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CDM Smith Signs Landmark Partnership with LiveEO for Construction Supervision via Satellites

May 8, 2020
Automated access to several satellite constellations allows the construction progress of major projects around the world to be monitored with optical data.

BERLIN—CDM Smith takes another important step towards the digital future by cooperating with the Berlin-based start-up LiveEO. Satellite images can be used to register the smallest movements of the earth, which can be evaluated by engineers. CDM Smith gains immediate access to the satellite data analysed by LiveEO and thus further improves project performance for its clients. 

With the data from orbit, earth displace­ments can be determined to within a few millimetres and soil moisture can also be measured to a penetration depth of 20 cm. Automated access to several satellite constel­la­tions allows the construc­tion progress of major projects around the world to be monitored with optical data. The high processing power of LiveEO guarantees timely results in very good resolution. Combined with CDM Smith's engineering know-how, this opens up a wide range of new application areas: from continuous inventory and construc­tion progress monitoring of large areas to crisis and disaster prevention.

The satellite data is always up-to-date and allows the precise evaluation of large amounts of data within a very short time. This not only speeds up processes, but also makes them more economical. This is especially important now, as we are facing enormous infrastructure measures in Europe.
Nadja Pappenberger, CDM Smith

"With LiveEO we offer our customers a completely new solution package," explains Nadja Pappenberger, business development manager at CDM Smith in Nuremberg, Germany. "The satellite data is always up-to-date and allows the precise evaluation of large amounts of data within a very short time. This not only speeds up processes, but also makes them more economical. This is especially important now, as we are facing enormous infrastructure measures in Europe. The added value of satellite-supported construction supervision or inventory control is obvious here. Since historical satellite data can also be evaluated, we are opening a new chapter in the preservation of evidence for construction projects with LiveEO.” 

The technological advantage of a regular collection and evaluation of inventory data is especially true for areas that are difficult to access, such as mining or crisis areas, but this is only part of the partnership. "Working with LiveEO is incredibly creative. The Berlin team with its young high-potentials perfectly complements the immense wealth of experience of CDM Smith," says Nadja. "At the moment we are just scratching the surface of the possible together. I am sure that our customers will benefit from further interesting solutions resulting from this partnership in the future.“

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About LiveEO
LiveEO (Live Earth Observation) uses satellite images for innovative monitoring of infrastructure networks in the areas of rail traffic, power lines and pipelines. LiveEO supports its customers in the economic operation of their infrastructure by analysing the threats posed by vegetation, changes in altitude and position or the influence of third parties on the networks.

 
LiveEO satellite view of an airport