ThinkSpatial is the only commercial enterprise in Australia with the knowledge and technical skills required to efficiently use the Bernese Software — a scientific GNSS processing package used throughout the world to deliver the most accurate and precise GNSS positions and velocities. Our services include continuous monitoring and campaign-based processing.
ThinkSpatial provides asset capture and inspection services for local governments, management authorities, and private sector organisations throughout Victoria. Over the past few years we have developed an innovative combination of GNSS, consumer mobile devices, and a customised web mapping application to rapidly and accurately capture and inspect your asset base.
ThinkSpatial has a strong track record of designing and developing practical software and systems (for desktop and mobile devices) that solve clients' problems. Our spatial software services range from enterprise-wide management systems (IPAWS, iEotR) through to community engagement tools (Sightings Network) and standalone applications for specific purposes (ComQAT, RTQC).
Traversing the skies at an altitude of 115m ThinkSpatial's eBee provides high resolution aerial imagery (including near-infrared) in a fraction of the time required by conventional methods. ThinkSpatial is a CASA certified operator and we provide a range of services including aerial imagery, digital elevation models, and derived datasets (e.g. NDVI, roads, buildings).
Whether for specific tasks or whole-of-project survey management, our highly qualified professional surveyors have the practical experience and problem-solving abilities to deliver the highest-quality surveying solution for your organisation. ThinkSpatial utilises a range of surveying and data processing technologies such as GNSS Receivers, Network RTK, Robotic Total Stations, and Laser Scanners.
ThinkSpatial has extensive experience in the production of intelligent, interactive, and cost-effective mapping solutions for deployment on desktops and/or mobile devices, in both online and offline environments. Our intelligent mapping solutions improve productivity, simplify workflows, and are practical and intuitive to use.
IPAWS is a spatially enabled decision-support and data management tool developed by ThinkSpatial for Victoria's Catchment Management Authorities. IPAWS assists referral authorities in the management of Planning Application Referrals, including the initial application submission, automatic timeframe notifications, generation of response documents, and the management of VCAT hearings and certification requests.
A key factor in the success of IPAWS is its “map-driven” interface; administrators are able to view and interact with outstanding and completed referrals in a Geographic Information System (GIS) such as ArcGIS or MapInfo. The GIS interface allows administrators to easily identify the relevant planning overlays, planning zones, and to factor any nearby applications into their decision-making.
ThinkSpatial, in conjunction with Barwon Water and the Department of Environment and Primary Industries, has developed a Geoid Correction Model (GCM) for Greater Melbourne. The GCM was completed in 2008 and was primarily used in conjunction with AUSGeoid98 to directly determine accurate Australian Height Datum (AHD) heights. A version of the GCM was also developed for AUSGeoid09, but the improved AHD accuracy provided by AUSGeoid09 means the GCM offers only a minor improvement.
Developing the GCM involved a high quality GPS survey (and associated data processing) of numerous high-stability benchmarks to obtain accurate ellipsoidal heights for the benchmarks. Approximately 100 benchmarks distributed throughout Melbourne, Geelong, the Bellarine Peninsula, and the Otway Ranges were used. The processing was carried out using the Bernese GPS Processing software to ensure the best possible results.
The processing results were used to generate a geoid correction model over the project area, which is then used to “correct” existing geoid models (e.g. AUSGeoid98). This enables surveyors (and other spatial professionals) to directly obtain accurate AHD heights from technologies such as MelbPOS.
The Esperance Port Access Corridor is a $126 million upgrade of the rail corridor into the Esperance Port, located in Western Australia. The project, which is expected to take 18 months to complete, consists of a rail tunnel, extensive rail duplication, numerous bridges, roads, retaining walls, and the upgrade of underground services. In late 2012, ThinkSpatial was engaged by John Holland to provide the surveying and spatial data management services for the duration of the project.
The surveying component of the project has involved the establishment of a survey control network, structure monitoring, setout surveys, as-built surveys, feature surveys, laser scanning, and the acquisition of aerial imagery using an Unmanned Aerial System.
In addition to providing the full range of surveying services ThinkSpatial has developed and manages the site-wide Geographic Information System (GIS). The GIS, a custom-built web mapping application, provides a variety of measurement, analysis, and printing tools in a familiar mapping interface and is constantly updated with the latest design data, as-built data, reports, and aerial imagery. The application has proven to be extremely useful for the construction management team, site engineers, foreman, and surveyors.