About Septentrio


Enabling our customers’ success with GPS and GNSS

Septentrio designs, manufactures and sells highly accurate GPS/GNSS receivers, for demanding applications requiring accuracies in the decimeter or centimeter range, even under difficult conditions. Whether it’s on the high sea, in scintillation prone areas or at high latitudes, our customers know that Septentrio receivers deliver fast, accurate and reliable positions. In urban canyons, under canopies or even under circumstances where there is deliberate interference, our receivers make our customers excel.

Our Roots

Septentrio was started as a spin-off of IMEC – the world’s largest and most advanced semiconductor research institute with over 2500 researchers. From the start, we used the most advanced semiconductor designs for low power, high performance and disturbance mitigation. The nearby KULeuven University is one of Europe’s leading universities and is an excellent source of top talent in areas such as signal processing and advanced algorithms, although we attract top specialists from around the world. We continue to work with IMEC and several highly specialized partners to build the best GNSS receivers in the world.

Rocket Science

From its inception, Septentrio has been involved in many programs for the European Space Agency and the Galileo GNSS program. As an example, we developed the first receivers to decode the advanced signals from a Galileo satellite and have tested and validated all Galileo signals ever since, including the PRS signals.

Your reliable OEM long term partner

We see it as our mission to make you win in your markets, while we stick to making the world’s best GPS/GNSS receivers for demanding applications. As your long-term partner, our job is to provide you with competitive products, our deep understanding of the technology, and the committed support that make all the difference to your success.

Septentrio receiver tracks newest Japanese GNSS signals

Hong Kong – 12 October 2016Septentrio and its Japanese partner, GNSS Technologies, are proud to announce that they have successfully tracked and decoded the QZSS LEX signal. This achievement marks a milestone in the development of the Japanese QZSS satellite navigation system and is the result of a trusted partnership between Septentrio and GNSS Technologies. The partnership is committed to enable the success of their Japanese customers with the very latest in satellite navigation technology.

QZSS (Quasi-Zenith Satellite System) is Japan’s regional satellite navigation system. When completed, it will consist of 4 satellites: the first satellite was launched in 2010 and the remaining three are scheduled to become operational in 2017. All satellites will be equipped with a revolutionary CLAS (centimetre-level augmentation service). This service will send correction signals straight from the QZSS satellites to end-user receivers and enable them to calculate their position with centimetre-level accuracy. The CLAS corrections are broadcast in the LEX and L6 signals.

By implementing LEX signal tracking and decoding before the completion of the QZSS constellation and before the CLAS service becomes operational, Septentrio and GNSS Technologies are showing their long-term commitment to Japanese customers.

Using Septentrio technology, customers will be able to eliminate the need for investment in ground infrastructure to create correction signals or in subscriptions to commercially available correction signal streams. This opens up possibilities in new application domains in sectors such as marine, construction, agriculture, survey and mapping, geographic information systems (GIS) and unmanned aerial and vehicles (UAVs).

All NEW Juniper Geode submeter GPS receiver

Today, Juniper Systems would like to introduce to you… the Geode™ – our new real-time, sub-meter GNSS/GPS receiver! This compact, all-in-one receiver collects precise location data, without the huge price tag or complexity of other precision receivers. We designed it with an emphasis on simplicity so you can start collecting data at the touch of a button. The Geode is also highly versatile, and will connect via Bluetooth with Juniper Systems’ rugged handhelds, or any other Windows®, Windows Mobile, or Android ®device. Speaking of versatility, the Geode can also be carried in a number of different ways. It can easily be carried in-hand, in a pack, or mounted on a pole, depending on your specific use case and what your individual needs are.

Geode Real-Time Sub-meter GNSS Receiver

Geode Sub-Meter GPS ReceiverAnd of course, the Geode doesn’t compromise on ruggedness. It features IP68-rated protection against water and dust, and operates in extreme temperatures, providing reliable performance wherever you need to collect data.

