New Zealand firm Gary Pidd Architect Ltd has jumped on the cutting edge of
technology with its innovative use of 12d Model for an ongoing project to build
a database of over 200 schools.
The project involves surveying each site
and recording all buildings and features such as paving, ramps, trees, play
equipment, covered ways, car parking facilities, sealed areas, and grass areas.
This information is then converted into DWG files for supply to the customer.
The firm had previously won a smaller contract to survey schools, but had
completed this by hand. When competing for this larger contract, Gary Pidd
Architect investigated modern equipment to see what it could do for them.
True first-time users, the firm had not previously used any surveying software,
and had only used manual theodolites.
Mr Pidd initially found the New Zealand distributor for 12d Model on the
Internet using a search engine. Sokkia in Wellington gave the firm a
demonstration of Sokkia instruments and 12d Model software. Mr Pidd was
impressed right from the outset. “With Sokkia, we went to a school site, took
some measurements, then went back to our office and downloaded it straight onto
our computer from the data recorder,” he said.
“We wanted a system which
functioned so that when we coded the data in the field, it was automatically
given colours, linestyles, symbols such as trees and flagpoles at points when
downloaded and reduced. With no extra work, it was then all there as a basic
outline of the school!”
Other choices of equipment for the contract
included an aerial photograph system and GPS, which Gary Pidd Architect
discovered couldn’t give them the accuracy they needed for this job. Using a
Practise Version of 12d Model combined with the intended use of Sokkia
instruments, the firm put together their proposal, and their chosen methodology
won them the contract.
The company has completed plans for 20 schools to
date, and estimate the project will take about 9 more months to complete. They
have calculated the amount of time saved using 12d Model rather than previous
methods as being around 20%!
“The program is so tailorable,” Mr Pidd
said. “You don’t have to know all the codes that are in there; just use the one
system that you have set up! It’s brilliant! Some of the sites have up to 400
measurements, yet you come back into the office with them, and 15 minutes later,
there you are with a plan!”
Another aspect of this modern technology the
firm found particularly helpful was the ability to download data files on-site,
and email them back to their main office. “Some of the schools are miles away,
so this is a great feature for us,” said Mr Pidd.
The firm plans to use 12d Model on all future work. In the
words of Mr Pidd, “We will never use just the old theodolite equipment again!”
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