Surveying earthquake damage to restore tourism

There has been extensive seismic activity in New Zealand over the last few years. In November there was another significant earthquake in the South Bay Marina, on the South Island.

The South Bay Marina and surrounding area in Kaikoura is a popular area for tourism and commercial fishing. However the earthquake has disrupted this activity with seabed uplift.

Areas that were previously channels for fishing or tourism boats to make their way into open water are now reduced to narrow passages, only usable at high tide.

Eliot Sinclair were approached to survey the damage after the earthquake and to re-establish chart datum.

 

 

Rising Expectation

There’s a transformation underway — and it’s giving people a new approach to look at their world. The various ways we use spatial data are quickly moving from flat, static maps to interactive representations in three and even four dimensions. The exciting new approaches are driving a sharp increase in demand for spatial information.

From basic drafting solutions to the augmented reality of Pokémon Go, today’s professional users and consumers alike expect more spatial information; they also require high levels of accuracy and resolution. Much of this demand places a strong emphasis on 3D information. The demand is expected to continue to grow as new tools and devices for visualisation and interaction find their way into the hands of more — and increasingly diverse — users.

Read the full article on the GeoDataPoint blog.

Enabling High Productivity for Indoor Mapping

The Trimble Indoor Mobile Mapping Solution (TIMMS) is the optimal fusion of technologies for capturing spatial data of indoor and other GNSS denied areas of all sizes and locations.

It provides both LiDAR and spherical imagery of a facility, enabling the creation of accurate, real-life representations (maps, models) of interior spaces and all of its contents, every object in the interior space all at speeds not possible with traditional laser scanning techniques.

TIMMS truly revolutionises indoor 3D mapping, enabling high-end productivity to give your business the winning edge in indoor mapping.

Scanning Brisbane’s Gateway Bridge – in half the scans

Scanning one of Brisbane’s Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges is no small task. The first of the bridges, formally known as the Gateway Bridge, is 1.6 km long.

However some of our surveyors have recently captured the bridge with the Trimble SX10 demo unit and with half as many scans as you might expect.

They were able to do the survey with 10 station set ups and thirteen scans. The results were processed in Trimble Business Center and UPG staff were impressed.

“Previously we would have had to scan the bridge using twice as many set ups to ensure sufficient overlap to successfully register the data. Alternatively we could have captured the bridge as a topographic survey,” commented one surveyor. “Either way we would have been in for a lot more work to even get close to the same result”.

The demo unit has been around the country, also scanning the Melbourne War Memorial.

See more of the scans from the Trimble SX10, or register for a demo.

UPG would like to thank Tim Gahan from QRGF for his assistance in making the Gateway Bridge survey possible.

Find out about Point Clouds in Trimble Connect

A point cloud is a set of data points in a coordinate system. They can be the result of a laser scan and show the external surface of the scanned object. Point clouds can be stored and shared using Trimble Connect, the collaboration environment from Trimble.

To find out more, see the Point Clouds article on the forums in the Trimble Community.

The community is a great place to learn about point clouds, as well as many other things. You can also ask questions or talk to your peers.

Read the Point Clouds article.