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Port of Hamburg Authority benefits from centralised asset survey data

3d survey imagery from the Port of Hamburg
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A recent case study from GISGRO has highlighted how bringing asset survey data into one place has saved the Port of Hamburg both time and effort in terms of port maintenance.

In large seaports, there is a wide variety of departments and teams involved in asset management and operations.

The port has its own surveyor team, which performs regular seabed surveys, as well as surveys on quay walls and structures.

One challenge HPA has encountered, GISGRO explained, is sharing of the 3D data needed in asset management and maintenance planning to everyone involved. Therefore, Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) started a co-operation with GISGRO to enhance the 3D data utilisation in the port.

HPA’s hydrographical department uses survey vessels and USVs to gather detailed point cloud data from the port area and assets. To help the asset management department in utilising the data efficiently, the point cloud data is uploaded to GISGRO online platform for visualisation and analysis. Clear visual data of the assets’ condition is a priority for maintenance planning.

“Our department produces and operates with a range of different types of data: multibeam and laser scans, orthoimages, and 3D reference models. For example, earlier we used to deliver underwater structural scan data to our in-house clients in 2D format. With GISGRO, we can assist them by enabling the easy access and utilization of different 2D and 3D data in asset management,” said Thomas Thies, Head of Hydrographic Data Collection at HPA.

GISGRO provides HPA’s asset management team an opportunity to really dive below the waterline. Whether working at the office or from home, the team can access the 3D data and examine the condition of assets thoroughly with well-designed analysis tools.

Instead of just receiving a report with a few snapshots of the data, the 3D survey data saved in an online platform enable following how the possible damage develops, for example. This kind of exact information on the structures is essential for efficient predictive maintenance.

One important value of cloud technology is to have access to the survey data anywhere and anytime. For example, in repair and construction projects, asset data can easily be utilised at any time, or shared with the contractor when needed. The easy access ensures the 3D data is not left unused, but instead it is a significant part of daily asset management in Port of Hamburg.

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