Monthly Archive: April 2017

Managing Paper is Tiresome: Choosing Right Partners

Managing paper based records is one of the largest overheads for any organization, draining time, effort, resources and money. Naturally, a shift to digital records management system is what organizations are signing up for. However, this transition is never easy. Without the resources, knowledge of technology and tools, organizations are at sea. Also, there are organizations out there who have implemented the Document Management systems but don’t have a clue of utilizing them effectively.

In a nutshell, the application needs to address the pain points of an organization managing its paperwork but also take into consideration the usability pattern of the employees in the organization. It is wise to invest time and money in seeking the right partner who can holistically manage your data, electronically sake keep them for ready access and action. But before you embark on this transformational journey with a potential Records and Information (RIM) partner, it helps to address key factors such as the below.

Can your RIM partner offer the following?

  • Will they assure services that match the unique needs of your organization?
  • Will they understand how much of outsourcing you plan to do?
  • Will they support both outsourcing and in-house management?
  • Will they secure the knowledge assets of your organization ?
  • Will they be able to quickly retrieve data for you?
  • Are their processes transparent and reliable?
  • Are they able to provide a clear roadmap with milestones and timelines?
  • Are they able to convince you with client testimonials in similar industry?

Organizations that have not considered these factors have run into problems incurred losses and got entangled in legal controversies.

Choose the right partner who will assess the existing records management processes and recommend a full blown paperless program. This will allow you to focus on critical business objectives, be efficient and environmentally friendly as well.

Modelling of waste water pipe network by using Hand held Lidar scanner point cloud data

SBL was recently awarded a waste water pipe modelling project from a handheld scanner point cloud data by a global firm of 3D scanner manufacturers and retailers from the UK.


Figure 1- Input point cloud data (Isometric View)

A section of sewer pipe network and its connections (refer Figure 1 above) was modelled with the help of point cloud data from a hand-held scanner. A major challenge in the project was that the input point cloud data was provided without RGB values since the LiDAR survey was carried inside a pipe where there is no light.
SBL carried out the detailed mapping from the LiDAR point cloud data using “as is”, rule without generalizing or offsetting any feature. Cross section views were used to capture the data to the highest possible accuracy wherever changes occur in terms of shape and size.
Check out the images below which depict graphically the level of expertise and care that was taken by the team at SBL to execute the project.


Figure 2- Input point cloud and extracted pipes (Isometric View)


Figure 3 -Waste water Pipe network Surface model view


Figure 4 – Inside view of the waste water pipe


Figure 5 – Aspect angle view

This project marks another achievement by SBL in the LiDAR modelling domain. We are expecting to showcase few more such projects in our upcoming blogs.

BIM and LiDAR Team – SBL Knowledge Services Ltd.