Back in June, LandScope Engineering was re-awarded with its ISO9001 quality management system accreditation. The product of many years hard work by LandScope employees, the foundations were in place long before accreditation was first sought. Building on previous years, the management system continues to flourish and add value and depth to all of LandScope’s services. An intensely practical system that allows freedom, whilst maintaining and improving standards the external auditor commended the system on its excellent record keeping and documentation, superb internal audit system and stellar non-conformance and corrective action approach. Momentum builds towards the next assessment period with many new and innovative data management and acquisition procedures, bolstering the many business functions within LandScope Engineering.
LandScope Engineering has embarked on a multi-discipline survey exercise in association with the Shropshire Mines Trust. Snailbeach Mine is within a few miles of LandScope Engineering headquarters in Shropshire and was, at its peak, amongst the most productive mines in the Europe (Fred Brook & Martin Allbutt_The Shropshire Lead Mines_1973). For many decades inactive, there is now an established team who maintain, develop and show visitors around the extensive surface buildings and within some of the mine workings themselves. LandScope personnel were able to access the mine through Perkins Level and the workings within; referred to locally as ‘The Cathedral’, on account of the rising spire like extraction of rock and minerals, or stope. The stope reportedly rises to within a few metres of the surface and it is possible to see day light from the ventilation shaft directly above.
The aim of the project is to produce a 3D model of The Cathedral using a Faro laser scanner and tie in with geophysical surveys on the surface to robustly establish the depth of cover above The Cathedral. There are earth workings on the surface to prevent tractors and other heavy machinery driving over the top and some anecdotal evidence from older locals puts the depth of cover at ‘a few feet’. LandScope has employed the use of microgravity, resistivity and low frequency ground penetrating radar to map the depth and make-up of the subsurface above The Cathedral. A topographical surface model was created and an Ordnance datum traversed down through woodlands and into the mine for registration of laser scan setups.
Perkins Level is over 50 vertical metres below the surface working on Lordshill above and having spent a day underground, survey personnel had a first-hand taste of what it must have been like to work there full time but can only imagine how tough it must have been to mine the lead, zinc, fluorspar and barites (white material on the left above person in photo). Cramped, dark, very wet and cold conditions made it difficult to survey, let alone mine and all were very happy to see day light at the end of the survey! A fascinating place on a mind boggling scale (workings extend well over 250m below sea level, with Perkins level at 278m above ODN), anyone one interested in the mine can find lots more information at: http://shropshiremines.org.uk/snailbeach/sbinfo.htm and it is well worth a visit.
Many thanks to Andrew Wood from the Shropshire Mines Trust for taking us into the mine and being a very useful survey assistant! And to Ian Cooper for the use of his photo.
autoMAP was commissioned to produce a mobile laser scan of the Brands Hatch track in Kent for the purpose of gaming simulation. The project requirement was to produce a highly accurate framework to model the track, pit areas and surrounding environment in order to produce a virtual world which is ever more closer to reality.
The developer diary has now gone live and the track became available to players mid-October.
For more information and video, please click Brands Hatch
autoMAP are proud to launch a new vehicle to the mobile mapping fleet at LandScope Engineering.
A Dacia Duster has been custom fitted to ensure maximum productivity and deployment flexibility. Offering 4 Wheel Drive and splendid all-round manoeuvrability the vehicle will serve both traditional highway mapping and the ever-increasing off-road applications.
Please look out for it. We will tweet so you will know it’s whereabouts.
Please see the autoMAP website for further details.
Field staff from LandScope Engineering recently attended a Technical Seminar on ground penetrating radar (GPR), provided by Mike Langton from the GPR supplier MALÅ. The course covered theory and application of GPR, and acted as a platform to discuss best practices. The seminar also allowed direct comparison of the GSSI and MALÅ GPR systems.
Assistant Surveyors Ben Davenward and Jo Painter have recently completed The Survey Association Land Survey Techniques Course. Designed to give surveyors a good grounding in the principles and practical application of surveying, the five day course involved both the use of survey equipment outside and theoretical work back in the classroom. Topics covered included levelling, traversing, resection and detail survey.
Ben and Jo are now looking forward to implementing what they have learned on the course in their work at Landscope.
LandScope are currently engaged in a large scale autoMAP project for a Local Authority. The Topcon IP-S2 is being utilised to acquire the mobile mapping data and once post processed, it is then made available for the data extraction team.
The in-house data extraction team are utilising Orbit Asset Inventory Management (AIM) software to capture large volumes of highway assets (using a point and click methodology) e.g. non illuminated traffic signs, drainage and verges to name a few. A full database is being populated with either a series of point, line and polygon features, some of which have additional attribute information captured to enrich the data extracted from the mobile mapping content.
As a participating member of TSA’s Continuing Development Scheme, we are pleased to receive CCD Certification for the forthcoming year.
LandScope have recently completed geophysical survey works at BAE Birtley.
Founded in a hurry by David Lloyd George in 1915 the site was integral to war efforts during both the Great War and World War 2. In the early days the site was manned predominantly by Belgian volunteers – the Birtley Belgians – sourced from the frontline and from the pool of injured soldiers.
