Aciel Geomatics held a technical open day on 17 March 2017 to showcase their range of innovative products including deformation monitoring solutions, high definition scanners, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The open day was held at the Leriba Hotel in Centurion and kicked off with an overview of the Leica GeoMoS monitoring solution.
Leica’s senior product manager for structural monitoring, Michael Rutschmann, described how the monitoring system works and outlined the latest enhancements to the system including the ability to integrate terrestrial lidar and interferometric radar. He stated that total stations, GNSS receivers, and digital levels can be connected to the system which is designed for continuous monitoring, and said that it is also possible to integrate meteorological and geotechnical sensors to measure environmental effects and conditions. Supplementing geodetic measurements with geotechnical data will assist users to determine the causes of detected structural movements, he explained.
Next on the programme was David Capstick from Hexagon Mining, who explained to the delegates that innovation is key to economic survival and that top executives increasingly understand the importance of leveraging emerging technologies. He stated that Hexagon Mining is focusing its energies on the convergence of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) for overall enhanced operational improvement. The company intends disrupting the norm, he said, by providing innovative solutions for planning, operations and safety for all mines, and by ensuring that these solutions are easy to buy, easy to use, and easy to service and support.
Kendall James from Leica spoke about Building Information Modelling (BIM) explaining that it is a platform for collaborating and sharing data. He stated that BIM has the potential to become the biggest step change in the way that the construction industry operates within the built environment since the industrial revolution. James advised delegates that it is essential to unlock the value of BIM as it promises major benefits in terms of cost, accuracy and time to build. He further stated that geospatial analysis will bring GIS, the system of record for maps, and ERP, the system of record for business data, closer together. Data is the new dollar and can provide a path to value if actioned on appropriately, he concluded.
High definition scanning (HDS) was the focus of the next presentation given by Barend Bornman from Aciel Geomatics. He explained that HDS wasn’t adopted by the South African market when it was first introduced almost 20 years ago due to limiting factors with bandwidth and hard drive capacity. These factors have since fallen by the wayside, and Bornman stated that he expects HDS to become the norm in the South African market. He described the Leica HDS range to the delegates, pointing out new features such as high dynamic range imagery, improved data quality, and a high-quality dual axis compensator.
The final presentation was given by Helgardt van Heerden from Aciel Geomatics who spoke about the UAV solutions offered by his company. He advised the delegates that the DJI Phantom 4 Pro is a good entry level UAV product, and pointed out the Aibotix as the ultimate multi-rotor inspection platform. Van Heerden also had high praise for the fixed wing Skybotica, which is very stable in windy conditions and is designed to fall apart when crashing. He stressed to the delegates that the choice of UAV is totally dependent on the user’s requirements and that the quality of the data derived by the UAV is completely reliant on the control being carried out properly with the right equipment. Van Heerden asked delegates to contact him if they would like to see flight demonstrations of the various UAV models sold by Aciel Geomatics.