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Surveying Solutions, Inc. (SSI) was selected as a sub consultant to Parsons Inc. tasked with the surveying and mapping of the U.S. portion of the Gordie Howe International Bridge (GHIB) project in the City of Detroit, MI. The overall goal of this project was to create and validate a comprehensive survey dataset to be used for the design and construction of the U.S. portion of the GHIB Bridge including approaches and toll plaza.

 Overall there were over 40 miles of roadway data that needed to be collected. Before the project could begin there were several challenges and unique factors that needed to be considered including impacts on the motoring public, safety of field personnel, the amount of data that was to be collected, and tight scheduling deadlines. To meet the project challenges, SSI utilized Mobile LiDAR to provide a 3D model of the accessible portions of the project and also utilized data sources from several previous past projects including Aerial LiDAR, Aerial Mapping, and conventional survey data.   

 The primary data collection technique for this project was Mobile LiDAR Scanning which allowed the team to collect data at posted speeds from a dual-head laser scanner. The use of a dual-head scanner proved to be very advantageous by increasing the productivity of the overall extraction effort. Using mobile scanning techniques to collect roadway data improved visualizations of features in the field. 

 The use of Mobile LiDAR combined with other data sources allowed information to be delivered ahead of schedule. Obtaining all of the information using conventional methods would have been time and cost prohibitive. Conventional data collection would have also had substantial impacts to daily traffic while compromising the safety of field personnel. The use of Mobile LiDAR had zero impact on the motoring public and saved the overall project by eliminating costly lane closures. Recycling the previously acquired Aerial data also provided substantial savings. 

 With the use of data fusion, SSI was able to create a fully controlled, dense dataset that has since been used downstream for multiple other purposes. Utilizing multiple data sources saved money, increased safety, provided a better overall mapping deliverable, and allowed SSI to deliver survey deliverables ahead of schedule.

Author: Casey Potts

Standish (December 8, 2016) – Jason Fisher, PE, and Todd Bonzelet, PE  recently joined Surveying Solutions, Inc. (SSI) as Lead Transportation Engineers based out of satellite offices in Metro Detroit and Traverse City respectively. Both Fisher and Bonzelet occupied similar roles before coming to SSI and each have over fifteen years of experience in the industry.

A licensed Engineer in Michigan, Fisher graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Master’s degree in civil engineering. Jason has an extensive MDOT background with a wide range of experience in construction and has successfully delivered innovative contracts for MDOT. At SSI, Fisher is involved with managing inspection and testing operations as well as modeling and constructability assessment. By reviewing the constructability of 3D models, Jason is able to identify potential issues before construction begins, allowing time for proper plan revisions and alternatives to be investigated and incorporated.

A licensed Engineer in Michigan, Bonzelet graduated from Michigan Technological University with a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Todd has an extensive MDOT background with a wide-range of experience in design including numerous rural and urban complex freeways both from a design bid-build and design build process.  Todd has a very strong background in MDOT plan development including 3D modeling and is well versed in the MDOT RID process.  At SSI, Todd is involved with reviewing survey deliverables for content and consistency and reviewing plans for errors or constructability issues. Todd is able to develop independent 3D models through SSI’s virtual constructability process that can validate the contract documents and RID files provided by designers.

“Jason and Todd both have an extraordinary level of knowledge and experience in all aspects of construction engineering, 3D modeling, and constructability assessment. Their expertise will be vital in further developing and perfecting SSI’s modeling processes which will support sustainable solutions for transportation projects. On behalf of SSI we are thrilled to welcome Jason and Todd to our team,” said Principal of SSI, Jeff Bartlett.

As specialized construction engineers, Jason and Todd will be working together to validate 3D models and reviewing for true constructability in a virtual environment. This expanded capacity in the modeling world will allow SSI to offer new and innovative solutions. As two very talented and respected designers in the state, Jason and Todd are great additions to the SSI team.

About SSI

SSI is a Midwest-based consulting firm specializing in geospatial/surveying services. SSI’s team of professionals and technical experts provides services to a wide range of clientele with an emphasis in the Transportation industry including state DOT’s, federal agencies, municipalities, private development firms as well as various design professionals. For over fifteen years, SSI’s dedicated and experienced staff has remained committed to providing exceptional service and data driven solutions. That dedication combined with the very latest in geospatial technology allows SSI to provide clients a comprehensive range of services to help them make the most accurate and informed decisions.

989.846.6601

www.ssi-mi.com

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Posted by: ssimichigan | April 26, 2016

SSI Expands With Purchase of Second Mobile Mapping System!

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Standish, Michigan – April, 2016

Surveying Solutions, Inc. (SSI), a leading geospatial service provider, is excited to announce the purchase of their second VMX Mobile LiDAR system. SSI’s acquisition of the new RIEGL VMX-1HA will aid in the expansion of their robust mapping portfolio. SSI is also the first firm in the U.S. to purchase the new VMX-1HA system. With an increase demand for highly detailed, design-grade datasets, SSI will continue to meet the needs of their clients.

“This acquisition will allow SSI to continue to stay on the forefront of the mobile mapping market”, says President of SSI, Andrew Semenchuk. “SSI has had an outstanding relationship with RIEGL since the purchase of our first VMX mobile system in 2011 and we have pushed the limits of their equipment and software. Since then, RIEGL has responded with the VMX-1HA which we have found to be the premier Mobile LiDAR system on the market today. SSI is proud to add this system to our mobile mapping operations.”

