Ingenuity to create solutions clients can’t live without

Working for tier-one construction companies, Todd Foster’s focus on high-accuracy, innovative spatial solutions started with high-accuracy monitoring on two large dam projects.

After the second dam was complete, Todd decided to venture out on his own by starting Milestone Survey. By blending traditional survey techniques with innovative ways of problem solving, Milestone Survey has grown into a strong player in the Australian market – even in a slowing economy.

Todd has built a company that uses innovation, talented employees, and leading-edge survey equipment to deliver value to its clients by anticipating the clients’ needs. It’s this ingenuity and ability to create solutions that clients can’t live without that will ensure the success of this new venture, Milestone Spatial, for a long time to come.

See how he has done that in the latest Trimble technology&more magazine.

Surveying a highway without setting foot on the road

There’s a lot going on at the intersection of Pumicestone and Beerburrum Roads, just north of Caboolture, Queensland.

Traffic is continuous, and just 30 metres to the east, trains bustle along the North Coast railway line.
With this in mind, Transport and Main Roads (TMR) needed to consider surveyor safety before starting a major upgrade in the area.

Would its team be confined to night surveys with expensive traffic control? Or was there a way to remotely capture the extensive but vital site data without putting surveyors on the road?

“We’d usually need to occupy the road with a total station and prism, and no risk assessment would allow us to do that without traffic control at the very least, so we’d probably end up doing the job at night,” said TMR senior surveyor Ray Miller.

Overall, the risks of the job would take time and cost to mitigate.

“As well as the survey crew, you’ve got at least three traffic controllers plus bump trucks, lights, set-up, and signs, plus Queensland Rail would need to be informed and they have their own controls and procedures for safety.

“It becomes a time-consuming logistical challenge,” said Ray.

However Ray and his team found a way to survey its entire Bruce Highway project during the day without setting foot on the road.

See how in this case study.

Trimble Access Aerial Imaging v 2.2.6 released for use

The issues regarding Trimble Access Aerial Imaging version 2.2.6 have been corrected and after thorough testing, this release is now available.

We recommend all customers of the Trimble UX5 systems to upgrade to this latest version.

Trimble Access Aerial Imaging v2.2.6 does not support the Trimble ZX5 multi-rotor system. ZX5 customers are required not to upgrade to version 2.2.6.

Details of this version can be found in the release notes and can be downloaded from the Trimble Access Installation Manager.

We apologise again for any inconveniences.

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.