A First Look From a Tunneling and Monitoring Perspective

Today is hot and sunny in Las Vegas. Up early, I promised myself I’d try to seek some more detailed information on just how the new ‘Captivate’ platform would be able to benefit KODA and KODA’s clients. I’m happy to report a few new features that I find pleasing.
ATR and PowerSearch 
My favorite development with the new release is improvements to the PowerSearch and ATR system. Additional intelligence has been added to the system that allows the user to denote fixed prism locations, which are automatically and seamlessly ignored by the system. The end result is a searching algorithm that finds the user target, rather than all the control and monitoring prisms on the project that surround you while you work. 
KODA’s NextGen systems capitalise on this new development – almost automatically. Some minor tweaks to the TS_Share application give roadheader and rockbolter systems a bump into the future. The new capability allows TS_Share to ignore all prisms, except the one of interest, greatly impacting the certainty of the prism search task in the underground environment. As such, convergence monitoring targets may be upgraded from tapes to prisms, or are no longer required to be covered and uncovered between measurement sets. Furthermore, convergence targets can be placed closer to the face, into areas that were traditionally held sacred for roadheader prisms only  maximising the value of the data to engineers and designers. 
Open-ness
A few discussions with highly knowledgeable Leica Geosystems staff members involved with the development of the new Captivate platform left me feeling comfortable that the solution is ready and available for use by integrated systems like KODA’s. For KODA, utilising most of this new functionality is performed via Leica’s excellent and well-supported GeoCom interface. A previous blog post gives my opinion on this and it is worth adding to that discussion today. 
The ability of Leica’s clients to fully develop applications that interact with and control their total stations is a model of technical and strategic excellence. Why? The adage “no man is an island” comes to mind. I’m sure Leica’s business has benefited significantly from virtuous feedback created when users have been able to enhance value for clients by creating bespoke solutions, which I would like think exceed the expectations of Leica. 
As a case study, consider the roadheader navigation system market. It simply would not exist today, at least not in a way that is as safe and practical without Leica’s total stations and GeoCom… 
…a serious fact not to be ignored.
Regards,
Steven Garlinge
President/Owner, KODA Engineering LLC
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As Owner and Senior Engineer of KODA Engineering LLC, Steve Garlinge is currently leveraging extensive experience towards the development of next generation navigation systems for underground construction and mining. He is an accomplished engineer and manager with 15 years of exposure to challenging infrastructure projects in the resources, energy, transportation, tunneling and construction sectors. His experience comprises a number of long- and short-term roles including local and international assignments, consultancy and direct appointment.
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