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Leica Geosystems‘ 2015 HDS Plan Contest awards raise the bar on innovation in survey deliverables

11 June 2015

Winning entries highlight creativity and innovative problem solving with state-of-the-art point cloud capture and processing solutions.

NORCROSS, GA Leica Geosystems is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 High-Definition Surveying Plan Contest. An annual highlight of the Geosystems HDS/3D Laser Scanning subtrack at HxGN LIVE, the contest gives attendees the opportunity to feature their best deliverables by submitting plans that incorporate 3D laser scanning.

The 2015 contest included three entry categories: (1) Buildings/Heritage, (2) Civil/Survey and (3) Plant/Marine. A panel of 11 qualified judges evaluated 24 entries based on the completeness and usefulness of the plans, the creative use of point clouds and models, and overall appearance. The first- and second-place winners in each category were as follows:


  • First Place: Project Surveyors, Macquarie Park, NSW, Australia – Sydney Shopping Centre
    The project team scanned a 4 million square foot shopping center with Leica ScanStation C10 and P20 laser scanners and used a Leica TS15 Total Station and Leica Nova MS50 MultiStation to provide survey control. Leica Cyclone 9.0 was used to clean and register the point clouds and publish TruView images. Autodesk Revit 2014 was used to model architectural elements while Autodesk Revit MEP was used to create pipes, plant, ducts and other services to create a partial MEP model of the loading docks.
  • Second Place: F3 & Associates, Inc., Benicia, CA – Kirkistown Castle
    In this collaborative project, F3 & Associates teamed up with Scadin Surveys in the UK to successfully capture a castle built in the 1600s and produce a 3D model as well as a heritage exhibit that includes 3D printing as a realistic representation to make the heritage effort come to life. Scadin Surveys conducted the survey and collected the scan data with a Leica ScanStation C10, while F3 created the 3D model for historical preservation/heritage records using Leica TruView and Autodesk Revit. The final model was within 1/8-inch accuracy to the point cloud.


  • First Place: F3 & Associates, Inc., Benicia, CA – Recycled Water for a Refinery
    F3 & Associates used a Leica ScanStation P20 to scan much of the site and a UAV to capture inaccessible areas. Control traverse and flight crosses were surveyed with a Leica Nova MS50 MultiStation. The Leica Nova MS50 was also used to verify the elevations of vegetated areas. The 3D terrestrial laser scan data and UAV point cloud data were combined in Leica Cyclone 9.0 and registered using a combination of survey control and cloud-to-cloud techniques. 3D printing was used to provide a visualization of the site topography.
  • Second Place: Johnson & Pace Inc., Longview, TX – Creature Comforts Pet Resort
    The as-built survey of a 0.943-acre site and building was conducted using a Leica Nova MS50. Data was processed in the office with Leica Infinity and Leica MultiWorx software. Scanning the project provided valuable information that would not have been captured in a traditional survey. The final plan included a 2D site drawing as well as point clouds and panoramic images of the overall site, building lobby and hallways.


  • First Place: F3 & Associates, Inc., Benicia, CA – Leica TruView Maintenance Schedule
    The team first scanned the refinery using the Leica ScanStation P20 laser scanner, then used both survey control and the visual alignment capabilities of Cyclone 9.0 to process the data. 3D printing provided a valuable visualization tool. As a final step, the team used Leica TruView to develop a facility management tool that solved a pump maintenance issue for the client. The combination of Leica TruView with traditional mapping, a grease board and 3D printing substantially enhanced the communication and understanding of the condition and state of operation of plant assets.
  • Second Place: TriGeo Technologies, Hyderabad, India – Scan to Plant Model
    Using Autodesk AutoCAD and Leica Cyclone Model, the team created 2D as-built, isometric and P&ID drawings as well as 3D models from laser scan point clouds.

“All the plans were really good this year; once again, multiple rounds of judging were required to choose the winners,” said Mike Harvey, HDS Product Applications manager for Leica Geosystems and the HDS Plan Contest chair. Four rounds of voting were required in the Building/Heritage category, and two rounds were required in the Civil/Survey category.

In the Plant/Marine category, 85 percent of the votes went to the top two entries; however, one plan stood out. “F3’s creation of an interactive Leica TruView portal to show the pump status in the plant for facility management was an ingenious solution,” Harvey said. “The combination of highly accurate scan data with easy access to the pump schedule and metadata provides a rich information resource for maintenance personnel and management that is available right at their fingertips on any desktop or mobile device through TruView Global.” The 2015 contest marks the third year that F3 & Associates took top honors in the Plant/Marine category.

This year’s entries demonstrated that service providers continue to push the envelope on creating high-value deliverables for their clients. Multiple sensors are being combined to increase the amount of information captured on projects, and firms are using each new success to fuel additional creativity. “Since the popularity of our 3D printed sections, our clients have been asking for them quite a bit,” said Sean Finn, principal of F3 & Associates. “We have Leica Geosystems to thank for this since it was our 2014 HDS Plan Contest submittal that sparked this innovation. We have now trademarked this as TruSection™, and we have used this innovation to solve problems for multiple clients.

“This competition is so great for our industry,” Finn added. “It challenges us to think outside the box and move HDS forward.”

Submissions for the 2016 HDS Plan Contest will open in the spring. For more information, email michael.harvey@leicaus.com. To learn more about 3D laser scanning solutions, visit http://hds.leica-geosystems.us.

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First Place Buildings/Heritage Entry from Project Surveyors

First Place Civil/Survey Entry from F3 & Associates

First Place Plant/Marine Entry from F3 & Associates