With the objective of broadening its engineering capabilities and technical know-how in the field of Surveying, First Balfour recently acquired some of the latest technologies in the market to enable its Geodetic Engineering Services (GES) to better serve both the company’s internal and external clients. Through Geodetic Surveying, the area of any region and the location of basic points on the Earth surface can be determined. In engineering and construction, surveys are done to represent the Earth surface in a 3D model (topographic surveys), determine the exact locations of structures such as foundations, columns, and road alignments (layout survey), and conduct as-built measurements (as-built surveys) among others. Among the modern tools used in surveying include Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers, Digital Levels, and Total Stations.
The world’s first MultiStation, the LEICA NOVA MS50, successfully combined the functionality of Total Station, digital imaging, and 3D laser scanning in a single instrument. The MS50 can be used as a Total Station and can perform topographic, layout, and as-built surveys. It can also capture high-quality images with its two 5-megapixel high-resolution built-in cameras. The images from these cameras can be directly linked to the survey data for further analyses and documentation. Some of the applications of this MultiStation include topographic surveys and as-built surveys of roads, bridges, buildings, and overhead transmission lines among others.
The MS50 features an unparalleled measurement capability of up to 2,000 meters on any surface and up to 10 kilometers onto prism. With its data acquisition rate of 1,000 points per second and its imaging capability, all the important details of any structure will be obtained in a lesser amount of time.
Aside from the MultiStation, the company also acquired an additional Survey Grade Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), top-of-the-line Total Stations, as well as Digital Levels for conducting Geodetic Surveys. The new GNSS Receivers are able to track satellites of space-based navigation systems such as the GPS of the United States, GLONASS of Russia, as well as BeiDou of China. It is also ready to track GALILEO of the European Union as soon as its system becomes available. Previously purchased GNSS Receivers are being used in currently the company’s biggest construction project, the Burgos Wind Farm in Ilocos Norte.
Powerful processing software such as the AUTOCAD Civil 3D and Trimble Business Center were also bought to further enhance the engineering services unit’s data processing capabilities and survey works presentations.
With these technologies at hand, the GES is now offering topographic, as-built, verification, relocation and control, and construction surveys among others. It has also ventured into equipment rental services where both its internal and external clients may rent out these high-end surveying tools and instruments at competitive rates.