By Daniel Watkeys
It’s that time of year again and as we start packing up the support shed for the winter break we can reflect on the year we’ve had. Judging by the number of blog posts I’ve managed to get out it’s been a busy one (I’d aimed for one a month but bimonthly is better than nothing – I love the sound a deadline makes as it whistles past me).
So, what’s gone on this year…We’d like to take another opportunity to welcome some new colleagues into the shed (it’s getting cosy in here). Both Filippos and Jonny have joined us following the acquisition of Precision Geomatics Limited and we’re very glad to have them around. Jonny is especially quick on the draw and is in danger of taking Alan’s title for “quickest pick-up” and Filippos brings years of level-headed experience in all aspects of surveying.
Our training schedule has blossomed with Alan and Mark leading the push to get the next generation of surveyors armed with practical experience of the instruments they will encounter in the outside world. Alan has been working solidly with Scotland’s Constructionarium this year and Mark has continued his work with Loughborough University giving them insight in the real world of survey and engineering. We’ve also been forging links to Herriot Watt University pioneering involvement in their Civil Engineering courses (more of this in a later blog).
Technology has moved on apace (as it always does) and we’ve seen the last of the Leica GS08 antenna and the CS15 controller, which has finally been discontinued. Replacements for the Flexline range have appeared and have taken their place on the fleet, as has the RTC360 laser scanner. We’ve taken the bold step into mobile mapping with the Leica Pegasus Ultimate 2 and the Backpack being added to the hire fleet as well as many other instruments. New releases from Faro and Leica are expected next year and we’re looking forward to getting our hands on new toys soon.
We’ve had the pleasure of meeting and speaking to so many of our customers this year trying to help you through some trying times on site or giving you the benefit of our experience through our training programs. As the lights go off in the shed we’d like to say:
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you in 2020.