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10 Reasons Why You Should Use Drones For Inspections
In-depth data without the safety risk
Industrial inspections come with serious risks, whether it be due to the dangerous nature of electrical and mechanical equipment or to the height of structures which need examining. Being able to collect in-depth data without putting any personnel at risk is a huge benefit of using drones in their place. It may be that any engineering work needed still requires human expertise, but businesses are now able to cut out one high-risk activity and reduce the likelihood of employee/contractor injury.
Less/no equipment downtime
Depending on the nature of the structure, check-ups carried out by personnel may require technology to be switched off to avoid personal damage. With drones, the downtime for equipment (such as wind turbines) can be dramatically reduced, only needing to be turned off if the inspection requires moving parts to be still to be analysed.
Operate in new environments
Drones reduce the need for extensive risk calculating and planning when exploring a new environment. For example, a building site can be closely inspected before a single person sets foot on location – meaning they are fully aware in advance of dangers and structural weakness they must avoid.
Less health & safety checks
Whether it’s a roof inspection or the structural examination of a block of flats, there are healthy and safety regulations to follow when sending a human worker out to inspect a high or otherwise potentially dangerous site. With drones in their place, these healthy and safety requirements are hugely reduced – if not removed altogether!
Before & after inspections
Drones allow an effective way to provide photos and footage before and after inspection workmanship. GPS allows precision shots to be taken from exactly the same positions each visit, and drone cameras also have the advantage of being able to get angles and elevations not possible with the human inspection.
Gets the job done faster
Human workers need to be extremely diligent when carrying out inspections, not only for safety reasons but to ensure they get the data they need on their first trip. Drones enable a thorough job to be carried out much quicker. And with cameras and software bringing data back to professional on-ground teams this information can be more thoroughly investigated without anyone being put at risk.
While inspections can be routine, often an inspection will be scheduled after identifying an existing problem – meaning discovering the exact issue is an urgent matter. Take a leaking roof for example; with access to inspection drones, you can cut out the time needed to set up scaffolding or organise aerial lifts – which means cutting costs on equipment hire and reducing costs on the resulting damage.
Lower insurance costs
It goes without saying that putting your employees at risk of injury means greater insurance premiums. Another great thing about drones, if you switch out human inspections for UAV examinations you’ll no longer need to cover the risk of engineers or inspectors falling or becoming otherwise injured while taking a closer look at structures.
Multiple inspections in one day
Where getting a human inspector to take a look at multiple locations in one day would not be possible, drones enable effective inspection of multiple nearby sites (like a row of houses) in one session.
Better for the environment
Traditional methods of inspection can be costly to both business and the environment. For example, typically, power lines are inspected by helicopter – which has a high fuel use and emissions level. Drones alleviate this unnecessary output and reduce noise pollution at the same time.
Peace of Mind
ViewSnap is fully insured and licensed to operate UAV (drones) for commercial use in the UK and are fully trained to C.A.A. approved standards.
To use a drone for any purpose except purely recreational means without C.A.A. registration or to knowingly participate is illegal under UK law.
UAVs can provided invaluable data of large or problematic sites both quickly and efficiently therefore equipping clients with an unprecedented understanding of assets they have not visited in person.
With little or no effect on the running of a site, UAV surveying can provide a range of data sets including:
Single High resolution image of an entire site
3D model from aerial scan
Site overview video Tour
Images of site assets from any angle and viewpoint
High level or hazardous asset survey
We are now also able to offer 3D laser surveys via our parent company, please enquire for more details..
3D Aerial Modelling
Beyond traditional image based data, UAVs can now provide 3D modelling of large sites that are viewable from any angle far more quickly than traditional methods. These are an excellent initial data gathering stage before committing to more expensive full ground based topographic or laser scan surveys.
A site can be scanned from the air thus mitigating issues of access, and a 3D model provided quickly that can be used to make key discussions on project viability in a very rapid timescale. These models can be provided in an array of formats from purely viewable to .LAS Point Cloud for CAD applications.
Farm and Crop Surveys
A new but growing UAV industry, Farm & Crop Surveying is starting to gain increased interest in the UK farming sector. More cost effective than manned aircraft methods, UAVs can perform a number of valuable services to farmers and their expanding business portfolios such as:
High resolution imagery of Fields and Crop condition
Disputed insurance claim evidence
Drainage and waterway survey
3D models and area calculation
High level asset survey such as Wind Turbines and Phone Masts.
River and Water Way Surveys
Often dangerous and difficult to reach, the UK is covered by a network of rivers and waterways all in need of constant monitoring.
Common areas that need regular surveying are structures and crossings such as bridges and weirs, but also such things as farm soil run-off into rivers.
With extensive experience in surveying these assets in the past for the then called National River Authority (NRA) our surveyors know what to look for, and how to achieve it safely.
Real Estate and Promotional Material
Another common task for larger value property, land banks or commercial property sales is a quality aerial image providing potential clients with an instant understanding of the assets scope and proximity to its surroundings. Our drones use high end detachable imaging cameras that can cope with any task from a simple aerial image, to a video flyby shoot that can transition to ground level and inside seamlessly.
Combine an aerial shoot with one of our bespoke Virtual Tours on high value assets, to attract distant buyers by providing them with a detailed understanding of their potential acquisition.