• Eye-bot Aerial Solutions

    Springdale Monopole

    Springdale, Pennsylvania, United States

Project Summary

Springdale Monopole is a reality modeling project of a cell tower antenna located in Springdale, Pennsylvania, USA. Eye-bot Aerial Solutions initiated this project to help achieve better fidelity and improve workflows by modeling vertical monopole structures that feature transparent complex cross bracing. These complex cell towers are common in the area and modeling them solely with UAV photogrammetry is extremely difficult. Eye-bot sought to incorporate LiDAR scanning as part of the data-capture process, but it needed software that could accommodate both survey methods to generate accurate models timely and cost effectively.

The project team used ContextCapture to process high-resolution images from different data sources, and generated a precise, 3D reality mesh of the Springdale tower that could be shared among all stakeholders via a hosted web portal. In addition to eliminating risks associated with climbing the tower for manual inspection, the reality mesh allowed for precise measurements of the current as-built structure and enabled new designs to be incorporated into the existing environment for planning and expansion purposes.

The interoperability and automated capabilities of ContextCapture and reality modeling illustrate tremendous potential for improved efficiencies in the telecommunications industry. By comparing two 3D models shown in the relative global positions, users can measure and monitor antenna alignment on all the antennas in the network. Knowing the global elevations of each antenna on a client’s network also helps to position equipment to avoid obstacles in between tower assets, such as vegetation heights. Updates could be performed on a regular basis to ensure equipment condition, monitor known issues before needing a physical correction, and communicate with workmen when a repair or upgrade is needed. This communication aids in project planning and material selection, increases efficiency and quality, and reduces resource hours and injury risk to workmen on the antenna towers.

Eye-bot Aerial Solutions used ContextCapture’s support for parallel processing, which allows the project team to distribute the workload over a network. This capability reduced the amount of time required between data collection and product delivery. Moreover, it is efficient to produce a model that can be directly imported into MicroStation. ContextCapture allowed the project team to fully utilize all equipment. Prior to using this software, the team had difficulty processing images greater than 40 megapixels. ContextCapture processed the high-resolution images without a problem, opening the door to experimenting with new data collection procedures and, ultimately, yielding a better model.

Project Playbook: ContextCapture

  • Eye-Bot used ContextCapture to generate a precise 3D reality mesh of the Springdale tower to help achieve better fidelity and improve workflows modeling vertical monopole structures.
  • Eye-bot generated a 3D model to be used for increased efficiency from design and implementation, to maintenance, expansion, and monitoring in the telecom industry.
  • The reality mesh allows the client to measure antenna centerlines, tower integrity, and general site and equipment conditions without leaving the office, saving time and money.
  • Using Bentley’s reality modeling software, Eye-Bot had a comprehensive solution from the generation of the 3D model to the publication on the web.
  • Eliminating the need to convert a model to CAD reduced the time between collection and delivery.
  • Generating the web viewer allowed the project team to host models on its own server rather than subscribing to a third-party service.
  • "Using ContextCapture we were able to deliver a complete, accurate, and up-to-date record of the current state and position of the client’s tangible assets contained in an easily consumable source."

    Jake Lydick Founder and CEO Eye-bot Aerial Solutions