UAV Solutions

DJI – Multirotor drones from entry to advanced level

Phantom 4 Pro V2.0

The new Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 features an OcuSync HD transmission system, which supports automatic dual-frequency band switching and connects to DKU Goggles wirelessly.  It's equiped with a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor capable of shooting 4K/60fps video and Burst Mode stills at 14 fps.  Plus much, much more.

Inspire 2

Image quality, power and intelligence to meet the needs of professionals around the globe.

Matrice 200 Series

High-performance motors paired with 17-inch propellers ensure stable flight in strong winds.

senseFly – Fixed wing professional survey

senseFly's professional drones are the world's most widely-used aerial mapping tools. Employed by thousands of geospatial and agricultural workers around the world, these safe, lightweight solutions offer automatic operation, professional-grade software, and application-specific camera options.

eBee Classic - The professional mapping drone
eBee X - Map without limits
eBee SQ - The advanced agricultural drone
Cameras - Sequoia, thermoMap

Contact your local UPG rep to find out more

Visit the senseFly website here

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eBee Classic

The senseFly eBee Classic is a fully autonomous and easy-to-use mapping drone.  Use it to capture high-resolution aerial photos you can transform into accurate orthomosaics (maps) and 3D models

eBee X

The ebee X is the next generation survey platform from Sensefly. Building on 4 generations of fixed wing development, the ebee X features greater endurance and mapping coverage, a wider variety of more powerful camera options, more accurate steep landing, greater robustness, and much more; all from a sub 2kg aircraft.

eBee SQ

The eBee SQ agriculture drone captures actionable crop data across four multispectral bands, plus RGB imagery, spanning hundreds of acres in a single flight

Get the lowdown on our high flying UAV school 

A quarry on the outskirts of Melbourne proved to be the perfect location for the UPG Flight School to show off its stuff for a series of stunning videos.

Created by the team from SUDDEN.ly (formerly News Corp Studios Qld), the videos and stills have been used for social media posts as well as on the UPG drone’s pages.

The aim of the videos was to convey just what the school can do for clients, in the areas of hardware, software and training.

UPG distributes both DJI and senseFly drones – industry leaders in their respective categories.

“As the multi-rotor industry leader, DJI has developed one of the strongest brand names in the market,” Chief remote pilot and instructor, Lorenzo Forte said.

“With a wide product offering and ongoing development, easy to learn and operate equipment, and a variety of operational methods from manual to fully automated, DJI has a solution that should be considered for any client’s needs.”

The range includes: Phantom 4 Pro - Entry level drone for surveying or video inspection; Inspire 2 - High performance system surveying or inspection; and Matrice 200 Series - Professional grade range for surveying, video, thermal or zoom inspection.

SenseFly is one of the leading manufacturers of fixed wing drones and are the go-to for survey or agricultural mapping work.

Lightweight, with long endurance and a highly intuitive operating system, senseFly ebee aircraft can produce data with real world absolute accuracy, safely and more easily

The range includes: eBee standard - Mainstay survey aircraft for use with ground control points; eBee X - High performance survey aircraft - uses ground control or RTK/PPK workflow. Interchangeable multispectral or thermal cameras; and eBee SQ - Agricultural mapping aircraft.

“UPG Flight School is a training organisation approved by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. Clients are able to purchase the drone and complete all the required training within UPG facilities and services,” Lorenzo said

“The major difference from other training providers is that UPG focuses mainly on professionals and corporate clients. The course covers the compulsory CASA syllabus and offers additional assistance in integrating drone operations in mining, surveying and assets management workflows.

“UPG Flight School gives access to a wealth of knowledge provided by our numerous specialists in photogrammetry software, surveying and the aviation industry. Usually, clients enjoy long-term relationship with our staff who assist them in various aspect of their operation from field support to data processing.”

Lorenzo said UPG offers a variety of photogrammetry and survey software to meet all customer needs.

