Leica Geosystems has announced the winners of the 2015 High-Definition Surveying Plan Contest. The annual highlight of the Geosystems HDS/3D Laser Scanning subtrack at HxGN LIVE is a contest that gives attendees the opportunity to feature their best deliverables by submitting plans that incorporate 3D laser scanning.

“All the plans were really good this year; once again, multiple rounds of judging were required to choose the winners,” says Mike Harvey, HDS product applications manager for Leica Geosystems and the HDS plan contest chair.

The 2015 contest included three entry categories: Buildings/Heritage, Civil/Survey and Plant/Marine. A panel of 11 judges evaluated 24 entries based on the completeness and usefulness of the plans, the creative use of point clouds and models, and overall appearance. The first and second place winners in each category were as follows:


• First Place: Project Surveyors, Macquarie Park, NSW, Australia – Sydney Shopping Centre

• Second Place: F3 & Associates Inc.,Benicia, CA – Kirkistown Castle


• First Place: F3 & Associates, Inc., Benicia, CA – Recycled Water for a Refinery

• Second Place: Johnson & Pace Inc., Longview, TX – Creature Comforts Pet Resort


• First Place: F3 & Associates, Inc., Benicia, CA – Leica TruView Maintenance Schedule

• Second Place: TriGeo Technologies, Hyderabad, India – Scan to Plant Model

In the Plant/Marine category, 85 percent of the votes went to the top two entries; however, one plan stood out. “F3’s creation of an interactive Leica TruView portal to show the pump status in the plant for facility management was an ingenious solution,” Harvey says. “The combination of highly accurate scan data with easy access to the pump schedule and metadata provides a rich information resource for maintenance personnel and management that is available right at their fingertips on any desktop or mobile device through TruView Global.” The 2015 contest marks the third year that F3 & Associates took top honors in the Plant/Marine category.

This year’s contest included entries that prove service providers continue to push the envelope on creating high-value deliverables for their clients. Multiple sensors are being combined to increase the amount of information captured on projects, and firms are using each new success to fuel additional creativity.

Submissions for the 2016 HDS Plan Contest will open in the spring. For more information, email michael.harvey@leicaus.com.

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