Dmapas Launches Topconís IP-S2 in South America

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Dmapasí RAV4 with newly installed IP-S2 at Agua Magallanes control center.

Mapas Digitales, S.A. (also known as Dmapas) is based in Santiago, Chile. With more than 15 years of operations, the company has become the leading provider of business solutions based on digital map data, GIS solutions, and exact street address databases for Chile, Argentina, and Peru. The company provides the most complete and dynamic data, spatially organized to help their customers on their business management. Dmapas databases cover more than 93 percent of the populated areas in Chile. In 2009, Dmapas created the second country-specific mapping product in South America.

Dmapas collected its vast pool of street map data with mobile digital camera/GNSS receiver systems. These systems met the customersí needs for many years, but the company wanted to gain a competitive edge by adding mobile LiDAR to their services.

Adding LiDAR to Dmapasís customer-oriented solution equation would provide a more accurate level of geopositioning for measurements and feature mapping. In addition, LiDAR point clouds can be exported for use in CAD-based engineering software to create profiles and cross sections of roadways.

Alfredo Escobar, Dmapasís director general, expressed interest in Topconís IP-S2 and traveled to the United States for a demonstration. Topconís mobile mapping system uses a GNSS receiver and camera, but also includes LiDAR laser scanners. Escobar returned to Chile to seek projects for which LiDAR technology could be used.

Within months, the opportunity for a pilot project became a reality. Dmapas was engaged to perform a detailed mapping project for Aguas Magallanes (, the company that supplies water to the Antarctic and Magellan provinces of Chile.

Aguas Magallanes is headquartered in Punta Arenas, Chile, the southernmost city in the world. The city is an 800-mile hop to the closest point of land on the continent of Antarctica. Punta Arenas borders on the Strait of Magellan. To manage and plan water distribution, Aguas Magallanes needs updated street maps and road cross-sections of three cities ó Punta Arenas, Porvenir, and Puerto Natales. For the level of detail and degree of accuracy required, Dmapas determined that the IP-S2ís combined LiDAR and 360į spherical imagery would be the perfect solution.

As part of the IP-S2 deployment, Topcon provides onsite installation and training. Richard Rybka, Topconís mobile mapping specialist, was selected to assist in the project. Patrico Escobar, Dmapasís operations manager for Latin America, decided to install the system onsite in Punta Arenas rather than at headquarters in Santiago to expedite work on the project.

When the equipment arrived, Aguas Magallanes provided the team with space in one of their mechanical shops. Installation of the IP-S2 and mounting system on the vehicle was completed in a day.

After the mapping project is completed, Dmapas will provide Aguas Magallanes with high-level deliverables: LiDAR point clouds of three project cities; cross sections of 250 different streets for each city; measurements; and Excel reports. The services and products that Dmapas can now provide to customers using the IP-S2 would have been impossible to produce using GNSS and camera systems.

The story of Dmapas and their venture into IP-S2 technology has one more interesting twist. To signify the change in Dmapasís operational technology and business model, the company will be identified soon by a new name, XYGO, demonstrating a new brand to illustrate the personalized service they bring to their clients.

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