Here are a few other Geode features:

  • SUB-METER ACCURACY – Collect precision GNSS data with your handheld device
  • REAL-TIME DATA – Multiple correction sources provide precise, real-time data
  • JUNIPER RUGGED™ – IP68-rated and designed to withstand harsh environments
  • AFFORDABLE – Professional accuracy at a budget-friendly price
  • COMPACT SIZE – Small and lightweight for all-day use
  • OPEN INTERFACE – Works with Juniper Systems’ handhelds or your own device
  • SIMPLE TO USE – Intuitive and easy operation, one-button simplicity
  • ALL-DAY BATTERY LIFE – Ideal for long work days
  • CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS – Connects to a handheld or tablet via Bluetooth or an optional 9-pin RS232 port
  • BUILT-IN ANTENNA – Comes with a built-in GNSS/GPS antenna, but also includes a port to connect an external antenna, depending on the user’s preference

Juniper Systems’ products are designed to reliably collect data in any environment,” said Debbie Trolson, Geomatics Market Manager at Juniper Systems. “Whether users need a GNSS solution that provides 2–5 meter accuracy, or one that provides even more precise, sub-meter accuracy, Juniper Systems can deliver a high-quality solution that enhances both productivity and data integrity.”

Juniper Systems Partnership in Pinoy

The Partnership between Elliott Enterprises and Juniper Systems, USA was agreed and finalized this week.

Desmond Elliott, Support and Training Manager at Elliott Enterprises and  Debbie Trolson, Geomatics Market Manager at Juniper Systems completed the Agreements for a Partnership to Supply and Support Juniper Systems products in the Philippines.

Juniper Systems products include:

  • Juniper Archer 2 Field Rugged Data Controller – Simple to use, Low cost, Rugged Field Computer providing excellent battery life between charges.
  • Juniper Allegro 2 Field Rugged Controller/Computer for Surveying and Engineering. With a Number Pad and QWERTY keyboard makes this Field Rugged Hand-held computer is the BEST available in the industry.
  • Juniper Mesa 2 – the latest Rugged Field Notebook, using the Windows 10 operating system, users can take their GIS software to the fiels – Sporting a 168mm Touch Screen this has to be a part of every field kit.
  • Juniper Geode released in July, a rugged compact Submeter GPS/Glonass GNSS receiver. Ideal for GIS applications the receiver provides 300mm accuracy using SBAS correction and 50-70mm accuracy using a reference station or post-processing.

These products plus more are now available from Elliott Enterprises where we provide Support, Training and Carlson SurvCE software to convert them to a dynamic flexible GIS and Surveying data collector. Importing and Exporting GIS and Point data is as simple as pressing a button.


2016 Exhibition on Rural Electrification

Wow! What an event, Nelia and Desmond joined channel partners BSPH Marketing at the 2016 Exhibition on Rural Electrification, held at the SMX Convention Center Davao, Davao City, Philippines on the 3rd and 4th of August, 2016.

The two day event was attended by over 900 Managers and Board Executives from the Power and Energy Cooperatives across the Philippines.

Nelia presenting the products at the Exhibition

Nelia Elliott, Elliott Enterprises presenting the NEW PolaRx5 CORS/Reference receiver for the first time in the Philippines at the 2016 Exhibition on Rural Electrification in Davao City, Philippines .

Held annually, in a different city each year across the Philippines, the event was great success, to have the event so close to home was a bonus for our company with only a four hour trip from General Santos City to Davao City, in the South of Mindanao.

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Altus APS3G RTK Receiver and Juniper Allegro2 Field Computer

Elliott Enterprises displayed and presented the Altus Positioning Systems GNSS RTK receivers, Septentrio Base receivers and the Juniper Systems range of Field Tough Computers to managers across the country. This was the first time for positioning equipment to be on display at the event; everyone was overwhelmed by the potential and possibilities on offer to develop high accuracy GNSS positioning for Bentley GIS software all in one package.

We were especially proud to show the NEW PolaRX5 reference receiver (arrived on the 3rd August, 2016 from Hong Kong), a first time in the Philippines. The receiver is in transit to NAMRIA to be tested for suitability in the PageNet CORS network for future development.

The interest in our latest technologies was all positive. We look forward to following up the invitations from Power Cooperatives to demonstrate our equipment at many centers over the coming weeks.

PolaRx5 CORS receiver

NEW PolaRx5 Reference receiver make a debut in the Philippines

Of special interest was the capacity of Carlson software‘s SurvCE Survey and GIS collection software. Installed on the Juniper Allegro2 this will provide fast efficient data collection while recording the high accuracy position from the Altus APS3G RTK receiver. Utilizing the GSM (mobile phone) network to gather the reference data from the PolaRx5 static base station at each cooperative head quarters, the data is delivered across the Internet the system will make survey and GIS a dream.

