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M4 Junctions 3 to 12 Smart Motorway; Thames Valley Topographic Mapping Survey

HA improvements to 28Km of the M4 between junction 3 to the west of London Heathrow to junction 12 at Reading will involve turning it into a “smart motorway”. Smart motorways help relieve congestion by using technology to vary speed limits and allow the hard shoulder to be used as a running lane at peak times.

In 2013, the scheme was approved and the designer, Mouchel was appointed. Due to issues with survey access, IBI Group were approached to create the topographic mapping from their Mobile Mapping System.

Using control points to tighten the accuracies, the LiDAR point cloud was used to extract the topographic features within seven weeks from initial collection resulting in a large net saving over traditional methods.

Highways Agency Special Project Service Framework Lot 4

In 2013, The Highways Agency’s Asset Management Office commenced a programme of Mobile Mapping System (MMS) Surveys of each of its maintenance areas.

GeoSurvey Solutions (GSS) in partnership with IBI Group was awarded the first task order in November 2012 to provide the Agency with MMS data (imagery, LiDAR and positioning) and a geo-spatially referenced asset inventory for 64 feature types including detailed attributes to the IAM-IS schema. The survey covered maintenance areas 4, 7, 9 and 12 totalling 7,450 Carriageway Km, equating to the largest MMS survey undertaken in the UK to date.  The surveying element commenced in December 2012 and was completed by June 2013.

IBI Group were tasked with the MMS collection, as well as consultation on the IAM-IS data schema and provision of its RouteMapper software to GSS and their partners to facilitate the Asset Digitisation. The software was configured to the IAM-IS data standards and updated to provided greater functionality to the digitiser.

Road Expo 2013

Scotland’s largest traffic management and road maintenance event.

Road Expo Scotland 2013 is the ONLY event of its kind to bring together 100s of visitors, exhibitors and government transport officials in one location, across two unmissable days. The event offers an unrivalled opportunity to network with the industries biggest product and services suppliers, live test the latest available road management technology, and participate in thought-provoking discussions at The Transport Scotland & SCOTS Conference.

The RouteMapper team will be demonstrating our desktop browser software with the LiDAR plugin. With all our surveying this year there’s lots to show off, including the LiDAR vehicle itself. Our Glasgow office will also be demonstrating some of their real time journey and traveller information software.

Road Expo Scotland 2013 will take place 6 – 7 November 2013. Look forward to seeing you there.

DIHA 2013

On Tuesday 16th July 2013, we will be exhibiting at  Development In Highway Assessment conference organised by Fugro Aperio.

The conference will be held at Austin Court in Birmingham.

We will be displaying our RouteMapper desktop browser with the LiDAR plugin. The software will be displaying data from our new RouteMapper acquisition vehicles. These systems capture images from four cameras and two LiDAR scanners. The images are captured at 2m spacing while the LiDAR is capable of capturing 3D point information at over 400kHz. By using these combined systems, not only are our clients able to interact with the video footage but also get a 3D view of the road corridor. The addition of the LiDAR allows very precise measurements of road side assets, eliminating the need for many on site inspections.

http://www.fugro-aperio.com/events/diha_agenda.html

We hope to see you there.

Highways Agency Area 6

Highways Agency Area 6 covers the trunk roads and motor­ways in East Anglia, Eng­land. Area 6 covers approximately 609 miles (980 km) of the strate­gic road net­work in Cam­bridgeshire, Peter­bor­ough, Essex, Suf­folk and Norfolk. It is currently being managed and maintained by Atkins.

Atkins commissioned IBI Group in order to get a full imagery and LiDAR survey of the entire Area 6 trunk road network. The imagery will be used primarily in conjunction with the RouteMapper desktop software to digitise updates to the roadside assets, while the LiDAR will be used internally as an ad hoc measurement and visualisation tool. Further uses of the LiDAR may include; topo mapping for schemes, vehicle restraint system height analysis and also carriageway drainage and profiling.

Highways Agency Area 8

Area 8 is one of the central High­ways Agency areas in Eng­land, com­pris­ing trunk roads and motor­ways within Bed­ford­shire, Hert­ford­shire,  Cam­bridgeshire and Mil­ton Keynes. Area 8 covers approximately 520 miles (830km) and is currently being managed and maintained by Carillion WSP.

