• 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

  • STAR*NET Experienced Users Workshop

    MicroSurvey will be traveling to the United Kingdom in 2017 to host a workshop for experienced users of STAR*NET software, in addition to the "STAR*NET Certification" program that will be offered at the same facility.  This course will aim to deepen your understanding of STAR*NET converters, new features and more advanced options that you can access as you plan a campaign using STAR*NET.  This is also a chance to meet with your peers and the STAR*NET support team to learn about the variety of ways STAR*NET can be used.

    For further details visit:

  • Leap Second Is Being Added to the Glonass Satellites

    On the 31st December 2016, a leap second is being added to the GLONASS satellites.

    If you are using an antenna that can track GLONASS satellites it is critical to ensure that you are up to date with your Measurement Engine Firmware (MEFW). For legacy equipment there has not been a recent release of this so if you have updated in the last year then you should be fine, no need to panic.  If you have a Viva antenna (GS10, GS14, GS15, GS16 and GS25) there was an update in August and it is recommended that you install this.


    To check your ME FW. Connect to your GS antenna then; Go to Settings, About Leica Captivate, and page to the GS Sensor tab. Or with a Viva contoller  Go to User, About Leica Viva, and page to the GS Sensor tab.

    The latest measurement engine is available to download from Leica myWorld:



  • Important Leica SmartNet Performance Notice.

    Major solar storm predicted from 25th - 27th October.

    There is a possibility Leica SmartNet performance and bad time for GNSS. A solar storm is predicted over the next few days which could possibly affect Leica SmartNet and GNSS performance.


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The Survey Equipment Catalogue

SCCS Catalogue

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If you would like us to send you a printed version please contact us:

Tel: 01480 404888


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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