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Leica and Getac team up on buried-utility detection

October 21, 2019

The system has been engineered to cope with environmental conditions anywhere around the world.

Hexagon’s Leica GeoSystems division has combined its DSX utility detection system (pictured) with Getac’s F110 rugged tablet to help civil engineers, surveyors, utility companies and contractors detect, visualize and map buried utilities, in any terrain and weather conditions.

The system is designed to simplify how traditional ground-penetrating radar data is interpreted and exported, so even new users with limited experience can ensure safety for excavation works by reducing the risk of utility strikes. The tablet’s 11.6-in. LumiBond 2.0 screen reportedly offers full legibility in direct sunlight and various touch-interface modes for use in rain, with gloves or with a pen.

“We distribute our solutions worldwide, so the tablets need to be able to cope with any kind of climate and environmental conditions and withstand rough handling, including knocks and drops,” explains Agata Fischer, Leica’s business director for detection and services.

With that in mind, the F110 has been independently tested and certified to MIL-STD 810G, IP65 and MIL-STD-461F standards, which measure protection against drops of up to 1.2 m, shocks, spills, vibration, dust and liquids. It can reportedly operate in temperatures from -21 to 60 C and be stored in temperatures from -51 to 71 C.


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