Thanks to Eloisa Mabuyo, BSPH Marketing whose many Bentley contacts were able to appreciate the GNSS equipment from our company. We were a great team!

New Channel Partner…..

We are proud to announce a NEW Channel Partnership with BSPH MARKETING, Philippines.


Bentley Map – GIS

On Thursday the 21st of July, 2016, Nelia and Desmond Elliott of ELLIOTT ENTERPRISES met with Eloisa Mabuyo of BSPH MARKETING in General Santos.

BSPH MARKETING a (Bentley Channel Partner) are Marketing, Consulting and Supporting Bentley software in the Philippines  

During this introductory meeting a Channel Partnership was agreed. The meeting and agreement brings together many years of experience between Professional Software and Professional Positioning Hardware teams.

BSPH MARKETING market Water GEMS and Energy Infrastructure software solution for Electricity Generation, Supply and Distribution companies and Water Supply and Distribution companies across the Philippines. Using Bentley software from the USA,  Lurlene Del Rosario her partner Eloisa market, consult and train company personnel in the use of the software to manage infrastructure networks and integrate costing and charging processes. They are now introducing Bentley GIS software to manage the assets and user needs.

WaterGEMS software

Elliott Enterprises were approached to fill a role, providing accurate positioning equipment (Altus GNSS surveying equipment, Juniper data collectors and Carlson field collection software) to collect survey and GIS data quickly, accurately with efficiency. With our reputation in supplying the latest technology in GNSS and Laser positioning plus our technical capabilities in integrating data collection and GIS data management the partnership is perfect.
To achieve high accuracy in the computation of power and water network design and optimization the necessity for high accuracy positioning is paramount to the success of the solution. The Septentrio/Altus Positioning System is the best equipment for these projects – offering the highest accuracy specifications in the industry..
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Septentrio/Altus Positioning Systems in the Field

We would like to inform existing clients and potential partners in the Water and Power industry that “we Support and we Care” This is our promise and our pledge in providing a professional service with Integrity. We look forward to working closely with BSPH MARKETING to provide the best possible solution to all existing and future infrastructure and management projects.


20 Things They Don’t Tell You About UAVs

Elliott Enterprises suggest investment in an extra GNSS Rover or two (much lower cost than a UAV) to collect more topographical data….unless the projects justify the risk of loss of equipment, poor results and operational cost, amortization of purchase cost plus initial training and licensing required to perform UAV photogrammetry professionally….the risk is much higher than the rewards!

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Jack Dangermond, ESRI and Neil Vancans, Septentrio admire the Septentrio enabled C Astral UAV at Esri UC 2016

I have worked on projects with Mark Deuter’s company, AEROMETREX (the author of the blog) as a mapping and survey consultant in Australia.  AEROMETREX are an industry leader in photogrammetry and are respected across Australia. Their client portfolio consists of goverment, mining, environmental and real estate mangement.  by Desmond Elliott

To UAV or NOT to UAV…! by Aer0metrex_admin

RQ-84Z AeroHawk UAV system at hte end of a mapping mission.The energy, enthusiasm and the inventiveness that is going into UAV* technology these days is truly remarkable. There has been a proliferation of manufacturers, suppliers, users and conferences promoting the technology. We have all seen stunning video clips and images taken from UAVs – the low altitude aerial perspective enables unique views of a wide sweep of surrounds as well as the foreground focus of attention.

In July 2012 I attended the ESRI International User Conference in San Diego and assisted a UAV manufacturer on their trade exhibit, fielding questions from potential customers of this technology. It was a revelation, not only because of the technology, but because of the reaction of the punters. I could see it in their eyes. Everyone wanted to do this for a job. “Get paid to have fun? I’m in!”

As a long-standing aerial surveyor I have watched the rise of UAVs with an open mind. Indeed the company that I part-own and work for is a CASA-registered UAV operator and we have invested heavily in the technology. We know what it takes to make a good UAV aerial survey and we can show some great examples of our work. However we are in the somewhat unique position of being able to compare the cost-effectiveness and the results of UAV aerial surveying against the latest full-scale aerial surveying equipment and methodology, because we have both capabilities.

