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A 3D Approach to Savings!

by Ryan on April 28, 2014

What do you do when your utility infrastructure is buried in snow?
 
What if you had the ability to work on outdoor projects year round related to asset data inventory?  Many communities are beginning to realize the time is now or never to get all their asset data in a digital format.  As paper gets older and employees get closer to retirement, the demand to get these done increases every year.
 
Luverne, Minnesota immediately saw the long term benefits of mobile mapping using LiDAR.  The City of Luverne has a population of about 5,000 residents and is located off of I-90 in SW Minnesota.
 
Using Beacon™ and staff augmentation from Schneider Geospatial, the City of Luverne immediately saw the value in both products and services to boost their GIS program.  After initial meetings and the upcoming retirement of a couple city employees, Luverne moved forward with utilizing a mobile mapping technology or “Mobile LiDAR” that collects over 300,000 GPS points every second.  This enables the organization to analyze data for years to come and can create several data collection projects from the one LiDAR collection drive-through. 
 
The results of collecting the data will pay dividends for the next 5 to 10 years and all data is forever archived in case of a disaster or loss of paper records. Schneider Geospatial drove the City (which was about 41 total miles of roads and alley ways) collecting point cloud information and digital photos.  This data was then processed, modeled, and used to update the GIS. Road features and utilities were extracted and imported into the system. The client was also provided with the ability to view the point cloud data and photos that were collected in the field.  Luverne used the flexibility of Schneider Geospatial’s staff augmentation to analyze the data and be involved with the project after it was collected.
 
An early example of savings was identified when the project manager was able to more accurately identify that a single intersection contained 32.48% less pipe than the drawings showed, allowing for a reduced construction bid. These types of savings can reduce a municipality’s operating costs for years to come.