Capturing Machu Picchu for preservation

Located 2 430 meters above sea level, Machu Picchu is under constant threat from the weather. Preservation of this 500 year old citadel is of increasing concern. Accurate data captured from above will assist those preserving the site in monitoring it.

That’s why, in 2014, a team from Trimble took their Trimble UX5 on a 3.5 hour train ride up the mountain to capture the site from the air.

Read about their adventure and see some amazing scans and photos from the day on the Trimble UAS website.

Scanning Brisbane’s Gateway Bridge – in half the scans

Scanning one of Brisbane’s Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges is no small task. The first of the bridges, formally known as the Gateway Bridge, is 1.6 km long.

However some of our surveyors have recently captured the bridge with the Trimble SX10 demo unit and with half as many scans as you might expect.

They were able to do the survey with 10 station set ups and thirteen scans. The results were processed in Trimble Business Center and UPG staff were impressed.

“Previously we would have had to scan the bridge using twice as many set ups to ensure sufficient overlap to successfully register the data. Alternatively we could have captured the bridge as a topographic survey,” commented one surveyor. “Either way we would have been in for a lot more work to even get close to the same result”.

The demo unit has been around the country, also scanning the Melbourne War Memorial.

See more of the scans from the Trimble SX10, or register for a demo.

UPG would like to thank Tim Gahan from QRGF for his assistance in making the Gateway Bridge survey possible.

Using UAVs to build business

albris_uav_damn_inspectionGeotest, a Swiss environmental and geoinformatics engineering firm, adopted UAV technology to improve cliffs and bridge inspections.

They began by using UAVs to inspect cliffs that needed to be secured to protect roads and houses against falling stones. In this past this was done with cherry pickers or rope access.

When they discovered the senseFly albris, its ability to take HD-quality pictures up close it was obvious that drones could be used for more of their activities.

Read the question and answer session between senseFly and Geotest to learn about how they are expanding their use of UAVs to streamline their business. Plus get their tips on how you can build your business with UAVs.