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problems exist for tunnels, roads in the mountains or small villages. Sometimes a minimum turning curve can only be surveyed conventionally with a huge effort beforehand, he explained.


Accurate 3D route planning for heavy haulage moves


The planning of the safest and most direct transportation routes has always been a key factor for success in the heavy haulage sector. BigMove co-founding member Gustav Seeland GmbH from Hamburg has now pushed this part of heavy haulage project planning to a new level – with its development of a revolutionary 3D laser measurement vehicle.


he BigMove 3D radar car is a database-driven and reliable tool developed in cooperation with the technical expertise of the University Hamburg-Harburg and supported by the German Ministry of Research and Development. The vehicle offers a novel measurement procedure that allows the user to capture precise 3D models of any given transportation route before any heavy or out-of-gauge movement. With a Europe-wide network of heavy logistics movements, BigMove handles tasks that involve all kinds of special requirements and relationships. State-of-the-art equipment for these tasks is needed during project planning periods and in presenting core competences well in advance of project moves, as an increasing number of its customers have to transport goods of enormous value and high sensitivity. The camera vehicle continuously captures three-dimensional data with


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three lasers measuring over a field of 270° as it negotiates the prospective route.


A single driver can operate the whole 3D system at a speed of up to 50 miles per hour, depending on the density of the data that needs to be captured, while difficult route bottlenecks need to be measured at a lower speed to capture smaller obstacles, like iron projections or electrical wiring, that could impede the movement of an out-of-gauge load.


Identifying constrictions


The 3D scan taken as the camera car travels the projected route provides a


precise three-dimensional measurement to a tolerance of 1.5 cm, so that constrictions can be easily identified. The results provided by this digital route management allow the planning of heavy goods transportation with accuracy and safety – and the licensing authorities really appreciate applications backed up with this kind of three-dimensional data, a BigMove spokesman said. The conventional calculation of the overhead clearance for a single bridge, for example, often takes a great deal of effort, because multiple measurement points are required, the BigMove spokesman observed.


BigMove pointed out that 3D measurement software allows the user to navigate through the captured data easily and obstacles and constrictions can be found and measured to the centimetre, enabling the height and width of a thoroughfare to be determined exactly. The data can be cropped and turned, and once the information has been captured it can be reused in many ways and for many different transports – as long as no alterations have been added to the route after measuring.


Alpine projects A 3D animation of a simple bridge.


The company is currently using the vehicle to prepare data for the transportation of a huge butterfly damper being moved in early 2015 to an Alpine construction site that is more than 2,000 m above sea level. BigMove’s Austrian partner Haemmerle had to convince the project engineers that the company is able to process the huge amount of data collected by the 3D vehicle. Once the customer saw the animated 3D data of the likely route, Haemmerle was asked if a cooperation with Google Earth would be possible. “We denied this request because the knowledge about heavy haulage bottlenecks is our capital,” a BigMove executive confirmed. “What a good professional pathfinder was in the old days, that is us today in terms of modern requests to heavy haulage problems,” the BigMove spokesman concluded. “The client even wants to call me Hannibal when this alpine project is done successfully,” the BigMove professional concluded proudly. HLPFI


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