Due to network boundary changes and the completion of several schemes, Carillion WSP commissioned IBI Group to perform an imagery survey for the whole network. This would allow the engineers and planners to have a full and current view of their road network available at the touch of a button. Additional software licenses were also supplied to enable more users to interact with the imagery and mapping.

DIPA 2012

On Tuesday 13th July 2012, we will be exhibiting at  Development In Pavement Assesment conference organised by Fugro Aperio.

The conference will be held at Austin Court in Birmingham.

We will be displaying our RouteMapper desktop browser with the new LiDAR plugin as well as giving guided tours around our new combined Video and LiDAR vehicle. This new system captures images from four cameras and two LiDAR scanners. The images are captured at 6Hz while the LiDAR is capable of capturing 3D point information at over 400kHz. By using these combined systems, not only are our clients able to interact with the video footage but also get a 3D view of the road corridor. The addition of the LiDAR allows very precise measurements of road side assets, eliminating the need for many on site inspections.

Come and see us.

We hope to see you there.

Area 7 Safety Fence Study

A-One+ on behalf of the Highways Agency has commissioned IBI Group to carry out a survey of the Safety Fences within Managing Agent Contractor (MAC) Area 7. Area 7 covers the whole of the East Midlands, which encompasses the trunk roads in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland totalling over 1,500 Kilometres of roads.

The aim of the survey will be to establish the actual mounting heights of the safety fences across the network for compliance with BS 7669 Part 3: 1994.

To carry out such a large scale survey by traditional methods will be very costly and time consuming involving traffic management and site staff physically measuring the safety fence mounting heights at set intervals.

IBI Group’s unique offering is based upon its tried and tested RouteMapper system, comprising multiple high resolution cameras, LiDAR scanners and onboard navigation systems. All survey data will be collected at traffic speed removing the risk to site staff and the requirement for any traffic management.

The resultant 3D geo-referenced dataset will be used to identify the profile type of the safety fence and extract the mid point mounting height. The fences will be split into 10m segments and measured to within a tolerance of 5mm.

Area 9 Drainage Contouring

Amey on behalf of the Highways Agency has commissioned IBI Group to carry out a number of scheme based surveys within Managing Agent Contractor (MAC) Area 9. Area 9 covers the motorways and trunk roads in eight counties and three metropolitan boroughs, plus Birmingham in the West Midlands.

The aim of these surveys is investigate possible issues arising from standing water on the carriageway after heavy rainfall on a number of selected routes along the M6 and A500 corridors.

To carry out such detailed surveys by traditional methods will be very costly and time consuming, involving a great deal of traffic management and site staff physically taking spot heights at regular intervals from the carriageway.

IBI Group will be using its industry recognised RouteMapper system, comprising dual LiDAR scanners and onboard navigation systems. All LiDAR data will be collected during the night, at traffic speed, removing the risk to site staff and the requirement for any traffic management.

Peterborough Safety Fences

Peterborough Council through our RouteMapper partnership with Atkins contacted us in order to do a safety barrier analysis on the A1139, Fletton Parkway. This road runs around the outskirts of Peterborough and channels traffic into the East of England show grounds, the City Centre or on to the East coast. It is a very busy stretch of road which sees a combination of heavy goods vehicles, holiday traffic and a great deal of commuter traffic at peak hours. It is currently having partial resurfacing and structural repairs work done, and the Council need to ensure that the mounting height of the barriers are still within the safety limits.

Barrier heights have to be maintained to within a range of 60mm of the target height. The normal RouteMapper measuring accuracies are about 100mm, so we would have to use a road based Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) system to get the accuracies required.  It has been used from an aerial platform to create accurate mapping and terrain models since the 1990’s, however it is only in the last few years that the technology has been used on a road vehicle. The accuracy of measurement that can be achieved from the use of LiDAR is 2mm, up to a range of 50m.

The entire route is 50km in length, including the main carriageways and slips, and should be recorded in a few hours.  The LiDAR data will be loaded the RouteMapper software and all the safety barriers digitised and mounting heights measured at set intervals. From this, GIS data will be generated for the client, mapping the exact location of the safety barriers and their associated heights.