Mapping The Underground
Managing the Global Infrastructure
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Geospatial Corporation (Geospatial), a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based company, is a solutions provider for the underground infrastructure industry. Using proven mapping systems technology, we successfully and accurately map XYZ centerline coordinates and create three-dimensional maps and Geographic Information System (GIS) databases. Geospatial is the exclusive provider of innovative, proprietary technologies and services throughout North America, South America and Australia.
As the number of underground systems increases and the need for replacing aging subsurface infrastructure continues, it is critical to identify the specific location of the utilities and conduits to assist in modifications, upgrades, retrofits, and replacements. Our precision technology gives our clients in the oil and gas, electric, municipal services (water and sewer), telecommunications, electrical transmission, GIS and Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) markets fast, cost-effective solutions, which minimize disruptions while enhancing customer satisfaction. We also offer solutions and technology to industry service providers including engineers, consultants and constructors regarding critical infrastructure issues.
Geospatial Corporation utilizes innovative technologies to create highly accurate, 3-dimensional (3D) maps and data bases of underground pipelines (newly installed or existing) and other buried assets and structures.
Geospatial’s mapping and GIS portal technologies allow for the comprehensive, timely and accurate compilation and management of the various forms of underground data such as water, sewer, electrical, telecom and energy pipelines while presenting this data in a properly positioned spatially context with layers showing roadways, buildings, and other urban infrastructure.
These technologies uniquely position the company to economically create and develop 3D web-based maps of the world’s underground pipeline infrastructure, to assess the condition of those pipelines and to present the collected information to the proper stakeholders in a totally secure method via the internet.
The benefits of collecting and delivering this critical spatial data are broad and deep, partly because of the physical infrastructure investments that are being planned to greatly change the underground landscape of America’s cities. The collection of geospatial data that chronicles this change is essential to both the nation’s economic development and overall general improvement in the quality of life for all.
The Portal -- GeoUnderground -- is a “software-as-a-service” (“SAS”) model developed exclusively for web-based multi-users for underground and aboveground infrastructure data management and decision management applications. The Portal incorporates GIS functionality and web services in standard Enterprise IT environments.
Applications developed by Geospatial enable municipalities, pipeline operators and engineers to deploy innovative new services within a single framework. Solutions built on the Portal enable assigned users to organize accurate 3D pipeline positional information, geo-referenced CCTV, leak detection, corrosion and other complex condition assessment data, and use that information to understand complex business processes, answer questions, solve problems and plan ahead by looking at data in a way that is quickly understood and easily and more securely shared within an organization as digital maps.
Geospatial’s technologies accelerate “time to results” and provide affordable, predictable and scalable solutions that make it the ideal infrastructure management systems for municipalities, engineers and pipeline owners/operators of any size and complexity.
Aging infrastructure and the lack of accurate pipeline location data has long been identified as an impediment to the efficient and effective budgeting, management and rehabilitation of our nation’s deteriorating underground pipeline systems. GIS data includes collections of computer hardware, maps, databases, and software, which enable users to access location-based information in a useful and timely manner. The collections of information placed into GIS applications gives users the ability to create interactive queries, analyze spatial information, edit data, access maps and present the results of all these operations to facilitate planning and decision-making.
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An estimated need for up to $1 trillion in infrastructure repairs in the U.S. over the next 20 years, after decades of neglect... Trading only on the pink sheets right now is Geospatial Holdings (GSPH), a small Pittsburgh-based company that uses Wi-Fi technology to map pipes so local water utilities can find them to make repairs. Hill at Summit likens the service to an underground Google Maps.
Then this announcement...
Geospatial Holdings Announces Joint Marketing Agreement
with Topcon Positioning Systems
- Source: Geospatial Holdings, Inc.
