Creating Real-World Digital Realities

It’s no secret the digital age has become part of our everyday life in almost everything we do. We have moved away from doing tasks manually to adopting intelligent solutions that solve the simplest or highly complex tasks. We have become faster and more efficient by automating processes. We share more information than ever before and being connected is a way of life.

What does this mean for the geospatial industry?

In surveying, it means leaving the tapes, lines and pen and paper behind for robotic layouts and verifications in one step, and digitally sharing information between the field and office.

In construction, it means no more guesswork in determining the gradients for smooth paving or correct compaction, but digitally connecting the machine with design through automation to exactly dig where and how deep.

In mining, it means cloud-integrated, life-of-mine solutions to connect all professions in the mine to drive efficiency and safety when searching for resources needed for daily living.

It’s time, though, to move beyond just going digital. Today, businesses need to continue to digitise processes and digitalise businesses.

Using disruption for opportunities

Every industry faces disruption, a change in how results are achieved and the processes that deliver those results. At Hexagon Geosystems, we seek out the opportunities in such disruptions.

When we envisioned the power of scanning for the surveying industry, we created the world’s first combined total station and 3D laser scanner in the MultiStation for efficient operations with never-before-seen detail.

As smartphones made touch technology a daily commodity, we were the first to apply this in our industry as well. We made our Captivate layout and verification solution with this intuitive technology so measurement professionals would be just as immersed on the job as they are on their phones, while at same time bringing digital plans to the field.

You may say we even drive disruption just for the chance to innovate. We say we drive ourselves and the industry to never settle and always move forward. We’ll continue seizing opportunities as we are digitising processes of as-built, layout and verification into one solution.

What does this mean for the geospatial industry?

When a business digitises, it becomes more efficient in how it produces, shares and evaluates information. When it digitalises, it undergoes a transformation – a disruption – to become a connected ecosystem. Digitising can lead to digitalisation, and at Hexagon Geosystems, we’re helping bridge the gap to this ultimate phase.

In surveying, we’ve connected our airborne users through the Hexagon Imagery Program to collect, share and democratise high-quality airborne imagery. Our traditional airborne users are now on first-level contact with businesses that use their captured reality for everything from corridor mapping to geospatial app development.

In construction, we’re leveraging the synergy of Hexagon’s businesses to digitalise entire construction sites. With integrated and interrelated solutions, our innovation brings together all the players – from top-down visibility for construction executives to automation and real-time access for field crews – with all the information to plan, execute and manage any project. With the newly added benefit of construction documentation imagery from Multivista to provide ground-up development, this ecosystem can now remotely monitor and verify site progress at any stage. And with our new BLK360, we combined our best-in-class scanning technology with a premium design to democratise scanning for the AEC market and more industries that need to grasp reality in their daily work.

In mining, we take Big Data and turn it into a complete enterprise solution. From enabling autonomous-driving trucks to detect potential crash obstacles to instantly alerting mine managers to the threat of slope movements, we’re connecting mines from the top down and from the inside out.

Shape matters in creating digital realities

As real-world operations move further toward digitalisation, we continue to lead our industry on this path of disruption and seizing opportunities. Bridging from what is today to what should be tomorrow, we enable measurement professionals to work in the most accurate and current digital realities. And with our solutions providing the shape critical to these digital realities, the possibilities are limitless for what you may discover yourself, what you may eventually disrupt.

This is the shape of progress. This is shaping smart change.


Juergen Dold
Hexagon Geosystems

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