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HxGN LIVE 2014 Highlights One-Year Anniversary of the Leica Nova MS50 MultiStation

In June 2013, Leica Geosystems launched the Leica Nova MS50 MultiStation – a surveying instrument that combines the best of both robotic total station and laser scanning technologies for a true all-in-one solution that surveyors can use every day. At HxGN LIVE 2014 in Las Vegas, users will share their experiences with the technology and celebrate their success.

Real-World MultiStation Applications


In a session on The Leica Nova MS50 MultiStation at the Mont Blanc Summit,” Farouk Kadded, product manager of TPS/GNSS for Leica France, will discuss how the Leica Nova MS50 MultiStation was deployed to accurately measure the altitude of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe, as well as to scan the ice cap and compute it's volume. After an arduous climb, and temperatures of -10°C with wind-chill factors of -25°C, the courageous surveyors were able to set-up a MultiStation and a Leica GS14 GNSS receiver and begin collecting data. In just 30 minutes the MultiStation had completed the scan of the ice cap, and the results could be viewed directly the MultiStation's display to confirm that the survey was completed and the team could begin their descent.

RELATED: Surveying the Mont Blanc Ice Cap

Marcus Reedy, Director of Surveying for David Evans & Associates (DEA), will share “One year experience with Leica Nova MS50 MultiStation.” He’ll discuss the challenges and gains experienced over the last 12 months as the firm integrated 12 Nova MS50s into its day to day large-scale operations. Also at the conference, Sean Douthett, survey manager of DEA’s Tacoma, Washington, office and long-time laser scanning expert, will present “How Multiple Scan Tools - C10, P20 (2), 6000 and MS50s (12) Benefit Us Today & How They Fit into the Coming Civil Information Modelling (CIM) Wave.” He’ll talk about DEA’s efforts and the challenges they faced trying to extend the benefits of DEA’s laser scanning instrument and software capabilities throughout all departments of the company, as well as how they choose the correct tool for each job.

RELATED: Listen to the podcast interview with Marcus Reedy

“Creating High Res DEM's Using the Nova MS50 and Aerial LiDAR to Better Understand Geomorphic and Habitat Responses on Our Coastal Ecosystem” is a topic that will be addressed by Dan Barone of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Coastal Research Center. The Holgate and Little Beach Units of the Forsyth National Wildlife Refuge comprise all 6.5 miles of the Refuge's ocean facing beaches providing vital habitat for a variety of species, many of which are threatened or endangered. As the need for increasing resilience of coastal communities through shore protection projects challenges the need to preserve and maintain coastal ecosystems, it is imperative to understand the effects each activity has on the other in order to realize both goals. The research center is using MS50 technology and aerial LiDAR to explore this correlation.

Hans Moller, senior lead surveyor for Bechtel in Australia, will present “Leica Nova MS50 MultiStation at Curtis Island LNG Sites.” There are three independent LNG sites on Curtis Island, each having a project value in excess of $6 billion. The presentation will show aerial photos that give some background to the nature and dimension of the construction in progress. There will also be images of typical pipe racks, vessels and other structures of interest to the laser scanning world.

Another session will highlight “Scanning Mobile Offshore Drilling Units – A Practical Example of Leica MS50 MultiStation.” This project involved detailed data acquisition of the BOP/LMRP stack, moonpool and derrick components, with the primary objective to provide practical verification of equipment clearances for deployment options, and identify available space on the BOP/LMRP frame with respect the deployment options. Time constraints were critical, and survey teams were required to collaborate and coordinate with platform personnel, to ensure minimal impact on the operations of the rig. The Leica MS50 MultiStation was used to provide not only accurate dimensional control but also to complement dedicated scanners by acquiring data atop the derrick and on the platform deck. The data from the MS50 was then registered to form part of the complete point cloud and used to provide 3D CAD Models of components as required by the client.

A Celebration of Integrated Scanning Success

Attendees will also have the opportunity to showcase their work in the new MS50 category of the HDS Plan Contest (download the guidelines here: 2014 HDS & MS50 Plan Contest guidelines_final) as well as the inaugural MS50 Innovators Contest. Plan Contest entries will be judged on the completeness and usefulness of the plan, the creative use of point cloud, the creative use of the model, and overall appearance. Artistic aspects and creativity will be highly considered. MS50 Innovators Contest entries will be evaluated for complexity, innovation and workflow.

Additionally, an exclusive “by invitation only” VIP event during the conference will bring together Leica Nova MS50 users to exchange experiences with each other and the Leica Geosystems senior management team, meet the Nova MS50 inventors, learn how to improve their workflows and accelerate their return on investment, and explore new ways to grow their business.

For Leica Nova MS50 users and anyone interested in learning how to extend their surveying capabilities with the Leica Nova MS50 technology, HxGN LIVE 2014 is a must-attend event. The conference will take place June 2-5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. For more information or to register, visit


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