Leica RCD30 airborne camera

As technological changes advance the landfill industry, Landair Surveys, a leading surveying firm in Australia, has introduced a new generation of aerial surveying solutions for its landfill clients.

With the latest purchase of the ultra-modern Leica RCD30 airborne camera for photogrammetric and remote sensing applications, the surveyors at Landair Surveys say they have redesigned the whole end-to-end aerial surveying solution, slashing their turnaround time by more than 60 per cent and introducing a whole range of new services. Ray Cox, a director at Landair Surveys, says some of the benefits for landfill operations include: higher quality and more geometrically accurate imagery; shorter processing time; near infrared imagery; reduction of site access risks; increased reliability and additional data deliverables.

“For better imagery, the aerial camera has a fully calibrated lens and is attached to a gyro-stabilised mount correcting level fluctuations and drift. Unlike drone imagery, camera distortions are isolated and removed from the images instead of being propagated throughout the final data,” Ray says.

By integrating cloud-based IT solutions, Ray says Landair has slashed the processing time required between collecting data and processing it, and with highly-efficient software packages urgent projects can be completed the next day.

“In terms of near infrared imagery, the NIR band is collected at the same time as the normal colour imagery and can be used to monitor landfill vegetation health. This can be particularly useful in monitoring capped landfills for potential liner failures,” Ray says.

Through the use of accurate real-time GPS measurements for each image capture, the need for on-site ground control points is also significantly reduced.

Ray adds that future flyovers will be less dependent on weather conditions. Thanks to the better camera sensor, imagery can be captured in less favourable lighting conditions. Finally additional data is on hand through large area point-cloud and textured mesh data sets, which can be generated allowing high-resolution 3D visualisation and measurements.



IVECO’s Special Vehicle Authorisations

To meet a customer’s specifications, trucks may need to undergo costly and time-consuming post-production reworks or have additional work done at the body builders.

Through its local manufacturing facility, IVECO Australia is able to address this situation by offering much greater customisation or ‘Special Vehicle Authorisations’ (SVA) on its Australian-manufactured ACCO, Powerstar and Stralis models.

IVECO Product Engineering Teams have been designing and building SVA vehicles at the company’s Melbourne manufacturing facility for more than 55 years, commonly making modifications to areas such as chassis rail dimensions and layouts, drive axles, steer axles, wheels and tyres along with bodybuilder-specific requirements.

Marco Quaranta, IVECO ANZ Product Manager, says its Engineering Team is on hand to offer expert advice and assistance throughout the process of owning an SVA vehicle.

Below is a list of the most common IVECO SVAs on Powerstar, ACCO and selected Stralis models:

Chassis Rail Dimensional Characteristics: Wheelbase, rear overhang and reinforcement type.

Chassis Rail Layout (type, size/volume and location): Fuel tank(s), AdBlue tank, air tanks, exhausts, battery boxe(s) and cross member locations.

Bodybuilder-specific requirements: Chassis rail packaging, extra drillings for bodybuilder-mounted components.

Drive Axles: Axle model, suspension type, brake type, wheel ends, slack adjusters, Ackermann geometry.

Wheels: Steel or alloy, polished or non-polished, 285 or 335mm.

Tyres: Size, brand and tread pattern.


TANA Shark waste shredder

Recycling rates are increasing globally and new possibilities for using waste as a resource are opening up every year. Legislation aimed at reducing disposal to landfill means new methods of resource recovery, including waste from energy are leading to a variety of novel systems and processes. Because the business environment is constantly changing, having a versatile machine is invaluable.

The TANA Shark waste shredder was designed with exactly this in mind. The slow-speed multipurpose waste shredder is suitable for a variety of tasks, including pre-shredding, secondary shredding, small particle size shredding and in-line systems. It can shred a wide variety of materials, ranging from tyres, commercial and industrial waste construction, plastics to mattresses. The TANA Shark waste shredder enables full control over the particle size from 50mm to 500mm (2” to 20”) with low operation costs and a possibility to perform shredding in just one pass.

One of the most problematic yet growing areas of recycling is end-of-life tyres. The TANA Shark 440 waste shredder can be used to shred tyres, with sizes ranging from car and truck tyres up to heavy earthmoving and mining.

