In 2012, ThinkSpatial completed the Integrated Eye on the Reef (iEotR) web application for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA). Prior to the development of the application, GBRMPA had three paper-based reef monitoring programs — Reef Health, Eye on the Reef, and BleachWatch. ThinkSpatial amalgamated, spatially enabled, and modernised these monitoring programs, thereby allowing the entire GBRMPA community (scientists, government agencies, tourism operators, and the public) to fully participate in GBRMPA's efforts to monitor the health of the reef.
The iEotR web application addresses two key objectives of GBRMPA's strategy for monitoring the health of the Great Barrier Reef. Firstly, iEotR efficiently collects reef health data via simple, intuitive, and intelligent data collection mechanisms (both online and offline). The data collected by the various monitoring programs is stored in a single database environment with a shared, spatially-enabled, data model. Secondly, ThinkSpatial's approach to the problems posed by managing data from three distinct monitoring programs has enabled GBRMPA to quickly and easily analyse the collected data to obtain information and knowledge about the health of the reef, which allows the various stakeholders to make informed management decisions. To accomplish this objective ThinkSpatial built powerful mapping, reporting, and charting tools into the iEotR that provide a variety of customised outputs, each of which addresses the needs of GBRMPA's stakeholders.
Over the past three years ThinkSpatial has been contracted by the Northern Victorian Irrigation Renewal Project (NVIRP) and its successor G-MW Connections, to undertake engineering surveys of channels throughout the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District. These surveys have included establishing survey control, feature and detail surveys of channels and channel structures, and the collection of both long and cross sections at various intervals.
In addition to the collection of accurate and timely survey data ThinkSpatial was also required to provide detailed plans, including the production of longitudinal and cross section plans. The final stage of each survey involves the set-out of title boundaries and easements for construction purposes.
ThinkSpatial was engaged by Water Technology to undertake structure detail surveys, cross section surveys, and obtain floor levels as part of the Burrumbeet Flood Study. Approximately 35 structures (bridges, culverts, drains, pipes, and channels) and associated cross sections were surveyed. A number of these structures were located along the Western Highway and required particularly attention to OHS requirements (due to their large size and highly trafficked location). In addition, floor levels for approximately 30 properties were collected using a combination of GNSS and digital levelling.
Data delivery for this project consisted of an ArcGIS MXD containing the collected survey data (sections, structure details, floor levels) with the data provided in appropriate VFD layers. In addition, hyperlinked photos and sketches of the structures were provided within the GIS.
ThinkSpatial was contracted by John Holland to provide surveying services during the construction of the Cardinia Desalination Pipeline. Construction began in March 2010 and was completed in early 2011.
ThinkSpatial provided a range of surveying services for the project including the establishment and verification of survey control, feature surveys, pipe setout, as-constructed data collection, and the setout of structures such as pump stations, chutes, and outlets. ThinkSpatial is also provided design model management and survey management services to the project.
For a number of years ThinkSpatial has provided the Maribyrnong City Council with feature and detail surveys for urban design and civil engineering purposes. The surveys of local roads, reserves, parks, and precincts have often been completed in short timeframes and to a tight budget. In addition to the feature surveys ThinkSpatial has also integrated previous survey data, digitised features from aerial photography, and provided advice on survey options to the Council.
Over the past 10 years ThinkSpatial has provided Cardno Lane Piper (previously Lane Piper) with borehole surveys at various sites throughout Victoria. These surveys have involved determining AHD heights on borehole casings and standpipes using a combination of digital levelling and GNSS.
In May-June 2012 ThinkSpatial undertook the Mobile Laser Scanning of 7kms of Geelong Rd for the Greening the West Alliance (City West Water, VicRoads, three councils, and other participants). The data collection component took a single day (compared to weeks of on-foot feature survey) and the data processing (for engineering purposes) a few weeks.
In addition to the extensive feature data collected, the location, height, and diameter of every tree along the 7km route was mapped. This data was then uploaded to mobile devices (iPad) and a field assessment of the tree species and health was performed. The resulting information was provided to the Greening the West program as digital data and via an interactive webmap.
ThinkSpatial was recently engaged by the Baw Baw Shire Council to undertake a comprehensive survey of the Council’s drainage assets. ThinkSpatial will survey approximately 10,000 pits and associated pipes throughout the Council, in both urban and rural areas. In addition, attribute and condition data (including photos) will be collected to assist the Council in the valuation of their asset base.
To assist the Council with tracking the progess of the survey works (and associated condition assesment) ThinkSpatial provided an interactive webmap for use by the Council’s engineers. The webmap provided a visual indication of progress (in real-time) and useful statistics such as the pits lifted/surveyed per day.