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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.

    Leica JetStream


    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.

  • Leica Cloudworx for AutoCAD Upgrade Offer

    Limited time offer

    As an existing user of Leica products, to further increase your productivity, Leica Geosystems are pleased to offer you a limited time offer to upgrade to “Cloudworx for AutoCAD PRO” at a very low price.

    Until March 10th 2017, you can upgrade as follows: Leica CloudWorx AutoCAD Pro Upgrade from Basic for just £700 ex VAT!

    Leica Cloudworx for AutoCAD Upgrade Offer


    This represents a a huge saving and is offered as part of the JetStream introduction to provide a path to maximum productivity, all in one step.

    A CCP must be purchased for £700 ex VAT as part of this upgrade (payable monthly via direct debit) - and you can add JetStream whenever you wish. The CCP allows the user to access support plus ongoing upgrades, many of which are planned for the future.

    Cloudworx for AutoCAD PRO offers significant benefits on top of the Cloudworx BASIC feature set.

    Some of these are:

    • Modeling Tools - cylinders, patches etc.
    • Clashing Tools - a very useful feature, especially in Plant applications.
    • SmartPicks.
    • TruSpace.
      • Use TruSpace with imagery.
      • Draw over a picture within TruSpace - civil, architecture, BIM etc.
      • TruSpace makes a project significantly easier to visualise.
      • Cloudworx fitting commands available directly from TruSpace.
      • Pick it, and have it found via region grow.
    • Colour Mapping - change colour of point clouds, switch from RGB to Intensity, on-the-fly.
    • Fit Section command – architecture, BIM, and plant. Easily fit lines.
    • UCS Orientation Tools - One click to place the UCS.
    • Survey Features - find ground points etc.
    • Point Extraction - to use with the final AutoCAD data to create a mesh.
    • Fit centre lines accurately to scanned pipes - use centre lines as a basis for intelligent modelling.

    Combining JetStream with an upgrade of your BASIC “Cloudworx for AutoCAD” product to the PRO version will enable you to vastly increase your productivity, maximising your investment and your profit.

    Contact our dedicated sales team 01480 404888 or email for further details.

  • Effective Hydrographic Surveying in the modern world

    An interview with Muneer Hassan on the benefits of Sonarmite’s Echo Sounder and Hydrone-RCV when surveying, measuring and identifying the physical features of lakes, rivers, reservoirs and estuaries.



    Muneer Hassan

    Muneer Hassan
    Technical Sales & Support Manager, SCCS

    Please give us a brief bio of yourself.
    I am technical and sales support manager at SCCS – The Surveying Equipment Company with over 20 years’ worth of experience in all fields of topographic and hydrographic surveying. During my career I’ve supported all types of land surveys, waterways, canals and other bodies of water for national construction agencies and environmental consultants.
    Who is the Sonarmite Echo Sounder and Hydrone-RCV for and where can it be used?
    The Echo sounder and Hydrone setup is perfect for hydrographers, land surveyors, environmental consultants and anyone really that needs to survey the physical features such a river or a lake. The surveying can be done from a traditional boat with the Echo Sounder, but works best when attached to the Hydrone, the Radio Controlled boat platform. It’s used for general planning, environmental concerns, identifying needs such as dredging and flood risk assessments etc.
    Why did you choose this particular piece of equipment and what are the benefits?
    So after having a great deal of interest for this type of surveying, we wanted to be able to supply a reliable and good quality solution to the industry which would be available for both hire and sales. After some research and a little development with Sonarmite we found the Echo Sounder to be the obvious choice.
    And the benefits?
    Well the health and safety requirements are a big one. It lowers risk as no men need to go on the water, its all done remotely. The Hydrone boat platform is quite large but can be carried by one person and easily fits in the back of a standard sized car. There is no need for certificates or extensive safety equipment which keeps things simple. A survey can be done by just a single operator, whereas traditionally it would take up to three. It also saves time as it’s easy to use, easy to transport and ultimately saves money which is great.
    And what features make this unique?
    I suppose the some of the added benefits are that it can be used with long range Leica Total Stations with Bluetooth enabled and will also work with all modern Leica GNSS receivers. We are trying to develop the equipment to become fully autonomous which would allow for preprogramed routes, guided by GNSS.
    When will the Echo Sounder and Hydrone be available?
    It already is. We have had a lot of successful demos and our customers who have both bought and hired from us have commented on how easy it is to use and the results. We offer certified training to people new to hydrographic surveying and the use of the Hydrone with the Echo Sounder.
    Any parting shots or pearls of wisdom?
    Only that cost of this particular setup is a real advantage. I’ve mentioned the benefits above, but in my experience the amount of time I’ve spent surveying of water this has been one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to go about it.
    It has been a privilege, thanks very much.


    Click here for details on the Echo Sounder and HyDrone-RCV

  • New Leica Rugby 640G rotating laser features green beams

    The new Rugby 640G rotating laser and Rod Eye 120G laser receiver from Leica Geosystems has been released which features bright green coloured beams for improved visibility.

    Leica Rugby 640G Ceiling Target

    When aligning and levelling in and around constructions, red beams can be tough to see. The new Leica Rugby 640G rotating laser with green beam allows you to easily see where you’re working.

    This comprehensive, versatile laser provides the best beam visibility for interior applications. From working on suspended ceilings to installing drywall, the new green beam makes sure you don’t miss the mark. The green beam uses the newest in green diode technology, visible up to 30 metres without the need of a receiver. It comes with up to 60 hrs operating time an IP67 protection rating making these lasers the most trustworthy and robust choice for any interior project.

    The Leica Rugby 640G comes in package with the new Rod Eye 120G with digital read-out ability for useful offset readings and exceptional operating range. The Rugby 640G also functions reliably outdoors, even in freezing temperatures. Rugby 640G and Rod Eye 120G come with 3 year No Cost period and lifetime manufacturer’s warranty.

    For further details and to order online click here.

    Rugby 640G Drywall Receiver Laser


    Rugby 640G Metermark Receiver Laser


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