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WSP Canada and Sweden Collaborate on UAV Technology

December 05, 2016

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) provide an alternative tool that can be used in place of traditional survey and mapping methods for some unique projects. The agility, compactness and vast array of sensors available for UAV platforms makes them an ideal tool for mapping and collecting a variety of different data types in all kinds of settings. UAV services are part of WSP Canada’s Geomatics service offerings.


WSP employees gather in Saskatchewan to test out UAVs

On November 8, 2016 WSP’s Regina, Saskatchewan office had a wonderful opportunity to host our fellow Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) operators from WSP in Sweden. Dennis Tall and Anneli André are both UAV pilots in Sweden and have extensive experience working with UAV systems. It was a great chance to look at the similarities and differences between Swedish Aviation and Transport Canada, and to talk about the alignment of WSP’s UAV Standard Operating Procedures across Canada and Sweden to create a cohesive set of policies and procedures, regardless of the country of operation.

Visiting Saskatchewan’s Legislative Building

Being able to share our experiences and challenges, we were also able to spend time in the field. One of the locations that we visited and flew was Gardiner Dam on the South Saskatchewan River. Gardiner Dam is the third largest embankment dam in Canada and one of the largest embankment dams in the world. We were able to perform mapping and inspection flights with our fixed wing RTK UAV and multi-rotor inspection platform.

A UAV about to take flight

The face to face visit was exceptional and gave us the chance to discuss very effectively the way to move forward with UAV technology both in Canada and Sweden. It is clear for both the Swedish and the Canadian teams that UAV technology will continue to impact all areas of engineering, surveying, architecture, as well as many others.

We look forward to continuing our relationship with our Swedish colleagues as well as other WSP UAV operators around the world!

Testing out a few UAVs



Colin Hubick
Colin Hubick UAV Manager