Running level lines across a seawall once a year, checking periodically for subsidence on an old landfill, shooting reflectorless points over a dam spillway, weekly surveying of a bridge during construction—these common surveying tasks are all examples of monitoring. At its most basic level, monitoring is nothing more than repeatedly surveying the same object and comparing the results. So it is something you have probably already done before, at least to a certain degree.
But did you know these surveying tasks have the potential to launch a high-demand monitoring service in your business? You simply need to know how to optimize your resources and approach. Here are some resources that can guide you in your journey.
You’re probably already performing basic monitoring services. With some simple and inexpensive technology upgrades, you can launch a new high-demand service in your business. Learn how in the first webinar in our monitoring series, now available on demand.
“Now more than ever, there’s an understanding that monitoring for structural problems in dams, buildings and infrastructure is imperative to preventing disaster. Surveyors already have the expertise to capture the data; with the right technology, you can really have a big impact in this field.”
Expand your monitoring capabilities by exploring the next level of automation in this live webinar on October 21.
Moving from campaign monitoring to semi-automated monitoring with the use of a field app is an easy first step to launch and grow your monitoring capabilities. Once you’re ready to expand into setting up permanent installations, there’s more to learn.
Asset monitoring is already becoming standard in urban construction and will become routine as cities continue to get more dense and build upwards. Are you capturing your share of this growing market?
“Surveyors are already experts in optical and GNSS measurements, and these are the two most commonly used sensors in asset monitoring. And surveyors are also good at analyzing measurement data and preparing reports … and that’s asset monitoring, in a nutshell.”
The Power of Real-Time Monitoring
With real-time monitoring, movement and displacement can be detected within seconds and immediately conveyed to key stakeholders and the public. In this video, Joel Swenson, senior geotechnical engineer at Barr Engineering Co. based in Minneapolis, explains how technology sets the firm apart and empowers professionals to provide outstanding service.
An innovative GNSS-based monitoring system provides assurance that a landslide has stabilized and sets a new standard for assessing and mitigating risk.
“We looked at [the dashboard] and could verify right away that there was no displacement at all, which was pretty amazing. The ministry was able to call town officials immediately and tell them with confidence that their access was unaffected.”