• Seikey S.r.l.

    Seikey – Enterprise Drone Solutions

    Caronno Pertusella, Varese, Italy

Project Summary

Project
Telecom Italia needed to standardize the inspection of Italy’s 11,800 radio base stations (RBS) and accelerate information exchange among stakeholders for improved plant maintenance, compliance, and asset management. To achieve this, Seikey S.r.l., a technological partner of Telecom Italia, initiated a data capture and reality modeling project that leveraged their expertise in data collection, processing, and sharing solutions with civilian drones for high-precision aerial capturing. Seikey sought to speed up information exchange between stakeholders and reduce costs, inspection times, and the risks to human life that occur with traditional inspection techniques.

Solution
Seikey’s project team adopted an integrated, 3D real-time modeling approach, using drones for high-precision aerial data capture of the stations. The data captured is processed through ContextCapture, which generates both photogrammetric and digital models of any inspected item. The data is then analyzed by MicroStation, which enabled Seikey to reprocess data originating from ContextCapture for better point cloud data management, mesh generation, and tags creation, in order to represent anomalies or parameters. Bentley Map and Navigator allowed spatial navigation of the same information to view the model and display information regarding queries for anomalies, tags, or other information in stations.

Outcome
Using drones for data capture enabled Seikey to perform the inspections in just six hours – compared an average of five days – without shutting down the plants. The integrated, 3D real-time modeling approach optimized maintenance and inspection activities, and enhanced signal strength of RBS facilities for more effective phone coverage from the operators. Moreover, integrated reality modeling enabled safer, more precise, and preventative intervention and maintenance of the RBS plants, which improved operational efficiency and reduced costs.

Software
ContextCapture enabled a detailed photogrammetric reconstruction from more than 400 terabytes of data for all the RBS plants. MicroStation, Bentley Map, and Navigator linked associated data and geospatial information to the model. ProjectWise enabled the immediate exchange of large quantities of data and information, speeding up data sharing and alignment of impacted parties.

Project Playbook:
ContextCapture, Bentley Map, Navigator, MicroStation, ProjectWise
Outcome/Facts
  • Seikey ha eseguito le ispezioni della stazione in sole sei ore (rispetto a una media di cinque giorni per impianto) senza spegnere i macchinari, avvalendosi di droni per l'acquisizione dei dati.
  • ContextCapture ha realizzato 30 GB di fotografie per ogni stazione, allo scopo di generare modelli affidabili.
  • La modellazione 3D in tempo reale ha permesso all'azienda di condividere in tempo reale le informazioni complete con tutti i soggetti interessati per ottimizzare le attività di manutenzione ed ispezione e migliorare i risultati degli asset.
Quote:
  • "ProjectWise ha permesso di coordinare i soggetti interessati, fornendo agli operatori di rete telefonica accesso immediato a informazioni aggiornate e ad un'enorme quantità di dati sotto forma di ricostruzioni fotogrammetriche dettagliate, create con ContextCapture. Questo metodo di archiviazione fornisce la documentazione necessaria alla gestione continua delle risorse."

    Cristiano De Leonardis CEO e fondatore Seikey S.r.l.