Reporter 88

Reporter, customer magazine – INTERGEO 2020

President’s Message

Many industries and companies describe 2020 as a “lost” year. We definitely do not! Though this year has dramatic humanitarian and economic challenges affecting us all, requiring a lot of flexibility and adaptability, we also see countless impressive success stories from our customers.

Throughout our long history, we have overcome many external market changes and technology changes, all while keeping a high pace of innovation. Customers are the focus, and we strive to never let them down. I have been able to participate in various leadership positions during the past 17 years, and now, as president of Hexagon’s Geosystems division, I present you my first Reporter President’s Message with a dedicated focus on the digitalisation boost, which industries are experiencing right now.

For a long time, and now reinforced, we are experiencing a digital acceleration within the industries. Companies are on a journey using digitalisation to automate tasks and quickly bringing all relevant stakeholders together in ecosystems, which lead to autonomous solutions. It is impressive how customers use our solutions to digitise their business models. In this edition of Reporter, we present companies that have left traditional paths and are successfully treading new ways in order to strengthen their competitive advantage.

Surveying methods enable digitalisation of real estate. Hollis, a leading firm of independent real estate consultants in the U.K., use Leica Geosystems 3D laser scanners and software to digitalise commercial and residential properties. The reality capture experts now manage vast amounts of digital data making it accessible across the company so CAD work can begin sooner. With point cloud registration times minimised, the firm delivers final scans to clients quicker and more cost-effectively.

Building construction benefits from streamlined workflows and faster interaction with customers. Kolb GmbH, a scaffolding provider in Germany, has modernised its consultation workflow with the Leica BLK3D real-time 3D measurement solution. Automating measurements on handheld devices, the company has reduced its time on sites by more than 80%. By connecting the field data to technicians back in the office, the company is now able to provide fast quotations.

Heavy construction historically has been a digitally underserved industry. Al Nisr, a world leader in the construction of airfields and supporting infrastructure in the UAE, turned to Leica iCON 3D machine control solutions to create digital construction sites that connected all project stakeholders. Moving to stringless paving, the company automated stakeout procedures while tripling its capacity length in paving airstrips and cutting project times in half.

HxGN Content Program supports automating tasks with maturing technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI). These technologies, though, rely on consistent information to feed and train algorithms. With imagery being collected on a regular schedule and providing normalised datasets, the HxGN Content Program enables advanced analytics and automatic updates of location-based information. Updates are then performed efficiently, leading to automation of tasks like change detection.

The digitalisation journey is gaining speed and the momentum of the “next normal” will accelerate the convergence of real and digital worlds into autonomous solutions, providing and creating business opportunities. At Geosystems, experiencing the digitalisation boost ourselves, we will continue to strengthen our customers with innovative sensor and software solutions to lead by example and demonstrate what can be done. Join us in co-creating an autonomous future.

Have an interesting and enjoyable read.


Thomas Harring

Thomas Harring
President, Hexagon's Geosystems division

Read our customer stories here:


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Surveying for a Construction Robot —True Human-Machine Collaboration

What will automation in construction bring for surveyors? With rising expectations to design better and construct faster there will likely be plenty of opportunities for surveying businesses providing services to construction companies.

Paving the Road to Real-time Change Modelling

Changing mapping to keep up with an ever-evolving world.

How a Building Solutions Portfolio Supports Your Journey Toward Digitalisation

Introducing Building Solutions portfolio.

Surprising Facts About #dirtsimple Mute Digital Twins

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Why the BMT Acquisition Changes Everything

Hexagon recently acquired Blast Movement Technologies, the latest in a string of acquisitions by the company but potentially the most significant for the industry in years.



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Measure What You See — How New GNSS Technology is Helping Surveyors Improve Efficiency

The Leica GS18 I is a GNSS RTK rover that enables you to measure hundreds of survey-grade points in minutes from a safe distance. It allows you to capture the site and measure from the images in the field or later in the office — whatever is best for your task at hand

Integrating Slope Stability Monitoring with Mine Operations

Integration between IDS GeoRadar and Hexagon’s MineProtect portfolio now connects systems for safety and radar-based slope stability hazards.


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How Hollis Captures, Processes, Manages and Delivers Reality Capture data

From data collection to delivery, building consultancy firm Hollis used a full end-to-end Leica Geosystems solution to capture and model a 16,000-square-metre building in the United Kingdom.

Preserving Romania’s Speleological Heritage with point cloud and GNSS Data

3D laser scanning and GNSS sensors were used to generate data to study and manage a 6,298-metre cave in Romania

Fighting Time and Tide to Capture a 5-hectare Coastal Construction Site in 3D

Using 3D laser scanning solutions to visualise Hyosung Vina Chemicals Port, Vietnam.

Surveying Germany’s Biggest Aqua Park

By expanding his surveying portfolio, Keller has been able to provide all surveying services for the plan and construction of a water park in Germany


HxGN Content Program Enables Machine Learning, Advanced Analytics

Providing consistency for algorithms with the HxGN Content Program.

Simultaneous Capturing of LiDAR and Imagery

Collecting LiDAR and multispectral data of urban areas with the Leica CityMapper in the United Kingdom.

5G Wireless Network Design Relies on 3D Aerial Data

Reaching 5G in the United States with the HxGN Content Program.


Great Increase in Efficiency for Scaffolders

With the BLK3D, only a few minutes are needed on site to gather all the required measurement data increasing the number of different site visits per day.

Bringing BIM4ALL

A BIM firm in the Netherlands brings added values to construction customers.

iCON Robotic Total Station and Build Software Convince with Ease of Use

Executing construction layout tasks much faster, simpler and more accurately in the United Kingdom


An invitation into the Piling Rig Cabin of Henrik Bergman

Piling rig operator Henrik Bergman describes his working experiences with machine control for piling rigs in Sweden.

Drilling in Norway with 3D Rig Solution

3D machine control solution for rig applications enables operators to work more efficiently and from a safe distance in Norway.

Dirt Simple Paving – From String Lines to Complete 3D Machine Control Solution

3D machine control paving solution helps contractor finish a 12-month airfield project within six months in the United Arab Emirates.


Mastering the Tricky Art of Responsible Waste Planning

In the South Pacific islands of New Caledonia, MinePlan Schedule Optimiser and
3D software are being used to manage waste responsibly and help preserve a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

How Cerrejón Tackles Risks and Prevents Accidents

A Hexagon film crew visited Colombia to document Cerrejón’s commitment to safety.

Maximising Profits with Fragmentation Analysis

How fragmentation analysis solution saved one mine in Peru $7.2 million a month.

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