Surveying earthquake damage to restore tourism

There has been extensive seismic activity in New Zealand over the last few years. In November there was another significant earthquake in the South Bay Marina, on the South Island.

The South Bay Marina and surrounding area in Kaikoura is a popular area for tourism and commercial fishing. However the earthquake has disrupted this activity with seabed uplift.

Areas that were previously channels for fishing or tourism boats to make their way into open water are now reduced to narrow passages, only usable at high tide.

Eliot Sinclair were approached to survey the damage after the earthquake and to re-establish chart datum.



FARO moving closer to its customers

faro-launch-1aSome UPG customers and staff were fortunate enough to be invited to the FARO launch in Australia this week. FARO have opened their first Australian office in South Brisbane and held a special event to introduce themselves to the Australian market.

Up until now FARO have been servicing the Australian market through their Singapore office. The new office in Brisbane will allow them to get closer to their customers and distribution partners. The new office will be the venue for local workshops and training. Currently it staffs 10 people but that number is planned to grow in the future.

At the launch FARO unveiled their verticals. As there is no limitation on how the solutions can be used, they have narrowed the focus to four verticals.

Construction BIM/CIM
Covering the construction industry, the solutions allow accurate laser scanning of environments, contributing to the BIM or CIM process.

faro-launch-2aFactory Metrology
The factory metrology vertical focuses on the use of laser scanning in a factory setting, with specialist solutions.

Public Safety
Used in police work, and other community services, laser scanning allows those investigating to take a copy of reality from the scene.

Product Design
Predominately used for reverse engineering, the product design vertical also includes quality assurance. The video below was not the only interesting video shown on the day, but it certainly was the most popular.

UPG continue to be a distribution partner for the FARO laser scanning equipment. If you have any questions contact your local UPG office.

See the latest that might be your new best solution

The INTERGEO geospatial conference in Hamburg last week has seen our partner businesses add some exciting new solutions to their offerings.



Trimble® SX10
Full total station technology plus a high-precision scanner in one revolutionary machine.

Find out more or register your interest in a demo.


FARO FocusS 150 and FocusS 350
FARO has upgraded their popular terrestrial laser scanner, now featuring a larger screen, IP rating, longer range plus camera improvements.

Find out more.

Trimble® TX6 Laser Scanner
High-speed 3D laser scanning with value-for-money to deliver essential performance and scan quality.

Find out more.

Trimble® TX8 Laser Scanner
Ultra-high speed 3D laser scanner with no compromise on range and accuracy to deliver unsurpassed performance and versatility.

Find out more.


senseFly eBee Plus
An upgrade to the popular eBee, the eBee Plus includes a large coverage photogrammetric mapping system featuring RTK/PPK upgradeability for survey-grade accuracy on demand.

Find out more.


 mxsoftware-fi Trimble® MX Software
The economical MX7 solution now allows you to webserve data through your organisation. It’s like street view data, but allows you to view the 360 degree images, and measure points and lines from the images.

Find out more.


Trimble® AllTrak™ Cloud
Trimble AllTrak™ Cloud is an equipment management application that helps you monitor your assets, see who is responsible for them, and check if the equipment is available to be assigned to another job.

Find out more.

If you would like more information about any of these products, contact your local UPG office or email

UPG is the new distributor for FARO 3D Laser Scanners

Adding to its portfolio of scanning solutions, UPG is now your local reseller of FARO 3D Laser Scanners.  FARO offers a solution for every 3D measurement need.

Scanning offers a simple way to extract measurements and generate 3D point clouds to gain a better understanding of structures, objects or settings.

With a skilled technical team, UPG can offer assistance with your scanning data and deliverables.  Services include training, data preparation, modelling, and integration with other software packages.

Find out more on the FARO website or contact us.


Laser Scanning to learn and preserve

fountainWhile working on his Bachelor of Urban Development with a major in Spatial Science, Chris Gottardo undertook the replication of cultural heritage using a laser scanner and a 3D printer. With the aim of preserving cultural history for future generations to ‘see how our ancestors viewed and existed in the world’ Chris selected the Walter Hill Fountain in the Brisbane City Botanical Gardens. The fountain has historical relevance, as it ‘served as part of the first reticulated water system in Brisbane’.

With the help of UPG staff Troy Pastorella and Paul Seifert, Chris used a TrimbleTX5 laser scanner to scan the fountain and Trimble RealWorks to register the point clouds and create the model. Before printing Chris had to save the model through another program and then he was able to print the replica using the university’s 3D printer.

fountain-printedCongratulations to Chris, who successfully graduated in December with an outstanding mark of a distinction for this assignment.

You can read Chris’s full assignment here. If you would like to find out more about how you can use the Trimble TX5 and Trimble RealWorks for your own scanning projects give us a call.