delivering significant time savings on the Ordsall Chord project. Much of the design of the Ordsall Chord project adopts complex geometry to deliver architectural features such as fanned pier extensions. These complex structures meant traditional checking throughout the construction process which would have been challenging. The adoption of the Leica MS60 allowed us to develop an innovative process of scanning and verification/clash detection to reduce risk and streamline the QA process. The Leica MS60 even delivered time savings over modern dedicated laser scan systems, this is where there is a requirement for small amounts point cloud data regularly when captured in conjunction with traditional site engineering and surveying duties.

    On a rail project such as the Ordsall Chord, limited access to track means time on track is precious.  Having the ability to complete a quick scan with our multi station has delivered unforeseen benefits through as built point cloud information as previously additional track visits would have likely been required.

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    Acknowledgements

    Dan Binney, Senior engineering surveyor at Skanska

    Tom Emerson, Engineering Surveyor at Skanska

    Skanska Bam Nuttall JV – Northern Hub Alliance

  • Geo Business 2017

    SCCS - will be attending GEO Business 2017 - the Geospatial Event at the Business Design Centre, London from the 23rd -24th May 2017.

     

    As the leading supplier of surveying equipment to the construction industry we will be showcasing and demonstrating some of the most innovative solutions and services we provide. This includes the Leica MS60 MultiStation, the latest Leica DS2000 Utility Detection Radar, a revolutionary innovation for wireless monitoring equipment, HDS Laser Scanning demostrations, and Leica machine control solutions.

    We look forward to seeing you on stand G10.

  • SCCS Rail Day 2017

    The SCCS test track in Northamptonshire played host to the 7th annual SCCS Rail Day last Friday the 28th, where SCCS technical representatives showcased the very latest in Rail based survey technologies.

    The demonstrations covered a variety of survey requirements from collection of track geometry, clearance gauging and sub surface utility mapping to the processing and analysis of large coordinated datasets.

    The day was attended by nearly 40 surveyors and engineers from across the UK who carry out work on both Network rail infrastructure and the London Underground.

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  • Surveying Safety, Education & Training Developments.

    An interview with Richard Gregg on education, training and developments of service and cable location equipment and best practices.

    Please give us a brief bio of yourself.

    I am a Construction Sales Manager for SCCS, The Surveying Equipment Company with over 25 years’ worth of experience in surveying, specialising in the education and training of surveying equipment. During my career I’ve help supply and support surveying equipment to some of the top universities and colleges teaching surveying and engineering related courses in the UK.

    What type of equipment do you provide training for?

    Generally we provide detailed training on the service detection and location instruments, including the complete EZiCAT and ULTRA range as well as the Radiodetection CAT4 and RD series of service locators. All ranges are suited for quality assurance and health and safety compliance purposes. We also provide training on other types of surveying instruments such Total Stations and GPS which are ideal for construction and civil engineering projects. The most common request I receive is for training on cable and service detection equipment. Our demonstration and training is normally provided onsite but can be arranged at our facility in St Neots.

    How often to do provide training courses and who for?

    Nearly all of the training we provide is arranged with the customer around their requirements. We tutor individuals and large groups on the requested equipment and provide certification upon completion which is normally valid for 3 years.

    We have taught many different organisations over the years but have had a great deal of success with universities including the UCL (University College London) and Southampton University. SCCS have supplied these institutions with equipment such as the Leica TS06 Flexline range of Total Stations and Leica NA720 Automatic Levels, both very popular and great instruments to learn on. We have also supported Southampton University with technical knowledge and experience on their Constructionarium event which allows students and experts to construct scaled versions of buildings, bridges and other engineering developments.

    Surveying Safety, Education & Training Developments

     

    How long are the safety courses?

    Most of the training courses with a service locators are ‘Familiarisation’ and ‘Cable Avoidance’ and both can be completed in the same day however further follow up training and demonstrations can always be arranged. Our customers discuss their requirements and decide the type of instrument they need and we then arrange the training.