I can say right here and now that the concept of UAVs as a platform for aerial surveying is suffering from a typical problem that plagues new technologies. It’s over-hyped. Yes, you can take an aerial photograph with a UAV. Yes, that photograph can be used to map an area of interest. But no, in 99% of cases you cannot do it as well, as fast or as cheaply as you can with a large-format aerial camera in a conventional fixed-wing aircraft. That may surprise you but it’s true.

With apologies to Ha-Joon Chang, the author of the excellent book “23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism” ** I have set out here 20 things they don’t tell you about UAVs.

Please note that in this article we are referring to very small to small UAV ( A very small UAV is defined as an unmanned aircraft of mass smaller than 2 kilogram –  A Small UAV is defined as an unmanned aircraft of mass greater than 1 kilogram yet less than 150 kilograms (fixed wing) or 100 kilograms (rotary wing)).


Thing #1. A UAV is just a platform for a sensor

A lot of discussion in the UAV industry revolves around which UAV is best. Every manufacturer stridently proclaims the advantages of their system in terms of battery life, stability, payload, range control functions, etc. But hardly anyone acknowledges that a UAV is just a platform for a sensor. We don’t make a big fuss about whether we use a Cessna 441 or a Cessna 404 or a Piper Navajo to fly your aerial survey. To us an aircraft is just a means of positioning a sensor. It’s not about the aircraft, it’s about the sensor.

Thing #2. A small UAV carries a small payload which means small format sensors

There is no doubt that you can cram lots of megapixels into a compact camera or a DSLR these days. But even a 36MP DSLR camera is small format compared to the latest generation large-format aerial mapping cameras, at 360MP or even bigger. Small UAV = small format sensor = lots more runs and photos = inefficient capture.

Thing #3. A $1,000 sensor is not as good as a $1.5m sensor

There are sensors and sensors. Most UAV systems carry small compact cameras to eke out precious payload. More sophisticated systems may be able to carry a DSLR camera. But these are non-metric consumer grade cameras, with uncalibrated lenses, prone to temperature variation, with limited storage on-board and using Bayer-filtered 3-band RGB imaging systems. They are not to be compared with modern aerial mapping cameras which have much bigger formats, separate lens cones for each multispectral channel, often in 4 bands (R,G,B and NIR) along with dedicated panchromatic cones, which have geometrically calibrated lenses with known distortion characteristics, with gyro-stabilised mount correcting level and drift, with almost unlimited storage and extremely sophisticated airborne GPS, IMU and navigation systems. Not surprisingly, a $1000 sensor is just not as good as a $1.5m sensor.


Hawkeye-UAV groundstation

Hawkeye-UAV groundstation

Thing #4. A UAV is not unmanned

Strangely, an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle is not unmanned at all. The men/women are on the ground. Hence the new terminology RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aerial System). There are usually two operators, just the same as the aircrew in a light aircraft. Where is the saving? 

Thing #5. Labour costs make small UAVs uncompetitive

Do the maths. Don’t forget to include the time and cost of getting the UAV operators to and from the survey area, the time needed to conduct the survey, the costs of accommodation and travel allowances, and the cost of masses of GPS ground control. As well as the salaries for 2 skilled people (UAV operator, surveyor). Adds up pretty quick. We reckon it’s more efficient to get a large-format system in for anything bigger than a few km2, even if you’re right there on the spot with a UAV.

Thing #6. UAVs are justifiably limited by airspace regulations

CASA (Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority) is very concerned about the prospect of an airspace swarming with UAVs and has imposed strict limits on commercial UAV operations. We have already seen one instance in which a UAV operator (not us!) lost control of a UAV which flew across the flight path of a military airport. And one has now hit a jet aircraft in flight.

UAVs may only be operated by CASA-certified operators and can only legally be operated as follows:

  • Not above 400’

  • Not over a populated area

  • Not within 3.5nm of an airport

  • Not outside VLOS (Visual Line of Sight)

unless specific approval has been granted. These applications are considered on a case-by-case basis by CASA and the waiting period for a response was out to several weeks last time we applied. Fact is, if you operate legally there are not many places you can fly a UAV commercially.

