Jon Rasmussen, Director, AME Surveys, purchased the TinySurveyor for use in the Rail Line Project that the team are currently working on. This project involved setting out 200km of rail line. Later, the TinySurveyor was also used for solar farm projects.

“It makes life easier! I personally went down and did about 2.5km for the railway line, half of that was on an arc, so marks every 3m and that would have taken at least 10 hours in the field but with the TinySurveyor it took 2.5 hours. There’s a definite 4-to-1 ratio there,” said Mr Rasmussen.

“It also frees us up in that it means that the whole job is now for one surveyor, whereas otherwise one day a week I would have had to put a second surveyor down there.”

Robotic pre-marker marking temporary lines on new concrete during highways construction project

Versatile Line Marker Suitable for Multiple Projects

Initially, Mr Rasmussen purchased the autonomous surveyor robot for use in the current rail line project and after using the TinySurveyor has realized it could also be suitable for use on solar farm projects if the surface is graded adequately for the TinySurveyor.

“The first part of the solar farm is where they either drive the piles in or they drill a hole and so you have to put in a point for that and the first time they go through it only has to be within the accuracy that is achievable by the TinySurveyor. When we were doing solar farms, we’re talking in the range of 63,000 points,” said Mr Rasmussen.

“Without the TinySurveyor, we could achieve around 450 points a day, so the surveyor goes along, leans over, put a nail or a dot in and then moves onto the next one. The TinySurveyor, I estimate, would be able to do between 1,300 to 1,400 points a day if I upload the points to it and just sent it off on its merry way.”

TinySurveyor robot use-case Belectric setting out points for solar park

Reliable Solution for Line Marking Tasks and Solar Farm Projects

What drove Mr Rasmussen to choose the TinySurveyor was the robustness and reliability of the instrument. He was able to witness these qualities first-hand when he attended one of the Tiny Surveyor Roadshows held by the Position Partners team. Position Partners are TinyMobileRobots’ Australian partner.

“I got to see a demonstration of the TinySurveyor and that was probably what decided it for me. Seeing it upfront and seeing that it was very well-constructed. The last thing you can afford is for it to break down when you’re quite literally 600km from the nearest major city,” said Mr Rasmussen.

Benefits of Implementing the Tiny Surveyor

One of the main benefits Mr Rasmussen has found since implementing the TinySurveyor is speed of production, with the instrument completing line marking tasks 4 times faster than the team was previously able to achieve. In addition to this, using the TinySurveyor has meant that jobs that usually required two surveyors now only require one. Mr Rasmussen was also impressed with the consistency the TinySurveyor offered.

“When I got the TinySurveyor, myself and the main surveyor that’s looking after it, we put it through its paces and checked it on its repeatability, to make sure that after it’s marked out 300m that when we turn it around and tell it to mark it again that it actually goes over the same spots. It certainly did do that,” said Mr Rasmussen. “If a human was doing this same job, they’d have to pause and they’d have to trust that they’re actually getting the pole vertical and that they’re then spraying where the pole was. That they don’t lift the pole up and then accidently mark it 23mm to the right or something like that, so it’s the reliability of the result as well as the speed at which you can do it.”

TinySurveyor autonomous surveyor robot performing as-built survey with total station

The importance of service and support

Mr Rasmussen has worked with the Position Partners offices in both Perth and Brisbane. Mr. Rasmussen has been most impressed with the level of care the Position Partners team members have for customers.

“My first dealings with Position Partners were with the Perth office and those guys, I couldn’t speak highly enough of them, their service from the support and sales departments, their knowledge of their equipment and the Brisbane office is proving to be the same, they’re proving to be as good,” said Mr Rasmussen.

About AME Surveys

Started in 1997, AME Surveys is a survey company which focuses on road and civil construction, with strengths in construction set out, quality management, computer modelling and machine guidance.

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