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Customer Magazine

Reporter 76, October 2016
Safely ahead of the game with cutting edge Technology +++ Off the boat, into the air +++ Mining integration reaches new heights in the Andes +++ Geoscents - fusing the best of both worlds +++ Keeping a vigilant eye +++ Laser scanning on the go +++ Measuring the height of Earth from space +++ Fitting together pieces of a puzzle +++ Mapping avalanches +++ Game on with laser scanning +++ Exploring the rate of climate change from deep within the Earth +++ Future-proofing with GNSS +++ Measuring for the gold + Opening the world's longest, deepest rail tunnel with precise measurement + Sweet success
Safely ahead of the game with cutting edge Technology
The Waikato Expressway is a significant new four-lane highway being built on the North Island of New Zealand. When completed, it will be a vital strategic connection for the Waikato region, linking the busy urban centre of Auckland to the rapidly growing Bay of Plenty region. This has been designated by New Zealand as one of the seven Roads of National Significance (RoNS), a programme that invests in the future growth and safety of New Zealand. When finished, the fourlane expressway will not only improve travel time and contribute to the region’s economic growth, more importantly, the thoroughfare will improve the safety of driving, significantly reducing serious accidents, traffic congestion and noise.

Off the boat, into the air
If you plan on driving from Kristiansand to Trondheim on the coastal highway E39 in Western Norway, strap in for an approximate 1,100-kilometre ride that can take up to 21 hours by car. Due to the seven fjords that must be crossed by ferry, the trip can be quite arduous.

Mining integration reaches new heights in the Andes
Toquepala is more of a city than a mining camp. ‘Home’ to 2,000 people in the Peruvian Andes, the mine offers almost everything you might need, including an elementary school, a high school, hospital, supermarkets – even a golf course complete with 19th hole.

Geoscents - fusing the best of both worlds
On the Baltic island of Öland, just off Sweden’s mainland, is a ring fort known as Sandby Borg. This fort is the location of a terrible event that took place roughly 1,500 years ago. Recently discovered archaeological treasures have awakened public interest in Sandby Borg, which until 2010 has remained virtually untouched. The site is a treasure trove full of information waiting to be discovered. With the help of the data collector Leica Zeno 20, ZenoCollector by Esri® app and Fabel, the world’s first licensed archaeology dog, the mysteries of life and death in 500 AD begin to take shape. Limited time and costs of this archaeological dig have led researchers at Kalmar Läns Museum in Sweden to look for solutions. By combining a dog’s incredibly acute sense of smell with an industryleading data collector using GNSS accuracy, documenting and presenting history to the public have been changed for the better.

Keeping a vigilant eye
Newmont’s Ahafo South Mine lies within the Sefwi Volcanic Belt, one of Ghana’s largest volcanic belts. These active regions contain a wealth of mineral deposits, such as gold, but are also cause for a great deal of concern amongst mining corporations and employees. A gold mine’s steep walls are very fragile and in constant motion. Continuous, extensive monitoring by geotechnical engineers must be done in order to keep open pit miners safe from falling rocks or collapsing walls. One of the world’s leading gold producers, Newmont Mining Corporation, selected the Leica GeoMoS monitoring solution due to the software’s proven track record. The Ahafo mine is equipped with this industry-leading Software to provide monitoring professionals with real time, actionable information and Keep mining responsible and safe.

Laser scanning on the go
As the world population grows and global changes in building and infrastructure construction become more rapid, our need to document this growth and change increases. Referred to as wearable reality capture sensor systems, this new concept is shaping how measurement professionals come to understand and shape the world among them. The Leica Pegasus:Backpack was invented as part of this generation of new wearable reality capture sensor systems in response to the growing global changes. The Prisma Group was the first Company to utilise the Pegasus:Backpack in its recent infrastructure project.

Measuring the height of Earth from space
“The climate is what you expect. Weather is what you get.” Tom Neuman / ICESat-2 Deputy Project Scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Fitting together pieces of a puzzle
The Bonner Münster (Bonn Minster) is one of the oldest churches in Germany. A major basilica in Bonn’s old city centre, the existing structure of the church dates back to the 13th century. The ravages of time and poorly carried out restorations due to lack of proper structure documentation, have all left their scars on this historic building. Add to this the severe damage caused by an air raid in World War II, the Bonner Münster is in an alarming state and long overdue for extensive renovation. It was decided to call the engineering office of Walter and Martin Pilhatsch, located in Bonn, Germany, to collect and analyse data on the Bonner Münster church. Three generations of geodetic measuring experience combined with knowledge of 3D laser scanning, UAV aerial surveys and photo data analysis, made Pilhatsch surveying Team the best choice for this complex job. Using the Leica ScanStation P40 and HDS7000, the Team could complete a comprehensive 3D scan of the immense and complex building in the very heart of Bonn’s city centre.

Mapping avalanches
As the main tourist attraction in Switzerland, the Alps average roughly 25 million skiers every year. Known for some of the finest ski resorts and best snow conditions in the world for the sport, the Alps are regularly monitored and researched for indications of potential changes. From snow depths to water consistency in the snow, all factors are considered when talking about one of the country`s greatest economic assets, where tourism accounts for about 8 per cent of the total national GDP.

Game on with laser scanning
When one of the regional branches of the Russian electricity Distribution company needed a visually realistic training technique to prepare engineers, it turned to TetraVision, a survey firm using terrestrial laser scanning and 3D modelling since the early 2000s.

Exploring the rate of climate change from deep within the Earth
Beautiful and majestic – The Dolomites. Protected as a heritage site by the United Nation's UNESCO division, and proclaimed to be among the most beautiful mountains of the world, they still hold unexplored treasures in parks such as the South Tyrolean Fanes-Senes-Braies. “Inside the Glaciers”, an ongoing project sponsored by La Venta, explores the details of the inner chamber of one of the Italian Alps’ largest abysses located within the Fanes park. The team uses a Leica Geosystems laser scanner and Leica Cyclone software to pick up the details.

Future-proofing with GNSS
In 2003, the European Union (EU) and the European Space Agency (ESA) agreed on the joint Galileo Navigation programme. Back then, the EU comprised of 15 Member States, and this figure is not the only one to have almost doubled in the Interim.

Measuring for the Gold
The athlete paces, eyeing the track before him. He sees each step he’ll take in his mind. He imagines reaching the white line and leaping, stretching his long legs out in front of him as far as possible. He can already feel the grainy sand spraying up around him as he lands. He takes the starting position and waits for the sound of the gun.

Opening the world's longest, deepest rail tunnel with precise measurement
Surveying and monitoring systems made the construction of the Gotthard Base Tunnel in the Swiss Alps possible. The tunnel was inaugurated June 1, and the breakthrough on October 15, 2010 was due to highly precise surveillance and Monitoring technology. The 57-kilometre Long tunnel is the longest and deepest rail tunnel in the world.

Sweet success in plant documentation
With the capacity to slice 22,000 tons of beets a day and produce over 1 billion Pounds of sugar annually, the Michigan Sugar Co. is the third largest sugar producer in the United States. Its factories, which were built between 1889 and 1902, dot the Michigan landscape, providing employment to many people. During peak processing season, more than 1,000 grower-owners and 1,600 workers Support the Company.

 

Editorial Office

Konrad Saal
Manager Communications

Leica Geosystems AG
Heinrich-Wild-Strasse
CH-9435 Heerbrugg
Switzerland

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