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Aerial imagery captured from planes has been used for years for a multitude of reasons, however, in the surveying and engineering world, we use them for mapping and planning. Aerial imagery captured from Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) is becoming more widely adopted in the industry because of reduced cost and a higher resolution which leads to more accurate mapping. Aerial imagery captured by a UAS today are used for inspection purposes and to produce 3D site models, digital terrain models, orthographic photos, and topographic maps. For future design, we can map features like roadways, buildings, and driveways. We can quickly and easily mobilize and take pictures with extremely high resolution, all from the safety of the ground. Our images are also used to create 3D models of buildings or other large objects for planning purposes.
Holland Engineering, Inc. (HEI) offers UAS services. We own a hexacopter UAS with several RGB imaging sensors. We also have the ability to lease a fixed wing for larger projects when needed. It’s important to us to invest in the safest UAS units on the market today. In addition to safety, our UAS is very stable and able to carry high-resolution sensors. The combination of stability with high-resolution produces very high-quality results. The biggest benefits that a UAS offers is very quick mobilization, shorter time in the field, and more detailed results which allow our clients to make better decisions and designs.
Not only have we invested in the technology, but we've also devoted significant time and training into our UAS program. Our team has a very thorough understanding of the technology, and its limits. It is important to know what type of accuracy you can produce, and more importantly, how to obtain highly accurate results.
In our industry, we are driven by the need for accuracy and not just a pretty picture, but the bonus is that we're able to deliver both. Contact our Geospatial Services Group Manager, Jeff Schepers, PS, PE, at (616) 392-5938 or email him for more information.
Since incorporating Mobile LiDAR services late this past summer, Holland Engineering has been busy using this technology to create value to several of our clients on a wide range of projects. The application for this new survey tool is deep and many of our clients are seeing the time and cost savings benefit that this tool is offering to their particular projects.
In addition to our existing projects, HEI was also awarded three Mobile LiDAR Scanning projects from the City of Grand Rapids which will utilize the technology. HEI will utilize Mobile LiDAR on a Michigan Department of Transportation project, increasing safety and efficiency in the collection of roadway data.
HEI's Mobile LiDAR Scanning Team is busy educating our clients on the wide range of benefits and applications of this exciting survey tool while simultaneously incorporating this technology throughout our Energy, Civil Infrastructure and Municipal Service Groups.
Holland Engineering, Inc.’s Environmental Services Division has been busy this fall working with TransCanada’s Pipeline Company throughout Michigan. HEI’s Environmental staff have performed wetland delineations, stream assessments, threatened and endangered species assessments, wetland and stream restoration design, biological habitat assessments, unanticipated discovery plans, constructability and feasibility reviews for multiple anomaly dig sites and pipeline replacement projects. Our experienced staff has also been serving as Environmental Inspectors for construction activities; including daily reporting, contractor coordination, soil sampling, water sampling, asbestos sampling, compaction testing, agricultural inspection, archaeological inspection, and ensuring environmental compliance on the project site.
HEI has utilized its strong regulator relationships through coordination with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) for soil erosion permits, wetlands permits, and hydrostatic water discharge and withdrawal permits to meet project schedules and demands. In addition, HEI obtained project clearances with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and Section 106 with Michigan Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). These projects have been a collaborative effort between HEI’s Environmental Services, Surveying, and Engineering staff members providing TransCanada with a complete project team throughout project planning and construction.
For more information on HEI’s environmental services, contact Sherry Slocum, Manager of Environmental Services at 248.827.7322 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For several years now, Holland Engineering's Surveying Staff have been assisting our clients with 4-Way Sweeping services in the field. A 4-Way Sweep is an investigative process in which electronic pipe locators and other means are used to find, trace, and help identify both underground and above ground utilities within a defined geographical location.
As our experience grows and the need for this service is in greater demand by our clients, Holland Engineering has proactively put together a comprehensive training program to guide and train our employees as they provide this service to our clients.
This training is an introduction to Underground Utility/Facility Detection. It also addresses the commonly used 4-Way Sweep process. The training includes a basic knowledge of equipment, planning and procedures to conduct sweeping and 4-Way Sweep processes utilized by Holland Engineering. This program was created through a combination of manuals, laws, other training guides and most importantly, the knowledge of Holland Engineering's most experienced Locator Teams/Sweep Crews. Every aspect of 4-way Sweeping and general facility location is covered in this training, but keep in mind that his is just a guide.
Though it is an essential tool, ultimately nothing can beat hands on training and a positive attitude on the part of crews doing the work.
The goals of the 4-Way Sweep Training Program are:
- Damage Prevention
- Route Planning
Holland Engineering is confident that our Sweeping Program will not only better equip our filed professionals with the skills they need to accurately complete our clients projects but will also assist us in maintaining an excellent safety record while in the field.
Holland Office: 616-392-5938
Southfield Office: 248-827-7322