LandScope were tasked with the mapping out of numerous concealed construction pits, air-raid shelters and other underground infrastructure.
The results of the geophysical survey will be integral to the land remediation process as part of the site’s redevelopment.
Tasked with reducing office processing time, improving cartographic consistency and further refining field data collection techniques, the LandScope survey team set to work with software developers AIC to enhance the functionality of their AutoCAD plug in system 4Site.
Significant improvements were made with the integration of LandScope’s Trimble feature code library and 4site to unlock the drawing potentials of the software. Changes were made to fit LandScope procedures but performed in a manner that would benefit the development of 4Site as a whole.
AutoCAD and 4site sit at the centre of LandScope deliverables, integrating key services such as autoMAP, geophysics and utility mapping. Therefore it was imperative to have a CAD based system that would allow for consistency and future development.
In order to make the system all the more robust a field detail manual was constructed to clearly document how to best use attribute data and field techniques to improve efficiencies and quality in both the field and office.
LandScope have extended their laser scanning service portfolio to include long range scanning. Recently LandScope were involved in a programme to monitor a section of quarry wall from a distance of circa 700m. The wall is suffering from an expanding fissure. By utilising the latest Maptek 8800 scanner, LandScope were able to accurately model the fissure with the aim of returning on a regular basis to monitor any movement.
Jim Williams and James Kilroy have recently completed their trek of the Annapurna circuit. The circuit consisted of walking through tropical forests, wind-swept desert valleys and mountain top routes. At 5416m the Thorung La pass is the highest mountain pass in the world, at which oxygen levels are half that of low altitude heights. Fortunately the team made it through with no serious altitude sickness problems and was privileged to see some of the most truly stunning scenes in Nepal.
Man made cave systems lining ancient or historic trade routes are a common feature of the Mustang region of Nepal. Approximately 10,000 caves exist in this region but relatively few have as yet been explored. The rock is extremely friable and erosion rates are high. LandScope was involved in the 3d mapping of cave systems at approximately 3400m which has produced a plan that will be available long after the caves themselves are no longer present.
At an altitude of approximately 2800m LandScope were involved in the mapping of field terraces associated with a medieval village. Recent ploughing of the field system has brought many artefacts to the surface and these items were marked, documented and positioned onto the plan. Archaeological investigations have revealed that the horizontal dispersal of artefacts once buried in ploughed soils is minimal and plotting finds onto a plan can help identify future excavation locations.
LandScope employee James Kilroy is shortly setting out to Nepal as part of a small group of archaeologists. The Himalayan Exploration and Archaeological Research Team (HEART) will be surveying mountain plateaus and entering man-made cave systems along the Annapurna circuit and the Mustang region of Nepal. It is hoped that research will help shed light on one of the earliest spice trade routes in the world as well as place Nepalese prehistory into its wider context. Supported by LandScope equipment and funding, James will be responsible for mapping these high altitude sites and placing surface scatters into a coordinate frame.
LandScope Engineering recently supported a community archaeology group investigating aerial photography near Eardisland, Herefordshire. Using the Bartington magnetometer, LandScope were able to produce a geophysical survey of the suspected site. Data revealed that not only were the crop-marks resultant of ditch/bank enclosures but that there was strong evidence of pits or structures within the enclosure. Additionally, survey revealed that the enclosure system appeared to extend out beyond the area of photographed crop-marks, suggesting further areas of archaeological interest.
The nature of the site is strongly reminiscent of an Iron Age or Romano-British enclosure and the high quality of the survey results may indicate a good level of preservation. With these survey results accurately positioned within the Ordnance Survey grid, it is hoped that future excavations can be targeted to best understand the history of this site and place it within its wider archaeological context.
LandScope have recently completed a topographical survey of RAF Lyneham in preparation for its conversion to a defence technical training centre scheduled to be operational in 2015. The base, which is over 470 hectares in size, was one of the busiest military airfields in Europe before it was decommissioned.
The survey was completed over a 5 week period in September and October 2012 using traditional total station and GNSS survey methods. The model was augmented with the use of LandScope’s mobile mapping system, autoMAP, including 3D LiDAR data and panoramic photography from which additional topographical and other data has been extracted.
LandScope Engineering has recently been awarded a long term dam monitoring project in Wales.
The scope of work is to include the installation of survey monumentation and target systems – to be used over a 25+ year period.
Survey measurement will be conducted with Trimble S8 total station and Leica laser scanning systems.
The Faro Focus 3D laser scanner has recently been used to carry out dimensional survey of five giant aircraft hangars at RAF Lyneham. Given the restrictions of other traditional methods in surveying such large and irregular structures, Landscope relied upon the Focus 3D to generate high resolution point clouds of each hangar both inside and out.
The scan of a single hangar was completed by a single surveyor in just one day.
The point cloud data sets were subsequently used to create an accurate 3D model and generate accurate 2D floor plans, elevations and sections.
