Using a drone for surveying or inspection delivers several key benefits, one of which is speed.
Consider a standard roof inspection utilising scaffolding or an aerial work platform. The cost in time, capital and risk is high with both of these methods, and the results may raise further questions. Any additional inspections will generate the same resource demands.
Drone inspection is faster than any other form of inspection. In many cases, the UAV 365 team can prepare for an inspection remotely. Our team will arrive, prepare the area, carry out multiple flights and gather large quantities of data in high resolution and from any required angle. This can include thermal imaging if specified, but usually will involve high resolution photography, and the majority of flights require a maximum of two hours on-site time.
Our drones can conduct aerial surveys and inspections in the exact same weather conditions that current at height inspection teams can work in, so while there are some weather limitations, these apply regardless.
In addition, any further inspections required are equally straightforward and time efficient, allowing you to call our team in for a closer look at particular areas.
A further benefit is live view of the survey, allowing you as the site owner to dictate specifics of the inspection if you desire while viewing live feed from the drone cameras. UAV 365 would be happy to work with you to establish the best approach – a blanket inspection carried out without requiring you or your team to attend, or a live view monitored inspection. We can also combine these approaches. Our pilots are fully qualified engineers and are happy to seek out issues on your structure to flag for your further inspection.
For larger projects and wider scale asset management, we can provide an orthomosaic image of your site or sites. An orthomosaic is a highly accurate single image stitched together from multiple aerial images. It is then geometrically corrected to ensure that the scale is uniform: the photo therefore has the same lack of distortion as a map. Unlike an uncorrected aerial photograph, an orthomosaic can be used to measure true distances, because it is an accurate representation of the Earth’s surface, having been adjusted for topographic relief, lens distortion, and camera tilt.
These orthomosaic images are extremely useful for site examination, and can provide a high quality asset for you and your team to refer to for up to one year. We recommend updating your site data and orthomosaic images every year to reflect site changes and to ensure early detection of maintenance issues. UAV 365 can provide fixed fee packages to provide updated images into the future, at a cadence of your choice.