Stuart Ross (Scotland) Ltd

Stuart Ross (Scotland) Ltd
Kaslo The Knoll, Roy Bridge, Inverness-shire, PH31 4AQ Tel 01397 712310 email

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Data Processing and Cad Export

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.

n4ce YouTube Training Video  

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.