New Trimble® X7 plays its part in Scanning History

Ever since the Trimble® X7 was introduced into the market in Australia, MinStaff Survey has been eager to get hold of one, and that became a reality recently when SITECH Construction Systems’ Chris Reynolds and UPG's Kieran Dinuzzo took their demo unit out for MinStaff Survey to trial.  The results were so impressive they bought one.

MinStaff Survey was established in 1995 as a surveying solution to underground mine development projects throughout Central and Western NSW and for a decade specialised in the provision of surveying services to major mine development projects throughout the Eastern States of Australia.

2006 saw a relocation to Toowoomba in Queensland for the company, where they are still based today and with over 50 qualified surveyors has become a multi-discipline consulting surveying firm offering a full range of surveying services to both private companies (developers, designers, builders, miners, and contractors) and the public sector.

Recently they were tasked with a complete building scan on the Soldiers Memorial Hall building in Toowoomba.  The building has been subjected to numerous extensions over the years and suspected movement detected meant a thorough investigation before new renovations and structural modifications could be implemented.

“When we trialled the system, we completed in one hour a job we initially thought may take about four.  That was the real eye-opener for us,” said Jake Laing, General Manager.

“The X7 is just one of the pieces used on this latest project.  We combined the X7 and T10 with Trimble Perspective, the Trimble SX10 Total Station to geo-reference the scans on a known survey datum and a Trimble Dini for level control and baseline monitoring of the external structure, and of course Trimble Business Center played an integral part in bringing all the data together.”

“We did face some challenges – the building was multiple stories with minimal access and egress points, and we needed to tie the scan data together between floors, as well as capture the interior and exterior data.”  said Jake.  “The field works took us three days with 290 scans, and we completed the office works in one day.”

The Soldiers Memorial Hall was built in three stages.  From 1923 – 1924 the main structure was built, then additions in 1930 and 1957 saw the building completed as a tribute to those who had served in the First World War.  At the time of opening in 1924 the building comprised two stories with a single gable to each side of the roof, together with a small brick building at the rear, possibly used as additional storerooms and a public lavatory.

“When we trialled the system, we completed in one hour a job we initially thought may take about four. That was the real eye opener for us,” said Jake Laing, General Manager.

“Today the structure consists of multiple stories and many small rooms, which all have limited access,” explains Jake.  “In order to survey the vast amount of data required there was only the one option - to provide a point cloud survey using the Trimble X7.  This allowed seamless cloud-to-cloud registration with real-time viewing on the T10 tablet in the Trimble Perspective software.  With the fast scan speeds, we were able to complete +100 scan stations a day with minimal impact on staff who continued to work in the building.  The ability to export a panoramic image of each scan station was deemed extremely beneficial for the client because they now have great quality images of the whole building to add to their archives.”

The team was able to do a closed-loop traverse through multiple levels of the building with scan targets, adjusting the traverse in TBC then geo-referencing the point cloud to scan the targets.  This ensured confidence in the data, that there was no angular swing in the point cloud due to cloud-to-cloud registering misalignment, as well as ensuring no difference in data between levels.

Although fairly new to the team, the Trimble X7 has had plenty of use every week, whether it be from extensive point cloud scans for building design to tenancy lease surveys and as-constructed surveys.  “Final as-constructed surveys can be scanned with a high level of accuracy and detail in only a couple of minutes compared to using conventional survey equipment”, states Jake, “And the benefits we’ve found from the X7 is the ability to complete a full scan with imagery in under three minutes.  This allows for full data capture with minimal inconvenience to any workspace.”

“And the benefits we’ve found from the X7 is the ability to complete a full scan with imagery in under three minutes.  This allows for full data capture with minimal inconvenience to any workspace.”

“Most projects come with strict budgets and time-lines”, said Jake, “But the X7 has improved the amount and the quality of the data we can provide to our clients, all with a much faster turnaround, than had we used the SX10, which would have done the job but taken a lot longer to do.  Or with us undertaking hard measurements for floor plans, which wouldn’t have been feasible in terms of cost, time, and data storage constraints.”

Kieran Dinuzzo, Technical Consultant had no doubts when looking at the project that the Trimble X7 and Perspective Software was a perfect fit based on the ability to have a registered, refined, colourised point-cloud ready to bring straight into Trimble Business Centre, which would instill a lot of confidence in the client in achieving a high-end result.  And, given this project was mid-COVID and no face-to-face training was available SITECH and UPG were set up and ready to run the project remotely.  However, with the simplicity and performance of Perspective, this wasn’t necessary.  MinStaff picked it up easily and were away.

Power ahead with your TBC skills

Power up your Trimble Business Centre skills and knowledge in Melbourne in November with the APAC Power Users Group (PUG).

PUG is for TBC users who know the product well and are looking to be more effective and productive with TBC.

It was established about two years ago in North America within the Civil Engineering and Construction sector.

The sole objective is to provide high-end training for key personnel in our customer and dealer organisations to make you more effective and productive with the product, and to assist you to better train your staff to get more from the product.

As a user of Trimble Business Centre, you likely have little available time to refine your knowledge and use of the tools available to become a true Power User of the product.

In our experience, most users reach ~60% maximum capability on their own and so miss many key workflows and processes that can make them truly more productive.

So the Power User Group was established to focus on that 40% that you don’t know and may never find out on your own, and to give you, our users, the ability to work with us directly to get answers to those questions that you have.

This APAC PUG will be the first Power User Group in the Asia Pacific Region, tailored to this growing user base for the product.

In addition, this PUG brings together the CEC and Geospatial customer groups for the first time.

From Monday, November 18 to Wednesday, November 20, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, APAC PUG 2019 will deliver the knowledge you need to take your TBC use to a whole new level – and beyond.

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.

Getting the most out of your total station

Did you know that these functions were available in the latest Trimble total stations?

SureScan
Trimble SureScan allows you to collect the right points, not just more points. As you can see in the image below, the traditional scanning technology produces a radial surface, with ever TS-gridincreasing gaps in the data as the measured distance increase, while the SureScan scanning grid produces a more even grid spacing.

This technology is ideal for civil applications such as road surveys, general topography and also volume surveys.

 

 

VISION
Trimble VISION allows surveyors to see what the total station sees through a live video feed from the controller saving you a trip back to the office. You can select targets with just a tap of the controller screen and avoid rework by visually confirming all points have been measured correctly before moving on.

Use the total station imagery to measure points that may be inaccessible, for example roof heights. Take photos from the total station and then measure the lines within Trimble Business Center (TBC).

You can also take a photo using the jigger and use the tools within TBC to make notes on it and save it.

VISION Panorama takes many photos in a frame that you create in Trimble Business Center Advanced. The software can stitched together these images and processed them into a single panorama, which can also be exported as a JPEG, this makes a nice deliverable to provide to customers.

TS-pointsWhen DR shots are taken in the field they can be used to create a virtual plane in TBC. We can then overlay the image on the plane to virtually survey. Features can been identified with corner points created and linework introduced. This process is much quicker than measuring each individual point in the field and saves you time and effort. It is also handy if you have missed any items in the field because it saves you re-work.

Locate2Protect
Trimble Locate2Protect is a geo-locator that allows you to monitor the location and safety of your equipment and staff. It allows you to easily locate your equipment, set geo-fencing, to receive notifications when the equipment moves in or out of this location, and a G Force sensor to provide notifications if the jigger has been dropped.

Locate2Protect is available in Trimble S7 and S9 total stations and can be retrofitted in earlier machines. A subscription fee is required to activate Locate2Protect.

If you’d like to know more about any of these features contact your local UPG office.

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