Thing #7. Line of sight is no more than 500m

Try spotting a small UAV flying away from you. It takes about 15 seconds to completely disappear. Therefore run length is limited to 30s flight time, unless you station observers along the flight path equipped with radios for back-to-base comms.  This has been tried. See Thing #5. 

Thing #8. You will need formal training to operate a UAV legally

To be qualified as a UAV operator, you will need:

  • Basic Aeronautical Knowledge (BAK) or Private Pilots Licence (PPL).

  • Radio operators licence

  • Manufacturer training on type

and then pass the CASA exam. You can’t just take it out of the box and start flying.

Thing #9. A UAV is capable of killing you

Our small UAV system weighs 3.8kg (the same as a brick) and it travels at up to 120km/hr (33m/s). If it hits you in the face at that speed it will decelerate almost instantly, say in 0.1s.  No laughing matter.

My high school physics tells me Force = mass x acceleration.

So F = 3.8kg x (33/0.1) m/s2 = 1,254 Newtons. In the face.

Serious injuries have been caused by powerful UAV propellors and, as was demonstrated by Mythbusters recently, a large multi-rotor UAV propeller could sever an artery. There are a number of accounts on the web of unmanned helicopters decapitating their operators. Check your training, your safety systems and insurances. Don’t think they are too small to hurt anyone.

Thing #10. UAVs suffer from local environment effects (especially wind)

UAVs are very small aircraft and subject to forces that would not affect larger aircraft. Wind is especially problematic for small UAVs, and wind is often stratified, ie, much different even at 400’ than it is at ground level. Weather forecasts are usually published for ground level conditions. Can you really keep your UAV on track? Will your UAV be able to grind its way back to base in a 40 knot headwind?

Thing #11. The logistics of UAV operation are problematic

Think again if you are planning to provide a UAV service in remote areas, which if Thing #6 is properly observed, is where you will end up. Do I drive or do I fly to the site? If it’s too far to drive or the roads are rubbish, or don’t exist, perhaps I could get there in a light aircraft, or a helicopter? Wait …

Thing #12. Blurry images cannot be used to generate accurate results

We are sometimes asked to save UAV surveys which are comprised of blurry, badly exposed imagery.Lack of detail destroys the effectiveness of image matching algorithms, resulting in lack of tie points and geometric accuracy. Such surveys are usually unsalvageable and must be reflown.

Thing #13. Eagles hate UAVs

With a passion. The last thing any self-respecting eagle will tolerate is another predator blundering through its territory not even bothering to look up – the arrogance! Eagle hits on UAVs are common. See Thing #14.



Thing #14.  The capital cost of a UAV is significant

A sophisticated UAV is likely to set you back anywhere from $30,000 to $100,000. Let’s say you get a bargain at $50,000. What is its useful life? 200hrs? Let’s amortise that cost over 12 months assuming you’re a skilled pilot and can run the gauntlet of crashes resulting in total loss that long. It will cost $260 per hr in capital burn alone. About as much as the total running cost of a Cessna 172. 

Thing #15.  UAV crashes are common

The stories are mounting. UAVs escaping, getting lost, slamming into mine walls, crash landing, etc, etc. All expensive stuff. What is the life of a UAV system? Who knows? Only as long as your next uncontrolled event.

Thing #16. UAV insurance is hard to get

Not unrelated to Thing #15. UAV hull insurance (the aircraft and payload) is usually uneconomic and most operators insure for public liability risk only. That means a crash is usually a loss borne by the operator, and will add tens of thousands of dollars to your depreciation for the year. Hope you weren’t still paying off that loan. Please tell me there aren’t any UAV operators flying without Public Liability insurance. That would be financial suicide. See Thing #9. 

Thing #17.  You will need Professional Indemnity Insurance if you offer an aerial surveying service

Don’t even think about offering your services to a mining company or other engineering firm if you don’t really know what you are doing and you don’t have PI insurance. Your clients have too much money at stake. An error in calculation is a recipe for financial ruin. PI insurance is both expensive and necessary.


