Photogrammetric Surveys enable rapid data capture using specialist cameras. These are either fitted to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or attached to tripods and masts. Photogrammetry as a methodology is as old as modern photography. Whilst its use declined with the development of laser scanning, in recent years with the rising popularity of UAV's, and improvements in associated software, photogrammetry has ‘taken off again’.
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.
Land Drains cure waterlogged areas such as agricultural fields, gardens or other landscaped areas including sports fields. Essentially, land drains are pipes that allow water to enter through small perforations and flow away to a suitable disposal point. This could include streams, a storm drain or a soakaway.
Topographic surveys are a must-have for any professional who needs a record of the physical features of their site. Whether its 1000 acres of land or simply your back garden; SUMO’s Senior Surveyor Patrick Cullity talks through the basics of topography. We look into how it can apply to a variety of sites.
Technological advances in Measured Building continue to change the way the survey industry works. We understand that employers need to create the right environment to attract the best employees. Surveyors need to focus on finding the skills and talent. This is essential to thrive in this ever-changing environment. SUMO asked its industry-leading experts to explore what attracting the right talent to the industry really means…
The possible application of geophysical techniques is vast. In our experience however, it is generally thought that geophysics is reserved for application to heritage sites or areas containing archaeology only. However, there is a much wider use for these techniques including Civil Engineering, as detailed below.
The PAS 128 specification for underground utility detection provides a robust methodology for delivering utility surveys in the UK. Introduced in 2014, it focuses on the levels of accuracy that you can specify when commissioning a PAS 128 compliant underground utility survey. But how does it differ from other survey options and more importantly; is it the best use of your budget?
With the latest 3D modelling trend, it's no surprise that the Construction industry has followed in the footsteps of other tech-advancing industries. We took a look at the basics of 3D modelling and what you should keep in mind when commissioning your 3D survey…
What does The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Morning Glory by Oasis, the sound of the dial-up modem and the SIR3 radar system all have in common? They were all things that helped to make the 1990’s. We asked SUMO Directors Dr. John Gater and Peter Barker to take a trip down memory lane and look back at their 'old' geophysical equipment. After this, we began to see how far geophysics technology has come since.
The SUMO Survey is the bread and butter utility survey, which we provide to our clients. With Over more than 15 years since its establishment, SUMO's utility department has been refining and adapting this service. SUMO aims to offering, to provide the best quality survey, at the best price.
In the last three years, there has been an explosion in the development and variety of hardware available for collecting laser scanned pointcloud data. At the lower end of the market scanning hardware is getting cheaper and faster and the range of choices…
Although the recent drought has meant that many historical sites have ‘appeared’ on the ground, as crop or parchmarks, it has been 42 years since the last really hot summer in 1976 when this occurred - and clients can’t always wait this long to discover what is below the ground….
With new tech trends and advanced interest in all things digital, it is no surprise that the measured built environment industry has seen a great development in its capabilities and innovations. This tech-craze continues as Leica release their new RTC 360 laser scanner to the UK.
Not sure of the difference between standard GPR and High-Density GPR? We asked SUMO Geophysics Directors Dr. John Gater and Simon Haddrell to discuss the differences between the techniques and how these can be applied to varying sites.
With the use of unmanned aircraft rising in the UK, we are seeing many 'rogue' surveys being undertaken. We spoke to SUMO Aerial-Cam’s Pilot Adam Stanford to compile SUMO’s 5 top-tips to spot a good aerial survey service.
SUMO Geophysics had the pleasure of attending the annual CIfA conference in Brighton last month. With Dr John Gater and his team attending on behalf of SUMO, it was a conference that saw a range of presentations, talks and social networking events…
Mental Health Awareness Week (14 to 20 May 2018) is about stress and how we’re coping with it.
At SUMO we are taking time to reflect on the importance of talking about mental health and how as an industry we could be further supporting others…
Raising nearly £1000 for Cancer Research, SUMO team member Aimee Hall-Guy braved 8 weeks of hard training to compete in the Portsmouth, Ultra White Collar Boxing tournament. Read her story here…
During hard economic times, the surveying community has seen an increase in equipment theft.
Don’t wait till after your equipment is stolen to set up security precautions. SUMO have put together a list of 8 top tips to keep your equipment out of pesky hands....
We are delighted to announce that APR Services Limited has become part of the SUMO Group...