Ensuring the end result is pure rubber without any metal wires, TANA Shark 440 takes care of the shredding process, whether its a pre-shred from 500mm minus or a finished product of 50mm minus.

In the primary shredding phases, unwanted metal wires are removed using an over-band magnet and a range of screens which are inserted below the rotor to generate a particular size of material. The end product size and quality can be determined and finalised by using a rotor screen with suitable mesh size out of the six available, ranging from 35mm up to 220mm.


CAT 836K Landfill Compactor

The new 562 gross horsepower (419 kW) Cat® 836K landfill compactor delivers on more than 20 years of durable reliability and ease of service by ensuring the operator’s health, productivity and safety are all standard features.

The 836K advances the solid engineering of its predecessors with new wheel and tip configurations and enhanced safety and serviceability. The 836K comes equipped with one of three new wheel and tip con gurations available to meet the operator’s desired application.

A standard rear-view camera enhances overall visibility for the operator while a new instrument pod features membrane switch panels and automatic temperature control – improving operator comfort. Interior and bystander sound levels are reduced, with optional sound-suppression packages available. To protect key components and systems from damage, the 836K uses specialised guarding, including hydraulically actuated engine and power-train shields and front-frame guards to prevent trash build-up inside the frame. Axle-seal guarding stops material from binding around the axles.

The 836K’s Auto-Blade feature automatically raises the blade when the machine reverses and lowers the blade to a pre-set height when it moves forward. The STICTM steering controller uses a single lever for steering and transmission control, allowing the operator to sit comfortably back in the seat, reducing fatigue.

For optimum efficiency, the 836K can be fitted with the Cat Compaction Technology. Using a Global Navigation Satellite System and digital terrain files, the system delivers real-time information via an in-cab display to assist the operator in determining the appropriate number of passes for the level of compaction required.


A new generation of aerial surveying solutions

Landair Surveys (Wantirna, VIC) is about to introduce a new generation of aerial surveying solutions for their clients.

The company reports its newly-purchased Leica RCD30 airborne camera has improved turnaround time by up to 67 per cent.

Designed for photogrammetric and remote sensing applications, Landair says the brand new Leica equipment will be fitted to Landair’s aircraft.

Erik Birzulis, managing director of Landair Surveys, says that after rigorous testing and commissioning of the unit, the company will offer new benefits through the product.

These include a faster turnaround time – full integration with software workflow resulting in urgent products being completed on the same or next day, reduced impact for the client’s operation team and reduced risk associated with site access issues. An improved camera sensor means surveying can be done in less favourable lighting conditions, while a shorter processing time is achieved by integrating cloud-based IT solutions.

“For example, instead of shipping a hard drive to the head office by overnight courier, the data will be uploaded to Landair’s servers within minutes,” Eric says.

“Additional surveying services will be offered, for example, 3D point clouds for easier visualisation, or thanks to the new NIR (near-infrared) feature, vegetation health analysis.”


Sennebogen 818 E-series

The Sennebogen 818 E-series builds on more than 60 years of experience in the design and construction of purpose-built materials handling machines.

To maximise performance, the 818 E-series has improved fuel efficiency, operating comfort, maintenance and service and a range of other areas. The diesel engine features an automatic idle reduction, shut down and performance optimisation aimed at reducing fuel consumption. Eco Mode intends to increase fuel savings by up to 20 per cent during operation. The operating comfort of the 818 E-series has been improved through a hydraulically elevated cabin, offering an operator eye level of approximately 5600mm. Meanwhile joystick steering control offers maximum visibility and a clutter-free cabin. The safety of the materials handler has been bolstered through a sliding door for cabin entry, an emergency cabin lowering function accessible at both ground level and inside the cabin and two 115° cameras to the right and rear of the machine. Maintenance and service has also been maximised through all daily service checks easily accessed from ground level on the machine, a straight forward and clearly labelled electrical system and a low percentage of proprietary parts.

Sennebogen National Business Development Manager Neil Adlam says the 818 E-series offers an uncompromised high performance in all critical areas of material handling excellence.

“The total Sennebogen package is supported locally by the dedicated team at Pacific Materials Handling, with national branches and local technicians to support any requirements.”