GeoBusiness Editorial

Attending a recent CICES webinar on “the digital World” it was interesting to hear how current World events has driven acceptance of digital technology, even within the last bastions of the paper society who now see the benefits and ease of moving digital data around.
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A real “covid positive” if you will

Covid Positives

As a company driven by digital data, the mechanisms, the technologies, software’s and deliverables, even we have seen the benefits recent events has driven us to achieve, particularly in areas of remote working. With renewed investment in our management system we plan to reap the benefits further across all sectors of the business.

But the investment doesn’t stop there, as a small to medium sized enterprise we have some big ideas and our innovation & training budget reflects that. After a considerable period of research, evaluating the pro’s and con’s of numerous newly developed GPR systems we are proud to be the recipient of #2 of the first Proceq GS8000 ground probing radar systems to arrive in the country. (I urge you to carry out your own research and see what the latest devices can do)

“A large part of our budget is given to innovation and training each year. This provides our surveyors access to best available technologies and a greater understand of what can be achieved”

The same research led us down the mobile GPR path. Having successfully run a Stream “C” system for a number of years we were fully appreciative of what this device is capable of and were equally excited to discover what the larger, more improved systems could do

There are a number of systems available on the market at present. The Mala Mira and 3D Radar devices are worthy contenders in their own right however with previous knowledge of the manufacturer and recent investment in IQ Maps software we have leaned towards the Stream Up and now have numerous projects under our belt that warrant our faith in this system

“Our investment in survey equipment provides more efficient and cost-effective workflows across all sectors”

Application – In a “real World” situation, on most carriageways, we would deploy two chapter 8 vehicles to create a safe environment around the device and those working with it. Typically opting to work at night we find the fewer vehicles and pedestrians around allows us to go about our business, with best results coming from speeds of between 30mph and 40mph.

As the device traverses across the designated survey area the progress can be tracked live on screen from within the vehicle cabin, this assures the device is providing good coverage and that there are no data gaps

In all this approach removes the need for expensive traffic management, reducing local disruption and the need for persons to physically work within the road space, which in turn provides far more efficient, safe and cost-effective workflows. A benefit felt by all participants of a project.

“applying the “true spirit of the Pas128 process” requires other elements to be addressed and technologies to be applied”

Deliverable – As a recognised practitioner of the Pas128 specification for underground utility detection and mapping our remote GPR deliverable is based on the parameters set out within this document, including the same layering, lines styles and confidence rating. However we do acknowledge, keeping the true spirit of the Pas128 process in mind, that actual confidence levels should be concluded following the application of all methodologies and best available technologies

Technology will move on and of course we will move with it but as our roads get busier and the demands from all invested parties get greater I believe this systems offers us the best solution for right now

Manufacturer capability statement;

Stream UP is a multi-channel, multi-frequency, double-polarised and lightweight GPR system dedicated to utility mapping on extensive areas that facilitates the whole process (before, during and after data acquisition).

Stream UP is an innovative GPR system able to operate in urban environment without slowing down the traffic (up to 150 km/h, with a suggested acquisition speed of 60 km/h). Stream UP doesn’t require bulky vehicles and special permissions to be used on road.

Easy to assemble directly on site, needing only 2 people for transportation and assembly and just one person to make it operational, the new GPR dramatically reduces the stress and consequently maintenance thanks to the total absence of contact with the ground