Thing #18.  If you’re not skilled in photogrammetry, you’re not an aerial surveyor

Most registered UAV operators optimistically put ‘aerial survey’ as a work category on their CASA application forms. Aerial photographic surveying is an exact and demanding science. A thorough understanding of photogrammetry is required to offer these services. Photogrammetric qualifications are usually offered as an advanced specialisation of a Surveying Degree. Buying a software package that promises centimetre accuracy does not enable anyone to become an overnight expert.  There are many traps for the unwary and industry best practice and university qualifications cannot be ignored.

Thing #19.  Airborne GPS and IMU for UAV are not accurate enough for direct geo-referencing

The Airborne GPS and Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) technology that has been used in large-format digital aerial cameras since 2005 is the same technology that is used in guided missiles. Not surprisingly, some of it is embargoed by the US State Dept. It’s very sophisticated. The resolution of these measurement systems is very precise and is vital to determining the accurate position and attitude of the camera in flight. While advances have been made in the miniaturisation of these devices for consumer application in smart phones as well as UAVs, they really lack the resolution needed for accurate measurement.


Thing #20.  While we’ve all been watching UAV developments, other things are happening

The developments that have taken place in our industry are profound, and we should be very proud of them. But they are not really to do with UAVs at all. They are things like:

  • Much more efficient sensors. The Ultracam Eagle Prime, and the A3 Edge come to mind. Huge aerial camera sensors with outstanding capture efficiency and storage.

  • 3D models – the base map of the future. Great advances have been made in the accuracy, realism and applications of 3D models during the last 4 years. The transition from 2D to 3D mapping systems is happening faster than you think.

  • Automated processing and data extraction from aerial imagery.

These developments are the real direction of the industry and where we should be focussing more resources.


RQ-84Z AreoHawk UAV after take-off

RQ-84Z AreoHawk UAV after take-off

The UAV industry is what it is – there is no doubt that UAVs have many intriguing applications in many fields, although we have seen the existing service providers back-pedalling from things like pizza delivery or parcel delivery. At the current rate of development and with the concentration of resources being applied to the industry there is no doubt that further advances will be rapidly made.

But beware of the hype, and remember, in our industry it’s not about the platform, it’s about the sensor.  

Author: Mark Deuter, Managing Director AEROMETREX

Septentrio reference station receivers now shipping to UNAVCO

February 1, 2016  – By GPS World staff

Septentrio has started shipments to UNAVCO of its all new multi-frequency PolaRx5 reference receiver. This follows the 2015 announcement by UNAVCO that Septentrio was selected at the Geodesy Advancing Geosciences EarthScope (GAGE) Facility preferred vendor for next-generation GNSS reference station products.

The Septentrio PolaRx5 GNSS receiver.

The Septentrio PolaRx5 GNSS receiver.

The PolaRx5 incorporates Septentrio’s most advanced multi-frequency GNSS engine, with support for all major satellite signals including GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and BeiDou, as well as the regional QZSS and IRNSS satellite systems.

According to the UNAVCO GNSS Receiver Preferred Vendor RFP Evaluation Report, Septentrio consistently ranks highest in many areas of measurement quality and interference mitigation of the instruments tested. Moreover, the PolaRx5 offers low power consumption for its multi-constellation, multi-frequency GNSS reference receiver, operating on less than 2 Watts when receiving GPS and GLONASS satellite signals.

At UNAVCO, we are excited about the selection of the PolaRx5 for enhancement of the EarthScope Plate Boundary Observatory, the international standard for geodetic networks,” said M. Meghan Miller, president of UNAVCO. “We will work with Septentrio to modernize UNAVCO GPS networks, and explore the science innovation and broader applications that are possible in the rapidly evolving GNSS era.”

UNAVCO is a non-profit university-governed consortium that facilitates geosciences research and education using geodesy. UNAVCO operates the GAGE Facility for the National Science Foundation with additional core support from NASA. The GAGE Facility includes more than 2,000 continuously operating GPS/GNSS reference stations around the world.

UNAVCO-supported networks include EarthScope’s Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO), the Continuously Operating Caribbean GPS Observational Network (COCONet), the Trans-Boundary Land and Atmosphere Long-Term Observational and Collaboration Network (TLALOCNet) and the Polar Earth Observational Network (POLENet).

Septentrio’s close cooperation with UNAVCO continues a tradition of partnering with leading scientific institutions and agencies that require high-performance GNSS technology in challenging environments. Septentrio partners include the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European GNSS Agency (GSA).