- On Tuesday September 15, 2009, 9:31 am EDT
PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Geospatial Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: GSPH - News) announced today that the Company has entered into a Strategic Alliance with Topcon Positioning Systems, Inc. (www.topconpositioning.com). The purpose of the alliance is to jointly market Geospatial’s Smart Probe™ Pipeline Mapping Technologies with Topcon’s IP-S2, 3D above ground Mobile Mapping System. With the combined technologies municipalities, engineers, pipeline operators and utilities are capable of gathering and managing 3D geo-referenced surface features along with 3D underground pipeline data.
Geospatial utilizes proprietary technologies to economically locate and create accurate 3D maps of underground pipelines and conduits. Geospatial’s website is www.geospatialholdings.com.
Topcon’s IP-S2 3D Mobile Mapping System travels the pipeline or utility corridor above-ground at speeds up to 65 miles per hour. The cost savings over traditional ground-based data collection methodologies is exponential. Safety is greatly improved by removing personnel from vehicular traffic areas.
The IP-S2’s three laser scanners and a digital video camera system capture high-accuracy x,y,z point clouds and 360° spherical imagery. Topcon’s advanced software enables the simultaneous viewing of images and point clouds, enabling the system operator to accurately visualize and assess all terrestrial features along the corridor. Existing GIS feature and attribute sets can be imported, used to position collected features, and then exported back to the system’s geodatabase.
By combining underground pipe data from Geospatial’s Smart Probes™ with the above-ground mapping from Topcon’s IP-S2 system, operators now have a complete 3D, geospatially-referenced view of all essential information. Mark Smith, CEO of Geospatial Holding, Inc. said “The combination of these revolutionary technologies, the GeoUnderground Portal and Topcon’s global distribution and marketing network position this alliance to create a substantial impact on the municipal and energy infrastructure markets worldwide.”
Richard Rybka, Topcon’s IP-S2 Product Specialist added, “The Strategic Alliance between our two companies was created to solve many of the problems that plague underground distribution today. Using our technologies, system owners and operators can quickly and cost-effectively acquire the accurate data they need. The result is more efficient operations, safety, and precise planning.”
Geospatial Holdings Profile
Geospatial Holdings utilizes proprietary 3D sensing technologies to locate, map, perform condition assessment, and detect leaks of underground pipelines.
Geospatial’s technologies include Smart Probes™ which can be deployed from within the pipeline. When coupled with commercially available condition assessment technologies or enhanced geo-referenced underground imaging technologies Geospatial is capable of creating 3D geo-referenced maps showing the accurate position of both the pipeline and the anomalies within the pipeline.
All data derived from Geospatial’s sensing technologies is geo-referenced allowing the data to be managed and viewed in 3D within the Company’s robust web-based GeoUnderground Geographic Information System (GIS) Portal.
GeoUnderground has often been described as a secure underground version of Google Earth.
Geospatial’s business plan calls for a rapid low-cost deployment of our GeoUnderground Portal across large numbers of municipalities throughout the USA and abroad.
The advantages to the municipalities that elect to use GeoUnderground and gather 3D data are, accurate geo-referenced pipeline location and condition data, simple data management applications and seamless information sharing within the organization, regionally, statewide and across all Federal agencies.
Additional info on GeoUnderground can be obtained at http://www.geospatialcorporation.com/flashTutorial.html
Topcon Positioning Profile
Topcon Positioning Systems, Inc. (TPS), Livermore, California, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Topcon Corporation, Tokyo, Japan. Topcon Positioning Systems is the worldwide leading developer and manufacturer of precision positioning equipment and offers the widest selection of innovative precision GPS systems, laser, optical surveying, and machine control products.
From open-field construction projects to isolated surveying sites and from rolling farmland to inner city utility projects, Topcon Positioning Systems provides innovative technology that provides a decidedly competitive edge to end-users.
The recognized innovative trend-setter in its industry, Topcon has focused on developing an array of integrated positioning and automation technologies to meet the constantly changing demands facing construction, surveying, agriculture, utilities and law enforcement industries worldwide.
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