With perhaps two sensors operating on a big site each
gathering 2000 points per day relating to complex surfaces and features the reduction
and subsequent modelling must be handled efficiently to meet the client’s deadlines.
Simplistic misconceptions abound in relation to this field of the survey process
and it is entirely possible to gather valid data yet have software interpret it incorrectly
and create an unrepresentative model. Every survey point has associated with it a
code and unique point number. In addition a bespoke set of attribute fields can be
set up to convey further information. There are no fixed instructions on how the
cad software should be set up to interpret codes and attributes and this ability
to extract and utilise every bit of data from the field coding is where the power
of n4ce lies. The logging of point and code should require the minimum of keystrokes
and carefully set up quick code panels on the Trimble controller can allow one screen
tap to change code and initiate measurement. Scottish Trimble users in particular
benefit from mutual support between Survey Solutions and AIC.
We have used n4ce from AIC since its conception and its DOS based predecessor since
1998. It is a program which continues to evolve through constant feedback from its
users. It has an infinite amount of surveyor configurable settings and the exported
output whether a 3D cad model or hard copy can be presented in a clear easily handled
format for the client. A considerable amount of our survey work is for volumetric
purposes; perhaps year on year, for quarry managers and again the ease with which
multiple surfaces can be worked upon makes calculations swift and accurate.
Total station raw data import (all common formats) with point reduction, resection
and station adjustment.
Code settings for modelling constraints, lines, symbols, annotation, cad layer and
Digital terrain modelling, contour interpolation and volume calculation
Graphics environment constantly database updated.
Multiple models within same model space handled within one project.
3D export to all major cad programs
Interactive 3D vsualisation
Client driven development and industry leading support
Phil at AIC has kindly given his permission for us to
embed this YouTube training video on our site. While it is a training mechanism
it is actually an excellent demonstration of the use of several n4ce tools; quick
DTM creation and swift triangle trimming, three D visualisation to spot DTM errors,
and then the use of DTM groups for individual stockpile calculations. Unlike many
software demonstrations this has not been speeded up. As already explained above
this functionality is only possible with well organised coding. Hopefully this imparts
a feel to the reader of the power and flexibility of the application.