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

In-depth look into Trimble Business Center (TBC)

Surveyors have always used cutting-edge technology. Now that field notes have been replaced by controllers and most of the work is being done in software packages it only makes sense that this software is also cutting edge.

Trimble Business Center (TBC) provides you with the capability to efficiently edit, process, and adjust geospatial data and create deliverables with confidence and is still evolving.

Geospatial Applications Engineer, Chris Power, gives us an in-depth look into TBC in the video below.

Learn more about TBC on the TBC Survey YouTube channel.

Why it’s important to keep up to date

It might seem like a big, time consuming pain, but keeping your software and firmware up to date is actually quite important. Using the latest versions can save you time and keep you at the top of the game.

Avoid known issues

As more users start using a new piece of software or firmware in different situations bugs and glitches can appear. The software or firmware is the continually improved with version upgrades. If you do not upgrade your version you leave yourself open to know bugs or glitches, costing you time.

Missing out on advancements

Software and firmware is continually being improved by the developer and shared through version upgrades. If you don’t have the latest software or firmware you will be missing out on the latest features and advances. This could mean you can’t provide the same services as someone on the latest version.

 

Trimble provide plans that make it easy for you to keep your software and firmware up to date. Trimble Protected plans that can cover your hardware as well.

You can find links to the latest Trimble software and firmware on our website, and we regularly post articles detailing the latest upgrades.

If you would like further information on any of these version upgrades, please contact your local UPG office.

Start the year fresh – version upgrades

As we start a new year, it’s a great idea to check that your firmware and software are on the latest versions.

Out of date firmware and software leaves you open to known bugs, or glitches with events like the leap second.

Up to date firmware and software also means you have the latest features and advances available.

 

Here are the latest updates from Trimble.

 

Trimble Business Center version 3.81

This new version includes updates for Feature Definition Manager, Traverse Adjustment, the new Create COGO workflows, NGS Download Protocol, and UTC Leap Second support.

See the support note or download the new version.

 

Trimble Survey GNSS Firmware version 5.20

This upgrade includes fixes, enhancements and new features to the Survey Receiver Firmware.

More information and instructions on how to download receiver firmware files to your machine are in the Trimble release notes.

 

Trimble RealWorks version 10.2.2.467

Patch updates include Autodesk RCP Export, LandXML Export, Spatial Sampling, Auto-Classify and improved handling and display of storage tank courses. The Trimble RealWorks Viewer has also been updated to use Trimble Scan Explorer when TZF files are included in the project.

See the release notes, or download the patch by going to the Trimble RealWorks website and in the menu on the left selecting Product Resources, Support and Downloads and then Downloads in the pop-up box.

 

Geo 5T Handheld Firmware version 1.0.4.1

If you didn’t update your firmware before the leap second and are having problems, this upgrade may help.

See the release notes.


Or find the latest version on our website. It’s easy to stay up to date when you are Trimble Protected.

If you would like further information on any of these version upgrades, please contact your local UPG office.

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Trimble Version Upgrades

Having the latest version means you have the software’s latest features and advances. That’s why we’re bringing you Trimble’s latest updates.

UASMaster v7.1.2 available

20160803-UASMastersTrimble has announced  a new version of one of Trimble’s UAS processing software solutions, UASMaster, has been released.

UASMaster v7.1.2 provides minor enhancements that improve processing stability and performance. The patch also includes language updates.

Download the upgrade.

UAV-250x150Aerial Imaging v2.2.2

This new version supports the Sony a6000 camera for the ZX5 aerial imaging rover. It also resolves some know issues, including the failure of large .gwt files to import and the issue with memory leaks.

The firmware now handles low battery voltages more accurately. While this improvement increases safety it has decreased flying time.

20160803-mx7New Version of Trimble MX7

Trimble have announced that a new version of the Trimble MX7 Mobile Imaging System is now available. Updates to the system include changes to the sensor head, roof rack, height rise accessory, and TMI software.

Trimble TerraSync Software v5.86

The new version of Trimble TerraSync field software is a maintenance release which contains fixes for a number of support issues. This includes two Trimble R2 GNSS receiver issues: being able to log base files and an issue which could cause current estimated accuracy to 20160803-terrasyncspike when starting a new feature while the R2 was receiving RTC corrections.

Trimble GPS Pathfinder Office Software v5.85

Version 5.85 for the Trimble GPS Pathfinder Office Software is a maintenance release. This upgrade includes improvements to the way code postprocessed estimated accuracies are calculated for the Trimble Geo 7X handheld. This generally means lower accuracy estimations which more closely match the actual error of the postprocessed positions. The software now supports world files (.wld) with comma separated decimals.

20160803-tridentscreenTrimble Trident v7.3.1

The upgrade to Trimble Trident, version 7.3.1, includes a range of bug fixes and improvements. The new version will be available next week for customers with a valid Trimble Trident maintenance contract.

If you would like further information on any of these version upgrades, please contact your local UPG office.