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Data Preparation

We’ve worked with architects, engineers and construction companies and know that no matter what the industry, getting hold of documents and files in the correct format can be a challenge.

We have developed methods to transform your standard issue data and convert into files that are ready to ‘plug and play’ in setting out instruments, BIM collaborations, visualisation tools and files that can be uploaded to machine control systems as surfaces and guidance models.

Regardless of how your data has been issued, we will work with you to prepare it into the most useable format.

Data Preparation Services

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Design Drawings To Setting Out Files

We are used to working with pages of specifications, general arrangement drawings issued only as PDF’s and can filter this information into concise useable formats ready for site teams.

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Clash Detection

Design clashes unfortunately happen all too often on site. Pre-empt this costly and time-wasting scenario by engaging with our expert team before it has the chance to happen.

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Digital Terrain Modelling

Embracing numerous software packages means we have the ability to work across multiple platforms ensuring the models that we produce are the most detailed and accurate in a universal format.

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Volume Analysis & Reporting

Making sure that every ton of material moved on your project is accounted for. This is essential to efficiently and financially benefit both the client and the contractor.

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Design Drawings To Setting Out Files

Our skilled team will transform your standard issued engineering drawings, which are often in a basic format, into files that can be distributed throughout your site team. Site agents who can better visualise their site. Quantity surveyors who can measure specific areas. The buying department who can quantify materials. Engineers who can upload directly to their survey equipment for site setting out. As well as files for excavators, dozers, etc. that are fitted with machine control systems. We can complete the laborious task of compiling this information into a universal format to be utilised by your whole site team.

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Clash Detection

On any construction project a range of disciplines and professional service providers come together to work on different aspects of the build. Using the architect’s model as a starting point a structural engineer, environmental engineer, mechanical and electrical engineer (and potentially many others) will each produce their own design information. Each set of design information will consist of a range of model files, documents and structured data files.

Our team will then compile all of these assets together as a digital replica. This will, at first, show what has been designed and will eventually show what has been built and installed.

One of the key benefits of designating resource to the supplied design information is having the ability to spot ‘clashes’ at an early stage in your project where they should be much easier, cheaper and less time consuming to rectify.

Clash detection is a key part of the design and construction process.

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Digital Terrain Modelling

Our CAD software will produce a triangulated digital terrain model (DTM). This triangular mesh is the foundation of all the modelling we do. Any data, observations, surveys or design information imported into our software is modelled. We can then choose to display contours at any interval. The triangles and contours are dynamic and react instantly to changes to the points that make up the DTM. If the data from which the DTM was created contained feature codes (lines and coded points) then these can be set to be inside the DTM or not.

Alongside general DTM creation, we can also report volumes, design excavations, earthworks profiles, calculate level differences and more.

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Volume Analysis & Reporting

After completing comprehensive volume analysis you can utilise our reports in negotiating bids, settling engineering issues and verifying cost estimates.

We  often complete the following considerations when completing our volume analysis and reporting.

  • Demolition
  • Topsoil Strip
  • Strata Layers
  • Over-excavation and Back Fill
  • Structural Fill
  • Bulk Excavation

Volumes can be sub-categorized and broken down out for building pads, paving surfaces, ponds, and general landscaping to define varying material types such as structural and non structural fills. They can also be customized as per your directions to meet your specific needs.