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Enhance your Topographical Surveys

26/05/2021

Studio Victoria

4 minutes

After having a Topographical Survey conducted by us, we can offer various solutions to aid you in the development stages. In this article, we will discuss how cutting-edge drone technology can enhance your project even further by answering the following questions: How can you enhance your Topographic Surveys? What are the benefits of improving your topographical surveys with drone solutions? Keep reading to find out more on how you can #ONEUPYOURBUSINESS!

HOW CAN YOU ENHANCE YOUR TOPOGRAPHIC SURVEYS?

Now that you've had a Topographic Survey and development on the land has commenced with construction in the works, we list below how obtaining a land assessment and further inspections using advanced technology can help you save money and increase efficiency:

BIM INTEGRATION

Whether you're still using BIM Level 1, moving to Level 2 or looking at implementing BIM Level 3, we can provide you with the necessary integrations between the Topographic Survey and your BIM application of choice (AutoDesk Revit, ArchiCAD, Bentley, etc.)

THERMAL IMAGING

A thermal inspection can pinpoint within the Topographic Survey and the elevation profiles what areas (if any) are more prone to retaining water. Thermal inspections are beneficial, especially in areas known to flood. You can also prevent building in a spot that can prevent water from flowing, avoiding water from accumulating and causing catastrophic damages.

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MACHINE LEARNING

By using Machine Learning (ML), we can compare the start of the project from the very beginning to your plans and to what is currently being built, allowing you to see your goals and the execution of the project side-by-side. Comparing and tracking the development of your project enables you to see that what you're building matches the project's specifications. Having a side-by-side comparison allows you to spot discrepancies early on to avoid costly mistakes, avoid delays, downtime, and save time.

Obtaining comparisons of “as-designed vs as-built” can also be valuable in a situation where detailed evidence is needed, like insurance claims and court evidence.

3D SCANNING AND 3D MODELLING

We can use laser scanning technology, also known as LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) to produce highly accurate 3D Point Clouds of the following:

  • Terrains
  • Buildings
  • Wind turbines, bridges, dams, and other types of infrastructure
  • Pipes, tanks and other elements
  • Interior spaces

The 3D Point Clouds can then be used for a variety of applications such as Digital Twins, more Topographic Surveys, accident reconstruction, building preservation and restoration, video game development, Data Analysis and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Highly accurate and detailed 3D models can be produced for existing buildings and structures in MESH (used for enhanced visualisation) and Point Cloud (for data analysis with Building Information applications and Machine Learning). The 3D models show the building or structures appearance at the exact point of time, which is helpful if working with historical and listed assets.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF IMPROVING YOUR TOPOGRAPHICAL SURVEYS WITH DRONE SOLUTIONS?

The highly accurate and detailed results drones can produce can help you streamline your operations, making your projects more efficient, cost-effective and safer. Below we highlight the benefits of enhancing your Topographic Survey with drone solutions:

  • Early detection of any issues and concerns: Identifying any problems from the start can contribute to saving lives, reducing repair costs and preventing major environmental disasters, and drone inspections enable you to detect any concerns which may not be visual to the naked human eye. For instance, you may have heard about an incident where an inspector failed to spot a huge crack on a bridge, twice, leading him to get fired when drone footage was taken showcasing the crack. Human error is common when inspections are done manually, and therefore; drones can reduce human error since they can also get up close to assets that may be difficult to reach to conduct a thorough inspection
  • Increases safety: Drones reduce the risk of humans being exposed to danger such as working at height, walking over uneven terrain, operating machinery; these are significant factors in workplace injuries and, in unfortunate circumstances, death. Drones improve safety because inspections can be performed from the ground and metres apart from the asset without putting the drone operator and others at risk
  • Reduces downtime: Since drone inspections can help you spot any discrepancies early on, this means avoiding potential delays and downtime, which can cost businesses, primarily if they rely on the operations for revenue to lose profits, and so drone solutions can help cost management avoiding expensive maintenance and repairs later on down the road with early detection of faults and issues
  • Fast and efficient results: Data can be gathered faster and efficiently when compared to traditional methods. For insurance, in a single battery charge on a fixed-wing drone, an incredible 400 hectares of ground can be covered, and in areas that may be difficult to reach, multi-rotor drones can get up close, eliminating the need for scaffolding and putting an inspector's life at risk
  • Emission-free: As you may be aware, the UK is currently in a Race to Zero with a mission of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050. There is a Green Industrial Revolution insight, and emission-free UAVs can help industries avoid using highly polluting resources like helicopters to carry out inspections to reduce the amount of Carbon Dioxide entering the atmosphere and supporting a green economy

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