View your landfill in 3D

No longer limited to intensive gaming or high-end architecture, virtual reality is making in-roads in the landfill sector.

Landair Surveys, a leading surveying firm in Australia, has introduced a new way for their landfill clients to interactively view their site data.

Previously, waste managers relied on 2D plans and concept drawings to visualise the relationship between existing site conditions and future operations. However, the rise of 3D viewing platforms has led to the possibility of creating virtual landfills where many different spatial data sets can be viewed simultaneously.

The surveyors at Landair now offer prospective clients virtual landfill models that can be tailored to individual landfill sites or operational requirements. The models can be as simple as an online visual tool to a downloadable interactive viewer allowing the user to take basic measurements and create clipping planes.

  • Examples of current virtual files created for landfill operators include:
  • Design top of waste contours overlaid on existing landfill surfaces
  • Design clay sideliner files overlaid on existing rockface surveys
  • View of proposed finished top of cap levels from site boundaries
  • Month by month landfill cell flyover comparisons
  • Composite as built clay liner and subgrade checks.

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.”