The RIEGL VMX-1HA is a high speed, high performance dual scanner Mobile Mapping System which provides dense, accurate, and feature-rich data at highway speeds. As a complete data collection package capturing 2 million measurements and 500 scan lines per second, this turnkey solution is ideally suited for survey-grade mobile mapping applications. The systems lightweight, compact and rugged laser scanners are also easily mountable to all of SSI’s LiDAR platforms for scanning by road, rail, off-road, or boat.

“Five years ago, SSI decided to use a VMX-250 – the first generation of RIEGL mobile mapping systems – for their mobile mapping operations to provide their customers with top of the line surveying data. We are very excited that SSI has again decided to trust the latest state-of-the-art RIEGL laser scanning technology and purchased – as the first customer in the USA – the recently released RIEGL VMX-1HA”, comments Harald Teufelsbauer, RIEGL Product Manager Mobile Laser Scanning, and continues, “This turnkey dual scanner mobile mapping system comprises of the newest generation high-speed, high-accuracy RIEGL VUX-1HA LiDAR sensors and a further improved IMU/GNSS unit. Data acquisition at highway driving speeds and a seamless RIEGL processing workflow will enable SSI to deliver extremely dense, feature-rich, highly accurate, precisely geo-referenced, true coloured point clouds – resulting in excellent mission results. We look forward to further our outstanding, long-term relationship with SSI.”

About SSI

SSI is a Midwest-based consulting firm specializing in geospatial/surveying services. SSI’s team of professionals and technical experts provides services to a wide range of clientele with an emphasis in the Transportation industry including state DOT’s, federal agencies, municipalities, private development firms as well as various design professionals. For over fifteen years, SSI’s dedicated and experienced staff has remained committed to providing exceptional service nationwide. That dedication combined with the very latest in geospatial technology allows SSI to provide clients a comprehensive range of services and solutions to help them make the most accurate and informed decisions.

To learn more about SSI’s Mobile LiDAR acquisition, project plans, or to book an interview, please contact Casey Potts at 989.846.6601 or email, cpotts@ssi-mi.com

 

Posted by: ssimichigan | November 5, 2014

SSI Offers new Mobile Mapping Vehicle

SSI has added yet another Mobile Mapping vehicle to our fleet. The NEW Compact MoLi equipped with tracks allows us to scan through virtually all types of terrain with ease while minimizing the risk of disturbing the ground on which drive. This non-intrusive 4X4 vehicle makes it safe and easy to collect LiDAR data in areas that are otherwise inaccessible to other scan platforms. In addition, our Riegl scanning system is also highly portable which allows us to transfer it to any of our Mobile Mapping platforms in just minutes. Our system utilizes a design where the physical location of Scanner 1, Scanner 2, the IMU and the GPS are fixed in relationship to each other.  The fixed relationship allows us to move the unit for between all of our platforms and also ensures that we maintain the same data accuracy no matter which platform we use.

To learn more about the new ATV or any of SSI’s other LiDAR services feel free to visit us online at www.ssi-mi.com or give us a call (989) 846-6601

Rangers with MoLi IMG_3015

Posted by: ssimichigan | February 6, 2013

Capturing Paradise

SSI is featured in the February issue of Point of Beginning (POB).  Follow the link to read the full article…..

www.pobonline.com/Articles/Features/BNP_GUID_9-5-2006_A_10000000000001220637

Posted by: ssimichigan | February 1, 2013

ILMF

A representative from Surveying Solutions, Inc. will be attending the ILMF conference in Denver, CO, February 10-14.  We hope to see you there.

Posted by: ssimichigan | September 5, 2012

RaLi

Here is a link to a SPAR Point article fearturing RaLi and SSI.

http://www.sparpointgroup.com/News/Vol10No36-Surveying-Solutions-launches-RaLi-–-mobile-lidar-for-rail/

Posted by: ssimichigan | September 5, 2012

RaLi in the news

RaLi in the news

Here is the latest news feed featuring SSI and RaLi courtesy of SPAR.

Posted by: ssimichigan | August 23, 2012

GeoDataPoint article on survey control for mobile mapping

An article was just released today through GeoDataPoint regarding survey control for mobile mapping.  It talks about SSI‘s latest advancements and innovations for establishing the control network and achieving engineering design tolerances.  We will be doing a seperate post or blog on the Mobile LiDAR Blog here shortly, but in the meantime, have a read of this latest article.  We would love to hear everyone’s thoughts and feedback.  I hope this opens the door for many discussions on progressing mobile mapping applications and uses through traditional survey methodologies.  Our goal at SSI to always help however possible to keep the technology and market progressing.  We hope that you enjoy!

http://geodatapoint.com/articles/view/three_acronyms_you_should_know_in_mobile_mapping

Posted by: ssimichigan | August 16, 2012

MoLi™ (Mobile LiDAR)

Here is a mobile mapping point cloud colorized with RGB images from the digital cameras.  The dataset was captured at an intersection/roundabout with MoLi™ at Michigan State University.

http://youtu.be/v0q8sq6xgxo

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