These deliveries mark a huge step in the modernization program for UNAVCO and UNAVCO partner networks around the globe,” said Neil Vancans, vice president of Septentrio Americas. “The use of new satellite technology will be the foundation for greater understanding of our planet. The entire Septentrio team is proud to be a part of this pivotal program.”

Protecting Archaeological Treasures

Protecting Archaeological Digs – UAV and Laser Scanning combined

Land Surveys were recently engaged in Western Australia to capture an Archaeological Site found in a densely vegetated property, currently under assessment as a potential mine.

Using Multi-Platform Surveying technologies, Land Surveys helped record and document the location, condition and details from the air, right down to the tools and implements found within the Archaeological dig – using non-invasive and non-disruptive Laser Scanning technologies.

Our Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) captured the land and terrain around the Archaeological site to provide context – highlighting how close current roads come to the Archaeological site.

Using this information, our client is now able to plan the future mine cutting to avoid disturbing this significant site – improving feasibility estimates in preserving the site and maintaining normal operations.

Land Surveys provided more detail for stakeholders by following up in using remote, non-intrusive Terrestrial Laser Scanning at the dig. Artefacts found inside the cave were scanned in-situ to record and document their size, location and material colour and texture, without directly interfering with the site.

Our deliverables from this system included 3D PDF’s of the artefacts and a specialised spherical image viewer of the site from each scan station called WebShare. WebShare allows people to view and measure any visible part of the site, with free software that can be run on any computer.

This specialist approach to the survey of Archaeological sites provides a historical “Snapshot” of the entire area and the significant items it contains. This allows for Archaeologists to inspect the site without directly accessing it, reducing impact on normal project operations in the future.

Land Surveys can include point clouds, GIS datasets, CAD point and stringline models in our deliverables as core products. By pushing the deliverables further, we can provide comprehensive 3D models for CityGML and other city model standards.

This information can be used for varying activities in the future, such as:

  1.  Recreating the site at an accessible location off the property, in order to show people the site in an educational setting
  2. Confirming over time (through resurvey) that the site remains undisturbed from mining operations
  3. Working with Archaeologists, the site can be digitally inspected and new items can be modelled when found that are of significance
  4. Exports of the data can be used to publish online of for 3D printing of the artefacts

Combining these two survey platforms enabled Land Surveys to provide a survey output that records detail from Kilometres to Millimetres, helping all stakeholders with their geospatial survey needs across the project. Our capabilities can be customised to meet your project and long-term requirements.

Land Surveys have several surveyors located across our Australian offices who operate this specialist equipment, and provide Survey Control for quality and compliance on your projects. Within tight timeframes, our surveyors captured information, placed stable survey control, and safely surveyed the site which remained undisturbed throughout the project – experience of which could benefit you in your planning and design project stages.

No Problems, Just Solutions.


Altus CEO visits General Santos

Neil Vancans, CEO of Altus Positioning Systems will soon make his second visit to General Santos. Altus Positioning Systems have been well received across Mindanao.

Breakfast in Gensan

Neil Vancans-Altus CEO (left) and Desmond  enjoy breakfast in Gensan in June 2014

Local engineers and surveyors have accepted an invitation to meet with Neil to get his first hand insight into the future of Positioning Technologies and how Altus can provide the tools to make the transition easier using high quality equipment at competitive pricing.

ELLIOTT ENTERPRISES are the Dealers and Distributors of the Altus GNSS receiver range in the Philippines. There are many new challenges ahead and we aim to capitalise on the  “family” relationship between the manufacturer, dealer and the end user. By personalising the purchasing and support process we aim to provide a service very different to our competitors. After careful costing we have also developed an RTK Surveying solution to compete aggressively with our competitors.


NEW Product – the APS-NR2 built for the Professional Surveyor

Desmond and Neil are working toward a new opportunity for users. Establishing a  permanent base to provide a superior correction service reducing the TCO of Altus GPS technology across General Santos City.  Altus users will enjoy many cost saving benefits as well as having the privilege of using “state of the art” technology. Just another reason to “follow the leaders” in this NEW Surveying technology. We aim to put our customers at least one step ahead of the rest, including 3 year warranty on Altus Positioning Systems.