    What can be expected from a one day course?

    Let’s take the EZiSYSTEM cable locating equipment (CATs, Signal Transmitters and accessories). This one of the best and most popular range of service locating equipment on the market today. Normally the training is done on site and we can provide all equipment.

    Firstly, with the familiarisation course, we run through the product use and control layout. Then we move on to the practical aspects such as the power, radio, active, induction and connection modes and then on to depth estimation. The Cable Avoidance training has further theoretical and practical elements which deliver comprehensive understanding of the EZiSYSTEM.

    What are the benefits of this Locator Equipment?

    Well, gathering information about the position of buried utilities such as gas pipelines and electricity cables is extremely important, keeping workers and equipment safe from hazardous strikes during excavation projects. Within the industry it is increasingly important to keep workers safe in the field and up to date with health and safety. The location detection equipment we provide not only do this but also gathers and relays information for further processing. Some, such as the EZiCAT i750 come with GPS positioning allowing it to be tracked and provide the whereabouts of the device. It is also Bluetooth SmartReady, meaning it can communicate through apple and android mobile devices for data processing.

    Any pearls of wisdom or any further advice?

    Only that health and safety in the field is very important and the detection of hidden services must be found before any excavation work starts. Not only does the training and equipment we recommend do this but it also saves time and money as they are quick and easy to use. They are a must have to anyone who breaks ground for any reason.

    It has been a privilege, thanks very much.

     

  • Collaborative CAD system workflows for large HDS data projects

    An interview with Phil Marsh on the advantages of using Leica JetStream to improve the transfer of data across numerous platforms.

    Hi Phil, please give us a short overview of yourself.

    I am the HDS manager at SCCS where I have been for 6 years, and as the specialist in laser scanning and 3D modelling for land and measured building surveying I provide sales and support to all of our customers. During my career I have gained experience with modern TPS, GPS and HDS surveying equipment and knowledge with topographical and internal measured building surveys using Leica laser scanning hardware such as the new ScanStation P30/P40 and the software Leica Cyclone, CloudWorx and 3DReshaper.

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    You’ve chosen to talk about the Leica JetStream software. Why?

    Leica JetStream is a streaming data server for HDS projects and in a nutshell it speeds up the scanning workflow. It allows scan data to be sent to other users and clients very quickly. As point cloud data is typically huge in file size, sometimes terabytes of data, trying to distribute this to multiple users via file transfer or manually by disk can be a real nightmare. Instead, Leica JetStream compresses and circulates the captured point clouds to other users who can then load and render instantly.

    So what are the benefits of Leica JetStream?

    Speed, definitely. When integrating into projects the work flow speeds up no end. As the indexed data gets optimised and reduced by up to 10 times in size so it’s quicker to work with. It also saves on storage space and as the data is managed from one location there’s no duplication or mistaking the information.

    This adds the obvious benefit of being easier to collaborate on projects and when working as a team. As I mentioned, the data is stored in one location such as a cloud services like Amazon and Google which can be accessed by multiple users at any time, across networks so ideal for unlimited sized groups.

    Also, it loads projects instantly and gives super-fast rendering for CAD users who really will appreciate the benefit. Full density point cloud rendering all done in real-time, which speeds up panning, zooming and other interactions. All users hate waiting for rendering to complete and JetStream slashes this. It also means it’s ideally suited for the advanced Leica P30 and P40 ScanStations.

    Any other advantages?

    Its scalability means it can accommodate single users to large groups and the extra available components are very affordable and on subscription, meaning users can be more flexible with adjusting their costs.

    Who can use Leica JetStream?

    Leica CloudWorx users and CAD companies mostly. Anyone using AutoCAD or anyone integrating a 3D point cloud data. Generally I suppose the entire CAD community.

    What makes Leica JetStream unique?

    I suppose its main unique pro is to be able to connect with all Leica CloudWorx plugins and in the future will be developed to connect with Leica Cyclone modules too.

    Thanks very much for taking time out to do this Phil.

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