• 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.

  • SCCS Knowledge Base

    We have today  launched  our knowledge base site dedicated to surveying related support material. We are aiming to provide a comprehensive resource for surveying related information which includes video step by step tutorials and printable walkthrough guides. The searchable tutorials include diagrams and illustrations which are easy to understand and follow. We have also included a complete document library full of manuals, brochures and other useful papers.


    This website will continue to expand and updated with new information as we share our extensive knowledge and expertise in surveying related instrumentation and practises.




    SCCS Knowledge Base
  • Frequently Asked Questions of the Leica DS2000 Utility Detection Radar

    Common questions on the new Leica DS2000 utility detection radar answered by Thomas Grant-Jones, technical advisor for detection and avoidance solutions at SCCS.

    A brief overview of the Leica DS2000 Utility Detection Radar.

    The Leica DS2000 detects and positions underground assets, gathering vital information. Data collection and export of underground utilities, from storm sewers to fibre optics is possible with the Leica DS2000.

    Click here for full Leica DS2000 Spec.

    Key Benefits include

    • Comprehensive detection and underground mapping.
    • Identify assets and potential threats.
    • Data storage and export.
    • Advanced ergonomics for easy manoeuvrability.





    What separates the Leica DS2000 from other utility detection GPRs?

    The Leica DS2000 is a robust, user friendly system. It features two frequencies meaning that it’s able to comfortably look into both shallow and deeper ground at any one point. This means you’re able to clearly see both shallow and deeper services on the screen at the time of acquisition.


    On average in the UK & ROI, what would you say is the deepest you can see to effectively locate utilities?

    This is variable as ground conditions aren’t the same everywhere – however, on average I’d say anything between 1.5 – 2.5 meters.


    If I’ve used a DS2000 GPR on a project, does this mean I wouldn’t need to use an Ezicat & Genny or vice versa?

    No, in accordance with PAS128 these are two separate steps in utility detection. You can miss things with an Ezicat that you wouldn’t necessarily miss with a GPR – for example: plastic pipes that carry water or gas.


    Utility surveying is a new service provision to our company, we’re not in a position to invest in all of the kit until demand picks up. Is there an alternative to purchasing a system straight away?

    Of course, SCCS has a big rental fleet with competitive rates for both one off and long term hire periods.


    What do I need to know before if I purchase or hire a DS2000?

    Nothing necessarily, we can provide you with comprehensive product training and also give you an understanding of what different features look like in DS2000 data.


    Do you provide customer support for the?

    Yes, all you need to do is give SCCS a call or email for any queries on how to use the GPR.


    Our client hasn’t stated whether or not they want the services marked on-site or if they want a paper trail?

    No issue, any data recorded with a DS2000 is automatically saved to the tablet (PC). Once a GPR survey is finished you can print out a PDF survey report which will contain information on the completed survey.


    Can you use GPS with GPR?

    Absolutely, you can use the DS2000 with or without GPS. We can provide you with a GPS system that talks directly to the software. Alternatively, you can use your own system as long as it meets the minimum requirements ($GP GGA, serial port or Bluetooth connection, and a minimum of 5Hz).


  • Successful STAR*NET Training

    SCCS and Microsurvey recently hosted a 3 day training campus for Star*Net in which the SCCS training facility accommodated new and experienced users over the event.

    Successful STAR*NET Training


    Our classroom was filled with individuals from multiple disciplines and companies, from complete beginners to experienced users. The candidates were tutored over 3 days and gained experience using the software. Teaching them to get the most beneficial use of software and practical use of data import converters, bespoke configuration for different survey types and instrumentation, setting up  the system for different projects, knowledge to understand the mathematics of the least squares adjustment and the significance of the Chi Squared test. The days also covered total station, levelling and GNSS networks with troubleshooting workflows.

    Overall a great success and many thanks to all those who attended.

  • 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

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The Survey Equipment Catalogue

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Used Equipment

Used Equipment

SCCS not only offer a great selection of new instruments but also a large selection of used surveying equipment and used GPS equipment.

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