SX10: Why this game changer is winning fans

Trimble’s SX10 has redefined the capabilities of everyday survey equipment – a full total station technology plus a high-precision scanner in one revolutionary machine.
It has been embraced eagerly by the market globally and the regions serviced by UPG are no exception.
We spoke to three organisations that have adopted SX10s into their operations …

Safer for all

RPS Ipswich’s surveyor manager Damian Ling said their acquisition of an SX10 was not only making work more efficient it was making life safer for their team too.

‘We chose the SX10 for a number of reasons but the fact it is a high precision survey instrument and a scanner in one unit was right up there,” he said.

“It means our team are spending less time doing their surveys and scans and therefore are out of harm’s way.

“We have been able to reduce sub-contracting traffic control on site which is a time and cost saving too.”

Damian said the SX10’s position as a cutting edge instrument also meant clients could see that their quality assurance standards were being met, something that wasn’t necessarily as easy to achieve with other instruments.

“They can see we are adopting new technology and that’s giving them confidence in us. The results from the SX10 just further enhance that,” he said.

Damian said Trimble’s workflow was also a big plus.

“Trimble has a nice, efficient workflow from survey and scan to processing to results. It is a lot simpler and easier to use than other systems we’ve tried,” he said.

And while the SX10 of course isn’t a guarantee that tenders will be won, Damian said the SX10 was helping put RPS Ipswich in the top contenders.

“The time savings, the cost reductions, the increase in safety and the speed of capture and creating results are just some of the aspects setting us up well in the tendering process,” Damian said.

“The SX10 is giving us an advantage.”

Going to the next level

For Lucas Flumm, survey manager at Kennedy Surveying in northern NSW, the SX10’s high quality scanner was a major reason for the company acquiring it.

“I’ve used a lot of scanners of all kinds,” he said. “and the main thing for us with the SX10 is that it is a multi-station with a good quality scanner. It captures point cloud data much more akin to dedicated High Definition Scanners which is excellent for 3D modelling.

“The point cloud capabilities are important for us and many of our jobs. The SX10 has made capturing that data possible and it is paying off for us and for our clients.”

Lucas said the SX10’s tablet had been somewhat of an unexpected benefit too.

“I am really enjoying using the tablet. It is definitely making working quicker and easier.

“We’ve found that basically we’re using the SX10 on any job we can.

“It is proving invaluable in hard to access job sites.”

A recent job to scan a building internally and externally had brought home the SX10 advantage for the Kennedy team.

“It was a scan of a very busy building in the Byron area,” Lucas said.

“If we had been using a conventional set-up the job would have taken at least a week, which would have been a huge imposition and difficult to achieve without huge disruptions.

“With the SX10 we completed the survey in eight hours.

“Not only does that make the client happy, we also captured all the data required more accurately and efficiently than conventional methods would have.”

Lucas said the sheer scale of cloud point data that was gathered was taking things to the next level.

“We can now provide incredible detail, especially to civil engineers. It has added value to the clients.

“And we’re finding the SX10 is making us more competitive when tendering for jobs.”

He said acquiring the SX10 from UPG had been a ‘great experience’.

“They’ve been very supportive and while I’ve found I haven’t needed a lot of help, whenever I’ve asked for it I’ve got what I needed quickly and accurately from the UPG team,” Lucas said.

Above and beyond

While Downes Group was already a ‘Trimble shop’, the acquisition of the SX10 wasn’t just a matter of buying the brand by any stretch of the imagination, according to director, Simon Passlow.

“The SX10 is a good fit with our existing service delivery, regardless of brand,” he said.

“We undertake significant transport infrastructure projects and often the job includes structures, such as bridges.

“Engineers aren’t always able to articulate what they need at the time of survey – with the SX10 we are able to collect a wide scope of data, conventional and point cloud.

“This means the engineers have access to a wealth of data which really gives them options.”

Simon said this aspect of the SX10 had already demonstrated its worth on a recent project. A conventional survey was commissioned on a bridge and completed. After the engineer was in receipt of the data specified in the scope of works, he had additional queries which were able to be quickly resolved by extracting measurements from the point cloud model in TBC. Previously, the Downes team would more than likely have had to return to the site, an impost on time and cost for both parties.

“The brief was for a conventional survey, but with the SX10 we were able to do scans regardless with minimal extra set up or time required,” Simon said.

“In this case that paid off for us and for our client.”

Simon said the use of Trimble Business Centre (TBC) to produce and extract the data was also a plus.

“As with any new tech, there is a learning curve with the SX10 but it has proven relatively easy to get what we want out of it. Feedback from users experienced on other systems is that the process of managing and editing ‘regions’ in TBC point clouds is more efficient than that of other vendors.

“The UPG team has also been invaluable in getting us up and running with the SX10.”

State-of-the-art achievement

UPG’s southeast Queensland sales manager Rod Yann said the SX10’s acceptance by the market was testament to its state-of-the-art capabilities.

“We’re confident the SX 10 will soon become the standard for geospatial professionals, providing data capture capabilities way beyond current similar technologies,” he said.

“Early adopters of the SX10 and its capabilities are paving the way for the future.

Rod said the SX10 was the result of Trimble’s approach to advancing technologies by taking an idea and, with the company’s vast array of expertise across its various divisions, creates a product that pushes the envelope.

“This SX 10 is not a Robotic Total Station that measures quickly, it is the first robotic Total Station with true laser scanning capability,” he said.

“The big data that is collected extremely efficiently by the SX10 can be data mined at a later date or enhanced as an upfront data deliverable that is visually rich.

“It’s a big leap forward and our clients are seeing for themselves the advantages that it is bringing.”

To find out more about the extraordinary SX10 and how it can transform your operations, contact your UPG representative today.

Behind the Big Eye of the SX10

Behind the distinctive “bug eye” of the SX10 is the spinning prism for scanning, a tracking laser, EDM laser, a tele-camera, and tracking camera. Flanking the lens is the overview camera (left) and primary camera (right), and a plummet camera underneath.

Gavin Schrock, land surveyor, technology writer, and xyHt editor, was lucky enough to visit the Danderyd, Sweden, facility of Trimble to share the story of the SX10 and its development.

See the story of the SX10 on the xyHt blog.

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.

Trimble SX10 on show at INTERGEO

Intergeo-FIAt INTERGEO recently, Trimble presented the SX10, one revolutionary machine with full total station technology plus a high precision scanner.

Todd Steiner, product marketing director in the Trimble Geospatial Division, spoke about the benefits that the SX10 could bring. Including how its ability as a scanner could save you time in the field. For example, if you are out doing a boundary survey and notice that their might be an encroachment you can use the scanner element to frame up and scan the encroachment and take that information back to the office without any more effort. No need to get a specialist back to the site, or even to go back yourself.

Todd also detailed how the integrated survey feature also allows you to collect accurate GNSS measurements while the SX10 is scanning. You can double your efficiency by, for example, walking the edge of the pavement, while the SX10 is working. This information is then all collected in the same job.

Another point that Todd made was that there is no registration required with Trimble Access. As you are following a survey workflow all pointclouds are tied to your survey stations.

Hear all the ways that the SX10 can benefit you in Todd’s full presentation at INTERGEO below and contact us if you would like to learn more.