Mason Opts for Spheron Technology at Olympics

LONDON — (BUSINESS WIRE) — November 11, 2013 — One year on from the 2012 Olympic Games and SpheronVR is today finally pleased to reveal how its customer, Mason Land Surveys Ltd opted for Spheron technology for the task of digitally recording all buildings and structures in the new Olympic Park in East London. The Olympic Games are one of the biggest and most complex events in the world.

Mason is a leading Survey & Technical Geospatial service company which operates from 4 office locations across the UK. At the site of the London 2012 Olympic Games Mason was the official supplier of precision Survey, Mapping and Imaging services throughout the whole mammoth construction process. Being on site for more than six years, from the start during the land acquisition stages with initial site surveys through to the games itself - working with Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) & (LOCOG).

On the year of the Olympics, nearing the end of the construction phase, (prior to the operational hand-over of new buildings) Mason was commissioned to record & document the entire Olympic Park. This included buildings, structures, site areas and even individual rooms throughout the site. The Park held some 9 major sport venues and the Athletes’ Village, with a total area size of 2.5sq Km (equivalent to 357 football pitches.)

Mason Managing Director, Mr Kevan Mason explains ‘Having been involved onsite as the survey company – this was by far one of the most exciting and challenging requests, being asked to digitally document the entire site.’

Mason has a full range of equipment available to their surveying teams, from more traditional based surveying equipment through to the latest high-tech laser scanning technology. After initial research Mason opted for an imagery based Photographic approach – a solution which could create an immersive visual environment, allowing their client to re-visit a site in a virtual context. Which due to the size and scale of the project they hoped could still remain user friendly and responsive to whoever would interact with the captured data; a system which could also support multi-discipline geographic data.

‘This was to be a site plan and an onsite Visual Asset record of everything that had been recently constructed. Used for site hand-over condition survey documentation as well as other forms of restricted site access records for a number of Olympic authorities’– Additionally 3d measurements were also to be extracted from the data, as well as an ability to organise and add other relevant detail photos and documentation to such project data.

‘The Spheron Camera was a most reliable unit capturing the highest quality data every time from each scan point – operating perfectly no matter what lighting environment it encountered – also the efficient post process to construct such data sets into a presentation form (which included an interactive Virtual 3D Site Tour) the speed of the production allowed us to deliver the data on-time and with excellent results.’ said Mr Mason.

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