SUMO Aerial-Cam’s Adam Stanford has gained expertise over a career spanning more than 30 years. As a leading pilot within the industry, his involvement has been vital in many well-known archaeological projects across the globe. This includes Adam’s long-standing participation in the Stonehenge Riverside Projects. We took some time to ask Adam about his participation in the projects so far...
In today’s industry, survey equipment theft is a growing problem. With technological advancements forging the way for more adaptable, specialist kit; this has also come with a price tag that appeals to wandering hands. We asked SUMO’s Topographic Director Paul Williams some key questions regarding equipment theft and its impact upon survey companies.
Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM) was first used by autonomous vehicles, to concurrently map and navigate through an unknown environment. 'SLAM' is not a particular algorithm or piece of software. Rather it refers to the problem of trying to simultaneously localise (i.e. find the position/orientation of) a sensor around its surroundings. This happens at the same time mapping the structure of that environment.
SUMO’s Dr John Gater recently ventured on holiday to the Mediterranean, a short break away from Yorkshire and Real Ale. Whilst wondering around the local archaeological remains John noticed the abundance of highly visible utility services. Features that would typically require specialised survey equipment to identify, were in plain sight. In many instances, they were actually above the ground.
The SUMO Survey is an adaptable utility survey designed to meet the needs of a wide range of clients looking to minimise the risk of service strikes. With years of experience in providing the SUMO Survey to clients, Utility Director Peter Marsh discusses; can SUMO locate all underground utilities?
In an industry that is constantly evolving and looking towards the newest methods of working, it can come as a surprise that although there is a will to move forward there isn’t always the way. SUMO’s Tony Rogers explains why although we are seeing an increasing shift towards full 3D outputs, we are regularly asked for traditional 2D deliverables.
Geophysical techniques can be applied to a wide variety of sites to investigate numerous types of materials and structures below the ground. We’ve put together this list of features that can be found by geophysical survey techniques.
It’s well known within the survey industry that underground mapping surveys completed at the pre-demolition stage of a project yield all-round benefits. However, in our experience many clients don’t understand the importance of the survey work being completed pre-demolition. This and can end up demolishing more than just their site, but also the quality of their survey results.
SUMO is delighted to announce the arrival of Sarah Owen and her appointment as Administrative PA.
Sarah will be assisting with the daily running of the SUMO Group. This includes responsibility for elements of administration, Health & Safety and client pre-qualifications for the Group, along with supporting the Directors.