13th May 2021

Embracing Augmented Reality (AR) technology to visualise underground services may have seemed like a far-fetched plan a mere two years ago, but today it is reality for MNG Locate. Aligned to its strategic plan of growth and structured diversification, in the latter half of 2018 MNG set upon the path of building a subsurface utility locating business that would be a force within the industry. It would not be just another business that detected and marked up underground services, but a business that would revolutionise the market.

Adam Neale, MNG Locate Manager, explained that locating services underground was a natural extension for MNG, one of Australias premier surveying and geospatial service providers in Australia. "Technology is embraced throughout the business to accurately survey and map features and assets. For subsurface utilities we use a combination of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), Electromagnetic Induction (EMI) wands, as well as survey grade GNSS positioning systems," said Mr Neale. "In the past we had a number of clients that had services located by third party locators. When it came to mapping these features in the real world they struggled with the data, calling upon MNG to assist in accurately mapping the subsurface utilities" he added.

In sites that contained a high concentration of services the presentation of data became imperative, to ensure services could be easily and accurately identified. Utilising their skills in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) MNG were able to present subsurface utilities in a 3D format that could be easily consumed by engineers for design purposes. As a further enhancement, 3D visualisation of these sites to present the information was a natural extension for MNG who have extensive experience in these services. 3D visualisation of the subsurface utilities quickly led to AR for onsite inspection of services and ground truthing of design in the real world. Today MNG Locate lead the market with the ability to locate subsurface utilities which can be exported to virtually any 3D CAD package for a complete 3D model for above and below ground assets and features. Design structures, above and below ground, can easily be added to the 3D model which can then be viewed onsite with AR.

MNG Locate can provide services to suit any project across Western Australia. Highly proficient personnel with up-to-date instruments have experience across the state, including the Kimberley, Pilbara, Mid-West, Goldfields and South West regions. Headquartered at the MNG office in Jandakot in Perth, MNG Locate have also expanded their geographical reach to the West Australian Regional Offices in Broome and Bunbury. Adhering to the AS5488:2019 standards, MNG have fully qualified personnel to undertake all levels of underground service locating.

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12th March 2021

MNG is excited to announce the appointment of Ben Killigrew as the new General Manager of its West Coast operations headquartered in Perth, Western Australia.

Mr Killigrew brings with him close to 20 years experience in project management, strategic business development and innovation, working in both the public and private sectors.

Drawing on his many years of experience, Mr Killigrew will be responsible for driving future growth strategies and building brand awareness and integrity across the West Australian operation.

"MNG has been the "go to" for surveying in WA for many decades," Mr Killigrew said. "I'm excited to step into a leadership role in such an innovative team with an intimate knowledge of our clients and the diverse industry sectors that we service, and to showcase the many aspects of our business including subsurface utility location, geospatial services, and comprehensive laser scanning solutions."

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6th January 2021

A significant milestone in Mobile Laser Scanning (MLS) was celebrated in 2020 as MNG (MNG) achieved ten years of continual service in the MLS market. As one of Australia's leading innovators in MLS, Perth headquartered survey and spatial information business MNG, continued their stronghold as market leader with the recent purchase of the new Riegl VMX-2HA MLS system.

The initial thrust in laser scanning began in 2001 with the acquisition of a Leica Cyrax 2500 terrestrial laser scanner, which was followed, by a series of Leica scanners including the HDS 3000, 6000, C10, 7000, P30, P40 and the RTC360 models. The range of equipment was only surpassed by the surveyors at MNG who developed and honed their skills and knowledge in laser scanning techniques and systems that put them at the forefront of 3D scanning systems in Australia.

A worldwide search in 2009 for an MLS system soon established that no turnkey solution would achieve the demanding accuracies required for a vehicle-based system. Subsequently the innovative streak with MNG saw approval from the MNG board to commence upon the development of an MLS system. Inhouse engineering skills to successfully integrate laser scanners, inertial measurement units, global navigation satellite systems, imagery sensors along with the necessary computer software were put to the test. However, within a year MNG embarked upon their first MLS survey in Australia for Main Roads Western Australia (MRWA) upon a stretch of the Indian Ocean Drive at Greenhead in Western Australia.

The MLS system was designed to be secured to the vehicle's roof rack, and pivot from one side to the other, providing intersecting paths for the laser beam to minimise shadowing behind objects, and maximise accuracy of points within the survey point cloud. Of interest many systems with a single scanner operate with this principle today. The system proved to be hugely successful and was used on projects across Australia. The accuracies achieved with the system surpassed the original scope and the benefits of mobile laser scanning was soon to be realised. The system, internally known as, "The Rabbit" made its way across Australia, and was used on roads, railways, and boats.

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2nd December 2020

MNG is pleased to announce the appointment of Erica Haddon as a Non-Executive Director.

Erica replaces Nicole Lockwood as Chair of the MNG Board.

With an exemplary career as a Certified Practicing Accountant and expertise in innovation and transformational change Erica has a unique skill combination. Her broad industry background in Resources, Transport and Community Services, brings a wealth of notable experience to the MNG Board.

Scott Anderson, CEO and Managing Director of MNG, said "Erica's expansive history in strategic development and innovation will complement MNG's vision to pursue continued technological advancement and embrace organisational culture across the business. Erica recognises the importance of investing in people as well as technology, which is distinctly aligned with our corporate mission and growth strategy."

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19th October 2020

Australia's leading innovator in Mobile Laser Scanning (MLS) technology, Western Australian based survey and spatial information firm MNG, continue their stronghold as market leader with the investment in a new MLS system, with delivery due in November 2020.

The new Riegl VMX-2HA dual scanner, complementing MNG's existing fleet of scanning systems, is a high speed, high performance mapping system that is ideal for surveys with demanding specifications. The revolutionary technology produces dense, accurate and feature-rich data and includes multiple camera systems for precisely georeferenced images. This further enables the system to capture detailed and reliable data for pavement analysis and crack indexing.

MLS systems have already assisted MNG to provide real-world solutions for clients across Australia on many freeways, railways, bridges, tunnels, waterways, and delivering benefits to clients and their projects. As the new Riegl VMX-2HA system is highly portable it will empower MNG to provide expanded services to the transportation and infrastructure markets throughout the nation.

Safety is paramount within the business and MLS technology permits surveyors to avoid working directly on roads and in dangerous environments, and almost eliminates the need for roads to be closed for survey work. Thus providing a safer working environment for all users, and minimising traffic disruption.

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