Trimble’s ‘Early Experience Program’ brings SiteVision to Taylors

Posted on July 12th, by Kathryn Kutchel in Civil Engineering, Melbourne, Our people, Services, Survey.

First brought to the public’s attention in early 2017, Trimble SiteVision is “a high accuracy mixed reality system” designed to interpret elaborate geospatial data into easy to understand information for clients and users in the “context of existing surroundings”. Several Taylors team members had the opportunity this week to be the first industry professionals to participate in Trimble’s Early Experience Program and see how SiteVision can revolutionise working partnerships between geospatial data managers, and engineers and planners.

Taylors experts and Trimble representatives as part of the Early Experience Program

Taylors experts and Trimble representatives as part of the Early Experience Program

The main intention for SiteVision is to allow for complete ease of use and client engagement through visualisation of accurate 3D models in the field. The data presented can be “reviewed from any angle or position” and allows the ‘boots on the ground’ professionals to make accurate observations regarding the impact of electrical utilities, visualising landscape architecture, road plans and overall project progress.

SiteVision benefits include:
– See what you can’t see: Where is the existing infrastructure that I can’t see?
– See the future: What will the new construction look like against the existing environment?
– Empower users: How do I interpret spatial data easily?
– Improved understanding: Share and collaborate around designs on site in the context of where the design details will occur.

“This technology is a valuable addition to our services,” said Taylors Managing Director, Richard Cirillo. “Whether it is contractors that we work with who are able to reduce errors on site ahead of time, or stakeholders in development being able to go out and see things faster, being ahead of others solidifies Taylors as the right choice when enlisting services.”

Drone pilot, Vaman, and graduate surveyor, Harry, testing SiteVision.

Drone pilot, Vaman, and graduate surveyor, Harry, testing SiteVision.

Taylors have consistently been leaders in adopting early technology and finding real world applications for it, and SiteVision will be no different. As a multi-disciplinary consultancy, daily work requires cross-collaboration across the different sectors and this technology will allow for seamless participation and greater time efficiency for project turnarounds. As part of the Early Experience program, an assortment of Taylors experts across the geospatial, engineering and surveying teams had the opportunity to come together and experiment with the technology, interacting with one another as they checked plans in real-time and discussing potential adjustments on the spot.

As the development industry progresses, efficient project progress becomes essential so as not to delay forthcoming services. By having an engineer in the field who can instantly negotiate plan changes with a surveyor, the encumbrance of making repetitive trips to and from the office, and continual phone calls is negated, and design changes can be made promptly.

“In terms of being able to look at the real-world application of this technology, an engineer is able to say ‘Hey, this is what I do everyday and now this technology is making a difference to my workflow’. By leveraging geospatial technology and bringing it to engineers and architects, this is a significant step forward. If you are an engineer at Taylors, you are exposed to this technology, which means you’re part of a team actively working with aligned professions to further industry progress.”

Construction Engineer, Daniel, was the engineer of the day demonstrating SiteVision's capablities.

Construction Engineer, Daniel, was the engineer of the day demonstrating SiteVision’s capablities.

The question that lingers is, can a developer client without the specific expertise, or a building contractor in the product space easily use this device? The answer to that is, while Trimble have indicated that this could be a consumer level product, the results may not be interpreted correctly if in the consumers hands.

“The data preparation stage of getting plans in a state that works with SiteVision is complicated and needs expertise.” Commented one of Taylors SiteVision testers, Luke Clow. “Putting SiteVision in the hands of someone who doesn’t have that expertise makes a huge difference, so instead of looking to a company that aren’t experts in getting the data into this device, why not look to Taylors who can be a service provider with the necessary knowledge? It’s a very good example of the democratization of data. This doesn’t do anything that you can’t go out and do with a GPS and a controller just or even better, however, by putting in the correct work and with the right knowledge, you can put this device into the hands of an engineering expert who can take that data and immediately assess that, ‘that’s not the right height, let’s get a surveyor out here’ and accurately discuss how to alter that.”

“The future of the geospatial profession is geospatial data management, whether it be for SiteVision or for other technological progressions. We’re all going to become geospatial data managers, the difference is that Taylors has the exposure to this technology and the level of expertise to understand it.” Said Mr. Cirillo.

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