Hardly ‘messing about in boats’

Russell Box, one of our sales consultants in Sydney has been down by the river, but he’s hardly been ‘messing about in boats’. He’s been out with the HyDrone while it’s been on loan.

The HyDrone is a remote control boat that carries a receiver to conduct Bathymetric Surveys to determine water depth and real time spatial data collection in order to generate subsurface formations and surfaces for topographic model generation and analysis.

Here are some photos from his trips.

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One hire was to identify the shape of the river bed to aid in the design of a pipeline that is to lie on it. Another was used in a series of dams on a mine site to determine how much silt had formed. The scans with the HyDrone were compared with the original surface model from when the dams were build.

In both cases the HyDrone used a GNSS receiver to establish the real time positions and a Sonar Mite for the echo soundings.

If you’re interested in surveying a water mass, while keeping your feet dry contact your local UPG office.

senseFly albris (previously eXom) – a sensor packed, intelligent, multirotor drone

eXomThere has been an exciting new release from the manufacturer of the popular eBee. The senseFly albris (previously eXom) is a new, sensor packed, intelligent, multirotor drone. It has a number of unique features that set it apart from other multirotors and make it ideal for inspection work, thermal applications, video capture and surveying applications.

The albris features a 38MP still camera that can also be used to collect HD video. A Thermal image can also be turned on, recorded and overlayed during flight. There is also a headlamp to assist in video capture, and a flash for photography.

To ensure safe use, the albris has 5 wide angle VGA navcams that point in different directions and collect video for situational awareness. These are coupled with sonar sensors that detect objects in close proximity and can be used to hold a fixed difference of objects while recording inspection data.

With a takeoff weight of just 1.8kg and a flight time of 22 minutes it is industry leading in light weight technology. senseFly believe that being lightweight is the key to portability, long flight times, ease of use and especially safety.

Powered by Pix4D technology, the included Postflight Terra 3D office software allows users to create orthomosaics, thermal maps, DEMs and 3D Models amongst other things. This new version of Terra 3D has many new features, but most importantly the orthomosaics and DEMs have been substantially improved, particularly around buildings and trees.

See the story of albris’s evolutions.

datasheet-iconGet the specs and more from the brochure.

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For more information on the new albris please complete this form.

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.