“The most powerful solution is Trimble Business Centre with the Aerial Photogrammetry Module (UAS Master),” he said.

“UAS Master integrates with Trimble Business Centre and offers leading-edge tools to analyse your data. It provides full control on the data processing workflow and allows the creation of advanced outputs.

“Pix4D Mapper Pro is the mid-level photogrammetry software which offers a user-friendly interface and allows the creation of basic photogrammetry outputs and data analysis.”

Lorenzo said Trimble Stratus was the latest software offering from Trimble delivered in partnership with Propeller Aero.

“Stratus allows to effectively share your data within your organisation and clients while relieving surveyors and operators of data processing downtime,” he said.

“Its powerful web-based data analysis tool allows a quick assessment of stockpiles, road gradient and comparison between the profile design and bulk earthwork.

“There is a solution for every application and need within the surveying and asset management industry.”

The shoot has been exciting but also challenging for both parties, Lorenzo said.

“The UPG team did not have any previous experience creating professional videos and working in front of a camera.

“Other challenges such as the limited daylight and cold temperature kept the crews on their toes.”

UPG Technical Consultant and Instructor, Kieran Dinuzzo, said he enjoyed the experience.

“Cameraman Michael Sloane kept the camera rolling, following us around like in a film set. He worked relentlessly to stay on schedule and collect great footage,” he said.

UPG Flight School collected aerial images to build 3D maps and models of the site. At the same time, they explained the process and their products by conducting interviews on site.

“It was challenging to collect aerial data with multiple drones while capturing photos and videos. Michael made us feel like professional actors when he set up an interview on the edge of the quarry,” laughed Kieran.

The footage and stills were collected in less than six hours while the UPG crew flew drones to capture the site.

“We could not be happier with the result. I understand that it is always difficult to summarise complex workflows in a minute-long film, however, the videos achieved that goal exceptionally well,” Lorenzo said.

SUDDEN.ly journalist and cameraman Michael Sloane said it had been a shoot to remember.

“I'd never seen a fixed wing drone before, nor any kind of UAV taking a programmed flight path for aerial distance readings, so it was interesting to see how these went up and their different strengths in the air,” he said.

The shoot didn’t come without its challenges, Michael said.

“Of course, shooting small drones in the sky hundreds of metres away from the camera was difficult, but I was given the chance to use the controls of the on-board camera of one of the drones to capture another in mid-flight,” he said.

“That might be the closest thing I get to being a jet co-pilot in a dogfight!”

You can see the end results at the flight school’s YouTube channel here https://bit.ly/2nFLFes

To learn more about UPG Flight School, visit its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UPGFlightSchool

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.

See the latest that might be your new best solution

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

 

  NEW AND INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY

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.

  SCANNING SOLUTIONS

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.

  UAV SOLUTIONS

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.

  MOBILE MAPPING SOLUTIONS

 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.

  ASSET MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS

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 sales@upgsolutions.com.

CASA UAV updates now in effect

The changes that CASA, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia, announced in April legislation governing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Australia has come into effect.

The previous legislation, CASR Part 101 was published in 2002. The UAV technology has come a long way since then, making the legislation well out of date.

CASA now identifies UAVs below the weight of 2kg to be of lower impact and has relaxed the requirements to operate this class of UAVs. Operators of UAVs below the weight of 2kg will not be required to be in possession of a Controllers Certificate (license for the Pilot) and an Operators Certificate (for the business) to operate for hire or reward if certain conditions are met. The senseFly eBee and albris (previously eXom) are both part of this weight category.

Another significant change is to operators of UAVs below the weight of 25kg. Businesses will be able to operate their own UAVs below the weight of 25kg over land owned or occupied by them without the requirement to be in possession of a Controllers and Operators Certificate if certain conditions are met.

Please be aware that this is preliminary information and is subject to change. For further information, review this overview, the Legislation website, or contact your local office to see how you can benefit from the new regulations.