With increased demand for its 3D Modelling service, LandScope has recently added a Faro Focus 3D system to the fleet.
Within a matter of weeks the Faro Focus has already completed over a dozen projects including:
The versatility and portability of the Faro Focus 3D unearths more applications for the laser scanning service.
LandScope has become a participating member of TSA’s Continuing Company Development Scheme.
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We are pleased to report the LandScope rowers managed to complete the Celtic Challenge coming home in 11th place (23 entrants).
Thanks to all those who sponsored the team – £3,000 having been raised for Hope House Children’s Hospice.
Tom Card, Ted Swift and Martin Berry of LandScope Engineering are entering the Celtic Challenge 2012, an endurance rowing race across the Irish Sea.
The team of novices – far from a rowing club – is training hard but much more mental and physical preparatory work is needed.
If you would like to spur the team on, please visit the ‘just giving’ link below.
LandScope have recently produced full 3D measured survey of 20 floors of Europe’s tallest building, The Shard.
With a full 360° field of view and almost a million scan points per second, the FARO Focus 3D laser scanner allowed rapid high accuracy data collection enabling the survey to progress at 4 floors per day.
The resultant point cloud data set has been used to produce as-built floor plans, service duct and pipe-work geometries and even coordinate concrete slab tension cables markings.
Not only has the resultant model data provided by LandScope formed the essential starting point for the design of floor partitioning, new service installation and furbishing of what will be one of London’s most desirable hotel locations, the point cloud model has become a fundamental building block for the BIM process.
autoMAP recently completed a full highway asset inventory of the central business district of Dublin.
In just two and a half days LandScope Engineering acquired enough data to fully process a highly accurate point cloud together with panoramic images taken at every 2-metres intervals. This was all done driving a vehicle mounted with an IP-S2 mobile mapping system, hence removing the need for site surveys or extensive traffic management through what is a busy city centre.
This ultimately led to the ability to view, identify, extract and measure assets from the data using Asset Inventory Management software from Orbit Geospatial Technologies. So from bollards to cycle tracks and public lighting to street name plates Dublin City Council now have access to the tools to view, analyse and report on this information and the associated metadata spatially either from a 2D or 3D perspective.
LandScope Engineering would like to congratulate team member Alex Edwards on attaining her City & Guilds Level 3 Award in CAD and ITQ Level 2 for IT Users. Alex, who joined LandScope Engineering as an Apprentice in May 2010 is now working towards gaining her ITQ Level 3.
On behalf of Ringway Jacobs and TfL and in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games, LandScope Engineering has recently completed a number of combined topographical and underground infrastructure surveys to facilitate the design and construction of the proposed Olympic Route Network (ORN) across the City of London.
Electro-magnetic location in conjunction with Ground Penetrating Radar was employed to map existing underground utility infrastructure at thirteen exceptionally busy sites along the ORN.
LandScope Engineering is proud to be involved in such a history defining event as the 2012 Olympic Games.
In association with TOPCON GB, LandScope Engineering is presenting ‘The Value of Mobile Mapping to GIS’ at GeoDATA 2011 – London, Birmingham, Leeds, Dublin, Edinburgh and Belfast.
The significant benefits of mobile mapping to the geographic information (GI) community, including cost savings, field acquisition safety, accuracy and data richness, are explored and quantified.
For further information on LandScope’s mobile mapping system – autoMAP – please refer to www.auto-map.co.uk
Based on Topcon’s IP-S2 mobile mapping system and various innovative data delivery systems, LandScope is proud to announce the launch of its AutoMAP Mobile Mapping Service.
The IP-S2 quickly provides high accuracy data and dynamic imaging for any mapping project. The vehicle-mounted systems collect geo-referenced data for roadway surface condition assessments and roadside feature inventories while travelling at highway speeds. The systems reduce project costs while increasing operator safety by keeping surveying crews and mapping personnel off the roads. The IP-S2 is perfect for 3D street-level city mapping in difficult GNSS environments like urban canyons, and it’s ideal for mapping pipelines, railways, utility corridor, waterways, homeland security and disaster management.
As a critical input to the design of modern fire fighting facilities, LandScope Engineering has recently utilitised the latest GNSS and laser scanning technologies to accurately model the 3D footprints of the London Fire Brigade vehicle fleet. Various manoeuvres were performed by each vehicle in the fleet during a minimal out-of-service time period. Accuracy requirements and time constraints demanded the latest technology deployment.
LandScope Engineering have recently completed a multi-sensor hydrographic survey of a former oil refinery reservior in Llandarcy, South Wales. In addition to detailed bathymetry – sub-bottom profile data was also acquired with both acoustic and ground penetrating radar (GPR) techniques. The survey was conducted from LandScope’s in-house RIB installed with RTK GNSS positioning and Trimble Hydro Pro Integrated Navigation.
Coed Darcy is a major brownfield regeneration site in South Wales. Occupying the site of the former BP Llandarcy Oil Refinery, which was decommissioned in the 1990′s, Coed Darcy will contain 4,000 houses in a sustainable mixed-used community.