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From the Top of Mountains to the Bottom of Rivers; How Fox and Associates is Leading an Evolution in Professional Surveying

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In 1873, the HMS Challenger set out on a 3-year expedition to map the seabed of what is now known as the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. More than 500 plumb measurements (a plumb attached to a cable is dropped to the sea floor) were acquired to create one of the first bathymetric maps.

While an extraordinary feat of its time, those early scientists could never have imagined what would be possible almost 150 years later. Today, advances in new mapping technologies and data capture capabilities are driving an evolution in professional surveying. Fox and Associates ‘ongoing commitment is to stay on the leading edge of the technology curve, and we are proactively working, developing and extending our services.

As specialists in spatial services, we have the technology and capability to complete all your land, aerial and water-based spatial measurement surveys. Now we are once again pushing the boundaries by combining all this technology and information together.

How we do this is through the seamless integration of Photogrammetry, LiDAR, Laser Scanning, Land Surveying, RPAS (remotely piloted aircraft systems), USV (unmanned surface vehicles), and Bathymetric Surveying and Data Analysis.

What this means for you is that that we make the invisible visible, from the top of mountains to the bottom of rivers and lakes, to deliver uniquely customised full surface mapping solutions.

This offers you unlimited options around data capture and analysis that haven’t been readily offered until now. We then deliver this in the data format(s) best suited to help you effectively manage your resources and assets.

Take a hypothetical example of river mapping and flood modelling. How you could leverage our technology and capability includes:

  • Aerial topographical surveying using a combination of photogrammetry to map the surrounding land and LiDAR to penetrate through dense foliage to ‘see’ the ground surface beneath the tree canopies.
  • Infill the topographic data with a laser scanner, GPS or total station if required.
  • Photogrammetry and/or echo sounder surveys to look at and model the surface below the water.
  • Data delivery in different formats to suit your needs including discrete point files, point clouds and digital terrain models that provide the right level of detail to be informative and manageable.
  • Uses for this data might include but not limited to, modelling for flood inundation, assessing shoreline erosion and sediment build-up.

As technology and our understanding of its capabilities evolve, so do the possibilities.  Ultimately, it’s about giving you superior outcomes for your projects by treating your project as a unique data challenge in regard to data capture, analysis and management.

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As specialists in spatial services, we can help you complete your land, aerial or water-based spatial measurement survey needs. We’d love to work with you. Contact us today.

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