Surveying the Scottish Highlands

The Scottish Highlands provides a challenging environment to work. Frequent rain and wind and changeable weather conditions can make for some wet days but Scottish surveyor, Stuart Ross, still feels lucky. He gets to take his camera into “beautiful, unbelievable wilderness” while he is surveying for small-scale hydro schemes.

See more about surveying in the Scottish Highlands starting on page 18 of the latest xyHt magazine.

Surveying a mountain highway project

uav-highwayIn the steep canyons of the Republic of Macedonia an international construction company is completing a major highway project. The highway will run 28.2km, traversing a natural gorge and crossing a river. It will provide a connection to the region’s transport network.

The area’s challenging geomorphology – including steep slopes, ravines, rivers, forests and protected areas – mean the survey project was designed and is being undertaken with great regard for the environmental conditions.

See the full article on page 20 of Point of Beginning

Combining datasets in surveying a former quarry



Thanks to recent technological developments within the industry, geospatial professionals can be more flexible in their approach to capturing, analysing and delivering survey data than ever before.

Six West were tasked with surveying a former quarry for redevelop of the site for mixed commercial and residential use, with the quarry being a feature lake. They soon realised that a conventional topographic survey would be time consuming, costly due to the size of the site and dangerous to undertake.

Read about how they used both a 3D laser scan and their eBee UAS to complete the job.

Trimble Technology and More – latest edition

Technology and More

Be inspired by businesses around the world using Trimble technology to do incredible things in the latest edition of Trimble Technology and More.

Chris Gibson, Vice President of Trimble’s Geospatial Division, opens with some of what you can expect in this edition:

“In this issue of Technology&more, we present stories that illustrate the broad impact that geospatial technologies have on the professional and social world. The stories show how ingenuity and flexibility combine with multiple technologies to produce new, sometimes unexpected, approaches to meeting the needs of our clients and projects. We’ll travel the highest mountain in the Southern Alps to see how a team of university researchers respected indigenous traditions while gathering essential geospatial information. In a visit to Spain, we meet an archaeologist who takes advantage of measurement, communications and information management technologies to provide powerful new tools for researchers in archaeology and paleontology.”


“We’ll also learn about an innovative use for geospatial informaiton in renewable energy, where a solar energy provider uses image analysis from Trimble eCognition software. The result is a simple online tool that provides homeowners with detailed information and cost savings estimates for installing solar panels on their homes. It’s an application that illustrates how the power and flexibility of imaging can penetrate deep into our societies and economies.”

Read the latest edition online and subscribe for Trimble Technology and More here.

UAVs in agriculture and the eBee Ag

The eBee Ag from Sensefly

We’ve spent the last couple of days at Mobile Tech 2014 speaking with leaders in primary industries about the benefits of UAVs and how they can use this technology to grow their business and the entire industry.

Everyone’s been excited to see how easy it is to collect and manage information with a UAV, and what this information means for business productivity and profitability.

Pix 4D software from Sensefly

Here are some things you can do in agriculture with a UAV at a much lower cost than traditional methods:

  1. Yield monitoring
  2. Drought assessment
  3. Growth monitoring
  4. Tree classification
  5. Plant counting
  6. Biomass indication
  7. Effects of variation of climate on crops

Check out the article published in Position Magazine earlier this year about how one of our customers, Scout Aerial, is using an eBee in the agricultural space with impressive results.

The Sensefly eBee Ag

SenseFly eBee ag

At Mobile Tech 2014, we’ve been talking to delegates about a UAV solution specifically for agriculture;  the eBee Ag from Sensefly, here’s what it’s all about:

Developed specifically for precision agriculture, the eBee Ag collects aerial photography of up to 1,000 ha in a single flight at down to 3cm precision. The complete solution, the eBee Ag includes two advanced software packages, one for flight planning and control and the other for post-flight photogrammetry.


Watch the video below:

More information about the eBee Ag

To find out more about the eBee Ag and how UPG can work with you to get the best results give your local UPG office a call today.