New Laboratory Qualification

After 2 years of collaboration, investment, adjustments of our processes and adaptation to EDF’s quality charter, the Technical Operational Unit of EDF granted us a new qualification in the field of chemicophysical analysis.

Applied in November 2020, this qualification recognises our teams’ skills, efficiency and the quality of our analysis:

  • Identifications of suspended materials,
  • Laser granulomety Analyses,
  • Microscopic fiber count
  • MEB* Analysis and chemical analysis to determine the content of various elements.

Those analysis allow EDF to qualify water materials with nuclear power plants wastes and highlight our wish to permanently provide improvements for the services provided.

For more information, please get in touch with isabelle.gachet@sixense-group.com

 

MEB* : (in french) Microscopie Electronique à Balayage, (in english) Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (STEM)

Greetings from Sixense teams

All the Sixense teams wish you a happy new year! We would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers for their loyalty throughout the past year.

After an atypical year in 2020, we close this chapter on a positive note by sharing with you a quick report of the year, which was nevertheless rich in projects for Sixense.

Follow the highlights of 2020 in the video below from building to underground construction projects, power plant site, bridge digitalisation to the roof of a stadium in the USA.

For more information about Sixense challenges, come and follow throughout the year the projects and highlights of Sixense on our LinkedIn page.

 

Monitoring standards

Sixense takes part in writing international monitoring standards

A group of about ten European experts has been working since 2010 on writing international monitoring standards.

Sixense is involved in the project via Martin Beth, director of our Monitoring Division France, by representing France among monitoring specialists from all over Europe, in charge of elaborating European and worldwide standards (CEN and ISO).

Their aim is to help sharing best practices in monitoring, by coordinating and writing them collectively.

 

Our expert explains :

Each standard takes between 2 and 3 years work in average and we will prepare about ten of them in the following years. The basic standard on general rules was published in 2015, followed by the standards on extensometers, inclinometers, piezometers and pore pressure cells. Our group is currently working on standards for liquid level settlement sensors, strain gauges and load cells and will start working shortly on geodetic monitoring instruments (automatic theodolites for example).

Martin Beth, director of Monitoring Division France, Sixense

 

Sixense Mapping’s partnership with Topcon Positioning Group for Africa

Sixense Mapping’s partnership with Topcon positioning Group to expand in africa          

 

As a reference in 3D digitisation of existing assets, Sixense Mapping signs today a partnership with Topcon positioning Group to develop their activity in Africa. The common ambition is to fulfil the needs for digital transformation in the African markets of construction, infrastructures, mines and agriculture.

 

As an international Group, Topcon is a reference in technologic solutions for constructions such as 3D guidance for jobsite machinery. Topcon is present in Africa through a dense network of reseller, ensuring a busy activity for clients, their projects and local jobsites.

 

Sixense Mapping just broaden its services offers on one hand, its acquisition solutions by drone, LiDAR on board helicopter or even Mobile Scan already carried out in France and Europe, and on the other hand its data management solutions for a better operational performance:

  • Change detection: remotely monitor engineered structures, natural areas (cliffs, vegetation…);
  • Exploitation follow up: surfacing project optimisation, monitoring of earthworks, monitoring of quarries & mines.

Helimap has joined the Sixense Group

Helimap is specialised in precision helicopter-borne LiDAR mapping, with a solid international reputation. The Swiss company, based near Lausanne, established itself on the market thanks to its innovative LiDAR system, adapted to complex terrains and tailor-made applications.  

With the acquisition of Helimap, Sixense Group is strengthening its position in 3D capture and modelling technologies for existing assets, a strategic entry point into the digitisation of construction and infrastructure operations. As a result, Sixense is now a leading global player in 3D digitising technologies. 

For more information about Helimap’s activity click on the below logo:

New CIRIA guidelines on Earth Observation and InSAR technology in civil infrastructure

We are delighted to announce that a consortium led by Sixense and Imperial College London (with support from experts at Royal Holloway, Crossrail and Thames Tideway) has been selected to produce a CIRIA (Construction Industry Research and Information Association) guidance report on the application of ‘Earth Observation and InSAR technology in civil infrastructure’. This report will draw on the extensive experience of the consortium members and will detail current practices, illustrated with case study examples, and outline respective advantages and limitations of the various techniques to assist all users and, in particular, those involved in asset management and construction. A separate online database of case studies will also be developed in parallel by CIRIA to support the guidance document. We understand that this document will form an important review, of current practices and ongoing developments, to inform newcomers to Earth Observation as well as those already using such technologies.

Civil engineering and infrastructure (construction, maintenance and monitoring) are activities which demand high spatiotemporal accuracy, precision and detail of observations and measurements. Satellite borne remote sensing techniques are now able to produce data and information of a quality which satisfies such requirements. Yet there are few standards and regulations for best practice in the production and use of Earth Observation products. CIRIA has therefore recognised a need to inform stakeholders, to realise the full potential of Earth Observation techniques in both research and commercial operations; hence this guidance report will form a much needed and important step towards establishing the employment of Earth Observation techniques as a matter of ongoing best practice for asset management in all infrastructure projects.

 

The guidance document will be published in 2021. For more information, please contact satellite@https://www.sixense-group.com

2019 Soletanche Freyssinet Activity report

 

Check out our 2019 annual activity report in PDF here.

You can also discover the gloabl Soletanche Freyssinet’s 2019 annual report here.

COVID-19 Update

The world is facing a health crisis of unprecedented scale.

We have the responsibility to protect ourselves and collectively curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Therefore, Sixense teams strictly observe the recommendations of public authorities. In all our activities, we apply the principle of precaution to guarantee the health and safety of our employees, our customers and our partners.

Sixense is a key player in construction services and infrastructure operations. Sixense teams work on infrastructures of strategic importance such as health, energy, personal safety, water, telecoms and transport.

Furthermore, Sixense is committed to serving its customers by providing crucial security services for their sites.  We want to reassure all our customers and partners that we are fully mobilized to maintain continuous service within the bounds of what is feasible given the constraints of the current situation.

Our 3 primary concerns / objectives in the countries where we operate are to:

  • Guarantee the necessary level of service on all projects required to maintain core infrastructure operations;
  • Protect our employees and participate in the collective effort to contain the Covid-19 pandemic;
  • Meet our customers and partners expectations by maintaining our services wherever possible.

Our teams remain mobilized to maintain activities. All staff who are able to work remotely have been placed on home office. Your usual contacts at Sixense remain available and ready to listen. In addition, we continue to engage in all daily actions necessary to ensure the proper advancement of our joint projects.

In response to the trust you have placed in us, rest assured of our total commitment and solidarity with you to overcome this extraordinary crisis impacting us all.

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